Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra to Feature Cellist Alisa Weilerstein, 9/19

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra to Feature Cellist Alisa Weilerstein, 9/19

MILWAUKEE, WIS. 08/28/2014 - The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Edo de Waart present Alisa Weilerstein Plays Elgar on September 19-20, 2014 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. The concerts feature Ms. Weilerstein performing Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor along with Britten's "Four Sea Interludes" from Peter Grimes and Dvorák's Symphony No. 8.

Both concerts include Meet the Music, a free, interactive pre-concert discussion held one hour prior to concert start time, in Uihlein Hall on Friday and in the Anello Atrium on Saturday. Friday's performance also includes a Pre-Concert Fashion Showin the Bradley Pavilion at 10:15 a.m. and offers a post-concert Meet the Artist Luncheon with artists from the performance in the Bradley Pavilion.

Britten's "Four Sea Interludes" from Peter Grimes, Opus 33a was composedand premiered in 1945. Peter Grimes was Britten's first opera and a defining moment in the composer's life and career. Poet Peter Crabbe's work The Borough, a series of twenty-four letters, served as Britten's primary inspiration for the opera, which tells the story of a reclusive fisherman in a village along England's eastern coast. The Sea Interludes are music that connects the seven scenes and the prologue. For the concert set, Britten arranged the Interludes in a different order than how they appear in the opera and slightly modified the endings.

Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor, Opus 85 was composed 1918-1919 and premiered in 1919 with the London Symphony Orchestra. Elgar began composing shortly after World War I ended, and during that summer, his wife Alice experienced rapidly declining health. "Elgar's Cello Concerto is an introspective yet noble work, perhaps mirroring the complex emotions and feelings Elgar was experiencing in his life around the time of composition," writes Isaac Thompson, MSO program annotator. Elgar lost the motivation to compose after Alice's death in 1920; therefore, the Cello Concerto marks the last substantial orchestral work Elgar completed.

Dvorák's Symphony No. 8 in G major, Opus 88 was composed in 1889 and premiered in 1890. Following the success of hisStabat Mater in London in 1883, Dvorák began work on his D minor Symphony No. 7. However, four years passed before he began to work on his subsequent Eighth Symphony. In writing the Eighth Symphony, Dvorák set out to write a piece that would be "different from other symphonies, with individual thoughts worked out in a new way." True to form, the Eighth Symphony is a divergence from Dvorák's previous works; further solidifying Dvorák own unique musical language.


Edo de Waart enters his sixth season as the sixth music director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in 2014.15. He also serves as chief conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic and conductor laureate of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Regular guest conducting appearances include the Chicago Symphony, NHK Symphony, and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic orchestras as well as the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra where, as with the San Francisco Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic, he has previously held a post. At the end of the 2013.14 season, he returned to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

As an opera conductor, de Waart has enjoyed success in a large and varied repertoire in many of the world's greatest opera houses. He has conducted at Bayreuth, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opera de Bastille, Santa Fe Opera, and The Metropolitan Opera. His most recent appearance at The Met received rave reviews for Der Rosenkavalier, and he will return to the house in future seasons. In addition to semi-staged and concert opera performances with his orchestras in the United States, he regularly conducts opera with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw's Zaterdag Matinee series, most recently Richard Strauss's Salome.

Edo de Waart's extensive catalogue encompasses releases for Philips, Virgin, EMI, Telarc, and RCA. His most recent recording is with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic; Mahler's Symphony No. 1 was released in April 2013. Future releases include Wagner'sTristan und Isolde: Nachtgesang und Isoldes Liebestod (arr. Henk de Vlieger) with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Elgar's Dream of Gerontius with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic.