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Lynn Harrell: In Remembrance

September 15, 2021 | By Carol Eisner for Lynn Harrell Foundation
President, Eisner Public Relations


Contact: Carol Eisner 

The Lynn Harrell Foundation 

(310) 839-1400 or 



With Musical Friends Including John Williams and Anne-Sophie Mutter

September 21, 2021

Royce Hall, UCLA

The life of the legendary American cellist Lynn Harrell, who died suddenly in 2020, will be celebrated in “Lynn Harrell: In Remembrance'' held at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 7:30 p.m., under the musical direction of composers and conductors John Williams and William Ross, and cellist/conductor Samuel Cristler. The live concert features violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, American soprano Christine Brewer, and operatic baritone Rodney Gilfry; pianist Yefim Bronfman appears by way of video.

Many Los Angeles-based musicians and talent, whom Harrell mentored and partnered with, will perform in the intimate celebratory tribute organized by Lynn Harrell’s widow, the violinist Helen Nightengale and the Lynn Harrell Foundation.

Suggested ticket prices range from $18 (student), and $90 (general), to $486 (patron), and can be accessed through the Foundation’s website at or by calling (310) 825-2101. Nearby parking structure #5 is available with digital payments only.

The concert will be live streamed on the Foundation’s website.

 Profits from the benefit will go to the newly formed Lynn Harrell Foundation which supports talent throughout the classical music field in the areas of education, research, performances, and individual artist development.

 This concert is endowed by a generous grant from the Lynn Harrell Foundation. 

COVID-19 Health and Safety Planning and Guest Attendance / Entry Requirements

To ensure concert attendees’ health and security, as well as the safety of performers and staff, Royce Hall requires one of the following with valid photo ID: 

  • Proof of full vaccination against COVID 19

 -- OR -- 

  • Proof of negative COVID PCR test no older than 72 hours of the event date for entry. This test result must include:
  • First and Last Name
  • Date of Sample Collection
  • Negative Result

 Visitors and patrons are asked to wear masks that cover their nose and mouth inside the venue. Due to COVID restrictions, seating will be limited.


For more than a half century, Lynn Harrell was revered as one of the world's most brilliant and beloved cellists of all time. The Grammy® Award winner’s discography of more than 70 recordings included collaboration with eminent musicians like Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, and Nigel Kennedy. Known as the “Dean of American Cellists,” Lynn Harrell performed as soloist and with orchestras around the world, including appearances with all major American and European orchestras and yearly tours to Asia. Among his closest musical partners were Itzhak Perlman, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Anne-Sophie Mutter, and Yefim Bronfman.

 Critics called Lynn Harrell the “gentle giant,” a 6-foot-4 internationally renowned cellist whose playing was sensitive and subtle. Harrell taught master classes at some of the most prominent conservatories in the world. In his 60 years of renowned performances, the distinguished legend’s recordings continue to be in demand, and remain in the highest echelon among performing artists. 

 More recently, Lynn Harrell made his acting debut in the film, “Cello” (2017), a short film about one man’s battle with ALS.


 The Lynn Harrell Foundation, a non-profit 501c3 organization, supports emerging talent throughout the classical music field in the areas of education, research, performances, and individual artists. The Lynn Harrell Foundation acknowledges all donations with a receipt for tax records.

  • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2021, at 7:30PM
  • UCLA ROYCE HALL IN THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES. Royce Hall is a building on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles.

340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095; Parking Structure #5.


Christine Brewer, Soprano

Rodney Gilfry, Baritone

Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin

Helen Nightengale, Violin

Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Viola

Ben Hong, Cello

Madeleine Kabat, Cello

Yefim Bronfman, Piano (video performance)

Joanne Pearce Martin, Piano

Gavin Martin, Piano

Nino Sanikidze, Piano

Samuel Cristler, Conductor

William Ross, Conductor

John Williams, Conductor



Franz Schubert                                                                     An die Musik D. 547


Rodney Gilfry, Baritone

Nino Sanikidze, Piano


Heitor Villa Lobos                                                                I Introdução (Embolada)

(1887 – 1959)                                                             from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1                                                                                                                             

Cello Ensemble:

Ben Hong, Madeleine Kabat, David Mollenauer, Paula Fehrenbach, Kris Khang, Sami Meyerson-Khang, Thalia Moore, Ivette Chen

Samuel Cristler, conductor


André Previn                                                                        Vocalise (1995)


Christine Brewer, soprano

Ben Hong, cello

Joanne Pearce Martin, piano


Roger Quilter:                                                                       Music, When Soft Voices Die

(1877 – 1953)                                                                                                 op. 25 No. 5                                       

Ms. Brewer

Gavin Martin, piano




Schubert                                            Adagio from String Quintet in C major D. 956, Op. posth. 163                                                                                                                   

Anne-Sophie Mutter, Helen Nightengale, violin

Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Viola

Madeleine Kabat, Ben Hong, Cello


Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy                                                         Scherzo / Presto

(1809 – 1847)                                                             from Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20                                                                

 Tereza Stanislav, Rafael Rishik, Anna Landauer, Maya Magub, Violin

Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Robert Brophy, Viola

Madeleine Kabat, David Mollenauer, Cello


Robert Schumann                                                                             Arabesque Op. 18

(1810 – 1856)


Yefim Bronfman, piano (video recording)                                                                                                    


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart                                     Aria: “Der Vogelfänger bin Ich ja”

(1756 – 1792)                                                             from The Magic Flute K. 620


Mr. Gilfry

Mr. Cristler


Richard Strauss                                                                    “Morgen” Opus 27, Number 4

(1864 – 1949)                                                                                                            

Ms. Brewer

Mr.  Cristler


Randy Kerber                                                           “Letting Go/Hide and Seek”

(1958)                                                                                     from the film Cello    

William Ross, conductor


Harold Arlen / Yip Harburg                                               “Over the Rainbow”

Arr. Randy Kerber                                         

Ms. Mutter

John Williams, conductor


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