NSO Tour in Russia: Wednesday in Moscow

Rostropovich Festival founder, director, and Slava’s daughter, Olga Rostropovich, with Maestro Eschenbach, welcomes the NSO to Moscow and to the festival on Wednesday morning at the start of rehearsal.

NSO music director Christoph Eschenbach conducts the first rehearsal of the tour on Wednesday morning at Moscow Conservatory — a musically important venue where many of the great Russian composers and musicians (among them Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, and of course Rostropovich) performed, taught, and conducted.

NSO Cellist Glenn Garlick takes a moment to listen to rehearsal on Wednesday during a piece he doesn’t play.

The view from the stage into the famed hall during Wednesday’s rehearsal.

Taking an orchestra and its cargo on tour takes a lot of coordination; here, a touring logistics book sits ready with all of the necessary paperwork.

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein rehearses Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto with the NSO in Wednesday.

NSO Principal horn Abel Pereira makes sure his instrument is ready backstage before the the first concert of the tour on Wednesday.

It’s clear from the historic photos around the Hall who the festival celebrates this year–photos of Slava are everywhere as concertgoers wait for the house to open.

Concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef waits offstage for her entrance before Wednesday’s concert begins.

Maestro Eschenbach and NSO take a bow as the first concert of the tour begins in Moscow on Wednesday night.

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein gives her all in a performance of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, which the composer wrote for Slava–a close friend–in 1959.

The capacity audience applauds the NSO and Alisa Weilerstein after their performance of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 on Wednesday night.

NSO violists Lynne Levine and Eric deWaardt relax backstage during intermission Wednesday night.

Christoph Eschenbach and the NSO on the famed stage of Moscow Conservatory.

Audience members listen intently to Schubert’s Ninth Symphony on Wednesday night.

Members of the NSO cello section–many of whom were hired by Slava during his time as music director–perform on Wednesday evening.

Members of the NSO wind section focus on their parts during Wednesday’s performance.

Kennedy Center president Deborah Rutter leads a toast to Maestro Eschenbach and Alisa Weilerstein at a post concert reception Wednesday night.