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Cellist Matt Haimovitz In The Classical 101 Studio

color photo of Matt Haimovitz playing the cello on the roof of an urban building
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Cellist Matt Haimovitz

You could say Matt Haimovitz does things differently.

He abandoned the typical career of a classical cellist early on. Since then, Haimovitz, now on the faculty of McGill University's Schulich School of Music, has championed new music and sought out unusual venues in which to perform it.

This week, Haimovitz is bringing both of these aspects of his work to central Ohio to perform "A Moveable Feast" on the Vail Series at Denison University, Nov. 19-21. The event features performances of five of Bach’s six suites for solo cello, with preludes written by noted contemporary composers, in unexpected places around Denison’s campus and elsewhere in Licking County.

Haimovitz made the trek from Granville to Columbus to join me in the Classical 101 studios earlier today, to give us a taste of "A Moveable Feast" and to chat about new music, recording classical music in the digital age and some of his upcoming projects.

Hear Matt Haimovitz play, and check out our conversation here:

Remaining free performances on "A Moveable Feast" include a "Pop" Up Concert of Bach and popcorn Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. in the Martha "Gay" Reese Lobby of Denison’s Michael D. Eisner Center for the Performing Arts, "Bach’s Lunch" Thursday, Nov. 21, noon-1 p.m. in Denison’s Burton Morgan Knobel Hall and a performance of Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C with the Denison Orchestra, Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. in Sharon Martin Hall of the Michael D. Eisner Center for the Performing Arts.

Jennifer Hambrick unites her extensive backgrounds in the arts and media and her deep roots in Columbus to bring inspiring music to central Ohio as Classical 101’s midday host. Jennifer performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago before earning a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.