Washington lawyer Leonard Silverstein died earlier this month at the age of 96.
He was a board member of the National Symphony Orchestra when Mstislav Rostropovich was exiled from the Soviet Union.
In this interview filmed four years ago, Leonard tells the cellist Steven Honigberg how he broke the bank to bring Slava to the capital.
Secret history at its best.
The salary – $200,000 – was a steal. And Slava put DC on the musical map for 17 years.