Saturday, October 26, 2013

Matt Haimovitz performs Philip Glass' 'Cello Concerto No. 2: Naqoyqatsi' at Emory's Schwartz Center

Posted By on Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Matt Haimovitz
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When cellist Matt Haimovitz joins the Emory University Symphony Orchestra and conductor Richard Prior tonight (Oct. 26) to perform Philip Glass' "Cello Concerto no. 2," it will be the second time the piece has been performed for a live audience. The world premiere was held at the Music Hall in Cincinnati on March 30-31, 2012, when Haimovitz and conductor Dennis Russell Davies joined the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to run through the seven-piece movement, which is essentially Glass score to the film Naqoyqatsi, featuring Yo-Yo Ma on cello.

The film is the third in the "Qatsi trilogy" - Glass' score to the first installment, Koyaanisqatsi, is a seminal minimalist soundtrack that has practically become a part of pop culture. The Naqoyqatsi score isn't quite what people often associate with Glass' work, as its form moves in a totally different direction, making it a bit unusual for a concerto: the cadenzas don't happen in a typical way - each one connecting and drawing the audience in with a sense of sublime intimacy and exquisite neo romanticism. The score is still quite young in its life, and has indeed taken on a life of its own beyond the context of the film. Tonight's performance offers a truly unique chance to take in the music as a proper concert piece.

View or download a PDF of the program.

Free. 8 p.m. Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall, 1700 N. Decatur Rd. 404-727-5050.

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