As part of the National events, in the run up to National Day, the Gibraltar Philharmonic Society has revealed an incredibly impressive programme introducing one of the most sought after cellists in the world, Alisa Weilerstein, along with her partner, conductor Rafael Payare. The first concert of the season, to take place at St. Michael’s Cave on Tuesday 6th September at 8pm, will follow a programme of Beethovan and Elgar pieces.
Alisa Weilerstein is a former MacArthur “genius grant” Fellowship who has been described as ‘a consummate performer, combining technical precision with impassioned musicianship.’ Her compilation of unaccompanied 20th century cello music and Elgar and Elliot carter’s cello concertos with Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin was named BBC Music’s Recording of the Year 2013.
Rafael Payare has been Chief Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra since September 2014 and was recently appointed Principal Conductor of the Castleton Festival in Virginia, taking over from the late Lorin Maazel. Developing into one of the most sought after young conductors, Payare has made recent debuts with the Vienna Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, London Symphony and the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival. Other highlights have included the City of Birmingham Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony and the Los Angeles and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic orchestras.
Tickets are £20 and can be purchased from Sacarello’s Coffee Shop and the Silver Shop at 222 Main Street. A limited number of tickets at £10.00 are available to senior citizens and students via the John Mackintosh Hall at 308 Main Street. Price includes a bus shuttle service departing from the Public Market and opposite the Cable Car as from 6:30pm