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Composer Spotlight: Lera Auerbach

Composer Spotlight: Lera Auerbach

As part of CrossCurrents, the Kennedy Center's Contemporary Music Week, pianist/composer Lera Auerbach performs a program of her works with cellist Alisa Weilerstein and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke.

  • Friday, May 01, 2009, 7:30 PM
  • Family Theater
  • $25.00
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"Music of extraordinary power and intensity"
--The New Yorker
Continuing in the tradition of the great 19th and 20th-century pianist/composers, Lera Auerbach is one of the most widely performed composers of the new generation. Originally from Russia and now in her 30s, her creative output knows no boundaries: her extremely passionate and moving music ranges from symphonies and operas to chamber works and ballet. At The Juilliard School, she studied piano with Joseph Kalichstein; she is also a celebrated writer of Russian poetry and novels. Performing a program of her works in the Family Theater, Lera Auerbach is joined by two other rising stars in the music world. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein has been praised by the New York Times for playing with "an ecstasy and a generosity that lift performance into the realm of pure happiness"--while mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke is generating overwhelming buzz after winning First Prize at the 2007 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. Part of CrossCurrents: Contemporary Music Week.

  The Last Letter for Mezzo, Cello, and Piano
       (Poetry of Marina Tsvetaeva, written on the death of Rainer Maria Rilke)
  Sonata for Cello and Piano
  24 Cello Preludes


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