Mar 29, 2016

CelloCloseup4Gloria Lum is a cellist. Since 1985, she’s been a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and currently teaches cello and chamber music at Occidental College.

Lum has recently returned from touring Europe with the L. A. Phil and has created the upcoming “CelloFest,” which is to be held on April 5.

“I wanted to create a program that celebrates the virtuosity and versatility of the cello outside of the structure of the orchestral setting,” Lum says. “And I wanted to be sure to have some fun.”

I asked seven cellist colleagues I know through the Philharmonic to tell me what compositions they are passionate about playing. Then I asked if they would be willing to share those personal passions in a free concert for the public. They all said yes.

CelloFest will feature duos, quartets, and a final composition featuring all eight cellists—Lum, Robert deMaine, Ronald Leonard, Barry Gold, Jason Lippman, Dahae Kim, Peter Myers, and Joy Song.

The program includes quartets by Fithagen and Piazolla, duos by Barriere and Kummer, J. S. Bach’s Chaconne in D minor, and Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasilieras No. 1 for eight cellos.


Gloria Lum

Gloria Lum


Tuesday, April 5th, 7:30 p.m.
Herrick Interfaith Chapel, Occidental College
1600 Campus Rd., L. A. 90041
Free event
Questions? Contact Alyssa Cottle at
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Herrick Chapel

Herrick Chapel


About Gloria Lum:
Lum began playing the piano at age four, not finding her way to the cello until the age of eight when her brother remarked, “Why don’t you play the cello? Nobody plays the cello!”

My earliest memory of playing music was probably at my piano teacher’s house and I was trying to do a very difficult rhythmic thing where you play triplets in the right hand and duples in the left, so it’s kind of complicated. I think I must have been maybe six at the time and she bribed me by saying if I could do this properly, she would let me play with her dog. Needless to say, I did not get a chance to play with the dog. (“Introducing our cello teacher: Philharmonic musician, Gloria Lum“)

I think playing music is the place where I am most like myself. I feel like I can express things that I can’t in a verbal sense. I love playing with my colleagues because you get a sense of communication that really goes beyond, I think, speech.…I love the fact that you can communicate through a different means than language.

The cello, Lum concludes, is “the best instrument because it really encompasses the range of the human voice, and, I think, because of that it is particularly touching to play and to listen to.”




Photos of cello, top right and below, by Georg Feitscher, 2005, via Wikimedia Commons.




1 Response for “CelloFest”

  1. I’m looking forward to hearing this concert.



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