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Event Update—June 11, 2021: As announced in May, this event has been postponed. We are continuing to work with the artists and their management to schedule a revised recording date (and revised streaming dates thereafter). At this time, no tickets to the performance are on sale. Please see below for more details.

For personal reasons, the artists were unable to gather to record the program in time for the originally scheduled streaming dates. However, they are eager to bring this program to you, so we are working with their representatives to schedule a new and timely recording date. If we are able to reschedule a new recording date, new streaming dates will be announced in this space and in our social media. All current ticket-holders will be contacted directly, and all tickets for the May 21-27 dates will be honored for the new dates.

If we are unable to reschedule the concert recording, we will officially cancel the event, and all current ticketholders will be contacted directly with information on next steps.

We will post a further update as soon as possible—and, of course, we hope to announce positive news! In the meantime, we thank you for your patience as we and the artists strive to reschedule the event. For any questions, please contact PatronServices@WashingtonPerformingArts.org (business hours are weekdays, 9:30AM-5:00PM ET).

Three masters of classical music unite for an emotionally powerful and musically diverse presentation focusing on themes of vibrant Jewish life, memory, and loss. The first section of the Headline Artist program includes works inspired by Jewish folk songs and liturgical melodies, beginning with the full trio on Solomon Rosowsky’s alternately stately and festive Fantastic Dance. The program continues with two evocative duo works by Ernest Bloch: Suite from Jewish Life (performed by Isserlis and Kissin) and Nigun (performed by Bell and Kissin). Evgeny Kissin will then offer a reading of Yiddish poetry, memorializing a lost way of life.

The program’s second section memorializes the Holocaust in an unforgettable classic by Shostakovich, the Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67—a work 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 for Piano Trio, Op. 6
BLOCH - Nigun
BLOCH - Suite from Jewish Life
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 Washington Performing Arts 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
Student Price: $4 (with free Gateway Student Ticket Program registration)

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Sound Check

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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

Presented in partnership with Pro Musica Hebraica.

This performance is made possible through the generous support of the Billy Rose Foundation, Frank Islam and Debbie Driesman, and Mary and Chris Mahle.

Linger Longers on Home Delivery Plus are made possible through the generous support of an anonymous donor.

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

This performance is one of six Home Delivery Plus events in 2020/21 included in Washington Performing Arts’s World in Our City initiative, which promotes cross-cultural understanding and cultural diplomacy via international performances, globally inspired Mars Arts D.C. programming, and the award-winning Embassy Adoption Program, a partnership with D.C. Public Schools.

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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