Wednesday, May 23, at 7:30 pm

The Washington National Cathedral

Benjamin Pasternack, pianist

Actor TBA as President John F. Kennedy



Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Sonata No. 2 (1943)

Dmitri Shostakovich: Preludes and Fugues (1950-52)

Only in recent decades has it become known that the CIA covertly funded a cultural Cold War. A frequent target was Shostakovich, portrayed as a Soviet stooge shackled by Socialist Realism. Meanwhile, JFK gave speeches insisting that the arts can only flourish in “free societies.”




“An awesome performance, as impressive for the sheer technical stamina and security as for the dynamic phrasing.” – The Baltimore Sun

“A spectacular performance that pushed audience members to the edges of their seats and the pianist several incudes above his bench.” – Musical America



(Benjamin Pasternack)