Tonight, I heard Shostakovich & Prokofiev

Letters from the Baltics.

Part III

The evening took place in a former palace turned : “Music House”. It was very exciting to walk inside and realize that the venue itself was practically a museum- and gorgeous too! I just  had to sneak a selfie at the top of the grand staircase.

The concert featured two young Russian musicians performing with orchestra the music of two Russian composers; first I heard Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 and after the intermission came Prokoviev’s Piano concerto No. 3.

Pictured directly above is the cellist walking out to take a seat in front of the orchestra. If you have ever wondered what exactly a concerto is, now you know- it’s and Italian word for concert and is basically a solo backed up by an orchestra. In this way, it not unlike the lead singer who performs with a concert with a band (with maybe just a few more flashy bits meant to impress!)

Despite short days, the city is full of light

Cars and traffic lights, billboards, architectural spotlights and seasonal decorations! 

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