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Storybook Saturday with Amit Peled

You may have heard of our first guest artist being a world-renowned cellist, but did you know he is also a children’s book author.


“A Cello Named Pablo”, written by Amit Peled is the story of a Amit Peled and his journey with the cello and legacy of the great Pablo Casals. Amit Peled will be performing a reading of his book on Saturday, September 28 th at 12:00 p.m., following his reading will be a book signing.

Also, get a chance to take a sneak peek into what an Abilene Philharmonic rehearsal looks like and quietly watch as the Philharmonic rehearses Masterworks I: The Heavenly Life from 10-12 p.m. at the Abilene Convention Center.

Tickets are $10 for a family and registration is required to attend Storybook Saturday. To register visit at

Masterclass with Amit Peled, cello

Join us for our first Masterclass of the 2019-2020 Season on Friday, September 27 th at 4:00 p.m.


This is a once in lifetime opportunity to learn from world-renowned cellist, Amit Peled! Masterclass topics can include instrument specific instruction, how to practice, how to win an audition, what it means to be an arts administrator, and many other things related to the orchestra field. This unique opportunity allows for students participating to engage with the artist, ask questions and learn best practices.

Students, musicians and anyone interested in participating in our Masterclass, please contact (325) 677-6710. This event is FREE and open to the public. The Masterclass will be held at the Abilene Philharmonic office located at 1102 North 3 rd St. Suite C.

Amit Peled Performing Journey With My Jewishness

This season opens up with a special recital presented by Abilene Christian University featuring renowned cellist Amit Peled, performing Journey With My Jewishness.


This powerful and compelling program follows Amit Peled's personal, musical, and spiritual journey. From his childhood growing up in a small kibbutz in Israel and listening to his mother singing the traditional tune "Eli Eli," to playing Max Bruch's "Kol Nidrei" as a young cellist and personally connecting with the Yom Kippur message, Amit explores the ups and downs of life and the desire to balance tradition, identity, and self-expression. Among other works, the program features Mark Kopytman's heart-wrenching "Kaddish" and Ernest Bloch's beloved three scenes "From Jewish Life." Amit's effective personal narrative in conjunction with a selection of deeply moving works and a passionate performance provokes a personal spiritual journey for each member of the audience. You won't leave the concert hall as the same person you were when you walked in.

Join us for an intimate pre-concert Meet and Greet with Amit Peled. Enjoy visiting with the guest artist, David Itkin, Music Director for the Philharmonic and other guests while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Tickets for the Meet and Greet including performance are $35. General Admission recital tickets: $15.

Tickets can be purchased online here

Journey With My Jewishness Presented by: Abilene Christian University
featuring Amit Peled, cello
Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 7:30PM
Williams Performing Arts Center Recital Hall
ACU Dr, Abilene, TX 79601

Instrument Petting Zoo

The CALF Festival 2019 was a huge success, and the Philharmonic of Abilene is grateful to have participated by providing the instrument petting zoo.


During the 2019 Calf Festival, we had over 2,500 kids that were able to learn more about music and take part in exploring new instruments that they don’t have the chance to learn about on a normal day. 

We hosted the Instrument Petting Zoo at our new Philharmonic offices downtown and enjoyed hosting people in this space. Giving children the chance to try out various string and brass instruments is a passion of ours at the Philharmonic and the CALF Festival in Abilene is just another great avenue to provide these opportunities to our community.

The Abilene Philharmonic is grateful to have provided the Instrument Petting Zoo this year, and we look forward to the years to come partnering with the CALF Festival!

Baby Music of Abilene

The Abilene Philharmonic has enjoyed partnering with Suzuki Early Education to provide Abilene’s first Baby Music of Abilene class!


On Tuesday evenings at 5:30, we host babies, toddlers and their parents to experience and enjoy music together from the youngest of ages. The Abilene Philharmonic has enjoyed partnering with Suzuki Early Education to provide Abilene’s first Baby Music of Abilene class! On Tuesday evenings at 5:30, we host babies, toddlers and their parents to experience and enjoy music together from the youngest of ages. We are passionate about music education for all ages at the Abilene Philharmonic, and this includes the youngest and oldest members of our community.

Baby Music of Abilene provides an opportunity for families to come and play a variety of percussion instruments. Suzuki Early Education provides a certified instructor to guide the class using nursery rhymes, dance, and action songs to teach the basic musical skills such as pitch matching and rhythm recognition. We believe strongly in the proven developmental skills that come from young children being exposed to music at an early age and want to provide opportunities such as this for our community and the Big Country. 

We are thrilled with the first class of Baby Music of Abilene and can’t wait to see how it will continue to grow and mold our young children in Abilene!

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