On Bastille Day, two Croatian cellists took to the stage at KITEC’s Star Hall. If we’re being polite, as Sulic and Hauser were, the audience was ‘intimate’, though this did little to stop the dynamic duo from performing their trademark energetic set. For those unfamiliar with the pair, the audience was warned, despite opening with two pieces of classical music, this was the wrong place for classical music fans.
With their audience successfully bemused and, perhaps, a little bit confused, Sulic and Hauser’s assertion could not have been truer. In fact, it seemed almost as if the opening pieces served as evidence to the fact that they could perform conventional, classical music. Having firmly established this, the cheeky cellists proceeded to turn the evening on its head.
Renditions of popular but by no means heavy songs were well received, but little did the audience know that Hauser would soon be pulling quintessential rock star moves on stage. Covers of Nirvana’s Smells like Teen Spirit, AC/DC’s Highway to Hell, and the Rolling Stones’ Satisfaction had young and old abandoning their seats and heading toward the stage. Hauser, who had the audience (and his counterpart, Sulic) in stitches throughout the evening, proceeded to rip the hairs from his bow and throw them out to the crowd – a particularly hair raising finish to a one-of-a-kind performance. #Amanda Sheppard