'Artistry of Amit' — Cellist returns to Missoula for string concert

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Israel-American cellist Amit Peled is returning to Missoula this weekend to play with the String Orchestra of the Rockies.

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The String Orchestra of the Rockies is bringing back a frequent visitor to Missoula for its first concert of the 2021-22 season this weekend — the cellist Amit Peled.

A 6-foot-5 Israeli-American who seriously considered playing basketball, Peled has an outgoing, charismatic larger-than-life personality that translates into his popularity with local classical fans, said Maria Larionoff, the artistic director and first violinist.

He’s visited western Montana for concerts for almost 20 years, including many dates with the SOR. His last visit was a guest soloist spot with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra in 2018 for music director Darko Butorac’s finale concert.

Peled teaches at Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute and has traveled the world, with concerts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. The New York Times has praised his “glowing tone.”

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