With her “technical brilliance” and “take-no-prisoners emotional investment that is evident in every bar,” (The New York Times), Alisa Weilerstein is the perfect match for Elgar’s rhapsodic Cello Concerto. Amy Beach’s Second Symphony, infused with melodies inspired by the English isles, straddles old world and new, and speaks to Beach’s position as one of America’s most compelling musical voices at the turn of the 20th century.
Music Director of the Seattle Symphony, Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard is esteemed for his creativity and innovative programming, the excitement of his live performances and his extensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings. A renowned recording artist with over 70 discs to his name, Dausgaard’s releases with the Seattle Symphony have garnered critical acclaim resulting in international honors including Gramophone’s 2018 Orchestra of the Year Award and a Grammy nomination for Best Orchestral Performance.
“A young cellist whose emotionally resonant performances of both traditional and contemporary music have earned her international recognition, … Weilerstein is a consummate performer, combining technical precision with impassioned musicianship.” So, stated the MacArthur Foundation when awarding Alisa Weilerstein, a 2011 MacArthur “genius grant” Fellowship, prompting the New York Times to respond: “Any fellowship that recognizes the vibrancy of an idealistic musician like Ms. Weilerstein … deserves a salute from everyone in classical music.” In performances marked by intensity, sensitivity, and a wholehearted immersion in each of the works she interprets, the American cellist has long proven herself to be in possession of a distinctive musical voice.
Led by Music Director Thomas Dausgaard, the Seattle Symphony unleashes the power of music, brings people together and lifts the human spirit. Recognized as one of the “most vital American orchestras” (NPR), the Seattle Symphony is internationally acclaimed for its inventive programming, community-minded initiatives and superb recordings on the Seattle Symphony Media label.
Thomas Dausgaard’s performances are sponsored by the Scan|Design Foundation by Inger and Jens Bruun. Alisa Weilerstein’s performances are generously underwritten by Betty Graham.