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Updated Wednesday at 10:29 a.m.

Cellist Lynn Harrell, one of the finest and most prominent American classical musicians of his generation, has died. He was 76 years old.

His death was initially announced by his wife, violinist Helen Nightengale, on social media. She did not disclose the cause of his death. In a statement provided Wednesday by Columbia Artists, the company that managed Harrell, Nightengale said that the cellist's death was unexpected.

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Fusion is a great thing – usually we think of it when trying that weird new restaurant or when the pantry is looking sparse and you really don’t want to go to Wegman’s. When it comes to music, you can find all kinds. I’d like to highlight some of the coolest classical-pop fusions the internet has to offer.

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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.

  Join WXXI for Classical 91.5 Presents, a series that spotlights classical music connections in film.

Classical 91.5 Presents...a double feature of the movie Itzhak and the short film Cello, March 30th at The Little Theatre. Show up early to enjoy live music with the Empire Film and Media Ensemble in The Little Café at 2pm, the movies start at 3pm, and WXXI's Mona Seghatoleslami will host a discussion afterwards, with cellist Sandra Halleran (founder of the Rochester Cello Society) and violinist Marcos Kreutzer (who is on faculty at The Hochstein School)  

A cellist in the Paradise, California symphony escaped a raging fire on a bicycle.  Watch John Mescall's story here.

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His cello has floated to islands and scaled mountains.  Its sound has echoed across remote lakes and dense pine forests.

Brian Donat is The Adirondack Cellist, and he's performed on wild peaks, in hunting cabins, and on lakeside docks.

In this episode of On Being, host Krista Tippett interviews cellist Yo-Yo Ma about his work decoding musical creations across time and space.

"In his art, Yo-Yo Ma resists fixed boundaries, and would like to rename classical music just 'music' — born in improvisation, and traversing territory as vast and fluid as the world we inhabit. In this generous and intimate conversation, he shares his philosophy of curiosity about life, and of performance as hospitality."

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, when many recall the millions of Jews and others who died at the hands of the Nazis. It has a special meaning for Robbie Hausmann, cellist for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. His German great-grandmother, Toni Marcus, was one of the 1.1 million people killed at the Auschwitz concentration camp. And when the BPO toured Poland last month, he visited the camp -- to honor her with music. He spoke about it with WBFO's Nick Lippa.


Cellist Stefan Reuss recently stopped by WXXI's studios to discuss his experiences playing chamber music at the Rochester Academy of Medicine for twenty years, in a trio that includes pianist Rebecca Penneys and violinist Mikhail Kopelman. We also discussed the trio's upcoming performance this week on Live from Hochstein

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