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 Shostakovich’s powerful Cello Concerto No. 2. Conductor Emeritus Ludovic Morlot takes the podium for this compelling program, opening the evening with Caroline Shaw’s evocative, Haydn-inspired Entr’acte and concluding with Beethoven’s spirited Symphony No. 8.
Following eight years as Music Director, Ludovic Morlot is now Conductor Emeritus of the Seattle Symphony. Morlot’s innovative programming encompassed not only his choice of repertoire, but theatrical productions and performances outside the traditional concert hall space.Under Morlot’s baton, 19 recordings were released under the Seattle Symphony Media label, the orchestra received ﬁve Grammy Awards, and was named Gramophone’s 2018 Orchestra of the Year.
“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.
Seattle Symphony Live is generously sponsored by the Scan|Design Foundation by Inger & Jens Bruun. Ludovic Morlot's position has been generously underwritten as the Judith Fong Conductor Emeritus. Alisa Weilerstein's performance is generously underwritten by Grant and Dorrit Saviers.