New Albany News

Cellist to perform at orchestra finale


Nine-time Grammy award-winning cellist David Finckel will return to New Albany in April to perform with his friend, New Albany Symphony Orchestra Music Director Luis Biava.

"Luis is one of my longtime friends and I'm a great admirer of his work," Finckel said.

Finckel was the symphony orchestra's first guest artist five years ago and was invited to perform April 6 during the fifth anniversary season gala and finale.

"It's a wonderful organization and a terrific orchestra," Finckel said.

Finckel is at a transitional time in his life, leaving the Emerson String Quartet after 34 seasons.

"It's exciting and will enable me to take on a lot and to do some things I want to do that I've not had time to do," he said.

Finckel and his wife, pianist Wu Han, are in a new residency at London's Wigmore Hall. They also are developing a new chamber music program for the Aspen Music Festival and have started a new chamber music festival in South Korea, according to one of Finckel's publicists, You You Xia.

Finckel, who is a cello professional at the Juilliard School in New York City, said he also hopes to teach more.

"Teaching is the responsibility and obligation of an artist and, fortunately, I really like doing it," he said. "It's really important to help young musicians go through their critical years in college and emerge on the other end in the real world."

Members of the New Albany High School orchestra will take a master class with Finckel from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. April 5.

The New Albany Symphony Orchestra's season finale starts with the gala at 5:30 p.m. April 6 at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts in New Albany. The gala is the symphony's annual fundraiser which features food, entertainment and a silent auction.

The performance starts at 7 p.m. Gala tickets are $35 plus a $15 charge for the concert. They are available at

Tickets for the performance only are $9 to $17 in advance and $11 to $19 the day of the show at the McCoy Center box office or through the site

The McCoy Center box office is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday.