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Cellist Matt Haimovitz Plays Bloch For Temple Celebration

Apr 19, 2017

The Temple, Atlanta's oldest Jewish congregation, turns 150 years old this year. Cellist Matt Haimovitz will join the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra tonight to celebrate the occasion.

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Haimovitz’s performance with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is tonight at 8 p.m. at Symphony Hall.

The Jewish-inspired program features Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes and Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story Symphonic Dances and the Candide Overture.

Haimovitz will perform the solo for the Schelomo Rhapsody by Ernest Bloch. This piece is a portrait of King Solomon, who built the first temple in Israel.

“Bloch created this tone poem for cello and orchestra, so I am King Solomon essentially, or I have to tap into that,” Haimovitz said in an interview with Lois Reitzes.

Along with performing with renowned symphony orchestra, Haimovitz has also played countless shows in clubs, bars, honky-tonks and a variety of other venues where you wouldn’t usually find a classically-trained cellist playing Bach.

“I bring all these experiences to all the performances I give. I look for that connection and sense of intimacy and do this just to get out of the routine to keep it alive,” said Haimovitz.