The Cellist of Venice transports us to Italy in the year 1725 and conveys the love a Venetian family has for the music of Bach. Adelina grew up in the Pietá, an orphanage and a magnificent music school for girls. One day, her teacher Maestro Vivaldi gives her the opportunity to perform in a Venetian Palace. After the concert, a German prince presents her with a gift, the Suites for Cello composed by his court composer, Johann Sebastian Bach. Years later, tragedy forces Adelina's son to leave his home. The boy's sole possessions are his cello and the music of Bach. Let the captivating narration of opera star Thomas Hampson and the superb playing of world renowned cellist Daniel Müller-Schott take you on a mystical journey to Venice.
Author biography: Kim Maerkl was born in 1961 in Cleveland, Ohio. She is an author, composer, and producer. Her works have been performed in concert halls and theaters throughout Europe and released by publishers in America, Germany, and Switzerland. She is a Fulbright scholar.
Narrator biography: Thomas Hampson is America's foremost baritone. He enjoys a singular international career as an opera singer, recording artist, and ''ambassador of song''. In 2010 he was honored with a Living Legend Award by the Library of Congress. Comprising more than 150 albums, his discography includes winners of a Grammy Award, five Edison Awards, and the Grand Prix du Disque. Through the Hampson Foundation, which he founded in 2003, he employs the art of song to promote intercultural dialogue and understanding.