Artist Statement

I want to begin with my favorite lines from the poem Little Gidding by T.S. Eliot.

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time

Through the years, I've studied classical literature for cello. As I explore, I find there is so much more to learn about the cello and different styles of music. Now, I am at a place where I want to share my favorite cello music with others. Therefore, I've recorded the CD using my Paul Hilaire cello, made from a living tree.

The order of the tracks goes from the chronology of my learning each piece. The cello has led me into the very depths of understanding, and out into the glorious light of living with music. How could we live without music?


Out of the Wood

  1. The Swan- Camille Saint Saens, 1835-1921 for cello and piano.
  2. Prelude in G Major for solo cello-Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750.
  3. Courante in G Major for solo cello- Johann Sebastian Bach.
  4. Gigue in G Major for solo cello-Johann Sebastian Bach.
  5. Vocalise- Sergei Rachmaninoff, Opus 34, No. 14,1873-1943, Transcribed for cello and piano by Leonard Rose.
  6. Adagio in G minor-Remo Giazotto. 1910-1998. composed for Strings and Organ based on two thematic ideas on a bass line by Tomaso Albinoni, 1671-1751. Transcribed for cello and piano by Vilmos Lesko.
  7. El Gato Triste- Chuck Mangione, 1940- , transcribed and arranged for cello and piano by Bob Secor.
  8. Black Label- Michael Radonavics for cello and piano.
  9. On The Ground- Michael Radonavics for cello and piano.
  10. Here Comes That Rainbow Again- Kris Kristofferson, 1936, arranged for voice and cello by Priscilla Hawkins.
  11. Libertango- Astor Piazzolla, 1921-1992, transcribed and arranged for 2 celli by Bob Secor.
  12. Amazing Grace- Early American Melody by Virginia Harmony, 1831, arranged for solo cello by Chase Morrison.
  13. Easy Silence- words and music by Emily Robison, Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines and Dan Wilson, arranged by Priscilla Hawkins for 2 voices, cello and guitar.