Matt Haimovitz Premieres Katrina-Themed Work in Wisconsin

Classic Arts News   Matt Haimovitz Premieres Katrina-Themed Work in Wisconsin
Cellist Matt Haimovitz will give the world premiere of Aprs Moi, le D_luge, a "post-Katrina lament" for cello and choir by Luna Pearl Woolf, in Madison, Wisconsin, today.

Haimovitz will debut the new work with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Concert Choir, conducted by Beverly Taylor. He will perform it again during the 2006-07 season with choirs across the country.

Taymor and Haimovitz will also record the work for a CD to be released in September in commemoration of the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. A portion of revenue from sales of the CD will be donated to relief efforts.

Aprs Moi, le D_luge has an original text by poet Eleanor Wilner that evokes the story of the Noachian flood and draws on the traditions of American blues.

"Deep in the water," the lyric reads in part, "too deep for tears, what lost chance swims away/through drowned canyons of shanties; what passes, airless, there."

Haimovitz, who is perhaps best known for his series of solo tours in clubs and other non-traditional settings, commissioned Aprs Moi, le D_luge as part of a series called "Buck the Concerto." Each work in the series is initially set for cello and an unconventional ensemble, such as jazz big band, electronic orchestra, or choir; later, it is arranged for symphony orchestra.

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