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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
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]