National Symphony Orchestra: Vasily Petrenko, conductor / Beyond the Score: Shostakovich's Symphony No. 4 – Is Music Dangerous?
Take your musical appreciation to the next level with this new NSO initiative that's half concert, half multimedia educational experience. Conductor Vasily Petrenko explores Shostakovich's Symphony No. 4.
- Fri., Nov. 16, 2012, 8:00 PM
- Concert Hall
- 2 hours, 15 minutes
- $10.00 - $50.00
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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 – Is Music Dangerous?
Shostakovich composed his Fourth Symphony in the Soviet Union under the dark shadow of Stalin. Rehearsals began in earnest, but the work was withdrawn before the premiere and it was not performed for 25 years. What about this work did the Soviet government find dangerous? Or was it Shostakovich himself who withdrew it because he feared for his life?
It's often the case that great art can emerge only through great suffering. In Shostakovich's Soviet Union, darkened by the shadow of Stalin, music was essential--it expressed the ideas and feelings of a people that otherwise had no voice. Perhaps this is why the Fourth Symphony lay dormant, unperformed, for 25 years after its completion. This exploration will feature newsreels and testimonies, including the words of Shostakovich and his friends.
Beyond the Score is produced by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Gerard McBurney, Creative Director; Martha Gilmer, Executive Producer.
Performance Timing: Part one - 60 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 60 min.
- Vasily Petrenko, conductor
- Michael Boudewyns, actor
- Nigel Boon, narrator
David and Alice Rubenstein are the Presenting Underwriters of the NSO.
General Dynamics is the proud sponsor of the National Symphony Orchestra Classical Season.