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Acclaimed cross-genre cellist will perform Sunday in Meinig Park

by: contributed photo Gideon Freudmann plays the cello with skills developed over years of practice and performance. He will entertain Sandy residents and visitors Sunday in Meinig Park – part of the Summer Sounds series.

Ever hear of cellobop? Well, it's coming to Sandy Sunday, and can be heard in Meinig Park for 90 minutes beginning at 6:30 p.m. 

The cello is a captivating instrument.  In the hands of Gideon Freudmann, it is indescribable.  

Freudmann produces the innovative cellobop with his electric cello, with real-time looping gear, using his fertile imagination.

According to his website, Freudmann is a 'cello innovator, composer, songwriter and improviser, who plays cellobop: a fusion of blues, jazz, folk, classical and rock.'

He has performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Prague Swing Jazz Festival and at hundreds of venues throughout the United States.

His music is often heard on several shows on the National Public Radio network. Cello and violin students and teachers from coast to coast have been inspired to perform his music because of his creative workshops at schools, colleges and music camps, as well as his tune book, 'New Music For Cello.'

His original music has been commissioned for film, theater and dance. His recent project has been performing live soundtracks for classic silent films. Freudmann has 14 original CDs to his credit, and has performed on dozens of albums by other musicians.

A classical musician by training, Freudmann earned a fine arts degree in cello performance from the University of Connecticut. Since that time, Freudmann has distinguished himself as one of the finest solo cross-genre cellists.

He has held several artistic residencies. Among those are the University of Connecticut, James Madison University and the Ithaca Violoncello Institute. He has performed in dozens of colleges and universities in the country.

And Sunday he's coming to Sandy.

The concert is free and family friendly. Bench seating is provided; bring a blanket or a stadium chair for comfort.

The parking lot on Meinig Avenue is under construction, so allow extra time for parking. Sandy Summer Sounds is made possible through a partnership between the city of Sandy and donations from community sponsors.

For more information, call 503-668-2827.