The Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello by J. S. Bach are at the heart of cellists’ repertoire around the world: sets of stylized dances, at once inventive, complex and delightful, they engage and inspire with enduring “intellectual, spiritual and emotional power” (Yo-Yo Ma). Cellist John Payzant will perform the Suite No. 1 in G Major; he will be joined by pianist Gregory Schulte for works by Boccherini, Brahms and others. The artists are pillars of musical life in our city: Mr. Payzant, Assistant Principal Cellist of the Saskatoon Symphony, and an avid recorder player as well, is a longtime teacher who has influenced many young musicians to a lifetime love of music; Mr. Schulte, organist, pianist and harpsichordist, is both a soloist and ensemble performer, and is known for his passionate commitment to all the arts.
Henry Woolf, actor and director, teacher of acting, drama and theatre, and lover of word and language, will read selections of his own poetry. “I create poems all the time,” he says, adding that he started writing within three weeks of becoming an actor. “In fact, at this event, you might hear a poem that I’ve composed that very day!” This program offers a glimpse into the extraordinarily rich imagination of a distinguished artist who is celebrated across our nation and abroad.