Head bobbing and curls flying, Matt Haimovitz plays the cello like a rock star, leaning into his instrument to conjure forth a bold sound that captures your attention. A jack-of-all-trades in the classical music world, the Montreal-based cellist’s career is full of star-studded collaborations (among them Philip Glass, Isaac Stern, and Mstislav Rostropovich, to name a few) but also marches to the beat of his own drum. He was the first classical musician to play at New York’s notorious punk rock club CBGB and currently leads Montreal’s all-cello ensemble, Uccello, performing a repertoire that spans from Bartók to big band. Continue reading →
The Ontario Philharmonic led by Marco Parisotto is developing into a must-hear orchestra. Maestro Parisotto has shaped his players into a fine music-making instrument, fully capable of supporting the outstanding soloists they invite. Last year this time, in Koerner Hall, the Ontario Phil spread a gorgeous tapestry behind Shlomo Mintz for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. This year, it was cellist Matt Haimovitz they accompanied in Ernest Block’s unique ‘Hebraic Rhapsody’ Schelomo. Continue reading →
Cellist Matt Haimovitz prepares to perform with the Ontario Philharmonic on Tuesday night at Koerner Hall (John Terauds phone photo).
The Ontario Philharmonic made a powerful statement in the first of this season’s concerts at Koerner Hall on Tuesday night, emphatically reminding us that this is no poor cousin of Toronto’s finest symphony orchestras. Continue reading →
After all the hundreds of musicals that have gone down the pike, take heart, there are still unlimited ways to tell a story in music. A very different way of telling, Angel Heart, charmed its first audience, of adults and children (lots of them) in UC Berkeley’s Hertz Hall last Sunday afternoon. Continue reading →
There is so much more to a cello than meets the eye. Anyone considering this stringed instrument may stereotype it as low and slow, but cellist Matt Haimovitz proved its power in his recent collaborative concert with classical pianist/NPR host ChristopherO’Riley at Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Gaede Stage on Sept. 19. Continue reading →
MONTREAL — “Programme, programme.” No, this was not the Expos rally at Jarry Park. This was the Cool Classical Journey in Place des Arts, where you could tell neither the players nor the pieces without the souvenir program being hawked in the main concourse by OSM volunteers in good voice.
On se souviendra de cette Virée classique comme de celle des rencontres inoubliables: Pressler, Dumay, Hewitt, Armstrong et bien d’autres. Véritable succès d’audience avec plus de 20 000 participants, c’est également une réussite sur le plan musical grâce à des concerts de très haute qualité. Continue reading →
Cellist Matt Haimovitz rode the twentieth century into the staid precincts of Music Mountain’s music barn Sunday, introducing four pieces that had never before been played there in the festival’s 84 years of hosting chamber music. Continue reading →