Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Classical Music with a Twist: French Organist Olivier Latry, Cellist Matt Haimovitz and New Music Ensemble Kronos Quartet Perform this Fall at the Kimmel

OCTOBER 5, 2009

Matt Haimovitz
From a world-renowned French organ "improvisateur" to a San Francisco-based new music ensemble and an Israeli-born cellist, innovative artists re-imagine classical repertoire at the Kimmel Center this fall.

  • "International Performer of the Year" (American Guild of Organists) Olivier Latry returns to the Kimmel Center to perform on the Kimmel's renowned Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ (Saturday, October 17, 2009).

  • Israeli-born cellist, "the coolest cellist of our time" (Boston Herald), Matt Haimovitz debuts in Innovation Studio with Figment, a celebration of the works of North American composers (Saturday, October 17, 2009)

  • Groundbreaking modern music ensemble Kronos Quartet performs works by Steve Reich, and arrangements of works by Ramallah Underground and Amon Tobin (Saturday, November 7, 2009)

Olivier Latry
Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 3pm
Verizon Hall
Price: $19-28

"Brilliant, rapturously received recital...culminated with enough razzle-dazzle to bring the audience — consisting of many admiring organists as well as organ aficionados — to its feet...consummate artistry...a superb colorist." — Los Angeles Times

French musician Olivier Latry, titular organist of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, returns to the Kimmel Center on Saturday, October 17, 2009 to perform on the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ in Verizon Hall. An ambassador of 17th and 21st Century French organ music and one of the most noted "improvisateurs," Latry will perform works by Camille Saint-Saëns, Louis Vierne and Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, among others, and will conclude the evening with his own improvisational piece.

Olivier Latry has performed in more than 40 countries on five continents. He last appeared at the Kimmel Center for the inaugural performance on the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ during the 2006 two-week long festival, which included three sold-out gala concerts with The Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach.

Latry was born in 1962 in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, and began his study of piano at age 7 and his study of the organ at age 12. He later attended the Academy of Music at St. Maur-des-Fossés, studying organ with Gaston Litaize. From 1981 until 1985 Olivier Latry was titular organist of Meaux Cathedral, and at age 23 he won a competition to become one of the three titular organists of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris. From 1990 until 1995 he taught organ at the Academy of Music at St. Maur-des-Fossés, where he succeeded his teacher, Gaston Litaize. Since 1995 he has taught at the Paris Conservatory, where he has succeeded Michel Chapuis.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2007 Honorary Fellowship from the Royal College of Organists in London, and was named "International Performer of the Year" by the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists in April 2009.

Latry is "as good as they come... splendidly clear, steady and buoyant... Mr. Latry is clearly a superior organist." — New York Times


FALLA: Ritual Fire Danse
BUXTEHUDE: Passacailla
BACH: Fugue alla Gigue
ALAIN: Deuxième Fantaisie
CLERAMBAULT: Extraits de la Suite du 2° ton
KARG-ELERT: Valse mignonne
VIERNE: Fantômes
SAINT-SAËNS: Dance macabre
LATRY: Improvisation

Saturday, October 17, 2009 | 2:15pm
Verizon Hall | Artist Chat
Olivier Latry

The ticketed concert by organist Olivier Latry will be preceded by a free Artist Chat with Mr. Latry and Michael Barone, host of American Public Media's "Pipedreams."

Matt Haimovitz, cello
With Special Guest Du Yun, vocalist
Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 7:30pm
Innovation Studio
Price: $10

A "stellar soloist...Mr. Haimovitz's playing of the virtuosic by turns blazingly ardent and softly haunting." —New York Times

Visionary cellist Matt Haimovitz makes his Kimmel Center debut on Saturday, October 17, 2009 in Innovation Studio, performing works from his new project Figment, a celebration of works by North American composers, released on September 29, 2009.

Dubbed the "Pizza Parlor Prodigy" (New York Times), Haimovitz has taken classical music from the confines of the grand concert hall to less traditional venues, such as cafés, nightclubs and New York's iconic punk bar CBGB. His collaborations with DJs and hip-hop artists, and arrangements of legendary rock classicssuch as Jimi Hendrix's "Star-Spangled Banner," have expanded cello repertoire and classical music audiences for the next generation of musicians.

Following his 2003 recording Anthem and 50-state solo cello tour, Figment marks a return to Haimovitz's signature solo set. Inspired by centenarian composer Elliott Carter and his two Figments for solo cello, the new album brings together a wide range of new music for cello and electronics. Haimovitz performs the works of leading and emerging North American composers, including the Middle Eastern microtones of Gilles Tremblay's Threnody for Lebanon; Ana Sokolovic's Balkan folk-influenced Vez; composer/vocalist Du Yun's San, a deconstruction of haunting ancient Chinese fragments; as well as music by Steven Stucky, Haimovitz's wife Luna Pearl Woolf and sample-artist Socalled.

Born in Israel, Matt Haimovitz made his debut at age 13 in a televised appearance with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Zubin Mehta in 1984. He has since performed with such orchestras and conductors as the Berlin Philharmonic with James Levine, the New York Philharmonic with Mehta, the English Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Barenboim, the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra with Kent Nagano. Haimovitz made his Carnegie Hall debut when he substituted for his teacher, the legendary Leonard Rose, alongside Isaac Stern, Shlomo Mintz, Pinchas Zukerman and Mstislav Rostropovich. He currently serves as Professor of Cello at McGill University's Schulich School of Music in Montreal.

