Posting as Natasha

November 8, 2013 by

Have Cello, Will Travel!

Natasha and cello

Hello! Haven’t you wished you could see how other people do what you do around the country?  I have!  This semester, I am on sabbatical from my cello studio at SUNY Fredonia.  My two goals for this semester are to enliven my teaching methods by visiting other cello studios, and to increase my own practicing through performances.

My travels have been really eye opening, and have included visits with cellists in San Francisco, Florida, New York City, and Baltimore.  Occasionally, I would pull out this really cool cello duo by the Buffalo composer Caroline Mallonée.  Its called Alaskan King (because it’s a crab canon!)  Let me know if you would like a copy, and I’ll put you in touch with the composer.  Here’s a video of a performance done in Florida with cellist Greg Sauer:


My next trip will start on Monday the 11th; three weeks in Brazil.  I’ve never been to South America and am a little nervous, but also quite excited to see a new country.  I’m bringing with me that terrific duo along with two programs, one of sonatas with piano and one solo program.  My first stop on this tour will be in the Northeast city of Natal.  My concert with pianist Durval Cessetti will be on Saturday the 16th, at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte.  In addition to ATC (or All Things Cello), I think I might see some sights like this:


If you have anything to share (especially about Brazil, or cello teaching), leave a comment.

Here is a poster for the masterclasses in Natal:



16 Responses to Posting as Natasha

  1. Anne Hooper Webb

    Hi, Natasha!
    Best wishes on your performances in Brazil! Will they be streamed live? I hope you have time for a dip in the ocean. How is your Portuguese?! Please come home safely!
    Love, Annie

  2. Katie Hooper

    Hey, Tasha,

    I’m thrilled you have put this blog together. I only wish I could come along and be your traveling page-turner. We look forward to wonderful tales of wonderful adventures.

    Love, Katie

  3. Rozzy Hooper-Hamersley

    Dear Tasha,

    I am so excited for you and I will follow your wonderful adventure with great eagerness. I love you and your music!


  4. Fred Hooper

    Hi Natasha,

    We recently spend two weeks in Brasil (their spelling); a week on the Amazon in a small boat and a week in the Pantanal. I doubt that you’ll be either place although you’d love the Opera House in Manaus.

    We thought the people and food were wonderful. Our only “big city” was Brasilia (which isn’t very big). I’m sending links to some photos by normal email.

    Looking forward to your answers to Anne.


  5. Suzy Perelman

    I miss you, Natasha!! It was so exciting hanging out with you in NYC. Come back soon, and you can tell me your GREAT Brazil stories in person!! So excited for you!!

  6. margot green

    Hi Tasha,
    How are the Brazilian audiences? What a vast and diverse country! You look dazzling in the photo on your website.
    LOVE, Margot

    • Natasha Farny Post author

      Hi Margot! Concert tomorrow and then I will have some news about my first concert. I attended a wonderful and unusual concert last Thursday of the best sounds in the world – - made by a cello choir!

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