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UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND — Musicians worldwide are hosting informal concerts in their homes to lessen anxiety and bring joy in the current pandemic environment.

University of Richmond President Ronald A. Crutcher, a classical musician, did the same. On April 17, he performed a cello during a performance from his home. The performance is now live on the University's VIMEO site: 

Crutcher, who began studying the cello at 14, says music has always helped him to rise above the challenges and disappointments in his own life.

“This is a terribly challenging time for everyone. It is also a time filled with disappointment of various types, particularly for our graduating seniors,” Crutcher said. “It feels appropriate for me to share this with our community at this difficult moment.” 

He performed two pieces, including the first movement of the Eccles Sonata in G minor and “The Swan,” which comes from “The Carnival of the Animals,” a musical suite by the French Romantic composer Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns. It was a favorite of Crutcher’s since he was a boy. 

“It is a piece I love to play and that I frequently employ as I am warming up or practicing,” Crutcher said. “I hope it will provide some small measure of inspiration, encouragement, and comfort.”


Crutcher's Musical History

Crutcher began studying cello at the age of 14. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in March 1985 and was the first cellist to receive the doctor of musical arts degree from Yale University. He currently performs in the U.S. and Europe as a member of The Klemperer Trio and serves on the board of the Richmond Symphony.


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