Alisa Weilerstein, cello

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Memorial Recital

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Memorial Recital

Lauded for her deep musical insight, technical brilliance, and creative authority, Washington Performing Arts friend and MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient Alisa Weilerstein returns with her innovative, theatrical new project Fragments. Weilerstein conceived of and has collaborated with 27 composers representing nine nationalities and varied musical styles to create a unique arc that intersperses movements of Bach cello suites with 10-minute fragments of newly commissioned works. Audiences will not know the order of the program until its conclusion, adding to the immersive experience. Each hour-long program at the Terrace Theater (4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) features a mix of Bach and these elegant new fragments, including a D.C.- and world-premiere performance.

The New York Times writes, “This project is intended to reimagine what a cello recital can be, to challenge some of the conventions that Weilerstein thinks might inhibit a listener’s immediate response to the music, and to add layers of theatricality to the arguably staid traditions of the concert hall, in an acceptance that a musician is, after all, performing on a stage.”

Washington Performing Arts is a co-commissioner of Fragments. The 7:30 p.m. performance is the second-annual Ruth Bader Ginsburg Memorial Recital—an annual Washington Performing Arts’s performance to honor a dear friend of Washington Performing Arts, elevating new work of both established and renowned artists.

Due to the nature of the performance, there is absolutely no late seating.

This performance is 75 minutes, no intermission.

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“…The result of her reflections shines with uncommon ambition, so much so that it is hard to think of many soloists of a similar stature who would dare to bring anything like it to the stage.”

– The New York Times
Mezzo-Soprano Denyce Graves with Washington Performing Arts President & CEO Jenny Bilfield

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Memorial Recital & Award

Our Partners

This performance is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors: Mr. and Mrs. Michael Sonnenreich, Philip R. West and Barbara Yellen, Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, and The Randy Hostetler Living Room Music Fund.

Washington Performing Arts’s classical music performances this season are made possible in part through the generous support of Betsy and Robert Feinberg.

Washington Performing Arts also thanks the dozens of donors to the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Memorial Award and Recital Fund who helped make this concert possible.

Special thanks to the following lead supporters of Washington Performing Arts’s mission-driven work: Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated; D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities; the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; and The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.

This performance is an external rental presented in coordination with the Kennedy Center Campus Rentals Office and is not produced by the Kennedy Center.

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