The first of six cello concerts by performers of the international Ithaca Violincello Institute will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 5 at St. John's Chapel on South Main Street.
The concerts are free and open to the public.
For its 37th summer, this year's institute features nine cellists from across the United States and from Australia and Argentina. They are taught intensively by Einar Holm, who has taught at Ithaca and Oberlin colleges and more than two dozen other institutions, and performed widely.
A graduate of Juilliard and former cellist with the Lenox Quartet, he taught cello and chamber music for 27 years at Ithaca College.
The performers will be joined by noted Geneva pianist Meg Heaton.
Living on South Main Street as a family, the students rehearse for at least five hours daily, with a pianist and in ensembles, and take solo and group lessons, and be critiqued by each other and Holm. Their lessons include technique, ensemble classes and performance training. Each student has at least two private lessons a week.
For details, call Holm at 781-4252.