Upcoming free Sinfonia concert

The Minnesota Sinfonia orchestra will be joined by one of the most exciting instrumentalists on the concert stage today, Amit Peled, who will share with Twin Cities’ audiences the sound of the historic cello of Pablo Casals. Marta Casals Istomin, the widow of Maestro Casals, personally handed him this historic instrument, a Goffriler from 1733.

Peled will be the featured soloist for two concerts, Oct. 26, 7 p.m. at First Covenant Church, 1280 Arcade St. in St. Paul, and Oct. 28, 2 p.m. at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, 88 17th St. N.

Both concerts are free admission, general seating, and children are welcome to attend.

At 6 feet 5 inches tall, Peled started life as a basketball player and often surprises audiences with the ways he breaks down barriers between performers and the public, making classical music more accessible to wider audiences. 

Peled explores the ups and downs of life and the desire to balance tradition, identity and self-expression through his music, from his childhood growing up in a small kibbutz in Israel and listening to his mother singing the traditional tune “Eli Eli,” to playing Max Bruch’s “Kol Nidrei” as a young cellist, which he will play in the Sinfonia concert. Peled will also perform Popper’s “Hungarian Rhapsody,” and J. Stutschewsky’s “Hasidic Suite.”

Also on the 90-minute program will be the world premiere of “Polechka (Little Polka)” by composer Sergey Khvoshchinsky — made possible through the Minnesota Sinfonia’s New Works Program with support from the McKnight Foundation — a new composition by Conductor Fishman Yizkor “Remembrance) for Mom,” and Haydyn’s Symphony No 96, “Miracle.”

To learn more about Peled, and the concerts, including detailed program information and concert notes, call 612-871-1701 or go to www.mnsinfonia.org.

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