Barroom Brahms

Classical music venues aren’t what they used to be. I have to say one reason I’ve loved the concert hall is because it’s smoke free.

Cellist Matt Haimovitz, a pioneer of classical club-hopping … loves the autonomy of the club shows and has made a cross-country tour of barrooms and coffeehouses, including the New York punk-rock club CBGB, which recently closed its doors.

“At a certain point I began to question why I wasn’t seeing my generation in the concert hall,” Haimovitz said. “And I found it liberating to be able to program newer works or things that didn’t fit into traditional concert programming.”

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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3 Responses to Barroom Brahms

  1. Jaime' says:

    All the clubs Matt plays ARE smoke free!

  2. John Smith says:

    “We have such a capacity to deceive ourselves! We are not only pacifists, ecologists and ecumenists, but socialists and capitalists, individualists and anarchists. We are nationalists and internationalists, leftists and rightists, We are even animalists (rights), vegetablists (diet), and mineralists (crystals). Some of us are terrorists. (Some of us are even liturgists, but let it go.) If we have a pet idea, we’d rather make it into an “ism” than embrace the hard work that Christ demands. ”

  3. Gavin says:

    As a musician who frequents bars, I think this is a fantastic idea. And as someone fed up with guitars in and out of church, nothing would please me more than replacing the ubiquitous guitarist covering U2 songs with a cellist or classical pianist. I think it might get some support from people my age, or at least add some class to a bar.

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