"First Edition" - Three New Cello Concertos

For decades, the city of Louisville and the Louisville Orchestra were among the most prolific commissioners of new music, issuing hundreds of recordings of the best composers of their time. This project continues that tradition, with performances and premieres of three new cello concertos in a collaboration between Louisville Orchestra principal cellist Nicholas Finch, conductor Jason Seber of the Kansas City Symphony, and the NouLou Chamber Players, Louisville's premiere chamber music collective, lead by founders Cecilia Huerta-Lauf and Laura De St. Croix-Vicic.

Finch was approached by composer Dorian Wallace two years ago to collaborate on the cello concerto "Manusa".  As a result Finch was approached by composers Alyssa Weinberg, currently a PhD candidate at Princeton University who has had her music performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, and more, and Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin, one of the most prominent New York composers and one of the lead composers and arrangers for Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, who similarly desired to commission new works with him. Weinberg wrote "Caligo" a textural exploration of a musical cloud, and Zhurbin wrote "CelloStatus", a musical exploration of the role of social media in today's society.  

We premiered these wonderful works in April of 2019, and we plan on recording them for a debut recording in the 2021-22 Season, with the hopes of putting it in nomination for major recording awards.

Lev Zhurbin - "Cello Status" 

Alyssa Weinberg - "Caligo" 

Dorian Wallace - "Manusa"


To record these works, we first plan on hosting another 'warmup concert' tour to perform the works live.  We then plan on spending significant time to record them in studio.  (View full document here )

There is no donation too small or too big. If you are inspired to sponsor one of the individual concertos for recording, for example, the projected costs for each three are (costs for conductor, soloist, and administrators divided by three concertos are factored in) - 

Dorian Wallace - $4,533.33
Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin - $4,833.33
Alyssa Weinberg - $6,333.33

Please feel free to support all or part of this project on whatever basis you desire, be it for the musicians, the engineers, the composers, or any element that inspires you.  

Thank you so much for your consideration!
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Nicholas Finch 
Louisville, KY
Noulou Chamber Players Inc 
Registered nonprofit
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