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Posts Tagged ‘cello’

Matt Haimovitz
Matt Haimovitz

Cellist Matt Haimovitz has something of a reputation in the classical music world. He’s a champion of new music, but probably he’s best known for playing in unorthodox places, including clubs where you’d normally expect to hear jazz or alternative music.

But when Haimovitz arrives in Cleveland on 17 May (2011), he’ll perform in a half-dozen area churches – not exactly known as unconventional spaces for classical music – and he’ll be playing works of Beethoven, Brahms, and Anton Arensky.

City Music Cleveland is sponsoring the series of six concerts, and some of their musicians will join Haimovitz and guest violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama. The program comprises Arensky’s second quartet, the Brahms sextet #1, and Beethoven’s opus 20 septet.

Performances are Tuesday 17 May through Sunday 22 May:

  • Tue: Fairmount Presbyterian Church, 2757 Fairmount Boulevard, Cleveland Heights
  • Wed: Mary Queen of Peace Church, 4423 Pearl Road
  • Thu: St Noel Church, 35200 Chardon Road, Willoughby Hills
  • Fri: St Ignatius of Antioch, 10205 Lorain Avenue
  • Sat: Shrine Church of St Stanislaus Church, 3649 East 65th Street
  • Sun: St Mary Church, 320 Middle Avenue, Elyria

The Tuesday through Saturday concerts are at 7:30pm, and the Sunday concert is at 2:30pm. Dinner reservations are available for the Thursday and Saturday concerts, and free child care is available on Tuesday and Thursday.

More information here.

When I tagged along with The Cleveland Orchestra on their tours of Europe and the Canary Islands (1999) and Vienna (2003), I noticed that certain members tended to vanish on free days. Where’d they go? "They’re mountain climbers," violinist Judy Berman explained. "They’re off finding Climbing Every Mountainsomething to climb."

As are Jeremy Dawson, Clare Wallace and James Rees. Cellists all, they have an abiding appreciation for elevation. No longer content with cathedral rooftops, they plan to scale the UK’s highest mountain peaks — where, inspired by the slightly daft sport of extreme ironing, they intend to unpack their instruments and play recitals.

It’s not just for the challenge, though that’s surely the principal reason. It’s to raise funds for charities. Mountain rescue teams, for example.

Further reading:

Cello players reach new heights at the BBC

As a public radio listener, you’re probably well used to the Julian Lloyd Webber (Photo: of news about music, even if NPR has gradually drifted toward reporting less from the classical world and more from the indie and alternative landscape. But music about news?

Next week (5 June 2008), audiences at the New Generation Arts Festival in Birmingham, England will watch and listen as cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, composer Michael Wolters, and a corps of conservatory students improvise a musical accompaniment to BBC4′s live 7pm newscast.

The idea is both new and old. After all, pianists improvised accompaniment for silent newsreels nearly a century ago. For his part, Webber says it’s strictly an experiment.

More from The Independent.


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