Judith Glixon

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Three decades ago, as the principal cellist of the Asheville Symphony, Judith Glixon performed pieces from Bach, Benjamin Britten and other composers for the sheer love of the music.

But over the years, long after moving away from the southeast, Glixon’s commitment to social activism has grown and rivaled her devotion to music.

“I call myself a Type A personality with a Type B constitution,” she said. “I was wearing myself out with various kinds of activism, working as a freelance cellist, raising my daughter and doing my part-time psychotherapy practice.”

There are elements of each—activism, music, therapy and motherly care—wrapped into what Glixon is calling “One Cello, One Planet.” It’s a program of solo cello music Glixon has themed around climate change awareness.