Cellist Alisa Weilerstein Proclaims New Challenge “Fragments”

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Cellist Alisa Weilerstein just lately introduced her new efficiency undertaking, “Fragments,” a multi-sensory solo cello undertaking that weaves collectively the 36 actions of Bach’s solo cello suites with 27 new commissions.

The music, each previous and new, has been divided into six one-hour “chapters.”Weilerstein conceives of those chapters as through-running experiences with no breaks for applause, program notes, or pauses of any variety.

Alongside the music, every chapter will function lighting and architectural parts by Seth Reiser, in addition to costumes by Carlos J. Soto. “Fragments” will likely be directed by Elkhanah Pulitzer and produced by Hanako Yamaguchi.

The composers concerned within the undertaking vary in age between 26 and 83, and are available from a various vary of nationalities and types. Particularly, Weilerstein aimed to uncover and promote lesser-known composers, showcasing their work alongside that of composers who’re already family names.

The 27 composers are:

Andy Akiho, Courtney Bryan, Chen Yi, Alan Fletcher, Gabriela Lena Frank, Osvaldo Golijov, Joseph Hallman, Gabriel Kahane, Daniel Kidane, Thomas Larcher, Tania León, Allison Loggins-Hull, Missy Mazzoli, Gerard McBurney, Jessie Montgomery, Reinaldo Moya, Jeffrey Mumford, Matthias Pintscher, Gity Razaz, Gili Schwarzman, Caroline Shaw, Carlos Simon, Gabriela Smith, Ana Sokolović, Joan Tower, Mathilde Wantenaar, and Paul Wiancko.

The primary two chapters of “Fragments” will obtain their premiere at Carnegie Corridor on April 1, 2023. Later within the 2023/24 season, Weilerstein will carry out all six chapters over the course of a transatlantic tour that takes her by way of London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg, and Prague, in addition to different main European facilities.

“E.M. Forster’s phrase, ‘Solely join!’ has at all times been certainly one of my biggest inspirations for turning into a musician,” Weilerstein advised The Violin Channel. “And that’s what FRAGMENTS is about at its core.”

“It’s my biggest hope that that this undertaking will deepen the connection between viewers and artist, providing a sequence of distinctive performances that embrace the world we reside in with out sacrificing the mental and aesthetic qualities that make this artform such a singular mode of human expression,” she added.

You possibly can hear Weilerstein discussing the undertaking beneath.