Lynn Harrell has been a musical performer for most of his life. He started playing cello at a young age, and his professional career has spanned decades: he started playing in the Cleveland Orchestra at the age of 18, where he was then principal cellist from 1964 to 1971, and he has played solo and chamber music performances around the world.
While still very busy with music, Harrell has recently tried something new: acting in a movie. It's a beautiful short film called Cello, where he portrays a (fictional) cellist named Ansel Evans, who has to deal with deblitating effects of ALS, and how it affects his relationship with his family and his music.
Listen to our conversation to hear him talk about his experience acting in the move, along with other music projects and insights - along with a bit of Shakespeare and singing.
In Rochester, you can see Cello on the big screen this Saturday (in a double feature with the documentary Itzhak, along with live music and a discussion) as part of the Classical 91.5 Presents... series at The Little.