VC2 Cello Duo
For most, the name Beethoven conjures a great symphonic work, a piano sonata, even a choral symphony—but is there a connection with the cello? Indeed, Beethoven’s five sonatas are at the core of the cello repertoire and serve as the springboard for Canadian cello duo, VC2. Their program, Beethoven’s Cellists, provides a snapshot of the cello repertoire—historic and new compositions—with ties to the great composer. VC2’s Bryan Holt and Amahl Arulanandam introduce their own arrangements of works by Beethoven, including Ludwig’s cello colleagues Duport, Kraft, and Romberg. These works are intertwined with five commissioned pieces by Canadian composers, again inspired by Beethoven’s cello sonatas. Spanning genres and with influences from jazz to contemporary, and even hints of the rock world, VC2’s program will showcase the diverse future of virtuosic music for cello duo.