UCSB Arts & Lectures (A&L) presents cellist Alisa Weilerstein in “Fragments for Solo Cello,” 7 p.m. Friday, March 10 at Campbell Hall.
“Fragments” is a groundbreaking project for solo cello that weaves together the 36 movements of Bach’s solo cello suites and 27 newly commissioned works, dividing the whole into six hour-long chapters to be released over several seasons.
“FRAGMENTS: Chapter One” is set against the familiar backdrop of Bach’s “Cello Suite No. 1.” Within each chapter, individual movements from a single suite and a selection of new works are arranged into a new emotional arc, set within an atmosphere of responsive lighting and scenic architecture.
The music is performed without pause and without a program, creating an original experience that lets audiences to surrender to their senses.
One of today’s foremost cellists, Weilerstein is known for her artistry, emotional investment and interpretive depth. She was recognized with a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship in 2011.
Today her career is global in scope, taking her prestigious international venues for solo recitals, chamber concerts, and concerto collaborations with preeminent conductors.
“Weilerstein is a throwback to an earlier age of classical performers: not content merely to serve as a vessel for the composer’s wishes, she inhabits a piece fully and turns it to her own ends,” the New York Times writes.
In 2021, Weilerstein premiered Joan Tower’s new cello concerto “A New Day” at the Colorado Music Festival. The work was co-commissioned with the Detroit Symphony; Cleveland Orchestra, and the National Symphony.
A proponent of contemporary music, she has also premiered and championed important new works by composers including Pascal Dusapin, Osvaldo Golijov and Matthias Pintscher.
Tickets to Weilerstein’s concert are $30-$40, general public; $10 UCSB students with current student. For tickets and information, call A&L, 805-893-3535, or buy online at www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu.