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MSR Classics releases new CD by Cellist Rhonda Rider

riderYale School of Music graduate Rhonda Rider ’80MM, cello, has released a new CD on MSR Classics titled The Grand Canyon Project. The album is a culmination of her Artist-in-Residence position at the Grand Canyon National Park, which she was awarded in 2010. Throughout her time with the park, she performed eleven pieces commissioned especially for her in fifteen concerts across the U.S., in locations as varied as Boston, Dallas, the Wupatki National Monument, and rural upstate New York.

The new CD includes ten new pieces for solo cello, each based on some feature of the National Park. Throughout working on her latest album, Ms. Rider has continued her work as Chair of Chamber Music at The Boston Conservatory and as cello faculty there and at Boston University. MORE

Published December 6, 2013
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Rhonda Rider ’80MM is artist-in-residence at Grand Canyon National Park

Cellist Rhonda Rider ’80MM has been named an Artist-in-Residence at the Grand Canyon National Park 2010-2011. She has commissioned eleven composers to write works for solo cello inspired by aspects of the canyon. While in residence Rider will present two performances, one for the public and one for local school children. The public performance will be an evening program held on February 26th in celebration of the 92nd anniversary of the naming of Grand Canyon as a national park.

Other performances will take place in Boston (March 10, 8pm in Seully Hall at Boston Conservatory), Fort Worth (Inspiration Celebration, May 1-8), and Millbrook, New York (September 23 at the Cary Institute). Rider is the chair of chamber music at the Boston Conservatory, cello coach of the Asian Youth Orchestra in Hong Kong, and cellist of the piano trio Triple Helix (whose other members are YSM alumni Bayla Keyes ’80MM, violin, and Lois Shapiro ’77MM, piano). MORE

Published January 10, 2011
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