Cellist's love of nature to be reflected in upcoming concert

Manhattan Symphonie concert, Sept. 21


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  • Yosif Feigelson



WHO: Manhattan Symphonie Orchestra presents "Nature in Music"
WHAT: Kindred Spirits celebrates the 50th anniversary of Grey Towers N.H.S.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21.
WHERE: Milford Theater, 114 E. Catherine St., Milford, Pa.
HOW MUCH: $20 door, $15 advance, free for children under 15.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: 570-409-1269 or kindredspiritsarts.org.

Yosif Feigelson, world renowned cellist, moved from New York City in 1997 and has chosen to settle in Milford for his love of nature.

He is an avid hiker who appreciates the beauty of the Delaware River, the waterfalls, the rich forests and the wildlife here in Pike County. Feigelson has chosen to surround himself with the sounds of nature that will be reflected in the Kindred Spirits' Sept. 21 Manhattan Symphonie concert at the Milford Theater. This will be the first professional symphony orchestra to play in Milford.

Feigelson is the founder of the non-profit organization Kindred Spirits Arts Programs, Inc. which began in 2002 at Grey Towers N.H.S. as a volunteer group.

"In the spring of 2002, I was approached by Nancy Pinchot, Barbara Buchanan and several other music lovers to start a chamber concert series at Grey Towers," Feigelson said. "The rest is history."

Sharing a love for music, the members focus on bringing performances to Pike County, especially to the local schools including Delaware Valley and Wallenpaupack districts. The goal is to share the love of nature with an awakening through music and art.

Feigelson's wife Nadya Beauharnais is a noted violin teacher and a talented artist. They both deeply appreciate visual arts.

Love of music blooms early in life

Feigelson was surrounded by music at a young age and says he had little choice when it came to becoming a musician since his father was an opera tenor and his mother was an orchestra violinist.

Feigelson began to play when he was six.

"(My cello) was given to me at the age of six by my mother who's good friend was a cello teacher," Feigelson said. "I enjoy playing cello, but my affinity is to the music as a whole."

In 1970, he won first prize at the Concertino Prague International Competition which struck the interest of legendary cellist, Mstislav Rostropovich. Feigelson then studied with Rostropovich at the Moscow Conservatory.

In 1988, Feigelson made his New York City orchestral debut and went on to perform in every major hall in NYC, symphony halls in Chicago, Washington D.C., Pittsburg, Detroit, Seattle, Richmond, Charleston, Knoxville and other venues across this country. He has toured France, Germany and other eastern and central European countries.

He has been heard around the world on television and radio. Feigelson's repertoire includes 50 works for cello and orchestra sonatas along with other music including his own transcriptions.

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