Artswego begins season with cellist on tour in Syracuse, Oswego

September 14, 2015

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Artswego Performing Arts Series at SUNY Oswego begins its fall arts programming with cellist Matt Haimovitz performing at four locations on Tuesday and Wednesday. The musician will perform J.S. Bach’s cello suites in a musical tour titled “A Moveable Feast.”

Haimovitz will play the six Bach suites and pair them with new “overtures” by contemporary composers Philip Glass, Roberto Sierra, Du Yun, Vijay Iyer, Mohammed Fairouz and Luna Pearl Woolf. The first three performances are free. Here is Haimovitz’s schedule:

  • Noon Tuesday at WCNY’s radio station studios, 415 W. Fayette St., Syracuse. Haimovitz will be the featured guest on the “Live at Noon” radio show.
  • 3 p.m.Tuesday at The River’s End Book Store, 19 W. Bridge St., Oswego.
  • 5 p.m. Wednesday at Tyler Art Gallery in the Penfield Library on the Oswego campus. Haimovitz’s performance is in conjunction with the opening of the “Origins: Tradition and Innovation” art exhibition.
  • 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the college’s Sheldon Hall ballroom. For his final performance, Haimovitz will play the last three Bach suites and accompanying overtures. Tickets for this recital are $15, general, and $5, SUNY Oswego students. To purchase visit the SUNY Oswego box offices, go online or call 315-312-2141. Parking for the performance available in the lots across from and adjacent to Sheldon Hall.

By: Melinda Johnson

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The New York Times: Classical Playlist: Matt Haimovitz, Avalon String Quartet and Eighth Blackbird

September 2, 2015

“Orbit”: Music for Solo Cello (1945-2014)
Matt Haimovitz, cello
In this fascinating three-disc survey of music for solo cello written since the end of World War II, this ferociously talented cellist brings his megawatt sound and uncommon expressive gifts to a vast variety of styles, often with surprising results. Mr. Haimovitz finds sensuality in Pierre Boulez, Baroque stringency in Philip Glass and Verdian drama in Salvatore Sciarrino. By turns heartwarming, scary, playful and groovy, this recording reveals worlds inside a single instrument. The ghost of Bach is never far away, of course, but the specter Mr. Haimovitz conjures most vividly is that of Jimi Hendrix, whose rendition of “The Spar-Spangled Banner” he imitates in all its subversive brilliance.


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The Whole Note: ORBIT Review

September 1, 2015

In Brief: Over the long summer there was of course a plethora of other offerings that held my attention. Orbit – Music for Solo Cello (Pentatone PTC 1586) is a 3-CD compilation comprising material originally released over the past decade by Montreal-based Matt Haimovitz on his own Oxingale label. Even for an aficionado such as myself nearly four hours of nothing but the sound of a single cello in repertoire drawn from a single time period (1945-2014) might get to be a bit “much of a muchness,” but I must say that my attention did not wane. From the opening title track, Continue reading

Oswego County Today: Artswego Series Opens With Matt Haimovitz’s Traveling Bach Cello Suites

August 30, 2015

OSWEGO — Renowned cellist Matt Haimovitz will launch the season’s Artswego Performing Arts Series at SUNY Oswego with the unaccompanied cello suites of Johann Sebastian Bach performed in four different campus and community locations on Sept. 15 and 16.

Cellist Matt Haimovitz, who as a prodigy played with Zubin Mehta at 13 and recorded with the Chicago Symphony at 17, now takes it to the streets. He will offer a four-stop "Moveable Feast" of Bach suites Sept. 15-16, concluding with a performance for SUNY Oswego's Performing Arts Series at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16, in Sheldon Hall ballroom.

Cellist Matt Haimovitz, who as a prodigy played with Zubin Mehta at 13 and recorded with the Chicago Symphony at 17, now takes it to the streets. He will offer a four-stop “Moveable Feast” of Bach suites Sept. 15-16, concluding with a performance for SUNY Oswego’s Performing Arts Series at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16, in Sheldon Hall ballroom.

