It has already been a red-letter season for cellist Matt Haimovitz, who recently made the news with a world premiere (Philip Glass's Cello Concerto No. 2 "Naqoyqatsi"), a nationwide recital tour (with pianist Christopher O'Riley), a hit recording (his double album with O'Riley, Shuffle.Play.Listen), and more. Now May and June see the cellist offering a characteristically diverse and challenging lineup. He performs Saint-Saëns's Cello Concerto No. 1 in Illinois (May 4--6); gives a "Beyond Bach" solo recital at Boston's Gardner Museum (May 17); tours with his all-cello ensemble, Uccello, playing concerts in Toronto (June 6), Buffalo (June 7), Ithaca (June 8--9), and at New York's Bargemusic (June 10); and makes a star turn as soloist with the Trinity Choir in Du Yun's San, Laura Elise Schwendinger's Six Choral Settings and Luna Pearl Woolf's concerto for cello and a cappella choir, Après moi, le deluge, at Carnegie's Zankel Hall (May 31). In an interview below, composer Luna Pearl Woolf discusses the return to New York of Après moi, le deluge, her virtuosic, poignant response to Hurricane Katrina.
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