The Aronson Cello Festival
The Aronson Cello Festival honors the legacy of legendary cello player and teacher, Lev Aronson. The seven-day festival will feature a series of concerts with first-class performers, as well as master classes and presentations in honor of Aronson. There will also be a panel featuring women trailblazing the classical musical industry; a screening of a series of short films about Aronson directed by six-time award-winning TV and filmmaker Ty Kim; and a discussion with the author of The Lost Cellos of Lev Aronson, Frances Brent, about her journey researching and writing the story of this iconic teacher and musician.
As a young burgeoning cello soloist in Latvia during the 1930s and ‘40s, Aronson was forced to survive in concentration camps during the German occupation of Latvia. After several years of hard labor and captivity, he escaped, immigrated to America, established himself anew as a concert cellist, served as principal cellist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and became a highly influential cello instructor at SMU and Baylor. This festival honors his story and legacy.