Cellist Amit Peled brings Pablo Casals' cello to Detroit this Friday, March 4

Photo courtesy the DSO.
If you're even the slightest fan of classical music, then you know that Pablo Casals' cello is as close to a functioning holy relic as Beethoven's own piano might be, or if Terry Riley's first synthesizer were somehow still functioning and ready to use.  

Put me in front of any of them, and you might hear the most potentially expensive version of "Chopsticks" ever, of course. A true virtuoso with a real feel for the instrument is what's required. And, as revealed in this Washington Post piece, Casals' widow graciously lent his 1733 instrument to the incredibly talented young cellist Amit Peled.

Peled performs as part of the DSO's Pro Musica of Detroit series at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, March 4 at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.

What's in store? The musical lineup is as follows:

* Max Bruch – Kol Nidre, Op. 47
* Johann Sebastian Bach – Cello Suite No. 3, BWV 1009
* Ernst Bloch – From Jewish Life
* Mark Kopytman – Kaddish
* David Popper – Hungarian Rhapsody, Op. 68

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Mike McGonigal

Metro Times music editor Mike McGonigal has written about music since 1984, when he started the fanzine Chemical Imbalance at age sixteen with money saved from mowing lawns in Florida. He's since written for Spin, Pitchfork, the Village VOICE and Artforum. He's been a museum guard, a financial reporter, a bicycle...
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