If you go

› What: Efe Baltacigil

› Where: Lee University, Pangle Hall, 340 Church St. NE, Cleveland, Tennessee

› When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28

› Admission: $15 adults, $5 students

› For more info: 423-614-8343

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Efe Baltacigil / Lee University contributed photo

A performance by Efe Baltacigil, cellist, will wrap Lee University's Presidential Concert Series on Thursday, March 28, in Pangle Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Originally from Turkey, Baltacigil began playing cello at age 5. He has performed alongside Pinchas Zukerman and Yo-Yo Ma at Carnegie Hall. In addition to appearing as a soloist in the Schumann Cello Concerto with the Curtis Chamber Orchestra, he is also a member of Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society Two.

"In one sentence, Efe is the new Yo-Yo Ma," says Theodore Kartal, former teacher of Baltacigil and instructor of cello in the Lee University School of Music. "He is the new, rising, internationally known, young star performing all over the world. He has an incredible gift."

In his concert at Lee, Baltacigil will perform an unaccompanied Bach cello suite and a popular Franck sonata, joined by pianist Jessica Choe.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Lee University box office in Dixon Center or online at

For more information about the Presidential Concert Series:


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