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Park illegally, run through the lobby, blow past the usher—but never show up seven minutes late to a performance of Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2. You really don’t want to miss the defining moment of this piece’s first movement, when all three instruments are raving at their giddy, jumpy best. It’s a high-pitched frenzy in which violin, cello, and piano take turns answering each other and then walk for a moment in lockstep. If it makes you too happy, there’s an antidote: The trio’s third movement is one hell of a downer, a composition in which the pianist sounds imprisoned in the far-left region of the keyboard. Oh well, it was composed in Stalinist Russia, so what did you expect?
THE ARGOS TRIO PERFORMS AT 7:30 P.M. AT THE STRATHMORE MANSION, 10701 ROCKVILLE PIKE, NORTH BETHESDA, MD. $28. (301) 581-5100.