Suite Talk

A series of interactive performances exploring the cello’s journey through time and the many ways its history can enhance our hearing of two new commissions.

“Suite Talk” is a pioneering series of lecture recitals that aim to help a wide audience engage with new music for solo cello. Cellist Zachary Mowitz and composer Nick DiBerardino will lead audiences through a program specifically curated to demystify two new works: “Oracle,” by DiBerardino, and “Suite for Solo Cello,” by Ira J. Mowitz. Participants will discover how this new music connects to the history of the instrument. During each interactive performance, Zachary will play excerpts by Bach, Gabrielli, Britten, Saariaho, and others that illuminate connections and innovations across many musical eras. The series culminates in a concert at the Free Library of Philadelphia on 6/16 that features both new commissions alongside staples from the solo cello repertoire.

Suite Talk I: Prelude

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Suite Talk II: Dance

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Suite Talk III: Resonance

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