"It was hard to notice anyone onstage but Ms. Weilerstein...Alisa is a star."

New York Times

Alisa Weilerstein, cello
The Complete Bach Suites

Perhaps the leading cellist of her generation and a commanding, nuanced interpreter of a range of repertoire, Alisa Weilerstein performs a marathon three-hour concert of Bach's complete cello suites in her Cal Performances debut recital. Weilerstein was a MacArthur Fellow before age 30, is a recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Prize, and has been honored with an Avery Fisher Career Grant from Lincoln Center. As she told the New York Times, the Bach cycle "demands everything of you emotionally, cerebrally, instrumentally...At the very end, I am emotionally exhausted, physically exhausted, and my brain is turned to mush—and it's the most wonderful feeling, a cathartic feeling. I love it."

Run time: approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes with intermission


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Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]