Haimovitz's recording career encompasses more than 20 years of award-winning work on Deustche Grammophon and his own Oxingale Records, an independent label he founded with composer/producer Luna Pearl Woolf in 2005. A live recording of Schumann's Cello Concerto with Gregory Nowak and the Orchestre de Bretagne is scheduled for release in spring 2010, as is a recording of Ligeti's Cello Concerto with Denys Bouliane and the Contemporary Music Ensemble of McGill University.

"Of all these young players, Haimovitz is the most radical: an expressive maximalist, he calls forth a dazzling spectrum of sound from the depths of his instrument" — The New Yorker

This performance is funded by The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, through the Philadelphia Music Project.

Forte's Open House Cocktail Mixer
Saturday, October 17, 2009 | Post-Show (approx. 9:30pm)
Kimmel Center's K Lounge on Tier 2

Forte, the Kimmel Center's young professionals community, kicks off its second season with an open house networking event for performing arts lovers, ages 21-40, in the Kimmel Center's K Lounge on Tier 2 immediately following Melody Gardot and Matt Haimovitz's performances. Visit for more information.

Kronos Quartet
Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 7:30pm
Perelman Theater
Price: $19-32

"You can never predict where the intrepid Kronos Quartet is going next, but you can count on an interesting journey." — Detroit Free Press

"Music of supreme beauty and spiritual impact" — Los Angeles Times

One of the most influential ensembles of our time, the Grammy® Award-winning Kronos Quartet performs in Perelman Theater on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 7:30pm. The quartet—violinists David Harrington and John Sherba, violist Hank Dutt and cellist Jeffrey Zeigler—has fearlessly explored and expanded string quartet repertoire for more than 35 years. Their Kimmel Center program includes works by Steve Reich, and arrangements of works by Middle Eastern hip-hop collective Ramallah Underground and Brazilian electronic artist Amon Tobin.

San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet has tirelessly advocated contemporary music with over 600 commissioned new works and more than 40 recordings of extraordinary breadth and creativity. The quartet's most recent album, Floodplain (2009), features 12 compositions, which were either written or arranged for the quartet by composers who hail from cultures based in areas prone to catastrophic flooding, ranging from Egypt to Ethiopia and Central Asia. The album was inspired by the idea that areas prone to devastating flooding will experience creative rebirth after a catastrophe. Other recent recordings include The Cusp of Magic with "Father of Minimalism" composer Terry Riley and Chinese pipa master Wu Man, commissioned in honor of Riley's 70th birthday celebrations in 2005, and recorded and released in 2008.

The quartet also maintains a series of collaborations with many of the world's foremost composers, including Americans Terry Riley, Philip Glass and Steve Reich; Azerbaijan's Franghiz Ali-Zadeh; Poland's Henryk Górecki and Argentina's Osvaldo Golijov. Additional collaborators from around the world have included the legendary Bollywood "playback singer" Asha Bhosle and renowned American soprano Dawn Upshaw. Kronos has performed live with the likes of icons Allen Ginsberg, Tom Waits and David Bowie, and recorded with Dave Matthews, Nelly Furtado and Rokia Traore. Their music has been featured prominently in films such as Requiem for a Dream and 21 Grams. The quartet's work has garnered numerous awards, including the Recording Academy President's Merit Award in 2005, a Grammy® Award for Best Chamber Music Performance in 2004 and "Musicians of the Year" in 2003 from Musical America.

Kronos Quartet's 2009/10 concert season includes performances in the United States and seven countries around the globe. Highlights include a Carnegie Hall Perspectives concert; collaborations with artists Wu Man, Tanya Tagaq and Alim Qasimov; and the John Adams–curated West Coast, Left Coast festival with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.


BRYCE DESSNER: Aheym (Homeward) *
RAMALLAH UNDERGROUND (arr. Jacob Garchik): Tashweesh *
SIGUR ROS (arr. Stephen Prutsman): Flugufrelsarinn (The Fly Freer) +
AMON TOBIN (arr. Stephen Prutsman and Michael Winger): Bloodstone +
ALEKSANDRA VREBALOV: ...hold me, neighbor, in this storm... *
STEVE REICH: Different Trains *
     America—Before the war
     Europe—During the war
     After the war

Program subject to change.

* Written for Kronos
+ Arranged for Kronos

Saturday, November 7, 2009 | Post-Show
Perelman Theater | Artist Chat
Kronos Quartet

The ticketed concert by Kronos Quartet will be followed by a free Artist Chat with the band and Vice President of Programming Tom Warner.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at, or at the Kimmel Center box office open daily from 10am to 6pm and later on performance evenings. (Additional fees may apply.) For group sales call 215-790-5883.

A limited number of $10 tickets are available for every Kimmel Center Presents performance. Tickets go on sale the day of the event and can be purchased at the Kimmel Center box office at 5:30pm prior to evening curtain time and 11:30am for matinees. Limit one ticket per person.

Kimmel Center Presents' 2009/10 Season is sponsored by Citi. American Airlines is the Official Airline of Kimmel Center Presents.

Free at the Kimmel programming and subsidized tickets offered to the community and social service groups for $10 are made possible through the Wachovia Gateway to the Arts Community Access Program, supported by a generous grant from the Wachovia Foundation.

The Kimmel Center is the recipient of partnership funding through the nationally recognized PNC "Grow Up Great" initiative, a ten-year, $100 million investment in preparing children for success in school and life. Funding gives support to the Kimmel Center's early childhood program "Bop and Swing," an arts program for children 1-5 years old, designed to promote an appreciation for American culture.

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