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Shostakovich and Prokofiev

May29
8:00 PM
Prokofiev, Britten, Shostakovich
Thursday, May 29, 2014

Prokofiev’s Symphony-Concerto, played by the magnificent Alisa Weilerstein, embraces anguish and defiance as well as warmth and tender lyricism. Shostakovich’s neoclassical Ninth Symphony confounded expectations: instead of a triumphant celebration of Soviet victory over Nazi Germany, it is both sarcastic and cheeky, including a strutting march for piccolo. Britten’s Suite on English Folk Tunes enchants the ear with richly contrasting orchestral colors and textures.

Friday afternoon’s concert is endowed by Mrs. Elaine Frank in loving memory of Mr. Zollie Frank.

Learn more about the CSO’s Truth to Power Festival >

May 29: Special preconcert exploration (6:30 p.m., Armour Stage): “Russian Composers and Poetry”
Reginald Gibbons and Ilya Kutik (Northwestern University) discuss artistic and personal connections between artists of both mediums. Presented by the Poetry Foundation. This presentation will be followed by a discussion of the evening’s repertoire with Dr. Laura Prichard. Free and open to all ticketholders.

May 30: Special preconcert exploration (11:45 a.m., Armour Stage): “Art and the Problems of Patriotism”
John Wilkinson (University of Chicago) explores the impact of wartime and pressures of patriotic duty on various poets, including Ezra Pound, W.H. Auden and Lynette Roberts. Presented by the Poetry Foundation. This presentation will be followed by a discussion of the evening’s repertoire with Dr. Laura Prichard. Free and open to all ticketholders.

May 30: Post-concert CD Signing with Alisa Weilerstein (Grainger Ballroom)

Program

  • Prokofiev Symphony-Concerto
  • Britten Suite on English Folk Tunes: A time there was...
  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 9
  • Bach Cello Suite No. 3 Bourée I & II [5/29 ENCORE]

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