Alisa Weilerstein and Lera Auerbach to perform in Premiere Series


Kennesaw State performance features two internationally acclaimed musicians KENNESAW, Ga.—…

Georgia (Apr 2, 2010)Kennesaw State performance features two internationally acclaimed musicians

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.

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 composition, Twenty-Four Preludes for Violoncello and Piano, op. 47.

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.

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 willl 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, click here or call at 770-423-6650.

Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 22,500 from 142 countries.



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