Fri 3/16 @ 8PM
The Cleveland Cello Society lucked out. For I Cellisti 2018, it managed to snag an international cello superstar with Cleveland roots, Alisa Weilerstein, to be its featured artist. A graduate of the Young Artist program at the Cleveland Institute of Music who made her debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at 13, Weilerstein snagged a MacArthur Fellowship in 2011, when she was just 28.
She’s back in town this week to perform four concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra, and happens to be off Friday night (Friday’s concert is in the morning) so she’s helping the Cleveland Cello Society’s event raise money for its scholarship program to raise up the next generation of young cellists.
The program’s theme is “Teacher and Student,” so Weilerstein will join her old CIM teacher Richard Weiss, assistant principal cello of the Cleveland Orchestra, and Cleveland Orchestra pianist Joela Jones to perform Gian Carlo Menotti’s Suite for Two Cellos and Piano.
Other student/teacher pairs will perform including from the studios of Mark Kosower, Martha Baldwin, Brian Snow, Pam Kelly, and Ida Mercer and the finale will feature some 30 cellists, lead by Cleveland Orchestra assistant conductor Vinay Parameswaran.
The concert takes place at Harkness Chapel on the Case Western Reserve campus. Suggested donation is $25; you can be a supporting patron for $100. It’s general seating.