Acclaimed cellist Matt Haimovitz now offers a brilliant musical variation on the concept of A Moveable Feast. In advance of releasing the complete set of Bach Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, he’ll offer a unique experience- unparalleled in the classical music world.
Bach’s Suites for Unaccompanied Cello (1717-1723) are some of the most moving and spiritual compositions for a solo instrument in history.
Matt Haimovitz begins the feast by performing three of these in separate locations around the community or campus. Each suite is a masterpiece on its own, but, in addition to the suites, preludes by Philip Glass, Du Yun, Vijay Iyer, Bryce Dessner (The National) and others are performed. Ideal locations for each of these mini-concerts (each runs about 35 mins) are galleries, libraries, chapels, or other locations with excellent acoustics. It is encouraged to use social media to promote these mini- performances and to motivate audience/community members to follow the music and attend each of the programs. No tech other than a chair is required. The visit concludes with a formal recital of the balance of the suites in the concert hall.
The list of composers who have been commissioned to write the Overtures for the Bach Suites are as follows:
Bach Suite I - Philip Glass
Bach Suite II - Du Yun
Bach Suite III - Vijay Iyer
Bach Suite IV - Roberto Sierra
Bach Suite V - Mohammed Fairouz
Bach Suite VI - Luna Pearl Woolf
A possible example schedule:
Prelude & Bach Suite #1- library- noon
Prelude & Bach Suite #3- rotunda of county courthouse, campus Hillel, lobby of the medical center- 3pm
Prelude & Bach Suite #5- local church, campus chapel, campus student center- 5pm
Masterclass with cello students or early music students
Preludes and Bach Suites #2, #4, #6- Concert Hall