Posted: September 19, 2007
WFCR presents MHC associate professor David Sanford's innovative jazz band, the Pittsburgh Collective, and Matt Haimovitz, the award-winning cellist, in an evening of new jazz works, Thursday, October 25, 2007 at 7:30 pm in Chapin Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College.
The Pittsburgh Collective, founded by composer David Sanford, who also conducts the group, is composed of top-level jazz, classical, and new-music artists from around the United States.
One of the concert program highlights is "Scherzo Grosso," composed by Sanford specifically for Matt Haimovitz and the Pittsburgh Collective. "Scherzo Grosso," with its nod to rhythm and blues, straight-ahead hard bop, free jazz, marches, waltzes, metal, Klezmer, and film music, was recorded live at the Knitting Factory in New York City, and released on Oxingale Records in January 2007. The cello and orchestra arrangement of this classical-funk-jazz-bebop-hopping music was performed by the Berkeley Symphony and Kent Nagano. The original version returns to New York City--after the Mount Holyoke performance--to the Miller Theatre, where Sanford will be featured in a composer portrait.
According to the official bio furnished by Oxingale Records, "Cellist Matt Haimovitz (left) is a musical pioneer. He has inspired classical music lovers and won over countless new listeners to the genre by bringing his artistry to concert halls and clubs, outdoor festivals, and intimate coffee houses, any place where passionate music can be heard. Through his visionary approach--bringing a fresh ear to familiar repertoire and a warm, human presence to the traditional concert experience; championing new music and initiating groundbreaking collaborations within and beyond the classical domain; recording innovative projects on Oxingale Records and integrating all with a tireless touring schedule; as well as mentoring an award-winning studio of young cellists at McGill University's Schulich School of Music--Haimovitz is redefining what it means to be an artist, for the twenty-first century."
According to Strad Magazine, "Matt Haimovitz's deep commitment to building bridges (and blazing trails) to new audiences, his fondness for playing in nontraditional venues and his pursuit of almost every kind of repertory in existence have earned him the moniker 'cellist without borders'."
The event is sponsored by Mount Holyoke and the Valley Advocate. Proceeds benefit the programs and services of 88.5FM-WFCR, NPR News and Music for Western New England.
Tickets are available in person at the UMASS/Amherst Fine Arts Center Box-Office, by telephone at 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or online. Information about tickets for Mount Holyoke faculty, staff, and students will be available on the Mount Holyoke Web site's gateways soon.