The Washington Post: “Kissin offers Jewish composers, Yiddish poets in striking concert departure”

Anne Midgette of The Washington Post previews tomorrow’s PMH concert:

Evgeny Kissin is widely known as one of the greatest living pianists, a superstar, and, like many big-league musicians, a citizen of the world. He is also known as a pianist of Russian Jewish extraction. He is hardly known at all as an Israeli, and for good reason. He took Israeli citizenship only last December.

And he is emphatically not known, outside a small circle, as someone who recites Yiddish poetry from memory, much less as someone who does it during his concerts. Yet that’s exactly what he’s going to do Monday night at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

Read the rest here.