NSO Tour in Russia: Thursday in Moscow

Fresh flowers surround Slava’s headstone at Moscow’s Novodevichy Cemetery.

On Thursday, some NSO musicians took advantage of a free morning to pay tribute to Slava at his final resting place.

Also buried at at Moscow’s Novodevichy Cemetery is Dmitri Shostakovich, one of Slava’s closest friends.

NSO musicians pose near a statue at the cemetery honoring another great Russian musician, violinist David Oistrakh.

A newly unveiled statue of Slava marks Rostropovich Square in Moscow.

NSO music director Christoph Eschenbach and cellist Alisa Weilerstein consult the score for Elgar’s Cello Concerto during rehearsal on Thursday afternoon.

NSO violist Bill Foster reminisces as he spots himself in a picture with Slava in a display of historic photos.

Maestro Eschenbach leads the NSO in rehearsal on Thursday in Moscow.

 Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8 was one of Slava and the NSO’s signature works; Maestro Eschenbach leads it on Thursday evening in the Orchestra’s final concert in Moscow and in Friday in St. Petersburg.

 NSO Principal Bassoon Sue Heineman at Thursday morning’s rehearsal.

A statue of Tchaikovsky sits in front of the famous Moscow Conservatory.

A Rostropovich Festival banner hangs above the entrance to the Great Hall at the Moscow Conservatory.

Maestro Eschenbach leads the NSO in its second and final performance in Moscow.

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein performs Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the NSO on Thursday in Moscow.

NSO Principal Harp Adriana Horne performs in Thursday night’s concert in Moscow.

Maestro Eschenbach and the Orchestra take a final bow after Thursday nights concert in Moscow, which featured Shostakovich’s Eighth Symphony.

Enthusiastic concertgoers greet Maestro Eschenbach backstage after Tuesday’s concert. Next stop: St. Petersburg.

Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter, NSO viola Bill Foster, Olga Rostropovich, NSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach, and cellist Alisa Weilerstein attend a post concert reception hosted by the Rostropovich Foundation.

All photos by Scott Suchman.