Amit Peled on the Casals Cello

$10 BGH Classics series

Amit Peled, Cello

Bennett Gordon Hall
Saturday, November 12, 2016
7:30 PM
Gates Open
8:30 PM
Concert Starts

Reserved: $10
Ticket and Dining Package: $50
No lawn sales

Dining Package: You can make the concert a complete evening out when you purchase the concert/dining package for $50 per person. This convenient package comes complete with dinner in the Freehling Room before the performance in Bennett Gordon Hall. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.


Bach:   Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G major
Bach:   Suite for Solo Cello No. 2 in D major
Bach:   Suite for Solo Cello No. 3 in C major

Concert Information

At the age of 10, Amit Peled had his life changed by an audio cassette recording. The music so moved him, he learned the instrument featured on it, partly in hopes of impressing a girl. Little did he know that 30 years on he’d not only still be impressing people with that instrument, the cello, but he’d be doing so on the exact instrument he originally fell in love with: the 1733 Matteo Goffriller cello owned and played for 60 years by Pablo Casals. Peled calls Casals “the grandfather of classical music of the 20th century. … He really shaped what we know today of how to make a phrase, and was a bridge from the old times, [to] Romantic music, to our day.” Having recently re-created some of Casals’s earliest concerts with the cello from a century ago, Peled returns to Ravinia with three of Bach’s solo cello suites, works the master rescued from obscurity and rightfully set alongside the composer’s solo violin sonatas and partitas as landmark showpieces.

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