Press Release – Feb 17, 2016

“In D: Solo Cello Through the Ages” concert will feature the beautiful Baroque and edgy premieres

Cleveland-based Malina Rauschenfels will perform solo cello music spanning 300 years, joined for pre-concert talk by Guggenheim recipient, composer Toby Twining

Cleveland, OH – Multi-instrumentalist Malina Rauschenfels is best known to Cleveland audiences as a soprano through her work in Burning River Baroque and Quire Cleveland. In a March 11 concert at St. Alban Episcopal Church, however, Rauschenfels will shift her focus to cello repertoire as she performs a diverse selection of solo cello music from the past three centuries. From the seldom played Baroque cello virtuoso, Gabrielli, to Bach, performed on a Baroque cello, she will move to 20th- and 21st-century selections, including one of her own compositions in its Ohio debut performed on a modern cello.
Rauschenfels is also proud to present the world premiere of music by highly regarded contemporary composer Kala Pierson and the Ohio premiere of music by New York-based composer Toby Twining. Twining, a recipient of prestigious awards including Pew and Guggenheim fellowships, will join Rauschenfels for a pre-concert discussion of compositional techniques entitled “The Creative Urgency of Re-tuning the Scale.”

The concert program is a preview of Rauschenfels’ upcoming CD, In D; all concert proceeds will go toward making the recording, estimated to be released in 2017. The performance will be followed by a reception with light refreshments where audience members can chat with Rauschenfels and Twining and pre-purchase In D.

What: “In D: Solo Cello Through the Ages” concert, talk and reception
When: March 11, 7 p.m. with pre-concert talk at 6:30
Where: St Alban Episcopal Church, 2555 Euclid Heights Blvd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44106
Suggested donation: $10

For more information, contact Malina Rauschenfels at or 917-754-5549.

About Malina Rauschenfels:
Malina Rauschenfels is a soprano, composer, and multi-instrumentalist transplanted to Cleveland from New York City. Praised by the New York Times for her “compelling” cello performance and as “remarkable” by the Village Voice, she has also been commended by for her “exceptional vocal range, strong acting abilities, gripping theatricality, and commanding gestures, both musical and physical.” Malina is co-founder and executive director of Burning River Baroque, with whom she sings and plays baroque violin and cello. She is also artistic director of hūmAnómali, a collaboratively structured music ensemble which incorporates “extra-musical affairs,” such as dance, gesture, and theatricality, into its historically informed performances of music from antiquity to the present.

Equally comfortable with early music and contemporary music, Malina has performed with Quire Cleveland, Contrapunctus, Marble Sanctuary Choir, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, Nuove Musiche, Toby Twining Music, Trinity Chamber Singers, Trinity Cathedral Choir, Alarm Will Sound, El Fuego and C4–the Choral Composer Conductor Collective.

Malina Rauschenfels attended the Eastman School of Music where she graduated with distinction, receiving a BM double major in cello performance and composition, and a minor in Spanish from the University of Rochester. She studied cello with Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliott, and composition with David Liptak. She received a Masters of Music in cello from The Juilliard School.