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MacArthur Genius Alisa Weilerstein Does One-Off Performance at New York Philharmonic Biennial in Matthias Pintscher's 'Reflections in Narcissus'

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Jun 10, 2014 05:47 PM EDT | Ian Holubiak (i.holubiak@classicalite.com)

MacArthur Genius Alisa Weilerstein Does One-Off Performance at New York Philharmonic Biennial in Matthias Pintscher's 'Reflections in Narcissus'

Weilerstein in performance during the New York Philharmonic Biennial is a sure thing for greatness. (Photo : Herald Hoffman)

The MacArthur genius grant, obviously, is not just a random token dealt to the moderately remarkable. A few MacArthur geniuses have passed through Classicalite headlines, like Vijay Iyer, and this time is no different.

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Cellist Alisa Weilerstein is regarded as one of the greatest classical musicians of her generation, per WNYC.

An actual "genius," she received her grant in 2011 and just performed at the New York Philharmonic Biennial.

In a one-off premiere, Weilerstein starred in Matthias Pintscher's Reflections on Narcissus on June 6 as part of the ongoing festival.

You can check out video of that performance at the Philharmonic's website.

The concert also featured a small "Play Date" post performance at Bar Biennial in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center...but there's no video of that just yet.

Instead, here is Alisa performing the gigue from Bach's Cello Suite No. 3 for WQXR's Café Concert series.

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