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VC2 Cello Duo

VC2 Cello Duo is an innovative cello duo ensemble that captivates audiences through their performances of classical masterworks, unknown gems and boundary pushing music. Comprised of cellists Amahl Arulanandam and Bryan Holt, CBC Music calls VC2  “a tight unit, with excellent intonation and expression.” They present artistically challenging, yet accessible programs in venues ranging from intimate cabarets to Roy Thomson Hall. As respected cellists, they have performed as part of leading music organizations including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, Soundstreams, Art of Time Ensemble, Continuum Contemporary Music, New Music Concerts, Music in the Barns, Thin Edge New Music Collective, Against the Grain Theatre and others. The duo have been featured artists at Toronto Summer Music Festival, Ottawa Chamberfest, The Harbourfront Centre, Indian River Festival, Ottawa New Music Creators, 21C Music Festival, Women's Musical Club of Winnipeg, New Works Calgary, Ritornello Festival, the Prairie Cello Institute and soundSCAPE Festival (Italy). Committed to the creation of new works by living composers, especially those from their home country of Canada, VC2 commissioned five Canadian composers to create works based on the Beethoven Cello Sonatas project. In addition to their performances, VC2, with the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council, recorded these works and in fall 2018, released the album Beethoven's Cellists which CBC Radio calls a “first-rate” recording. An EP of the duo's classical favourites titled Verspielt was released in May 2020. In February 2018, VC2 embarked on a tour of the East Coast of Canada, presented by Debut Atlantic.  They were also selected as Prairie Debut touring artists for the 2019/20 season.  Recent engagements include being featured artists in the 2020 Toronto Summer Music Festival, the 2021 edition of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s 21C Festival and Prince Edward County’s BigLake Arts Festival.  In the fall of 2022 VC2 will release their second album titled I and Thou on Leaf Music.

Sunday, January 23rd, 2022         2:00pm EST

Program:

Kelly-Marie Murphy: Final Glimpse*                                          

Vincent Ho: Heist 2**                                                                        

Youell Domenico: Duet for Cellos                                                        

Kati Agocs: I and Thou                                                                        

Fjola Evans: Ridge & Furrow***                                                      

Chris Paul Harman: Suite for Two Cellos^                              

Giovanni Sollima: Arboreto Salvatico

* Commissioned for VC2 Cello Duo by the Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

** Commissioned for VC2 Cello Duo by Prairie Debut, with support from the SOCAN Foundation

*** Commissioned by and dedicated to VC2 Cello Duo through the financial support of Shauna Rolston

^ Written for and premiered by VC2 Cello Duo

Bryan Holt, cello

Amahl Arulanandam, cello

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