Schubert’s Unfinished

October 24, 2020 | 2:00 & 7:30 PM
October 25, 2020 | 2:00 PM

Lockwood Center for the Performing Arts

Amit Peled cello

Camille Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1
Max Bruch Kol Nidrei
Franz Schubert Unfinished Symphony

The BSOC’s  Symphony season continues with Schubert’s hauntingly romantic Unfinished Symphony and Grammy-nominated cellist Amid Peled performing Saint-Saëns’s most treasured concerto of the 19th century.

Amit Peled

Israeli-American cellist, conductor, and pedagogue Amit Peled, a musician of profound artistry and charismatic stage presence, is acclaimed worldwide as one of the most exciting and virtuosic instrumentalists on the concert stage today. At 6’5″ tall, Peled started life as a basketball player and was called “larger than life” and “Jacqueline du Pré in a farmer’s body” when he enveloped his cello. Peled strives to break down the barriers of the concert hall, about which The Baltimore Sun wrote, “His amiable and inviting personality is exactly the type everyone says we’ll need more of if classical music is to survive.” From 2012 through 2018, Peled performed on the Pablo Casals 1733 Goffriller cello, which was loaned to him personally by Casals’ widow, Marta Casals Istomin. He also has been named Music Director for CityMusic Cleveland for the 2019-2020 season.

Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony

Composed in 1822. Premiered on December 7, 1865, in Vienna. Conducted by Johann von Herbeck.

Competed in 1822 when he was only 25 years old, Schubert’s hauntingly romantic Unfinished Symphony was dedicated to the Graz Music Society. Schubert gave the 2 finished movements to his longtime friend Anselm Hüttenbrenner, who subsequently held on to it in secret for 42 years. Schubert never heard his symphony. He died when he was 31. It was not until 1865 that Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony premiered at the Society of Music Friends in Vienna.