Wednesday, November 18, 2009

11/20: Cleveland Orchestra

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein is one of those people whose career seems to have been destined from the start. With both parents top-level classical musicians (dad Donald was founding violinist of the Cleveland Quartet), she began studying cello when she was four. Now 27, she’s performed with great orchestras around the world, including an upcoming and high-profile gig with the Berlin Philharmonic in London, which will be televised worldwide. Weilerstein is also the Cleveland Orchestra’s artist in residence for the season and performs Dvorak’s cello concerto tonight, conducted by Jonathan Nott. The program also includes a piece that opens with some of the most familiar chords in classical music: Richard Strauss’s tone poem, Also Sprach Zarathustra, best known as the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey. An afterparty in Severance Hall’s lobby features Jamey Haddad and guest percussionists, including students from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Oberlin College drum ensembles. It starts at 7 p.m. at Severance Hall (11001 Euclid Ave., 216.231.1111). Tickets: $31-$110. — Michael Gill

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