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Truth to Power

Release June 18, 2013

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Jaap van Zweden discusses the 2014 Truth to Power Festival. May - June 2014.

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Truth to Power Festival (May - June, 2014)
In the 1930s and 40s, amid worldwide depression, war and the ascension of totalitarianism, composers bravely began to call others to join them in defense of justice, freedom and social values—to speak truth to power.

Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Prokofiev and Benjamin Britten were among those voices. Each believed that artists should serve society through their music.

Even today, speaking truth to power remains vital. Jaap van Zweden and the CSO invite you to experience stirring music of these 20th-century titans who call us to higher ideals.