The Crypt Sessions Presents Matt Haimovitz in Concert by Candlelight on September 23

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Haimovitz brings Bach’s moving, solitary cello works to the Crypt, accompanied by newly commissioned works by Philip Glass, Luna Pearl Woolf, Vijay Iyer and more

On September 23rd, cellist Matt Haimovitz will give an intimate candlelight performance in the underground crypt beneath The Church of the Intercession in Harlem, part of Unison Media’s acclaimed Crypt Sessions concert series (as featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, NPR, WQXR, The Christian Science Monitor, Agence France-Presse, and more). The concert will feature selections from Bach’s cello suites, as well as newly commissioned works by Philip Glass, Du Yun, Vijay Iyer, Roberto Sierra, and Luna Pearl Woolf all of which act as overtures to Bach’s cello oeuvre. There will be a wine and cheese reception at 7PM before the concert at 8PM.

The unique programming of the evening is reflected in his recently released album entitled Overtures to Bach, which includes six new commissions that anticipate and relate to each of the accompanying cello suites. The album was released this month on PENTATONE Oxingale Series and includes Haimovitz’s new interpretation of the Bach Suites, inspired and informed by an authoritative manuscript from Bach’s second wife and performed on period instruments.

The concert is a part of Unison Media’s Crypt Sessions, a concert series in partnership with Intercession and sponsored by Yamaha, which most recently featured twin sister piano duo Christina & Michelle Naughton performing Messiaen’s Visions of the Amen.

Tickets are $35 (including wine & cheese), with all proceeds going to the church.

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The Crypt Sessions Presents: Matt Haimovitz

September 23rd, 2016 | Doors 7PM | Show 8PM

Tickets: $35 (Direct Link)



Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite I in G Major – Prelude

Philip Glass: Overture to Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite II in D minor – Prelude

Du Yun: The Veronica

Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite III in C Major – Prelude

Vijay Iyer: Run

Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite IV in E-flat Major – Prelude

Roberto Sierra: La Memoria

Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite V in C minor – Prelude & Fugue

Luna Pearl Woolf: Lili’uokalani, for solo cello piccolo

Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite VI in D Major – Prelude



Renowned as a musical pioneer, cellist Matt Haimovitz is praised by The New York Times as a “ferociously talented cellist who brings his megawatt sound and uncommon expressive gifts to a vast variety of styles” and by The New Yorker as “remarkable virtuoso” who “never turns in a predictable performance.” He has inspired classical music lovers and countless new listeners by bringing his artistry to concert halls and clubs, outdoor festivals and intimate coffee houses – any place where passionate music can be heard. He brings a fresh ear to familiar repertoire, champions new music, and initiates groundbreaking collaborations, as well as creating innovative recording projects. Besides his relentless touring schedule, he mentors an award-winning studio of young cellists at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in Montreal.



Unison Media is a classical music company committed to exploring new ways to present and promote music and those who create and perform it. Unison believes in a holistic approach – publicity, social media or marketing on their own no longer have an impact, and it’s only when they are combined in a cohesive, coordinated fashion that you start to get real results. Unison launched the Crypt Sessions in 2015 with the intention of reinvigorating the standard of what a classical music concert should be and to provide a niche venue in the heart of Harlem.


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