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March 20, 2007
Media Contact: Heather Egan Stalfort
410-516-0341 ext. 17

Cellist Matt Haimovitz to Perform at
Evergreen House

Final Concert of 2006-2007 Season

The 54th season of the Evergreen Concert Series — one of Baltimore's longest-running chamber music programs — concludes with celebrated cellist Matt Haimovitz at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 27. Haimovitz will perform Ligeti's Sonata for Violoncello Solo, and selections from Bach's Suites for Solo Cello and Rorem's "After Reading Shakespeare" suite in nine movements for cello solo. This will be the first appearance of this internationally recognized musician on Evergreen's concert series.

The performance, to be held in Evergreen's Carriage House at 4545 N. Charles St. in Baltimore, will be followed by a reception with the musician. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members; $5 student rush tickets will be available 30 minutes prior to performance (limit two tickets per valid student ID). Reservations are strongly recommended. Advance tickets can be obtained by visiting this Web site: www.missiontix.com; or by calling 410-516-0341. Complete concert information is available online at www.mueums.jhu.edu/evrgreen/concerts.

Israeli-born cellist Matt Haimovitz has established himself as one of classical music's most adventurous artists, with a repertoire spanning from J.S. Bach to Led Zeppelin. He has performed with some of the world's most esteemed orchestras and conductors, including the Berlin Philharmonic with James Levine, the New York Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta, the English Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Barenboim, the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin and the Cleveland Orchestra with Charles Dutoit. About the cellist's unconventional solo touring, the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, "Haimovitz has been busily reinventing the classical recital for the new millennium," by bringing such unlikely bedfellows as J. S. Bach, living composers, contemporary classics, and his own notorious classic rock arrangements to concert halls and clubs, outdoor festivals and coffee houses.

In 2004, the American Music Center gave Haimovitz the Trailblazer Award for his far-reaching contribution to American music, and in 2006 Haimovitz received the Concert Music Award from ASCAP, for his advocacy of living composers, innovative programming, and pioneering spirit. Since 2000, he has commissioned, premiered, and recorded dozens of new works for Oxingale Records and countless more in concert. Haimovitz is professor of Cello at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal. He plays a Venetial cello, made in 1710 by Matteo Gofriller. An extensive biography and high-resolution images may be found online at oxingale.com.

Evergreen is at once an intimate collection of international art assembled by two generations of Baltimore's philanthropic Garrett family, and a vibrant, innovative venue for contemporary artists. Since 1952, the museum's concert series has presented over 200 performances by renowned musicians and outstanding emerging artists in Evergreen's intimate Bakst Theatre — designed by avant-garde Russian-born artist Léon Bakst — and in its 1870s Carriage House. Audiences mingle with performers at a post-concert reception and enjoy a shared experience they won't find anywhere else.

Funded in large part by the Evergreen House Foundation, Evergreen's chamber music program continues Alice Warder Garrett's legacy of supporting established and emerging musicians, and inviting audiences to interact with them.

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