Too late for April 1, but the stages are pretty quiet this weekend, no foolin’. Area performing arts groups will unload a basketful of openings and concerts next weekend, but for this Easter weekend, there is a single concert event that stands out.
Why? Because the MSO programmers have built a little U.S.-Soviet détente into this concert, which features American and Russian works from the mid-20th century. Samuel Barber’s ominous Essay No. 2, from 1942, represents the American side. Dimitri Shostakovich’s probing first violin concerto was completed in 1948, but not performed until 1955. The great violinist Salerno-Sonnenberg has made it one of her signature pieces, and her appearance here is a real treat. Finally, Edo de Waart (right) brings out the big orchestral guns with Rachmaninoff’s “Symphonic Dances,” his final crowd-pleaser of a work and a great testament to his thrilling sense of orchestration.