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Matt Haimovitz set to play modern overtures at MIM / Arizona Republic

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Cellist Matt Haimovitz earned a reputation as a bit of a maverick in the classical world, playing concert tours in nightclubs and recording music by the likes of jazzman John McLaughlin and even Scottish rockers the Cocteau Twins. But none of that showed quite as much chutzpah as his latest project, commissioning contemporary composers to riff on Bach's famed cello suites.

Haimovitz will perform these modern "overtures" alongside the original Baroque works on Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Musical Instrument Museum. "The first phone call was to Philip Glass," Haimovitz says. "He also basically advised me. He said, ‘When you talk to other composers, just make sure everybody's being paid the same rate. Then you can afford me.' So that was good advice."