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Matt Haimovitz pays tribute to Bach in 'Overtures' / WABE Radio

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Matt Haimovitz had a big idea with the passion and the work ethic to see it through; all he was lacking was the funding. The inventive and ever-evolving cellist wanted to commission six composers to write six overtures to J.S. Bach's famous cello suites. It was an untraditional proposal, but it's the sort of challenge that intrigues seasoned composers like Philip Glass. Haimovitz has known Glass for a few years, having premiered in 2012 and recorded in 2013 the composer's second cello concerto. Haimiovitz, however, had never himself commissioned a new work from Glass. In fact, he'd never commissioned six composers at once. Haimovitz told "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes that he didn't know what to expect from Glass, and quickly found the living legend was "so generous and so humble, [that] he even mentored me through this process."

"Overtures to Bach" is the latest album from Haimovitz who joins violinist Tim Fain and the Emory University Symphony Orchestra in a concert featuring Philip Glass' "Double Concerto" on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Emory's Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.       LISTEN TO THE WABE: Radio Atlanta INTERVIEW