The Daily Star: Essential Thursdays performances to resume July 13

June 23, 2017

The Roxbury Arts Group’s Essential Thursdays Performance Series will return to the Old School Baptist Church in the Denver-Vega Valley at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 13, with a performance from world-renowned cellist Matt Haimovitz.

“Through his visionary approach, Haimovitz is re-defining what it means to be an artist for the 21st century,” presenters said in a media release. “He brings a fresh ear to familiar repertoire, champions new music and initiates groundbreaking collaborations as well as creating innovative recording projects for Oxingale Records.”

Haimovitz made his debut in 1984, at the age of 13, as soloist with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. At 17, he made his first recording with James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, for Deutsche Grammophon. He has gone on to perform on the world’s most esteemed stages, with such orchestras and conductors as the Berlin Philharmonic with James Levine, the New York Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta, the English Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Barenboim, the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra with Kent Nagano, according to the release. Haimovitz made his Carnegie Hall debut when he substituted for his teacher, the legendary Leonard Rose, in Schubert’s String Quintet in C, alongside Isaac Stern, Shlomo Mintz, Pinchas Zukerman and Mstislav Rostropovich.

“The solo cello recital is a Haimovitz trademark” Roxbury Arts Group Executive Director Jenny Rosenzweig said in the release. “Matt is an exceptional artist and performer, and we are extremely excited to highlight his talents with the incomparable acoustics of our Old School Baptist Church venue.”

Tickets purchased in advance for this performance are $20 for adults and $18 for students and seniors. All tickets purchased on the day of the event are $25. For tickets and more information, visit or call 326-7908.

Before the performance, there will be dinner available for purchase from the Ate.O.Ate Gourmet Food Truck. The Old School Baptist Church is at the corner of county Route 36 and Cartwright Road in Denver.

The Essential Thursdays Performance Series will continue Aug. 10 with Hub New Music, a mixed quartet of “young intrepids” exploring a diverse palette of 21st century sounds. With a unique instrumentation of flute, clarinet, violin and cello, Hub has been praised for performances that are “elegant and exacting” (The Boston Globe) and inspire a “refreshing sense of pure joy and innocence.” (New Classic LA), the release said.

The Essential Thursdays Performance Series will conclude Aug. 31 with a performance from select members of Bard’s The Orchestra Now (TŌN ) directed by TJ Wible. Performing a program titled “If It’s Not Baroque, Don’t Fix It” the quartet will feature Thomas J. Wible playing flute, Zachary Boeding on oboe, Milad Daniari on double bass, and Jesse Goldberg playing piano. Along with master composers of the Baroque era, TJ Wible will also introduce a selection of lesser known composers.

For more information, directions and tickets, visit or call the Roxbury Arts Group at 326-7908.

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