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NEW DIRECTIONS â€“ LOOKING BACK - by Chris White |
Thanks to Mary Lou Rylands, professor of cello at the university, we enjoyed six wonderful years there.
Von Cello Updates: Who's Who, ASCAP, Grammys, Yamaha, etc.
I found out that Mary Lou Rylands, the cello professor at the University of Connecticut, is an avid user of my Oxford cello etude books!
I gave her, and several other cellists, who are leaders in the new directions cello movement, copies of my Three Concert Etudes.
Bio : Mary Lou Rylands : Craftsbury Chamber Players
Mary Lou Rylands
...Mary Lou Rylands is Associate Professor of Cello Performance and Chamber Music at the University of Connecticut.
Always active in chamber music, Ms. Rylands
has performed with the Sea Cliff Chamber Players, the Essex Chamber Players and the Baroque Companions of Hartford.She is a former member of the New England String Quartet and the UConn Chamber Players.
As a champion of new music, she
has premiered works by numerous composers including Gwyneth Walker, Robert Dix, Walter Ihrke, Eric Neilsen, Thomas Reed, Dennis Kitts and Elizabeth Scheidel Austin.She
can be heard on CDs produced by North Star Records and the University of Connecticut
has been a featured soloist with the Willimantic Orchestra and the Coast Guard Chamber Players in the concerti of Kabalevsky and Ibert.She is founder and Director of the UConn Cello Society which has grown to more than eighty members since its beginnings in 1992.
Mary Lou Rylands, the ...
Mary Lou Rylands, the cellist, was a founding member.
From left, violinists Guillaume Combet and Katherine Winterstein, cellist Mary Lou Rylands, trumpeter Dominic Derasse, and violist Liuh-Wen Ting prepare to rehearse the Tartini Concerto in D Major for Trumpet, Strings and Continuo.
They play the fast movement of the Biber so well that it worries the cellist, Ms. Rylands
"Can we do that presto thing one more time," she
asks, "to make sure it wasn't an accident?
It felt so good."
Ms. Rylands is another founding member of the Players and is married to Mr. Isaacson.
agrees, admitting "We're a bit anemic."
provides a note of horror to the discussion, asking if anyone has heard of mites infesting a bow, eating its hairs.
The prospect is not one that the others find appealing, nor is her
proposed cure - mothballs in the instrument case.
During the Tartini rehearsal, a tall woman with a mass of curly blonde hair held in check by a backwards baseball cap pulls up in a pickup truck, climbs out and lugs a pair of lighting instruments to the balcony, where she
proceeds to install them.
Everyone seems set, but where is Ms. Rylands?
After the mini-concert Mr. Isaacson mentions that Ms. Rylands
is in the hospital.
It seems that he
got home the previous evening at 1:30 a.m. after dropping his
harpsichords off at the Town House.
discovered that Ms. Rylands
had been overcome by a stomach virus.
to the hospital where she
was admitted and got home to bed at 4:30 p.m.
Fortunately the Mr. Fiore shares parts with Ms. Rylands
for many of the works on the program and could take over for her
in the rest.
feet so hard that her
music flies off her
2007 : Organization : Craftsbury Chamber Players
Mary Lou Rylands