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Evgeny Kissin, Joshua Bell, & Steven Isserlis

May 21, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT


Three masters of classical music unite in the magisterial space of the Kennedy Center Concert Hall for an emotionally powerful and musically diverse presentation focusing on themes of vibrant Jewish life, memory and loss.

The first half of the Headline Artist program includes works inspired by Jewish folk songs and liturgical melodies. It will feature stirring performances by Bell and Isserlis of duo works by Russian Jewish composer Joseph Achron and two evocative pieces by Ernest Bloch: Suite from Jewish Life and the Baal Shem Suite. Evgeny Kissin will then offer readings of Yiddish poetry memorializing a lost way of life.

The program’s second half addresses the loss of the Holocaust. It begins with Piano Trio, Op. 63, by Mikhail Gnessin and concludes with an unforgettable classic by Shostakovich, the Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67, inspired by the loss of a great friend and by the world’s discovery of the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps.

ROSOWSKY – Fantastic Dance, Op. 6
ACHRON – Two Little Duets for Violin and Cello
BLOCH – Suite from Jewish Life
BLOCH – Baal Shem
GNESSIN – Piano Trio, Op. 63
SHOSTAKOVICH – Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67

Featuring a Headline Artist performance plus:

Soundcheck: The Arts, Undistanced: Wynton Marsalis in conversation with Steven Isserlis—part of a new WPA series.

Linger Longer: Panel discussion on “Lost Culture,” featuring Evgeny Kissin and a number of experts on Jewish history and culture.

Additional components TBA

Single-Event Price: $30

Presented by Washington Performing Arts.

Premiere: May 21, 2021 at 8pm ET, Streaming for ticketbuyers and subscribers through May 27, 2021.




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