”Her technical abilities serve a taste for sweet and intensity. She performs with soulful expresssion and physical abandon”
~ New York Times
In Sydney for its maiden tour, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra is performing a rare one concert only at 7pm on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 featuring stellar American cellist, Alisa Weilerstein.
ChopinandMysaucepan is giving away 2 free tickets worth $220 and a $80 food voucher valid at any of the Opera Kitchen food stalls at the Sydney Opera House* – Total Value $300 !!
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Henze Sonata for strings
Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1. Op.107
Dvorák Symphony No. 9 in E minor From the New World, popularly known as the New World Symphony
Soloist: Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Shostakovich’s white-knuckle cello concerto is the ideal vehicle for Alisa Weilerstein, whose intense and dramatic reading of this work has a devastating power. Shostakovich is emblematic of the bitter facts of Soviet Russian life.
However, Dvorák’s Symphony No.9 is the optimistic opposite, born in a new world. This portrait of the golden age of 19th-Century America was premiered, aptly, in Carnegie Hall. Both are ideal showcases for the brilliant Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
The finest musicians from over 20 European countries, stellar conductors and a globetrotting schedule, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) is one of the most acclaimed ensembles on the scene. MCO was established 15 years ago by luminary conductor Claudio Abbado with the vision of being an independent international orchestra of the highest calibre.
By 2008, the French newspaper Le Monde was calling the MCO “the best orchestra in the world”. The core membership of 45 musicians live all over Europe and tour up to 200 days a year, in repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary, and from opera to symphonies.
Whatever they play, they play with a ‘chamber’ philosophy: intimate interplay between musicians, intensity and attentiveness. Every concert is an adventure.
This sole concert will feature star American cellist Alisa Weilerstein who will perform works by Hense, Shostakovich and Dvorak.
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Alisa Weilerstein has quickly become one of the most sought-after musicians of her generation and the heir-apparent to the title of Great American Cellist. Intense, sensitive and spontaneous, Weilerstein is a natural communicator as well as a commanding virtuoso.
In 2011, her accomplishments were recognised with a MacArthur Fellowship, the ‘Genius Grant’ which frees its recipients to pursue their art to its highest peaks. She’s just 30 years old and her CV already lists the accomplishments of an international soloist: the A-list orchestras and star conductors she’s worked with. But what quickly becomes apparent when watching her is that Weilerstein is completely in love with the cello, with performing and with her fellow musicians.
Weilerstein performs the emotionally and technically demanding First Cello Concerto of Dmitri Shostakovich, one of the most searing musical statements in 20th century music.
Sorrowful and sarcastic, bitter and biting, the cello concerto, like many of Shostakovich’s best works is a deeply, almost disturbing, personal utterance, embroidered with his own musical ‘monogram’.
The Independent says it best: “Weilerstein was the complete musical actress whose orations from hushed and furtive and fearful to ferociously assertive were gripping in the extreme. We must cast our minds back to Rostropovich to remember an account of the slow movement as potent and technically accomplished as this.”
Alisa Weilerstein plays Camille Saint Saens’ Le Cyne for President Barack Obama at the White House, 2009
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ChopinandMysaucepan received complimentary tickets for the MCO concerts and would like to thank Sydney Opera House for sponsoring the tickets and food voucher for this giveaway.
What on at the Sydney Opera House?
The Sydney Opera House will be celebrating its 40th birthday in 2013 and has lined up an exciting program for its music lover.
The Utzon Music Series will showcase performance in the Utzon Room with a capacity of just 200 seats. This series is a rare opportunity to experience world renowned ensembles and soloists in a small and intimate setting.