Cool DC Events: Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 at the Kennedy Center

Hey music folk! Are you, like me, completely devoid of ideas of what to do with your weekend now that the whole Halloween frenzy has ended? Well fear not, because here comes a brand new installment of Cool DC Events!

This week’s featured event goes down at the Kennedy Center, on both Friday and Saturday night. Under the eye of Finnish conductor John Storgard, cellist Sol Gabetta will perform famed Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s first Cello Concerto (op. 107). This concerto is one of the most renowned cello concertos of the 20th century, and is extremely difficult to play. Composed by Shostakovich with thoughts towards Mussorgsky and Prokofiev, it is both technically demanding and musically complex (classic Shostakovich). Who better for the task than Gabetta, who was awarded Gramophone magazine’s 2010 Young Artist Award for her playing?

“who’s playing my concerto now?”

The program also includes works by Schumann and Britten. It is sure to be quite the exhilarating cello performance, so head on over either Friday or Saturday night to get your mind blown!

And if you aren’t able to make it, you can still check out one of many music library CDs featuring this very concerto! Trust us, it’s worth the journey to Katzen.