November 26, 2007

Noted cellist to appear with chamber music society

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. — The Southern Illinois Chamber Music Society welcomes cellist Klaus Heitz to a "Double Cello" performance beginning at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship on Parrish Lane in Carbondale.

The chamber society is a core of musicians from the Southern Illinois University Carbondale School of Music faculty supported by a large group of community members. The group holds several concerts a year with the dual purpose of promoting chamber music in the greater Carbondale area and raising money for music scholarships to the University. Last year, the group awarded $17,000, helping at least nine SIUC students with scholarships.

Heitz, a native of Switzerland, is a professor at the School of Music and Theater in Hanover, Germany, and recently completed his role on the faculty for this year's International Music Academy of Solsona (Spain) and the Central Catalonian Music Festival. Heitz graduated from the Conservatoire National Supéreur de Musique in Paris at the age of 19, winning three first prizes in doing so. He was principal cellist of the Lucerne Festival String Players for six years, and principal cellist of the Cologne Broadcast Symphony Orchestra for 25 years. In addition, Heitz continues performing as a soloist, playing festivals in Europe and the United States. He is a co-founder of Deutsche Barocksolisten, a touring and recording ensemble.

Heitz and the chamber group perform a cello quintet from Opus 163 from Schubert and also Arensky's Quartet No. 2 from Opus 35 for violin, viola and two cellos.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $3 for students.