Considered one of the most Influential Music Professionals of 2015 by Musical America, Amit Peled is regarded as a powerful force in classical music. Standing a remarkable 6’5” and an ex-basketball professional, the Israeli cellist has been described as larger than life, connecting with audiences in unique ways, and making classical music more accessible. Playing alongside Alon Goldstein on piano, don’t miss your opportunity to see these incredible concerts on Thursday and Friday, February 2nd and 3rd, at 5 pm at St. Paul’s Church on Calle Cardo.
Performing with the historic cello of Pablo Casals, gifted to him personally by Casals’ widow, Peled has inspired audiences worldwide, including extensive touring with his two chamber music groups, The Tempest Trio and the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio, including a recent 20 city tour of the US, and many of the greatest concert halls worldwide. The New York Times praised his “glowing tone, a seductive timbre and an emotionally pointed approach to phrasing that made you want to hear him again.”
As one of the most sought after cello pedagogues, Mr. Peled, a Professor at the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University, is known for making his concerts spring to life with new energy. The Baltimore Sun described his stage presence this way: “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.”
The concerts, will include different Bach solo cello Suites, the apogee of every cellist’s repertoire, and some of the most popular pieces in the genre. Both concerts will also feature Schubert’s Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and Piano, one of the only recognized compositions for the arpeggione (which was essentially a bowed guitar) known today.
Thursday’s concert will include Liszt’s Paraphrase of Verdi's opera, Il Trovatore, and an opportunity for Peled to display his virtuoso playing. Sulkhan Tsintsadze’s Five Pieces on Folk Themes for cello and piano reflects the composer’s Georgian background, whilst Pablo Casals’ Song of the Birds, transcribed from a Catalonian folk song in protest of the Franco regime in Spain, reminds us of the maestro’s humanitarian credentials, for which he was awarded the United Nations Peace Medal.
Friday’s concert includes Ernst Bloch’s From Jewish Life, an iconic work invoking Hassidic dance rhythms, as well as Ginastera’s Three Argentine Dances from his early nationalistic and folk-influenced phase, whilst Popper’s gentle Tarantella will introduce us to a marvellous piece of music, not often played. Don’t forget that this concert also includes the Schubert Sonata and a wonderful Bach solo cello Sonata, as does the concert on Thursday
Tickets for the concerts at St. Paul’s are $150, $250 and $350 pesos donation each, and are on sale at La Tienda in the Biblioteca Pública; La Conexión; only at Aldama 3, the School of Arts at the Instituto Allende, Ancha de San Antonio 22, and at the concert half an hour before performance time.