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Symphony No. 5, Dmitri Shostakovich

Available on CSO Resound: Shostakovich Symphony No. 5
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Myung-Whun Chung, conductor
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Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

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Shostakovich 5

Jun7
8:00 PM
Britten, Shostakovich
Saturday, June 7, 2014

Whether a well-calculated concession to Stalin’s cultural watchdogs or a magnificent act of subversion and defiance, there is no mistaking the power of Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, from its vigorously vaulting opening theme through to its heart-felt slow movement. Written not long afterwards, Britten’s Violin Concerto, blending wistful lyricism and stunning virtuosity, powerfully moves and thrills audiences wherever it is performed.

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Jun 5: Special preconcert exploration (6:30 p.m., Grainger Ballroom): “Best of Britten Film and TV Scores”
This presentation will feature specially prepared collections of film and television clips featuring scores by Benjamin Britten curated by John Riley (British Universities Film and Video Council). This presentation will be followed by a discussion of the evening’s repertoire with Derek Matson. Free and open to all ticketholders.

Jun 6: Special preconcert exploration (11:45 a.m., Grainger Ballroom): “Best of Britten Film and TV Scores”
This presentation will feature specially prepared collections of film and television clips featuring scores by Benjamin Britten curated by John Riley (British Universities Film and Video Council). This presentation will be followed by a discussion of the evening’s repertoire with Derek Matson. Free and open to all ticketholders.

Jun 7: Special preconcert exploration (6:30 p.m., Grainger Ballroom): “Best of Britten Film and TV Scores”
This presentation will feature specially prepared collections of film and television clips featuring scores by Benjamin Britten curated by John Riley (British Universities Film and Video Council). This presentation will be followed by a discussion of the evening’s repertoire with Derek Matson. Free and open to all ticketholders.

Jun 8: Special preconcert exploration (1:30 p.m., Armour Stage): “Confrontation or Collaboration? The Arts Under Stalin”
Clare Cavanagh explores the effect of Josef Stalin’s regime on the arts. Presented by the Poetry Foundation. This presentation will be followed by a discussion of the evening’s repertoire with Derek Matson. Free and open to all ticketholders.

Program

  • Britten Violin Concerto
  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 5
  • Bach Sonata for Violin No. 3 BWV 1005, Movement III. Largo [6/5 ENCORE]

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