Cellist making Tucson Symphony debut

By KATIE STEWART

Israeli cellist Amit Peled will make his Tucson Symphony Orchestra debut with Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto on March 14 at 8 p.m. and March 16 at 2 p.m. at the Tucson Music Hall with Edwin Outwater as guest conductor.

Peled has performed with many orchestras and in the world’s major concert halls. He released his third CD, “Reflections” in 2012.

Outwater, music director of Ontario’s Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, has conducted orchestras around the country, including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras.

Peled will perform two contemporary composures that explore desert and sea, “Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1” and Claude Debussy’s “La Mer.”

Outwater describes Debussy’s compositions as having their own language, and said listeners can expect a rich and sensual experience.

“I programmed the entire concert around ‘La Mer,’ contrasting it with other land and seascapes,” Outwater said via email. “It reminds me of the churning gray seas I see in Northern California in particular.”

Ticket s cost $27 to $80. They are available online at tucsonsymphony.org, by phone at 882-8585 or at the TSO box office, 2175 N. Sixth Ave.

Box office hours are Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays from noon-5 p.m. Students and military with I.D. receive a 50 percent discount on reserved seats.

For more information, visit tucsonsymphony.org or call 882-8585.

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