On a humid but otherwise beautiful evening, I performed for a dozen or so residents and one small dog) of a multigenerational cohousing community in Cambridge. I played for them in a small garden that was situated in a courtyard with buildings on three sides, and a jogging trail along the fourth side.
I offered the following program:
Suite in G (complete, with occasional repeats)
Allemande, from flute partita in a minor
Prelude, from Suite in d
After Bach by Netta Hadari (premiered November 2019)
Philip Glass, excerpt from Songs and Poems for solo cello
Prelude, from Suite in E-flat
Largo, from Violin Sonata in C
Bourrée I & II, from Suite in D (transposed to G)
The Swan, transitioning directly into
Prelude, from Suite in G (reprise)
After I finished, people were curious to know more about me, and our conversation including talking about the beauty of the piccolo cello and how some early music cellists are able to offer a five-string version of the D Major Suite.
When I sent the requested follow up email with suggestions for organizations I care about supporting, I received this response:
"This is an inspiring list. I am so pleased to learn about each of these projects. I shared the list with those who heard you play, and I will make a donation to each of these groups. Thank you, Heath. It was a tremendous break in our isolation from the arts, and a break from our relentless focus on disease and politics."
Sharing project documentation and examples of student thinking, and my own.