Friday, September 15, 9 pm
Performance Santa Fe presents cellist Matt Haimovitz, who made his debut as a soloist at age 13 in 1984 with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and made his first recording at age 17 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. After decades of recordings and having eventually grown dissatisfied with the traditional career paths of modern classical musicians, Haimovitz began exploring non-standard and non-classical repertoire, and began a program of concerts in unusual venues. His 2000 “Listening Room” tour made waves as he brought Bach’s cello suites out of the concert halls, and has since played in unconventional locales, including night clubs, bars, coffee houses, even a crypt. He was the first classical artist to ever play at New York’s famous, now-shuttered CBGB.
In addition to diversifying his venues and reaching new audiences, Haimovitz is known equally well for his decades-long exploration of Bach’s cello suites, and has commissioned other composers to each write an overture to a suite, paying homage to Bach while injecting contemporary influences. This month there will be three opportunities to see him perform selections from Bach’s solo cello suites along with their corresponding overtures. Friday, September 15, 5:30 pm at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (free with admission), Friday, September 15, 9 pm at the Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing Co. ($15), and Saturday, September 16, 7:30 pm at the Scottish Rite Center ($45-75). Tickets at performancesantafe.org.