Cellist Matt Haimovitz gets his kicks out of mixing it up, playing Arcade Fire at a pop-up concert one day, then restringing his instrument with gut strings to play period Beethoven the next. For tonight’s Toronto visit with the Ontario Philharmonic at Koerner Hall, he reaches into the heart of the repertoire with Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo. Continue reading →
“Angel Heart” was conceived by Luna Pearl Woolf and Lisa Delan.
“Do you hear it?”
At the beginning, there is only the voice of Jeremy Irons. Then, the sound of strings: high, sparkling filaments of sound that dance around the narrator’s voice like dust particles catching the light.
There is a whispering of wings in the silence of the night.
They’re coming. With feathers as white as snow and faces as bright as the moonlight:
“Angel Heart” is a tender and emotionally astute children’s story told in words and music. Last month it was released as an audiobook CD; on Monday it will be performed live at Zankel Hall with the actor Chris Noth as narrator. Continue reading →
Lullabies and bedtime stories are usually close to the top of the list of most treasured early childhood memories. Few things can comfort an infant or toddler into peaceful slumber as the voice of a parent or grandparent softly intoning “Rock-a-bye Baby” or “Brahms Lullaby.” Nowadays one can augment a child’s calming bedtime rituals by merely hitting the “play” button on a CD or MP3 player.
A trio of imaginative women combined their talents to create what might become a new children’s classic. Continue reading →
Back in the late 1980s, when Spoleto USA was only about a decade old, I was enjoying one of the programs in the chamber music series that Charles Wadsworth organized for the festival and which became, over time, one of its most popular and consistently successful features. Wadsworth, the ever-avuncular host, had just introduced to the Dock Street Theatre stage a teenaged phenomenon named Matt Haimovitz, whom he predicted would soon leave his mark on the cello repertoire. Continue reading →
If you close your eyes and listen to the music, you can picture the onscreen action: the young mother unnerved by the sudden departure of her baby’s nanny, the wily tramp finding the key under the mat and infiltrating the isolated house, the husband working to the ticking clock of office deadlines suddenly thrown into a different race against time when his wife’s frantic phone call to him is cut off, and the chase to the rescue in a stolen car pursued by the law.
Composer Luna Pearl Woolf conjures the pictures in your mind’s eye with the orchestral-sounding richness of eight cellos, a full complement of drums and a glockenspiel. Continue reading →
What happens when a pair of music professionals set out to create a CD to share with their kids? In the case of composer Luna Pearl Woolf and soprano Lisa Delan, they enlist author Cornelia Funke, actor Jeremy Irons, and Mirada Studios to help them turn their vision into a multimedia storybook and interactive iPad app. The result is Angel Heart, a CD in mini-hardcover packaging being released September 24 by Oxingale Records. An app is set to follow in early 2014. Continue reading →
Cellist and multiple Grammy winner Matt Haimovitz has inspired classical music lovers and countless new listeners by bringing fresh music to concert halls and clubs, outdoor festivals, intimate coffee houses—just about anywhere he can reach listeners with passionate performances of world class music.
Angel Heart, coming to Cal Performances on Oct. 6, is a national story with lots of local initiative and involvement.
Among the “locals”: Frederica von Stade, Matt Haimovitz, S.F. Conservatory alumni soprano Lisa Delan and baritone Bruce Rameker, Brian Staufenbiel as stage director; Gordon Getty and Jake Heggie, whose works have been arranged for Haimovitz’ Uccello ensemble; Dana Rath of the Modern Mandolin Quartet; and the Flicka-protégé Children’s Choir of St. Martin de Porres School of Oakland, conducted by Michael Morgan.
With an aim of showcasing cultural and artistic performances throughout the school year, the Cheryl Nelson Lossett arts series has Haimovitz and O’Riley booked as the start for a season of four shows. All are versatile performances, one of which (a ballet in March) is a world premiere event. Haimovitz and O’Riley’s concert “Shuffle. Play. Listen.” is remarkable, because it is Haimovitz’s second appearance in the arts series and that the duo’s repertoire spans centuries and genres. Continue reading →