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Special Event

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Soldiers of Music


Rostropovich Returns to Russia


at The Library of Congress


film screening of the Emmy-Award winning 1991 documentary


Thursday, October 16 at 7 pm

Coolidge Auditorium, The Library of Congress


101 Independence Avenue SE

Washington, D.C



Rostropovich Week Schedule of Events


    • Sunday, October l2, 2008, 6:00 pm

St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 400l l7th Street, N.W. (l7th and Shepherd Streets), Washington, D.C.

Memorial Service for Mstislav Rostropovich


    • Tuesday, October 14, 2008, 7:00 pm

Embassy of the Russian Federation, Bold Room

Gala dinner

* Evening’s entertainment will include a performance by soloists from the Vishnevskaya Opera Centre and other musical surprises

* Proceeds from gala event will benefit the Rostropovich Foundation “Fund to support young talented musicians.”

* For further information, call 301-365-2737


Wednesday, October l5, 2008, 7:30 pm

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

A concert of classical music

* by winners of Rostropovich commemorative scholarships

* In honor of Rostropovich’s passionate devotion and commitment to aspiring young talent, the Rostropovich Foundation, in its first performance in Washington, D.C., is proud to present a concert of classical masterpieces performed by Rostropovich Commemorative Scholarship Winners. Tickets to be purchased exclusively online at http://www.kennedy-center.org/tickets/ through Instant-Charge or at the Kennedy Center Box Office. For more information call (202) 476-4600.


Thursday, October l6, 2008, 7:30 pm

Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress

An Evening of Remembrances

* hosted by the Librarian of Congress, Dr. James H. Billington.

* Opening of an extraordinary photographic exhibit of Rostropovich/Vishnevskaya and viewing of 1991 Emmy Award winning documentary “Soldiers of Music: Rostropovich Returns to Russia.”

* The title from the film comes from Rostropovich himself recalling some advice from Dmitri Shostakovich: “ We are all soldiers of music…stand firm, play to the end.” Open to the public.

* No tickets necessary.

* Program subject to change without notice


Rostropovich Foundation “Fund to support young talented musicians”


In l997, Mstislav Rostropovich established the Rostropovich Foundation in Moscow, a charitable foundation of commemorative scholarships to honor great Russian musicians with whom he had enjoyed a long and fruitful friendship. Currently, there are 43 Rostropovich scholarship students from all over Russia. The Foundation strives to identify, support and encourage a new generation of world-class musicians by providing gifted young students with the tools and resources needed to help them reach their highest potential. Students receive financial assistance, help with living accommodations, instruments, if necessary, counseling and other exceptional educational and training opportunities, such as master-classes with renowned teachers and musicians. The Foundation is solely dependent on the generosity of private individuals, organizations and corporations to continue its investment in gifted young musicians

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