Spokane, WA — on Monday, April 30th at 7:30 PM, the Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra will present its season finale. Conducted by Kevin Hekmatpanah, the performance will take place at Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, located at 1001 W Sprague Ave. This event will open with Suppé’s brilliant and dazzling Light Cavalry Overture. It will be followed by Victor Herbert’s passionate and dramatic Cello Concerto No. 2. The orchestra will then present Wagner’s powerful and intoxicating Rienzi Overture and they will conclude with Tchaikovsky’s monumental Marche Slav. The Herbert Concerto will feature internationally acclaimed cellist Amit Peled. As revealed by the American Record Guide, He has the flair of the young Rostropovich. The Strad Magazine of London described his performance as… Fiery and Intelligent, Peled really shone in a bold and dramatically conceived interpretation.
General admission is $12 and $10 for non-GU students and seniors. This performance is free to GU faculty, students and staff. Tickets are either available by calling (509) 624-1200 or by visiting the ticket office at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. For more information about this or other Gonzaga Music Department concerts, please call (509) 313-6733 or visit the music department website at www.gonzaga.edu/music
From the United States to Europe to the Middle East and Asia, Israeli cellist Amit Peled, a musician of profound artistry and charismatic stage presence, is acclaimed as one of the most exciting instrumentalists on the concert stage today. Mr. Peled, who was recently described by the American Record Guide as “Having the flair of the young Rostropovich”, has performed as a soloist with many orchestras and in the world’s major concert halls, such as: Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, New York; Salle Gaveau, Paris; Wigmore Hall, London; Konzerthaus, Berlin; and Tel Aviv's Mann Auditorium.
Following his enthusiastically received Alice Tully Hall concerto debut playing the Hindemith cello concerto, the New York Times described his playing: "glowing tone, a seductive timbre and an emotionally pointed approach to phrasing that made you want to hear him again".
Peled’s last season culminated with a much anticipated recital debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington and two performances of the Penderecki Cello Concerto in Chicago's Millennium Park with the legendary composer conducting.
In the 2011/12 season Mr. Peled will perform ten different concertos with many orchestras around the world. Some of the highlights will be a US/Germany tour with the Nordwest Philharmonie, performing both Shostakovich concerto no. 1 and Herbert concerto in nineteen different cities. Besides that tour he will perform the Britten Symphony for cello and orchestra with Maestro Michael Stern, the Elgar concerto in Chicago, the Schumann concerto with the Israel Chamber Orchestra and the Boccherini Concerto in B flat with Maestro Nicola Luisotti and the San Francisco Opera