After a lull last week, classical music is back. British cellist Steven Isserlis and Canadian pianist Connie Shih offer a delightful, chestnut-free program centered on Shostakovich’s Cello Sonata in D Minor and Martinů’s Sonata No. 1 for Cello and Piano. These large works are complemented by Reynaldo Hahn’s Deux improvisations sur des airs irlandais and the Cello Sonata No. 2 of Fauré. Their program ends with Lieux retrouvés, the work composed by Thomas Adès for Isserlis.
Go to the Library of Congress 8 p.m. Friday even if you cannot get an advance ticket in time. Show up early to be in line for an unclaimed seat to this free concert. loc.gov
At the Clarice, violinist Augustin Hadelich and pianist Joyce Yang pair old favorites by Beethoven, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky with two newer pieces: Stravinsky’s Divertimento (after “The Fairy’s Kiss”) and Brett Dean’s Berlin Music, from 2010. This concert starts 3 p.m. Sunday in College Park. theclarice.umd.edu