Bach Cello Suites Available on Cleveland Orchestra’s Adella Streaming Platform

Beginning February 25 at 7pm EST, the Cleveland Orchestra presents a recital performance of Alisa Weilerstein playing Bach’s complete cycle of Solo Cello Suites recorded live at Severance Hall in January 2021.

These six pieces, written from 1717-1723 for Bach’s own use, were rediscovered in the 20th century to become one of the greatest and most-loved works for cello — showcasing a player’s artistry in a journey across a range and depth of emotions. Alisa returns to Cleveland, an artistic home where she spent many formative years as a young musician.

In addition to her performance of the Bach Suites, the webcast also includes behind-the-scenes interviews with Alisa, as well as with her former teacher Richard Weiss and Cleveland Orchestra’s Chief Artistic Director Mark Williams.

Reflecting on her life as a musician, Alisa shares “One of the reasons that I became a musician is that I feel the music expresses emotion much more clearly, much more directly, and much more profoundly than words do. It’s the clearest, most direct form of communication that humans have.”

Available on the Adella app and at