Jeff Spurgeon of New York radio station WQXR-FM will introduce Weilerstein and moderate the discussion portion of the event, after which the cellist will be available to sign copies of her recent recordings.
Weilerstein will be performing Elgar's Cello Concerto with the Philharmonic and conductor Zubin Mehta this week — in concerts on January 11 and 13 in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center and on January 12 in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. (Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 is also on the program.)
The 24-year-old cellist has had an eventful few months. Last summer, she won the €10,000 Leonard Bernstein Prize from Germany's Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival for a performance of Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1. In November, she made her New York Philharmonic debut during the orchestra's tour of Japan and Korea; on Thanksgiving weekend, she made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut — with the same Shostakovich concerto — as a substitute for Truls Mêªrk.