PostClassical Ensemble and the Center for Contemporary Political Art present:



“Weinberg Cello Preludes”

“Shostakovich in Wartime”

“The Black Virtuoso Tradition”

Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21 and 22, 2020, at 7:30 pm

Hosted by The Center for Contemporary Political Art

916 G Street NW

Washington DC 20001

Featuring (on film) pianist Steven Mayer, Alexander Shtarkman, and Alexander Toradze, and members of PostClassical Ensemble


Commentary (live) by Joseph Horowitz, Angel Gil-Ordonez, and Behrouz Jamali

About the Films

“The Black Virtuoso Tradition”

Scott Joplin, James P. Johnson, and Art Tatum are among the composer/pianist comprising a sizzling “Black Virtuosso Tradition” unique to the American experience. Featuring Steven Mayer (“piano playing at its most awesome” — The New York Times).

“Shostakovich in Time of War”

This unique film compares three Russian musical responses to the trauma of World War II: Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Stravinsky. The featured artists include one of the great names in Russian pianism: Alexander Toradze.

“Weinberg Cello Preludes”

Mieczysław Weinberg (1919-1996) was a Polish Jewish composer who fled the Holocaust to resettle in Stalin’s Russia — only to be arrested as part the “doctor’s plot.” The belated discovery of Weinberg’s music, and of the story behind it, has galvanized audiences in Europe and the US. With PCE principal cellist Ben Capps

Wine and champagne wil be served

Please RSVP

February 21st at 7:30

February 22nd at 7:30

Free admission

Donations welcome

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