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May 13, 2013

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alisa and the cello

As a toddler, Alisa Weilerstein felt an immediate connection to the cello. The family story goes that when Alisa was sick and her parents were away, her grandmother made her a string quartet out of cereal boxes. Young Alisa took to the cello and never looked back, joining her parents’ rehearsals with her Rice Krispies cello until she was four years old and graduated to a real instrument with lessons.

Alisa Weilerstein joins LACO’s latest podcast, sharing this antidote and more with KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen. She performs Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 this weekend with LACO and recounts her early days of performance, making her concert debut at fourteen and how Rostropovich inspires her to commission new works.

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