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Event Update—July 27, 2021: We regret to announce that this online performance, originally scheduled for May 2021 and rescheduled for August 13–19, has now been canceled and will not be rescheduled. The performance was to have been recorded live on stage at Switzerland’s Verbier Festival in late July, but Evgeny Kissin was obliged to withdraw due to a family emergency. Kissin has since announced the passing of his teacher, Anna Pavlovna Kantor, and offered a fond remembrance on his Instagram:

My old teacher Anna Pavlovna Kantor just left this world on July 27… she was 98 years old…

Soon after I began my studies with her, Anna Pavlovna became for me much more than just a teacher: during all these years she has been a real friend, like a family member. She became very close to our whole family, and 30 years ago she moved to live with us.

She was my only piano teacher, and everything I am able to do on the piano I owe to her. She was a truly remarkable woman, a person of rare integrity and purity.

Blessed be her memory always…

All current ticket-holders, including series subscribers, will be contacted about the cancellation directly by Washington Performing Arts.

Please note that a related, free online episode of The Arts, Undistanced series, featuring cellist Steven Isserlis in conversation with jazz legend and series host Wynton Marsalis, will still premiere as scheduled on this website on Friday, August 6, at 4:30pm ET.

Those wishing to view an alternate performance recorded at the Verbier Festival featuring violinist Joshua Bell, cellist Steven Isserlis, and pianist Lahav Shani can do so as of Friday, July 30, at 2pm ET on Medici.tv. Registration for a free Medici.tv guest account is required. Please note: Washington Performing Arts has no affiliation with this performance, Medici.tv, or the Verbier Festival.

For any questions, please contact PatronServices@WashingtonPerformingArts.org (business hours are weekdays, 9:30am-5:00pm ET).

Thank you for your interest in and support of our Home Delivery Plus 2021 series. We look forward to sharing additional online programming with you throughout the summer and to welcoming you back to in-person performances this fall with our 2021/22 Season.

Sound Check

Welcome to Soundcheck, where you can "tune up" in advance of a Home Delivery Plus event. Here, you'll find resources like pre-recorded performance or interview videos (some debuting in this space), program notes, links to artists' websites and media coverage, playlists or links for advance listening, and more. Each Soundcheck is customized to its event—and some will be updated regularly, so please check back often. All Soundchecks are offered free to the public.




Anastasia Tsioulcas

Notes on the Spotify Playlist
Curated by Anastasia Tsioulcas

The program that Evgeny Kissin, Joshua Bell, and Steven Isserlis are offering to the Washington Performing Arts audience is an unusual and profound array of works inspired by Jewish sacred and secular music. It includes well-known music by Ernest Bloch as well as rarely heard pieces by the composer and violinist Joseph Achron (a friend of both Jascha Heifetz and Arnold Schoenberg), composer Mikhail Gnessin (who studied with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov), and composer and cantor Solomon Rosowsky, another student of Rimsky-Korsakov.

Unfortunately, much of those three composers’ music is not widely recorded, but this Spotify playlist provides the opportunity to hear these three instrumental masters performing on their own and in collaboration. This includes a performance by Bell and Isserlis (joined by pianist Olli Mustonen) of Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2. It’s a plangent, personal and political piece in which the composer both memorializes a close friend, Ivan Ivanovich Sollertinsky, and refers to the Holocaust with a macabre-shaded, Jewish-inspired dance in the last movement. (Shostakovich was reportedly horrified by stories he had read of SS guards forcing Jewish prisoners to dance upon their own graves.)

Another special feature of this program is the opportunity to hear Evgeny Kissin declaim Yiddish poetry. Yiddishkeit—including Ashkenazic Jewish culture, arts, and language—is extremely important to Kissin personally; as a child, he learned Yiddish from his grandparents, and he is dedicated to preserving and sharing that rich culture.

—Anastasia Tsioulcas

Anastasia Tsioulcas is an NPR Arts reporter and the Series Host of Home Delivery Plus 2021. Tsioulcas’s NPR roles have included interviews with the likes of composers Steve Reich and Terry Riley and, as a former reporter and producer for NPR Music, production of episodes of the popular Tiny Desk Concert series. For Home Delivery Plus, she lends her insights to a number of performance “packages,” from introducing the events to moderating post-performance talks to curating Spotify playlists inspired by package artists and themes

Special Thanks

Event Sponsors

Thanks to the original sponsors of this now-canceled event—the Billy Rose Foundation, Frank Islam and Debbie Driesman, and Mary and Chris Mahle—who have generously sustained their support this season.

The Arts, Undistanced is made possible through the generous support of an anonymous donor and Northern Trust.

Northern Trust

Series Sponsors

Thank you to the following lead supporters of Washington Performing Arts’s mission-driven work in 2020/21, including presentation of Home Delivery Plus: Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated; D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities; Betsy and Robert Feinberg; Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather; the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; Tom Gallagher; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; and the Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts.

DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities


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