Washington's Russian Chamber Art Society presented its third concert of the season. One if the evening's highlights was a performance of Dimitri Shostakovich's song cycle "Six Romances on Verses by English Poets", Op. 62, by bass Grigory Soloviov, an alumnus of Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program.
To create the cycle, the composer chose three poems by Robert Burns; one by Sir Walter Raleigh; Shakespeare's Sonnet 66 ("Tir'd with all these, for restful death I cry"), translated by Boris Pasternak and the nursery rhyme "The Grand Old Duke of York." The cycle was chosen to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Shostakovich's death.