Two cellists appeal to both classical and crossover crowd

Regardless of your feelings about so-called “classical crossover” music, it has a huge audience and, in my opinion, can serve a purpose beyond entertainment.

Cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, which perform under the name 2Cellos, have created quite a stir with their arrangements of pop music by Green Day (above), AC/DC, Guns ‘N Roses, and U2, to name a few.

In some cases, musicians such as these find their niche and make some money, but have a difficult time being taken seriously by classical music lovers.  Sometimes, it’s because they don’t have the chops to play Bach or Brahms.  Sometimes it’s because we like our music in well-labeled, neat packages.

These days, the musical lines continue to blur.  While a well established musician such as Yo Yo Ma can delve into whatever style he wants, musicians who begin in the crossover realm have a tough time moving the other way.  2Cellos seems to have found the answer. They play with Red Hot Chili Peppers one night.

And the Zagreb Soloists the next.

Then they do their own show before a huge crowd.

In today’s musical world, where nearly everything is available at our fingertips, anything that potentially draws new audiences to try classical music is ok by me.  I grew up experiencing all types of music.  What I chose to play on the radio early in my career is often something I listen to now and say, “What was I thinking?”  Other composers I have grown into.

Pianist/composer Conrad Tau once told me that his friends worked their way backwards into music by Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven, they didn’t begin there.  Who knows, your kids or grandkids may be listening to 2Cellos play Green Day today, and Bach tomorrow.

Watch: 2Cellos play the Bach Concerto for Two Violins in D minor BWV 1043, in a version for two cellos

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