Weilerstein Joins Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall March 20

Classic Arts Features   Weilerstein Joins Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall March 20
Alisa Weilerstein makes her Orpheus Chamber Orchestra debut this Saturday when she joins the ensemble for Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations at Carnegie Hall.


At 27 years old, Weilerstein is already a veteran in the classical music world, performing with the nation's top orchestras, giving recitals in music capitals throughout the U.S. and Europe, and regularly appearing at prestigious festivals. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1997 at age 14 as a member of the New York Youth Symphony.

The intensity and passion of her playing has regularly been lauded, as has the spontaneity and sensitivity of her interpretations. Of her performance with Orpheus, violist and artistic director Christof Huebner remarks, "We're thrilled to be playing with Alisa because she is an artist that brings tremendous passion and spontaneity to everything that she plays. She is in demand all over the world, and I know her performance with us will be inspiring."

Ms. Weilerstein is also a dedicated chamber musician. Highlights of her 2009-10 season include performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, and the Berlin Philharmonic. In November 2009, Ms. Weilerstein was invited by First Lady Michelle Obama to take part in the White House Music Series Classical Music Student Workshop and Concert.


SATURDAY, March 20, 2010 at 8 PM
Carnegie Hall
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Alisa Weilerstein, Cello

STRAVINSKY Apollon Musagète
TCHAIKOVSKY Rococo Variations
BEETHOVEN Selections from Prometheus

Tickets range from $29 -$110 and are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, through CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or online at www.carnegiehall.org. Carnegie Hall is located at Seventh Avenue at 57th Street, NYC.


The Grammy Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has invigorated international audiences and critics alike with its superior artistry, energy, and distinctive approach to music-making. Orpheus is committed to illuminating both classic orchestral repertoire and new works by contemporary composers. Over its history, Orpheus has built a legacy through its acclaimed recordings, performances, and collaborations with the world's most dynamic and esteemed soloists. In addition to extensive national and international touring, the orchestra presents an annual concert series at Carnegie Hall and appears regularly at major New York venues.

Orpheus' 2009-2010 season continues its tradition of collaboration with today's leading soloists and composers, including performances with pianist Angela Hewitt, violinists Henning Kraggerud and Ryu Goto, oboist Albrecht Mayer, and cellist Alisa Weilerstein. The orchestra concludes its multi-year New Brandenburg commissioning project with premieres by Aaron Jay Kernis and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

The Orpheus recording legacy consists of over 70 albums, including the Grammy Award-winning Shadow Dances: Stravinsky Miniatures. In 2007 Orpheus released a recording of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons with Sarah Chang on EMI Classics. Their latest album, with pianist Jonathan Biss, was released in the fall of 2008. Orpheus' extensive catalog includes albums on the Deutsche Grammophon, EMI Classics, Decca, SONY Classical, and Nonesuch labels.

The Orpheus website, www.orpheusnyc.org, provides information on the ensemble, the musicians, performances, and special events. The Orchestra also maintains a blog, located at blog.orpheusnyc.org.

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