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On That Note: Reading Music Like A Book

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Lake Effect's monthly On That Note series with contributor and cellist Robert Cohen examines the life of a working, professional, classical musician.

This month, Bonnie North explores how cellist Robert Cohen approaches learning a new piece of music. Even though he’s been playing professionally for many years, that doesn’t mean he’s played everything that’s been written for the cello…

"When you have experience, you can read it as though it were words and sounds," Cohen says. "So when your looking at the dots on the page, they actually start to sing in your head."

Lake Effect contributor Robert Cohen is an award-winning recording artist, conductor, artistic director and cellist for the Fine Arts Quartet.

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Bonnie North
Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.
Audrey is a producer, host and reporter for Lake Effect. She is involved with every aspect of the show — from conducting interviews, editing audio, posting web stories and mixing the show together.
For 35 years one of the worlds leading cello soloist, Robert Cohen is an award-winning recording artist, conductor, artistic director and pedagogue who has been broadcast on TV and radio throughout the world. His passionate views on the art of learning, performing and communicating music have been widely published.