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Cello Chat with Host Dr. Benjamin Whitcomb and guest Karl Lavine

About the Episode 

Karl Lavine is an amazing professional cellist based in Madison, WI. He is principal of both the Madison Symphony and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, performs with several quartets and other chamber ensembles, and directs the chamber music program of WYSO, in addition to having a private cello studio. He is a super-solid player and is among my very favorite people to perform with

Meet the Guest

Karl Lavine is also a member of the Milwaukee-based new music ensemble Present Music. Karl appears regularly at John and Rose Mary Harbison’s Token Creek Festival in Wisconsin. He has held faculty positions at Luther College and Illinois Wesleyan University and is currently teaching a private studio in Madison.    As a member of the Present Music, Karl has recorded many recent compositions with the ensemble as well as solo repertoire. He is also a member of the Kepler Quartet, a string quartet which resulted from performances of works of composer Ben Johnston. With the help of a generous grant from the Aaron Copland Recording Foundation and support from New World Records, the Kepler Quartet is recording the complete string quartets of American composer, Ben Johnston.

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