World Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Op.14
A concerto for the 21st century, featuring cello in dialogue with the Chinese erhu, Indian sarangi, and Arabian oud

Nolan Gasser’s World Concerto for Cello and Orchestra premiered to great success on January 23 and 24, 2009 in Oakland and San Francisco. The concerto was performed by internationally acclaimed cellist Maya Beiser and the Oakland East Bay Symphony under the baton of Maestro Michael Morgan, along with three master “world” musicians – Jiebing Chen on the Chinese erhu, Aruna Narayan on the Indian sarangi, and Bassam Saba on the Arabian oud. The stellar response to the music and its positive message of international cooperation has sparked fervent interest in introducing this work around the US and the world. A tour is currently being planned. Interested orchestras and concert venues are invited to contact the composer for more information, at

"It is very rare for a premiere to generate energy and excitement like this one did - in fact, I’ve never experienced a response like this to a premiere!"
Michael Morgan, Conductor, Oakland East Bay Symphony

"A global triumph… absolutely superb… a whirlwind musical tour that yielded rich rewards because the music was so mesmerizing… a deserved life in the [classical] repertoire.”
Sue Gilmore, Oakland Tribune / Contra Costa Times

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