Hillwood’s founder Marjorie Merriweather Post was a great supporter of the National Symphony Orchestra and she regularly found ways to share the emotionally powerful experience of live performances by talented artists with others. While concert halls sit empty during the coronavirus pandemic, the rich human contact between musicians and audience members thrives in unique venues.
We invite Hillwood members to an intimate performance by renowned cellist Ignacio Alcover in the unparalleled setting of Hillwood’s pavilion. Performing for a live audience of one—and a virtual audience of Hillwood’s nearest and dearest—Alcover will select several pieces to play, inspired by the audience member.
ABOUT THE PERFORMER
Ignacio Alcover, born in Barcelona, is the founder and artistic director of Musica Aperta, an organization that makes music more accessible and “alive” to diverse audiences, including students, casual concert goers, and classical music aficionados.
He is a member of the Kennedy Center Opera House and Washington National Opera Orchestra, and has performed throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East. Alcover was the soloist in the Boston Premiere of Henri Dutilleux's "Tout un monde lointain..." for cello and orchestra, and has recorded for Centaur Records and 4-TAY labels. Live radio performances include France Musique, Radio Nacional Española and National Public Radio. In Washington, DC, he has appeared in concert and recorded with ensembles that range from the XXI Century Consort to the Thievery Corporation.
Always interested in collaboration and sharing, Alcover has taught cello and chamber music for most of his professional career. He has served on the faculty of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Hood College and the Baltimore School for the Arts, and served as Chairman of the Faculty at the Washington Conservatory of Music. He has taught master classes in Korea as well as in Laos and Spain. As the artistic director of the group Musica Aperta, he created the educational show “The Struggles of Mr. M” which, under the auspices of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, has been performed over one hundred times in the elementary and middle schools of Washington, DC. He currently teaches at George Mason University.
Alcover has been a longtime supporter of Hillwood, and his late wife, Liana Paredes, was chief curator until her death in 2017.