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SUNDAY

The Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra, the oldest in Russia, dates its origin to 1776. But it wasn’t until after 1917’s Russian Revolution that the orchestra grew in stature and popularity. As it did, the Bolshoi began programming more radical works, including pieces by emerging Russian composers such as Shostakovich and Prokofiev. But the group’s repertoire was always staunchly national. And, true to form, tonight’s concert is an all-Russian program, including Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 and Rachmaninoff’s lush Concerto No. 3 for Piano and Orchestra—the latter of which showcases 25-year-old Denis Matsuev as a soloist. Matsuev is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory and was the recipient of the Gold Medal in the 1998 Tchaikovsky Competition. The young pianist also dabbles in jazz and improvisation, and though this particular talent won’t be featured in tonight’s program, versatility is always a hallmark of a fine musician. The orchestra’s performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall. $20-$75. (202) 467-4600. (Amy Domingues)