Stone Church Arts presents “Cellos in Bellows”

Eugene Friesen will perform for Stone Church Arts “Cellos in Bellows.” Photo by Noah Butler

BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – Stone Church Arts presents “Cellos in Bellows,” three public concerts celebrating the cello in pop, jazz, rock, and folk settings. The concerts take place in the beautiful Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St., with its historic architecture and warm, vibrant acoustics. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 15 features Stone Church Arts musical director Eugene Friesen teaming up with jazz vocalist and pianist Peter Eldridge. Eldridge is a longtime member of New York Voices, a globe-trotting jazz vocal quartet.

On Tuesday, June 18, two modern cellists will take the stage at Immanuel Episcopal Church. Malcolm Parson is a multi-faceted cellist from Atlanta, Ga. steeped in blues, jazz, classical, and folk music. He has toured with the Carolina Chocolate Drops and is currently the cellist with Turtle Island Quartet. Also featured will be cellist Trevor Exter. With a voice like Sting, and a cello technique that channels pop and rock, New York City-based Exter sings and plays original songs and covers that have delighted audiences all over the United States.

Third on the program will be excerpts from Eugene Friesen’s solo show, “The Beauty We Love.” Inspired by nature as well as climate change, Friesen will premiere several new compositions on cello and electric cello using electronics and live looping.

“1200 Horsehairs – A Band of Cellos” will present their inventive repertoire for four cellos Wednesday, June 19. Comprised of four cello virtuosi from the Northampton area, 1200 Horsehairs has developed an avid fan base with their rocking and songful arrangements and originals.

Also featured will be selected participants of Friesen’s “Creative Cello Workshop” running concurrently with “Cellos in Bellows.”

For tickets and more information please visit, call 802-460-0110, or speak to the welcoming staff at Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls or Phoenix Books Misty Valley in Chester.

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