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CELEBRATE THE MUSIC OF THREE MEN WHO USED THEIR ART TO SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER AND UNITE WORLDWIDE AUDIENCES.

It was a time of tremendous tumult; worldwide economic depression and the rise of oppressive regimes in the 1930s led to World War II, during which an estimated 60 million people died. Yet in this dark era, Benjamin Britten, Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich produced works that stirred nations toward hope and a brighter future.

Britten, Prokofiev and Shostakovich all believed that the artist should serve society by creating music that would inspire justice and fairness. Join the CSO and Jaap van Zweden for a three-week journey through their works, which celebrate music’s ability to connect people and harness the power of shared experience.

ENHANCE YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH FILM & POETRY

Britten, Prokofiev and Shostakovich were all deeply collaborative composers who contributed much of their music to multifaceted art forms, ranging from opera and ballet to film and television. The Truth to Power Festival explores the creative challenges and triumphs of poets and filmmakers who were these composers’ contemporaries.

Most Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts will feature an hour-long, enhanced preconcert exploration, FREE and open to all ticketholders. These special events will include film screenings or guest readings by the Poetry Foundation, along with a discussion of the following concert’s program.

Visit concert event pages below for complete artist and guest lecturer biographies.


CONCERT LINE-UP


Jaap van Zweden
May 22-24
Shostakovich Leningrad
Preconcert Explorations: “When the Pen Becomes a Bayonet: Russian Poetry at War, 1941-45” (May 22), “Best of Shostakovich Film Scores” (May 23), Preconcert lecture (May 24)

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Jaap van Zweden
May 29 & 30
Shostakovich and Prokofiev
Preconcert Explorations: “Russian Composers and Poetry” (May 29), “Art and the Problems of Patriotism” (May 30)


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Jason Moran and Theaster Gates
May 30
Jason Moran and Theaster Gates
Free postconcert reception


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Jaap van Zweden
May 31 & June 3
Prokofiev 5
Preconcert Explorations: “Best of Prokofiev Film Scores” (May 31, June 3)

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Feltsman Plays Prokofiev
June 1
Feltsman Plays Prokofiev




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Shostakovich 5
June 5-8
Shostakovich 5
Preconcert Explorations: “Best of Britten Film and TV Scores” (June 5-7), “Confrontation or Collaboration? The Arts Under Stalin” (June 8)

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TRUTH TO POWER PARTNERS AND SPONSORS

Poetry Foundation

Art Institute

Siskel

Music Box

Truth to Power Media Sponsor:

WBEZ

The Truth to Power Festival is made possible by a generous leadership gift from The Grainger Foundation.

Additional support is provided from the following generous sponsors:
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Richard and Mary L. Gray
U.S. Equities Realty, LLC and the Susan and Robert Wislow Charitable Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Franke
The Wayne Balmer Grantor Trust