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Amit Peled To Perform On Pablo Casals' Cello – Brevard NC


October 20, 2016

Amit Peled

When Israeli-American cellist, Amit Peled, takes the Porter Center stage on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 3 p.m., he will bring with him his artistry, his charisma and the actual 1733 Goffriller cello once played by the legendary Pablo Casals.

Peled was acclaimed as "One of the Most Influential Music Professionals of 2015" by Musical America, and is considered to be among the most exciting instrumentalists on the performance stage today. He has performed with many orchestras worldwide and is a professor at the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University.

After his Lincoln Center debut, The New York Times raved about his "glowing tone, seductive timbre and emotional phrasing that made you want to see him again."

Peled's interpretation of the Dvorak Cello Concerto in B Minor, which he will bring to Brevard, is celebrated internationally.

When Dvorak wrote the Cello Concerto in B minor, B.191, op.104, no one was more surprised than he that he had decided to write a cello concerto. He loved the instrument, but had doubts about the instrument's solo capabilities. The piece inspired Brahms to begin writing cello concerti and today is regarded by many as the best cello concerto ever written.

Before joining Peled for the Dvorak, the Philharmonic will play Mozart's Symphony No.35 in D major, the Haffner symphony, and Morton Gould's jazzy Symphonette No.2.

Peled often surprises audiences with his ability to break down the barriers between performer and audience. Helped in large measure by his instrument, he says the Casals cello " like a wild horse ready to run."

Dvorak Cello Concerto is presented in loving memory of Doris Davidowsky Hulse and sponsored by her children, Jane and Steve, and friends, Monica and Bruce Williams, Dorothy Semans, Karen Rosenbaum, Lori Shook and Diane and Gary Daniel. Peled is sponsored by Jinks Ramsey and Karla Atkinson in memory of a very special friend, Mary Sauerteig.

The Brevard Philharmonic is a nonprofit organization comprised of local and regional musicians, presenting six concerts annually at Brevard College's Porter Center for the Performing Arts under the baton of Donald Portnoy, its artistic director and conductor. Its mission is to foster in the community and in our schools an appreciation for classical music and the performing arts.

"Illuminations," a conversation with Maestro Portnoy, will be held at 2 p.m., in Scott Commons at Brevard College's Porter Center before the concert. All are welcome.

Individual tickets are $25 to $35 per concert. Season concert packages are also available. Call (828) 884-4221 for details. Or order with our new "pick your seat" option at


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