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Amit Peled and Noreen Polera

Friday March 11th, 2022
2:00pm & 7pm

Occidental Center for the Arts
3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental, CA 95465

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Beethoven Sonata No. 4 in C Major
BARBER Sonata in c minor for Cello and Piano, op. 6
SHOSTAKOVICH Sonata in d minor for Cello
and Piano, op. 40

Amit Peled and  frequent collaborator Noreen Polera provided  a concert for Redwood Arts in a Zoom in December 2020.  They now will appear live in two performances at the Occidental Center for the Arts on March 11 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm playing piano and cello sonatas by Bach, Barber and Shostakovich.

Amit Peled - Kit Neustadter, Redwood Arts founder, introduced the Israeli born cellist to our series 16 years ago when he was a young, upcoming cellist.  The love affair between him and our audiences was immediate and has continued over the years. Now world famous, Mr. Peled has graciously agreed to make his seventh appearance in our concerts.  From the United States to Europe to the Middle East and Asia, Amit Peled, is a musician of profound artistry and charismatic stage presence, acclaimed as one of the most exciting instrumentalists on the concert stage today. At 6'5" tall, Peled started life as a basketball player and was called "larger than life" when he enveloped his cello.  Amit often surprises audiences with the ways he breaks down barriers between performers and the public, making classical music more accessible to wider audiences. Mr. Peled is a Professor at the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University.

Artists’ website: Visit www.amitpeled.com to see this incredible musician as a performer and teacher. 

Noreen Polera - Pianist Noreen Cassidy-Polera ranks among the most highly-regarded and diverse chamber artists performing today, and maintains a career that has taken her to every major American music center and abroad to Europe, Russia, and Asian centers. Winner of the Accompanying Prize at the Eighth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Ms. Cassidy-Polera regularly collaborates with laureates of the Queen Elisabeth, Tchaikovsky and Naumburg international competitions. She has collaborated with leading soloists including David Shifrin, Matt Haimovitz, Carter Brey, Antonio Menesis, Aurora-Natalie Ginastera, Yo-Yo Ma and Leonard Rose. Her mastery and affection for the complete standard cello-piano repertory is well-known, as is her attention and dedication to the works of living composers.  Video recordings by Ms Polera can be viewed on U-tube.