Classical and cross-over genres cellist Yoed Nir will be the next presentation in the Saint Vincent College Concert Series stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 in the Robert S. Carey Student Center Performing Arts Center. He will perform on acoustic and electric cellos.
Mr. Nir plays the August Diehl (Hamburg, 1902) cello on generous loan from The America-Israel Cultural Foundation, and will be performing: Unaccompanied Cello Suites, No. 1 and 2 by J.S. Bach; Suite for Solo Cello by Gaspar Cassado; The Swan by C. Saint-Saens; Vocalise, Op. 34 by Sergei Rachmaninov; and two works composed by Mr. Nir for electric cello entitled: World of Cello and "Twilight Zone." He will be accompanied on piano by his wife Anat Barak-Nir.
What sets Mr. Nir apart from his peers is his ability to cross over into the genres of rock, jazz, and pop music. His collaborations with renowned Israeli, European, and American recording artists -- most notably Judy Collins, Paul Banks (Interpol), Regina Spektor, Rufus Wainwright, Diane Birch, Sonya Kitchell, and Yael Naim -- have resulted in more than 300 record albums.
Born in Israel in 1980, Mr. Nir is a classically-trained cellist who began his music studies at the age of seven at the Tel Aviv Conservatory.
He has won numerous competitions and scholarships and studied under the tutelage of some of the greatest cellists and conductors of our time, including Bernard Greenhouse, Janosh Starker, Boris Pergamenchikov, Micha Mayski, Daniel Barenboim and Kurt Masur.
He has performed throughout Israel and Europe, and has appeared as a guest artist on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (NBC), the Late Show with David Letterman (CBS), Good Morning America (ABC), the Today Show (NBC), and Later with Jools Holland (BBC).
This performance is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Admission is $25 and tickets will be available at the door or by calling 724 805-2565. Flex passes, group rates and student discounts are also available.
A dinner concert package, A Classic Evening at Saint Vincent, is offered for $50 with advance reservations.
Upcoming concerts in the series include Andres Cardenes, violin, Saturday, Dec. 3; George Li, piano, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012; Leonardo Capalbo, tenor, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012; Duo Orfeo, guitar duo, Saturday, March 17, 2012; and Lark Quartet, string quartet, Saturday, April 14, 2012.
Further details are available by contacting the Concert Series Box Office, 724 805-2565 or www.stvincent.edu/concertseries.
Photo: Cellist Yoed Nir