Opera on the River 2022 Headliner
Sunday, July 31, 2022
Lowell Park, Stillwater, MN
Cellist Rebecca Arons is a dynamic performer and in-demand recording artist, arranger and producer that has worked with top orchestras, Broadway stars and rock and pop’s biggest stars like Hugh Jackman, The Eagles and Weird Al.
Born in Massachusetts and based in Minneapolis, she has been a member of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra since 1998 and is co-principal, along with composer Adi Yeshaya, of the performance, arranging, and production company STRINGenius. Rebecca and Adi have been collaborating for over twenty years, creating and recording tracks for a broad range of artists, films and television, including all of the orchestral tracks for Prince during the last three years of his life.
An eclectic artist with a broad ear, Rebecca is a founding member of alt-rock band And the Professors and the jazz fusion group One World Consort. She is currently working with folk/pop songwriter Jonatha Brooke on the Cello Songs Project – a creative collaboration of original songs for voice, cello and expanded instrumentation. Rebecca and Jonatha started working together in 2013, workshopping and touring Jonatha’s critically acclaimed, one-woman, off-Broadway musical My Mother Has Four Noses. Rebecca then went on to co-produce Jonatha’s 2019 album Imposter.
As owner of the orchestral contracting company RDA Productions and co-founder of STRINGenius, she has worked with such artists as Stevie Wonder, Judith Hill, The Who, Josh Groban, Kristin Chenoweth, Regis Philbin, Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Dessa, Broadway Across America and many others. She is a founding member of the Four Voices String Quartet and has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Rebecca received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Master and Doctoral degrees from the University of Minnesota School of Music. She is currently Adjunct Professor of Cello at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.