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Recital and presentation

Cellist Coleman Itzkoff and Author Dr. Seymour Itzkoff present reflections on the legendary virtuoso Emanuel Feuermann.

The mystique of cellist Emanuel Feuermann has become the stuff of legend. He died unexpectedly at the age of thirty-nine, following a minor operation when he came down with an infection. Violinist Jascha Heifetz declared that talent like Feuermann's comes once every one hundred years. Indeed, after Feuermann's untimely death it took seven years for Heifetz to collaborate with another cellist, Gregor Piatigorsky.  Pianist Artur Rubinstein was equally emphatic:  "[Feuermann] became for me the greatest cellist of all times.” 

The author of the definitive biography of the legendary cellist Emanuel Feuermann presents a captivating portrait of this lifetime artist.  In a rare appearance, on one stage, the author, Seymour Itzkoff appears with his grandson, Coleman Itzkoff—gold medalist in the 2017 International Berliner Music Competition.  Hailed by The New Yorker for his “flawless technique and keen musicality,” Coleman Itzkoff enjoys a hdiverse career as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. He achieved his master’s degree at the University of Souther California’s Thornton School of Music while a member of the studio of Ralph Kirshbaum—one of Lev Aronson’s most renowned students.

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A series of short films by director Ty Kim.

Meet the legendary teacher who launched the careers of some of the most renowned artists of our time. Lev Aronson as told through the eyes of his students including the principal cellists of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Opera, his family members and an author who wrote a book about Maestro Aronson. Their memories shared for the first time will make you cry, laugh and think not only about music but true life lessons. Find out how Lev Aronson inspired them, molded them, healed them and how the power of music transforms lives. The Los Angeles Emmy Award winning filmmaker and special guests will appear live. A special film will also be shown about the composer and conductor Victoria Bond who broke barriers as the first female graduate of the conducting program at Juilliard and the first woman to be appointed conductor of a major symphony orchestra.

Author Frances Brent

Cellist Mitchell Maxwell

A Family Perspective:  Cheryl Surana and Joy Jamerson

Cellist Christopher Adkins

Cellist Brian Thornton

Composer and Conductor Victoria Bond

...and a few surprise guests!

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The Meadows School of the Arts
Southern Methodist University
6101 Bishop Boulevard
Dallas, Texas 75205

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Women and Classical Music

There is nothing more valuable than perspective, experience and wisdom--especially when it comes from women leaders in the arts who have blazed a trail for artists, teachers, students and the public.  Their voice and ideals are more important than ever and we are honored to share their vision in the inaugural panel discussion.  

This panel is dedicated to one of Lev Aronson's most honored students--the virtuoso cellist and teacher, Ralph Kirshbaum.  Recently Maestro Kirshbaum shared how his teacher, Lev Aronson, would convey an idea by comparing sound to different mediums including painting, literature and sculpture.  We believe this intersection is worth exploring in-depth in a panel discussion.

Five leaders in the arts compare and share their artistic processes, their individual stories and the lessons they have learned through success and challenges.


Ani Aznavoorian - Cellist

Victoria Bond - Composer and Conductor

Frances Brent - Author, "The Lost Cellos of Lev Aronson"

Melissa Kraut - The Cleveland Institute of Music

Doris Ong - Photographer and Board Member, The Phoenix Symphony

Laura Tohe - Professor, Arizona State University


Ty Kim, Former journalist with CBS News/60 Minutes, Film Director and Los Angeles Emmy Award Winner

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The Meadows School of the Arts
Southern Methodist University
6101 Bishop Boulevard
Dallas, Texas 75205




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A Conversation With Author Frances Brent 

Frances Brent author of a deeply moving and acclaimed book, “The Lost Cellos of Lev Aronson” (Atlas & Co.) shares her journey researching and writing the story of this iconic and profound teacher and musician. Who was Lev Aronson? Why should every musician and music lover know his name? How did he transfer his passion for music to his students and transform them into some of the greatest cellist of our day? What was his process of teaching? All this and more in a special conversation with award winning storyteller Ty Kim, a former journalist for 60 Minutes and the director of a series of short films “Tell Me A Story About Lev Aronson.”

Frances Brent is the author of “The Lost Cellos of Lev Aronson” (Atlas & Co.). Richard Sennett of The Wall Street Journal reviewed the acclaimed book: “Frances Brent gives us a moving account of Aronson’s experience—through war and peace—and a nuanced appreciation of his musical gifts…One of the virtues of Ms. Brent's work is that she so ably evokes what it was like to be a musician in central Europe in the 1930s. Aronson played for audiences who knew music well and probably played it themselves.”

Ms. Brent's poems have appeared in The New YorkerNotre Dame ReviewYale Review, and in many other journals.  She was born in Chicago and was educated at Barnard College. She studied poetry at Columbia University and the University of Illinois, Chicago. From 1984-1991 she co-edited the literary journal Formations.  In 1987 she co-translated Beyond the Limit: poems by Irina Ratushinska-ya.  She has taught at Yale, Northwestern, Loyola University, and Barat College.  Frances Brent lives with her family in New York City.

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An Evening With Victoria Bond

She was the first woman to graduate from the conducting program at Juilliard. She was also the first woman to be appointed conductor of a major symphony orchestra. Her name is Bond. Victoria Bond.

The Aronson Cello Festival exclusively presents: a major force in 21st century music. Composer Victoria Bond is known for her melodic gift and dramatic flair. Her works for orchestra, chamber ensemble and opera have been lauded by the New York Times as "powerful, stylistically varied and technically demanding."

Meet the artist and hear how she forged a path for women and men in the arts. Every student, teacher, artist and music lover needs to hear her inspiring story. Join us and meet this frequent lecturer at the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic. Find out why her story has been told by the Wall Street Journal, NBC’s Today Show, the New York Times and other national publications.

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