Posting Date: March 18, 2010
Alisa Weilerstein and Lera Auerbach to perform in Premiere Series
Kennesaw State performance features two internationally acclaimed musicians
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Lera Auerbach (left) and Alisa Weilerstein
KENNESAW, Ga—Kennesaw State University’s Premiere Series presents cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist and composer Lera Auerbach in concert on April 10 at 8 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. Both the recipients of international acclaim and recognition, Weilerstein and Auerbach have only collaborated in performance on a few occasions.
Weilerstein, considered one of the great cellists of her generation, is hailed for her virtuosic powers and passionate artistry. Last November, Weilerstein performed at the White House as part of the White House Music Series. One of only four musicians invited to the event, Weilerstein participated in student workshops and an evening concert in the East Room of the White House.
With a performance style described by The New York Times as “an ecstasy and a generosity that lift performance into the realm of pure happiness,” Weilerstein has appeared with many of the finest ensembles in the country, including the orchestras of Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco and the National Symphony Orchestra. Weilerstein began playing the cello at a young age and first publicly performed at the age of four. Her professional debut, with the Cleveland Orchestra, was at the age of 13.
David Daly, assistant director of the Bailey Center, observes that “Weilerstein and Auerbach are both unique in their own right.” Auerbach, one of the most widely performed composers of her generation, is also a performing artist and an author. Her music is often characterized by its juxtaposition of tonal and atonal music and stylistic freedom. Auerbach, like Weilerstein, has performed in the leading performance halls around the world including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall in New York and the Salle Pleyel in Paris.
Auerbach’s commissions include ballets, symphonies, concertos and string quartets. She is also currently working on her first opera, based on one of her original screenplays. Additionally, Auerbach has published five volumes of poetry and prose and was named Poet-of-the-Year by the International Pushkin Society.
The program for the concert will feature Shostakovich’s Twenty-Four Preludes for Piano, arranged for cello and piano by Auerbach, as well as one of Auerbach’s original compositions, Twenty-Four Preludes for Violoncello and Piano, op. 47. Daly explains, “They both bring a very passionate intensity to their music-making.” This intensity, as Daly observes, has often been described as raw, intense and poetic.
Bobby Asher, director of the Bailey Center, describes the duo as “two rising young stars in the classical music world.”
On the day of the concert, Weilerstein will participate in a master class 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the Bailey Center. From 1-2 p.m., Auerbach will participate in a question-and-answer session. Both the sessions are free and open to the public.
Tickets for the concert are $30. Student and group discounts are available. For more information and directions, visit the KSU box office or call at 770-423-6650.
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A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21,000 from 142 countries. The third-largest university in Georgia, Kennesaw State offers more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education and business.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.