(Posted August 29, 2017)

Steph Mackinnon
Steph Mackinnon

HUNTINGDON, Pa. – Acclaimed cellist Matt Haimovitz will perform at Juniata College on Friday Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Rosenberger Auditorium, in Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts. He will also present a musical “Moveable Feast,” on Thursday, Sept. 7, throughout Huntingdon. Thursday’s performances will be free and open to the public. Friday’s performance in the Rosenberger Auditorium will require tickets.

Johan Sebastian Bach’s suites for unaccompanied cello, also known as Cello Suites were composed around 1717-1723. Haimovitz’s website describes Bach’s Suites as “some of the most moving and spiritual compositions for a solo instrument in history.” Haimovitz’s performance, titled “The Bach Suites: A Moveable Feast,” was given its name because it will take place at several locations throughout Huntingdon. The Sept. 7 performances will take place at St. John’s Episcopal Church of 212 Penn Street at 12:10 p.m., Westminster Woods Commons Dining Room at 3 p.m. and the Juniata College Museum of Art rotunda at 6 p.m. Each mini-concert is free, open to the public and will last approximately 35 minutes. During the moveable feast, Haimovitz will perform one suite at each of the three locations, and play the remaining three pieces at Friday’s show. This schedule, as well as additional information, is available at juniatapresents.com or on the Juniata Presents Facebook page.

Haimovitz’s instrumentals have been described by Strings Magazine as, “Gorgeous...delivered with immense feeling and passionate musicality.”

Haimovitz began practicing the cello at age seven. He was 16 when he became the youngest recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant for exceptional musical achievement. He graduated from Harvard in 1996, and has been performing all around the world. He is best known for bringing new approaches to traditional pieces. For this performance, he will be blending the Bach Suites with overtures composed by Philip Glass, Du Yun, Vijay Iyer, Roberto Sierra, David Sanford and Luna Pearl Woolf.

“The Bach Suites: A Moveable Feast,” is part of the Juniata Presents series, which invites students, faculty, and members of the local community to experience “thought-provoking, refreshing and entertaining” performances and discussions. To learn more about “The Bach Suites: A Moveable Feast,” or other Juniata Presents events, visit: www.juniatapresents.com. For tickets and information about the Juniata Presents series, please call (814) 641-JTIX (5849). General admissions tickets for single performances are $20, except where otherwise noted. Single-show tickets for seniors over age 65 and children age 18 and under are $12. Juniata College students are admitted free with a student ID.

 

Written by Joey DiGangi III ’18 

Contact Gabe Welsch at welschg@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.