Join Ralph Kirshbaum, the chair of the USC Thornton School of Music String Department and one of the worlds top cellists, for a two-part series on the history of the cello. History of the Cello: Part I will trace the development of the cello as a physical instrument through four centuries, beginning with the family of viols, continuing through the viola da gamba, and arriving at the modern cello, a member of the violin family. Instruments from all of these periods will be shown and demonstrated by young artists from the USC Thornton School of Music, revealing the physical and tonal changes that have occurred throughout the years. A senior luthier will give a detailed talk on the physical properties of these various instruments, accompanied by illustrative film clips. Ralph Kirshbaum, one of todays most renowned cellists, has appeared with many of the worlds great orchestras, including the Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, BBC, and London symphonies; Cleveland Orchestra; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Philharmonia; Zurich Tonhalle; Orchestre de Paris; and Israel Philharmonic.