Israeli-born Matt Haimovitz, a cellist extraordinaire who is expanding audiences’ ideas of how and where the instrument is played, will be featured in the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Stella Boyle Smith Masterworks series at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, at Robinson Center Music Hall. Tickets are $42, $35, $25 and $15.
But before his turn with the Symphony, Haimovitz will perform on his gorgeous 1710 Gofriller in a smaller club environment at the Living Room 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21. That show is part of his 50-state "Anthem" tour, which is coming to an end in the next couple of weeks.
The club date is nothing new, as Haimovitz has been touring and playing in smaller rock clubs for a while. He claims in press material to enjoy having both punks and rockers sitting next to the classical purists in his audience.
Tickets to the Thursday performance are $15 at the door. Call 666-1761 for Symphony tickets.
The cellist, in his early 30s, is already the head of the cello department at the University of Massachusetts and, like Yo-Yo Ma, was mentored by the late Leonard Rose. His album "Anthem," released on September 9, 2003, is a tribute to 9/11, including blazing rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner" (think Jimi Hendrix gone cello).
With the Symphony, he’ll perform Mendelssohn’s "Italian" Symphony No. 4, Mozart’s "Cosi fan tutte" Overture and American composer Samuel Barber’s highly demanding "Cello Concerto," a "modern" work.