Dr. Carter Dewberry Launches THE CELLO CHALLENGE with the OC Cello Choir on September 21 at 7pm at the Gaslamp in Long Beach, CA

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A choir of more than two dozen cellists, ranging in age from 9 to 76 years old, will play a repertoire of compositions from Bach to the Beatles. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Carter Dewberry’s OC Cello Choir will return to the Gaslamp Restaurant in Long Beach, CA on Sunday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m. in a performance to celebrate the launch of The Cello Challenge™, a 4-month ‘training program’ for cellists throughout Southern California to improve their technical skill, music theory knowledge, artistry, and sight-reading ability. The choir will perform classical, pop, rock and folk dance melodies. The concert will open with the chamber music trio Belle3Musique.

Dr. Carter Dewberry is not a typical music teacher. She reveals, “I have heard that the definition of retirement is doing exactly what you want to do. By that definition, I have been retired since I was 11 years old.” Age 11 is when she began teaching cello. She has been teaching ever since.

Dewberry's teaching journey has led her to create the OC Cello Choir. Comprised of her students, this ensemble is gifted with a unified sound and interpretation resulting from its members being given the same musical training. The ensemble, whose members range in age from 9 to 76, benefits both from both youthful exuberance and a mature musical approach. Dewberry asks the members to choose most of the repertoire in order to create a high level of incentive and passion for learning the music.

Dewberry’s newest project, The Cello Challenge, was developed as an inspiration from a training course she enrolled in to complete her first marathon. Dewberry sees The Cello Challenge as an opportunity for amateur cellists of all ages to train intensively for a set period of time to reach a specific goal. The Cello Challenge will culminate in a final event that includes a large cello ensemble performance in February 2015.

The Gaslamp, a restaurant and entertainment venue, is located at 6251 E. Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach at the corner of Loynes and PCH. For more information on the event, contact Dr. Dewberry at (310) 721-0926 or visit http://www.occellochoir.com.

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