With earlier stops in Syracuse, downtown Oswego and the college’s Penfield Library, the musical tour will conclude with Haimovitz’ ticketed performance of the last three Bach suites and accompanying overtures in solo recital in at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16, in SUNY Oswego’s Sheldon Hall ballroom. Continue reading


August 21, 2015

It’s easy (too easy) to think of any classical artist who is covering a pop song as a musician who is engaged in a little bit of opportunism. That’s because there is sometimes a little bit of pandering involved. But on other occasions, the crossover move really works. Click play on our mix, and you’ll hear one of those successes: cellist Matt Haimovitz’s scratchy-then-melodic cover of The Beatles’ iconic “Helter Skelter.” Aside from the performance’s ingenuity, it’s impressive that it also comes on Haimovitz’s new multidisc set of solo cello pieces (on which he plays music by Philip Glass as well as Luigi Dallapiccola). Continue reading

Primephonic: To Inspire, To Create, To Engage and To Empower

August 18, 2015

On this day in 1920, women were guaranteed the vote in the USA, which, when finally ratified by the state of Tennessee, led to a majority – basically making it the law of the land that women could vote!

By the beginning of the 20th century, women’s roles were changing drastically. Women were becoming more and more autonomous, working increasingly outside the home and receiving better education. When America entered the war in 1917, women had played an active role in the war effort and a year later, women had acquired equal suffrage with men in 15 states. Commemorating this historic day is a perfect time to reflect on and draw your attention to a handful of strong 21stcentury women in classical music. Continue reading

Performing Arts Monterey Bay: Cabrillo Festival, Part 2

August 18, 2015

THE TOUGH THING about new music is making it memorable. This means providing enough intellectual structure—architecture—so that the listener can remember it after the fact. While I don’t know if this idea is shared by the young composers who are welcomed as guests each year at the Cabrillo Festival it does beg the question. Continue reading

Second Inversion: ALBUM REVIEW: ORBIT: Music for Solo Cello (1945-2014)

August 17, 2015

What do Jimi Hendrix guitar solos, György Ligeti sonatas, Shakespeare sonnets, and Spanish sarabandes all have in common? Each of them appears in one form or another on cellist Matt Haimovitz’s latest release, “Orbit: Music for Solo Cello (1945-2014).”

Sprawling in scope, “Orbit” is a three-disc compilation of music for solo cello featuring works by over 20 contemporary composers, 15 of whom are still living. The ambitious solo album is also one of the first releases on the new Pentatone Oxingale Series. This innovative new project is a collaboration between the Dutch classical music label PENTATONE and Haimovitz’s own  trailblazing artists’ label Oxingale Records, which he created in 2000 with his partner in life and music, composer Luna Pearl Woolf. Continue reading

Arts SF: SANTA CRUZ SPRINGS TO LIFE With Cabrillo’s Contemporary Orchestral Sounds

August 17, 2015

SANTA CRUZ, CA—The final weekend of the Cabrillo Festival is inevitably invigorating, with one new orchestral piece almost atop the other, sometimes with the ink barely dry.

This is Music Director Marin Alsop’s baby, now in her 24th season on the summer podium here. Here she and the devotees can feast on contemporary sounds, created by figures either well-known (like Philip Glass) or otherwise. Continue reading

AllMusic: Review of ORBIT: Music for Solo Cello (1945-2014)

August 14, 2015

AllMusic Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars

On this 2015 compilation of contemporary solo cello music, Matt Haimovitz presents a diverse program of past performances, drawn from his recordings on Oxingale Records. The selections have been remastered for HD sound by PentaTone, so the audio quality of these 3 hybrid SACDs is superior to the sound of the first releases, which appeared on the albums Anthem (2003), Goulash! (2005), After Reading Shakespeare (2007), Figment (2009), and Matteo (2011). The selections range from popular music to the avant-garde, and Haimovitz explores major examples of modern cello music, from Luigi Dallapiccola’s Ciaconna, Intermezzo e Adagio (1945) to Philip Glass’ Orbit (2014), and embraces many of the trends that make up contemporary music, including a virtuoso arrangement by Luna Pearl Woolf of The Beatles’ Helter Skelter.

By: Blair Sanderson

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