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One cellist, one planet...
A Solo Benefit Recital Presented by Cellist Judith Glixon
A self-described "Type A personality with a Type B constitution",
Judith Glixon had been busying herself to the brink of exhaustion
with her paid work as a cellist, cello teacher, and psychotherapist,
and her unpaid work as an activist and parent. By this past winter,
despite her desire to continue being active in all these areas, she
realized that something had to give. In an act of desperation, she
taught herself to slow down, be better in touch with her physical and
emotional needs, and open herself to the possibility of a more sustainable
style of activism.
Having initiated, in recent years, two 3-day, solo fundraising walks
for climate change mitigation (raising a total of over $8,000), Judith
began to realize that something along these lines might be more effective,
and more in line with her temperament, than madly signing petitions,
making multiple small donations, attending several meetings each week,
and responding to every request that came through her email inbox.
Luckily, she soon had the good fortune to hear a very moving performance
of a cello transcription of Maurice Ravel's Kaddish, played by the grandson
of holocaust survivor, Anita Lasker, in a film entitled "The Jews of
Breslau". As the Kaddish prayer is one recited during mourning, and
she knew she was not alone in mourning for the many past and future
losses resulting from man-made climate change, she was immediately
inspired to obtain the music. This proved to be the starting point for
the creation of her new, one-hour, awareness-raising and fundraising solo
recital, which she is calling "One cellist, one planet..."
As an audience member at a "One cellist, one planet..." performance, you
will find yourself plunged into the beginnings of life on earth, traveling
through centuries of progress, and dropped off in the present state of
affairs. Through the music of J. S. Bach (Unaccompanied Suites #1 and 3),
Benjamin Britten (final movement of Suite for Cello, Op.72), and Ravel,
listeners will be taken through an abridged history of the human race
(with an emphasis on Western civilization) from its start to... now.
Judith has assigned each piece on the program - and every movement of
each piece - a subtitle intended to draw you into a story of humanity's
relationship with the land, and inviting you to answer the question,
"Where do we go from here?" Included on the program is a short piece
conceived at the University of Minnesota in 2013 by geology professor
Scott St. George and transcribed by his then student, Daniel Crawford
(A Song of Our Warming Planet). (A video recording of Mr. Crawford
performing and describing this piece can be found under its title on
YouTube or Vimeo.)
"One cellist, one planet..." is a program intended to be performed
multiple times, in a variety of settings, over several years. Judith
hopes to reach the largest possible audience in order to spread the word
to, and gain support for, this critical cause. She welcomes your
invitation for her to offer this concert in your home, your house of
worship, your child's school, or any other venue, large or small. You
can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At each performance, audience members will have the opportunity to
direct a portion of their ticket fee (plus optional additional donations)
to such local and national organizations as Sierra Club, Union of Concerned
Scientists, Mothers Out Front, The Ocean Conservancy, and 350 (MA and .org).
Judith Glixon, cellist, received her Bachelor of Music degree from Hartt
College of Music in Connecticut. She studied there with Paul Olefsky
and David Wells, and with Aldo Parisot at the Yale School of Music. Her
coaches in cello and chamber music have included Carter Brey, Norman Paulu
(of the Pro Arte Quartet), members of the Emerson String Quartet, and
Phoebe Carrai (baroque cello). She has been guest soloist with several
orchestras in North Carolina, having performed concertos by Walton,
Saint-Saens, Haydn, and Beethoven (the Triple). Before moving to
Massachusetts, she was a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in
Arizona. For 5 years Ms. Glixon was the cellist with the New Piano
Quartet, in residence at the New School of Music in Cambridge. Her
freelancing in New England has included work with Boston Ballet,
Springfield Symphony, Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), Handel
and Haydn Society, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and Lexington Symphony.
Ms. Glixon also has a psychotherapy practice and is dedicating much of
this current chapter of her life to climate change activism.