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Performing in the beloved chamber-music setting of the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, MacArthur “Genius Grant”–winner Alisa Weilerstein gives a Home Delivery Plus recital that showcases both the sonic range of the cello and her own mastery of the instrument, in solo works including Bach’s immortal Suite No. 3 and Kodály’s exhilarating and technically daunting solo sonata. In the Los Angeles Times’s words: “Weilerstein’s cello is her id. She doesn’t give the impression that making music involves will at all. She and the cello seem simply to be one and the same.” 

BRITTEN - Tema ‘Sacher’
BACH - Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009
KODÁLY - Sonata in B minor for solo cello 

Featuring a Headline Artist performance plus: 

Soundcheck: Alisa Weilerstein discusses her Home Delivery Plus program and shares insightful commentary on Kodály's Sonata in B Minor for solo cello.

Linger Longer: A juvenile diabetes survivor and an ardent advocate for the type 1 diabetes community, Weilerstein joins a panel of experts to discuss living with the disease, medical advances in treatment, and more (details TBA). 

Additional components TBA

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Alisa Weilerstein discusses her Home Delivery Plus program

Alisa Weilerstein on Kodály's Sonata for Solo Cello



Anastasia Tsioulcas

Notes on the Spotify Playlist
Curated by Anastasia Tsioulcas

Back in 2009, I had the privilege of attending a performance by Alisa Weilerstein at the White House. It was part of a “Classical Music Day,” organized by then–First Lady Michelle Obama. I sat just a couple of rows behind the Obama family, who were all in attendance to celebrate great American musicians: Mrs. Obama, her mother Marian Shields Robinson, daughters Malia and Sasha, and President Barack Obama. Among several very fine performances that day, I remember Alisa Weilerstein’s most vividly. As part of her offerings, she played a movement from Kodály’s Solo Sonata for Cello, Op. 8. Her rendition—and, really, her choice of repertoire itself—was pure Weilerstein: virtuosic, moving, and thoroughly uncompromising.

For this Spotify playlist, I’ve chosen some repertoire from Weilerstein’s program for Washington Performing Arts’s Home Delivery Plus series: that same Kodály, as well as Bach’s Third Cello Suite and Omoramor, a piece by Osvaldo Golijov, a composer with whom Weilerstein has formed a deep partnership. I’ve also included some other solo works, including music by Rachmaninoff, Dvořák, Bruch, Catalan composer and cellist Gaspar Cassadó, and a beautiful collaboration with pianist Inon Barnatan on Chopin’s technically difficult—and amply rewarding—Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65.

—Anastasia Tsioulcas

Anastasia Tsioulcas is an NPR Arts reporter and the Series Host of Home Delivery Plus 2021. Tsioulcas’s NPR roles have included interviews with the likes of composers Steve Reich and Terry Riley and, as a former reporter and producer for NPR Music, production of episodes of the popular Tiny Desk Concert series. For Home Delivery Plus, she lends her insights to a number of performance “packages,” from introducing the events to moderating post-performance talks to curating Spotify playlists inspired by package artists and themes

Special Thanks

Event Sponsors

This performance is made possible through the generous support of Jeanne Weaver Ruesch, and Philip R. West and Barbara Yellen.

Linger Longers on Home Delivery Plus are made possible through the generous support of an anonymous donor.

Series Sponsors

Thank you to the following lead supporters of Washington Performing Arts’s mission-driven work in 2020/21, including presentation of Home Delivery Plus: Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated; D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities; Betsy and Robert Feinberg; Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather; the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; Tom Gallagher; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; and the Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts.

DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities


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