The World Bank, whose Port-au-Prince office was reduced to rubble in the Haiti earthquake last week, is holding a fundraising concert for victims of the disaster on Friday at the Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation auditorium, featuring pianist Valery Kuleshov. Named “Honored Artist of Russia” by Boris Yeltsin, Kuleshov studied under Vladimir Horowitz, attracting the attention of the Russian piano legend after he managed to notate by ear many of Horowitz’s unpublished transcripts of classical works (see this video). The program will skew toward the romantic composers Kuleshov favors, including Chopin, Liszt, and Rachmaninoff, and a dramatic arrangement of Bach’s “Chaconne” for piano by Ferruccio Busoni.
Suggested donations of $20 will be collected at the door, and will go to the American Red Cross and Doctors without Borders for relief work in Haiti.
The concert begins at 6 p.m. at the International Finance Corporation auditorium, 2121 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (entrance on K St. between 21st and 22nd). RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (202) 361-6742.