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Osmo Vänskä
, conductor
Profile appears on page 12.
Alisa Weilerstein
, cello
Alisa Weilerstein, one of her generation’s
top cellists, performs regularly with
leading orchestras in America and
Europe and appears as a soloist, recitalist
and chamber musician at prestigious
music festivals.
Minnesota Orchestra:
She last played
at Orchestra Hall in 2012, performing
Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto. She
was also a soloist on the Orchestra’s 2010
tour of European music festivals.
Currently:
This season she performs
with ensembles including the Cleveland
Orchestra, New York Philharmonic,
London’s Philharmonia Orchestra and
Tokyo’s NHK Symphony. In addition,
she tours Germany with the Australian
Chamber Orchestra and plays at Carnegie
Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
Honor:
In 2011 she was awarded a
MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, also
known as the “genius grant.”
Discography:
She is the first cellist to be
signed by Decca Classics in more than
three decades. Two albums are new in
2014: Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the
Czech Philharmonic, and
Solo
, a new
compilation of unaccompanied 20th-
century cello music.
More:
alisaweilerstein.com,
opus3artists.com.
Linh Kauffman
, soprano
Acclaimed soprano Linh Kauffman has
appeared across the U.S. in oratorio,
opera, new music and musical theater.
Minnesota Orchestra:
She debuted as
soloist here in 2007 performances of
Arvo Pärt’s
Como cierva sedienta
under
Osmo Vänskä’s direction.
Recently:
Kauffman made her Latin
American debut as Melia in Mozart’s
Apollo et Hyacinthus
at the Teatro
Nacional de Panama. She was also
recently heard as festival artist at the
Oregon Bach Festival, performing as
soloist under the direction of Helmuth
Rilling.
one-minute notes
Barber: Cello Concerto
This is a compelling concerto, a brilliant mid-20th-century addition to the cello repertoire. The first movements
are particularly lyrical, animated and flowing. The finale’s impassioned dialogue, seen by some as Barber’s
response to the bombing of Hiroshima, advances through mini-cadenzas to a spirited close.
Mahler: Symphony No. 2
Mahler’s Second, equally notable for its quiet moments and its drama, begins with the funeral march of a
hero and a parade of memories that range from nostalgic to grotesque. The sound of a human voice in the
fourth movement begins the process of resolution, leading the way to judgment, redemption and—in an awe-
inspiring clamor of fanfares and pealing bells—resurrection, as the chorus sings “I shall die so as to live!”
Highlights:
She has appeared locally
with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra,
Bach Chamber Players of St. Paul,
Oratorio Society of Minnesota, Bach
Society of Minnesota and University
of Minnesota Opera Theatre, as well
as other ensembles and companies.
Elsewhere she has been heard with
the Richmond Symphony, California
Chamber Symphony, San Francisco City
Chorus and Berkeley Opera.
Contemporary:
Kauffman is an
accomplished performer of new music,
having sung in several world premieres.
More:
linhkauffman.com.
Adriana Zabala
, mezzo
Mezzo Adriana Zabala appears locally,
nationally and internationally in a range
of settings that includes opera, song
repertoire, new works, concerts and
oratorios. She was last seen at Orchestra
Hall at the finale of Sommerfest 2011, as
Annina in Strauss’
Der Rosenkavalier
.
Minnesota:
Local audiences have heard
her as the title character in the American
premiere of Dove’s
The Adventures of
Pinocchio
with the Minnesota Opera, with
which she will again appear in March
2015, in the world premiere of Kevin
Puts’
The Manchurian Candidate
.
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