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Winnipeg Cellists to Play Concert for ‘Project Rio’

January 11, 2011 6:14 AM | Entertainment

By Brian Schultz

A cello and bass ensemble made up of University of Manitoba students will perform during an afternoon concert today at the Rady Jewish Community Centre.

University cellists Edvany Klebia Silva, Lisa Nazarenko, Natalie Dawe and Jari Piper, along with bassist Graham Isaak, play unconventional cello music ranging from heavy metal and Brazilian folk to UK pop songs.

The musicians call themselves Pizzicelli and seek to bring attention to Project Rio, a venture to develop performance and master class collaborations between the University of Manitoba Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music and music institutions of Brazil. Project Rio aims to maintain and support the vision of free education and free public concerts.

Tickets for today’s concert at 2 p.m. are $6 at the door (123 Doncaster Street) for Rady JCC members and $10 for non-members.

Donations to Project Rio can be made by cheque to: University of Manitoba (memo “Project Rio”) and mailed to: Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music, University of Manitoba, 65 Dafoe Road, Winnipeg MB, R3T 2N2. All donations will receive an automatic tax-deductible receipt.