With Principal Cellist Amanda Forsyth and the National Arts Centre Orchestra
CAPITAL STYLE - Summer 2010
OTTAWA (Canada) – It was an early birthday celebration for acclaimed as both soloist and chamber musician, Juno Award-winning cellist Amanda Forsyth, principal cellist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra for about 14 years. She performed a rich rendering of Grutzmacher’s arrangement of Boccherini’s cello Concerto No. 9. She played back-to-back evening concerts October 10 and 11th at Ottawa’s Southam Hall to a sold out packed and very appreciative audiences.
Sympathetically supported by the National Arts Centre Orchestra, led by her husband Pinchas Zuherman, Amanda’s virtuosity shone as she elevated the audience to another realm with this lyrical Romantic piece. Exquisitely dressed in a divine creamish golden gown designed by Nicole Miller, Amanda Forsyth left no doubt why she is considered a world-class performer in every sense of the word. “I love Perforning with my home orchestra and it was a a great warm up to my performances of the same concerto which I will play in Munich, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Europe, Russia, Prague, Milano, Seville, also including Spain, and Malaga this month” she told me.
After her second performance, festivities moved back stage where Amanda and Pinchas greeted a host of colleagues and friends. Treated to a pyramid of 24 cupcakes thoughtfully provided by her good friends, Dr. David Greenberg and his wife Rochelle (and created by Isobel’s) attendees were caught up in the excitement of the evening. Gifts were opened, glasses clinked, cupcakes were devoured, and flowers were given to Amanda for her birthday. It was definitely an evening to engage all of the senses.
As things began to wind down, Amanda and Pinchas bid their guests a gracious adieu. Although Amanda Forsyth is on a year-long unpaid sabbatical from the National Arts Centre Orchestra pursuing her solo career and performances with the Zukerman Chamber Players, her schedule remains packed. On October 12, her birthday, she had an early morning flight to New York City to enjoy Barbara Streissand concert. Amanda Forsyth went backstage to the meet and greet with 75 other VIP’s who gathered, where she also met Dr. Oz, now gone on a 40 days tour were Amanda Forsyth plays her rare 1699 Italian cello by Carlo Giuseppe Testoro.