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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 23, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 23
Cello Virtuoso Alisa Weilerstein to Perform in Shriver Hall This Week


American cellist Alisa Weilerstein will perform on Sunday, Feb. 29, as part of the Shriver Hall Concert Series in on the Homewood campus. The concert begins at 5:30 in Shriver Hall Auditorium and will be preceded by a lecture by Paul Matthews of the Peabody Institute, to be held at 4:30 p.m. in Shriver's Clipper Room.

Hailed in her teens as a prodigy, the 22-year-old virtuoso has won increasing recognition and critical acclaim. The recipient in 2000 of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, she was selected for the prestigious European Concert Hall Organization's "Rising Stars" recital series and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society Two. She is currently a senior at Columbia University.

Of her 2001 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra debut in Haydn's D major Cello Concerto, The Sun's Tim Smith wrote, "Weilerstein is already on the career fast track, thanks to a sure technique and a very strong musical personality. There wasn't a note in the cellist's performance that didn't have color and interpretive intent ... consistently warm and lyrical."

Born in 1982, Weilerstein began playing the cello at age 4 and performed her first public concert six months later. She made her Cleveland Orchestra debut in 1995 at age 13 playing the Tchaikovsky "Rococo" Variations and her Carnegie Hall debut in 1997. She often performs with her parents, Donald and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, as the Weilerstein Trio. Weilerstein's Shriver Hall Concert Series program with pianist Adam Neiman includes Beethoven's Seven Variations on a theme from Mozart's The Magic Flute, Brahms' Sonata in F major, De Falla's Suite Populaire Espagnole and Prokofiev's Sonata in C Major.

Tickets are $33, $17 for students; student rush tickets at 4:30 p.m. are $8. For more information, call 410-516-7164 or go to


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