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February 20, 2009

Cabrillo College's Distinguished Artists Concert & Lecture Series
Presents Israeli Cellist Amit Peled

Saturday, March 21 at 8:00 p.m., Cabrillo College Theater

"Amit Peled has the flair of the young Rostroprovich." - American Record Guild

Aptos, CA--The Cabrillo College Distinguished Artist Concert & Lecture series is honored to present renowned Israeli cellist Amit Peled, accompanied by Eli Kalman on Piano, March 21 at the Cabrillo Theater at 8:00 P.M.

From the United States to Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Amit Peled is acclaimed as a musician of profound artistry and one of the most exciting cellists on the concert stage today. Mr. Peled performs as a soloist and with orchestras around the world playing a rare Andrea Guarneri cello, circa 1689.

Being one of the youngest cello professors in the United States, Peled joined the distinguished faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, in September, 2003. Mr. Peled is a frequent guest artist, performing and conducting master classes at prestigious music festivals such as the Marlboro Music Festival, Newport Music Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Gotland Festival in Sweden, Prussia Cove Festival in England, The Violoncello Congress in Spain, and the Kfar Blum Music Festival in Israel, to name only a few.

Peled has been featured on television and his recordings on radio stations throughout the world, including NPR’s “Performance Today”, WGBH Boston, WQXR New York, WFMT Chicago, Deutschland Radio Berlin, Radio France, Swedish National Radio and TV, and Israeli National Radio and TV.

Peled’s new CD, “The Jewish Soul”, will be released this spring on Centaur Records. As an advocate of Israeli music, Peled has recently released the “Cello Concerto” by Mark Kopytman with the Tel Aviv Soloists under the JMC label and later this season will premier a concerto dedicated to him by Israeli composer Erel Paz with conductor Ilan Volkov.

Accompaning Peled is pianist Eli Kalman, who has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in Romania, Israel, Germany, Hungary, Canada and the United States. Hailing from Israel, Kalman was the recipient of the Paul Collins Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship for Excellence at UW-Madison. He has been an enthusiastic artist in-residence at the Chamber Music Festival at Banff, Canada, the Token Creek Festival, the Emmanuel Music-Schumann Chamber Series in Boston, the Connoisseur Series at Wichita State University and as a part of the acclaimed Myra Hess Memorial concerts in Chicago, with cellist Amit Peled. In 2001, Kalman recorded the works for solo piano and cello by Erwin Junger and lately Robert Schumann’s “Sonatas for Violin and Piano” with violinist Rose Mary Harbison.

The Cabrillo performance, sponsored by Staff of Life, will include a program of music by Ligeti, Schumann, Beethoven, Bloch and the following pieces:

Eccles: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G
Ligeti: Sonata for Cello solo
Schumann: Fantasy Pieces, op.73
Stutschewsky: Hassidic Suite
Beethoven: Sonata No. 4 op. 102/2 in C
Bloch: Shelomo

What: Cellist Amit Peled with pianist Eli Kalman, in Concert
When: Saturday, March 21 at 8:00 P.M.
Where: Cabrillo College Theater, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA
Price: $25 general, $20 seniors, $14 students
Tickets: 479-6331 or

About The Distinguished Artists Concert & Lecture .Series

Established in 1984, the Distinguished Artists Concert & Lecture Series (DACLS) is a premier series presented annually by Cabrillo College. The mission of DACLS is to bring together artists of international and local reputation, various musical and service organizations, educational institutions, and professional and ethnic groups in a variety of diverse and stimulating creative projects that reach a broad cross-section of the community. DACLS provides students or all ages with the opportunity to attend performances by world-class artists from diverse traditions and to learn directly from these artists in workshops and master classes. Artistic Director: Dr. John Orlando, D.M.A.

About Cabrillo College

Cabrillo College is a leading California community college serving Santa Cruz County with locations in Aptos, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. It is ranked #1 in transfers to UC Santa Cruz. Founded in 1959, the college offers more than 100 academic and career technology programs that serve multiple educational goals such as A.A. and A.S. degrees, certificates of achievement, skills certificates, transfer to four-year institutions or for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Its mission is to enhance the intellectual, cultural and economic vitality of its diverse community by assisting all students in their quest for lifelong learning and success in an ever-changing world.

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