American music and Lincoln’s words: Cellist Amit Peled, Ambassador Delano Lewis & Lonnie Klein

Feb 7, 2014

Cellis Amit Peled, Ambassador Delano Lewis, and conductor Lonnie Klein
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Although Victor Herbert enjoyed superstar fame at the turn of the 20th century, his name – and his famous Cello Concerto No. 2 – are less known today. Israeli-American cellist Amit Peled hopes to bring the concerto back into the repertoire by performing it around the country, including in an American music concert with the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra. For former U. S. Ambassador to South Africa Delano Lewis, narrating Aaron Copland’s powerful “Lincoln Portrait” in the same concert has powerful personal meaning. Peled, Lewis and LCSO conductor Lonnie Klein joined Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin to talk about the music and the people behind it.