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Sergei Prokofiev was once hailed by Igor Stravinsky as the second-greatest Russian composer of his day—after Igor Stravinsky. But Prokofiev never got much of a break. Known for a string of disastrous operas whose openings were all canceled due to the fatal illness of one director, the execution of another, and the February Revolution, Prokofiev even got short shrift in death, having the misfortune of dying on the same day as Stalin. His sonata in D for flute and piano exhibited Prokofiev’s characteristic bad timing. Interrupted by World War II, it had to be smuggled out of the Soviet Union to debut in Boston in 1944. Kathryn Master and Rebecca Wilt will give Prokofiev and his sonata their due, along with other flute and piano pieces by fellow 20th-century composers Aaron Copland and Francis Poulenc. KATHRYN MASTER AND REBECCA WILT PERFORM AT 3 P.M. AT THE SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM’S MCEVOY AUDITORIUM, 8TH AND F streets NW. FREE. (202) 633-1000.