Early next year, Alisa Weilerstein launches “FRAGMENTS” – her new, multisensory solo cello project that weaves together new commissions and unaccompanied Bach – with premieres at Toronto’s Koerner Hall (Jan 28), in Southern California (March 10–14) and at New York’s Carnegie Hall (April 1). These first “FRAGMENTS” dates represent the centerpiece of Weilerstein’s full 2022-23 season.
Her other upcoming highlights include the Pittsburgh premiere of Joan Tower’s concerto A New Day with the Pittsburgh Symphony (Sep 23 & 25); Prokofiev’s Sinfonia concertante with the San Diego Symphony (Oct 7) and New York Philharmonic (Feb 22–24); Strauss’s Don Quixote with the Montreal Symphony (April 26 & 27); Barber’s concerto with Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra (Dec 8–10), Miami’s New World Symphony (Jan 21 & 22) and the Cleveland Orchestra (May 4 & 6); a chamber collaboration with Stefan Jackiw and Daniil Trifonov at New York’s 92nd Street Y (May 20); and Bach’s solo cello suites at venues including London’s Wigmore Hall (Oct 16).
“I want people to experience music without borders. My hope is that people will listen with the idea that they’re going to go on a wild adventure,” says Alisa Weilerstein of “FRAGMENTS.”
Perhaps her most ambitious and personal project to date, the new series sees her weave together the 36 movements of Bach’s solo cello suites with 27 new commissions, to make six Fragments, each an hour long, for solo cello. Under her curation, each Fragment embraces a diverse range of compositional voices to trace a powerful and wholly original emotional arc. Performed without the distraction of pauses, applause or program details in a multisensory production by director Elkhanah Pulitzer and artistic producer and advisor Hanako Yamaguchi, with responsive lighting and architectural elements by Seth Reiser and original costumes by Carlos J. Soto, each Fragment offers its audience an unmediated, immersive and visceral listening experience. After premiering the first two Fragments early next year in Toronto(Jan 28), before giving performances in Southern California (March 10–14) and at New York’s Carnegie Hall (April 1), Weilerstein looks forward to performing and touring all six Fragments on both sides of the Atlantic in seasons to come. An initial tour to London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg, Prague and other major European centers is planned for the 2023-24 season, followed by performances at some of the continent’s most prestigious summer festivals.