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    Cellist Amit Peled in Concert

    Journey with my Jewishness

    When: Sunday, 9/17/2017 5:30 PM Export event

    Where: Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall (Bldg F)

    This event is part of the People of the Music series.

    Special offer: Purchase tickets to both events in the series and get 20% off! 
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    The concert will be played with the historic Gofriller Cello of Pablo Casals.


    From the United States to Europe to the Middle East and Asia, Israeli cellist Amit Peled, a musician of profound artistry and charismatic stage presence, is acclaimed as one of the most exciting instrumentalists on the concert stage today.

    At 6'5" tall, Peled started life as a basketball player. He was called "larger than life" when he enveloped his cello and "Jacqueline du Pré in a farmer's body." He often surprises audiences with the ways he breaks down barriers between performers and the public, making classical music more accessible to wider audiences. Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun reflected on a recent performance: "Peled did a lot of joking in remarks to the audience. His amiable and inviting personality is exactly the type everyone says we'll need more of if classical music is to survive."

    During the 2016/17 season, Mr. Peled shared with audiences around the world the sound of the historic cello of Pablo Casals. Mrs. Marta Casals Istomin, the widow of Maestro Casals, personally handed him the instrument, a Goffriller ca. 1733.

    Some of the upcoming highlights with this historic cello include a Bach Suite program at the Ravinia Festival, a new Naxos installment with the Tempest Trio, performances with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Das Junge Orchester, Fairfax Symphony, Xalapa Symphony Orchestra and the Palm Beach Symphony. In addition to the previous engagements, Amit will make his debut with both the Warsaw Philharmonic and the Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria. He will also be recording Nadia Boulanger's Three Pieces for Cello and Piano and make a return trip to Russia to perform and teach at the St. Petersburg Conservatory.

    This powerful and compelling program follows Peled's personal, musical and spiritual journey. From his childhood growing up on a small kibbutz in Israel and listening to his mother singing the traditional tune Eli Eli, to playing Max Bruch's Kol Nidrei as a young cellist and personally connecting with the Yom Kippur message, Amit explores the ups and downs of life and the desire to balance tradition, identity and self-expression.

    Among other works, the program features Mark Kopytman's heart-wrenching Kaddish and Ernest Bloch's beloved three scenes From Jewish Life. Amit's effective personal narrative in conjunction with a selection of deeply moving works and a passionate performance provokes a personal spiritual journey for each member of the audience. You won't leave the concert hall as the same person you were when you walked in.

    To read more about Amit and his story, click here for an interview with the Mercury News.

    Amit Peled, Cello
    Noreen Polera, Piano

    Eli Eli My God, My God
    Bach Suite No. 1 for solo cello
    Bruch Kol Nidrei
    Bloch From Jewish Life
    Popper Hungarian Rhapsody

    Part of the Jewish Luminaries series

    Sunday, September 17
    5:30 PM
    Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
    $40 General | $35 Members and J-pass holders | $18 Students (with ID) | $60 Premium Seating (includes post-concert reception with the artists)
    Contact: Ilanit Gal | (650) 223-8649 | [email protected]

    Registration is closed for this event.

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