Muti Conducts Shostakovich Babi Yar

Sep 21

8:00 PM

Prokofiev, Shostakovich

Friday, September 21, 2018

"If one function of art is to make us ponder difficult questions, there could not be a more potent example than Shostakovich's 13th" (The Guardian). Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti opens a season of reflection with Shostakovich's gripping setting of poetry by Yevgeny Yevtushenko condemning anti-Semitism and the barbarous acts that took place near Kiev in September 1941.

Please join us in Grainger Ballroom immediately following the concert for a Q&A with the evening’s guest artists or CSO musicians. Open to all ticketholders.

Approximate concert duration: 128 minutes including intermission


Prokofiev Sinfonietta
Shostakovich Symphony No. 13 (Babi Yar)


Preconcert conversation with Stephen Yaness
30 minute run-time

Friday, September 21, 6:45-7:15 Grainger Ballroom
Saturday, September 22, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage
Tuesday, September 25, 6:15-6:45 Armour Stage

Additional Dates for this Program

Russian bass Alexey Tikhomirov has built an international operatic and concert career, regularly appearing at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and performing with such companies as the Opera de Lyon in France and the Grand Théâtre de Genève. He will make his Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut as soloist in Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 (Babi Yar). He regards the part as a supreme challenge: "It is written in a very high register and leaves practically no room for the voice to rest." Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

More than 75 years ago, one of the most horrific atrocities of World War II occurred near the occupied city of Kiev, Ukraine. After German forces took the city on Sept. 19, 1941, SS squads prepared to execute its Jewish population. On Sept. 29, more than 34,000 men, women and children began a forced march to Babi Yar, a ravine north of Kiev. Once there, they were systematically massacred by machine-gun fire. In the years since, the atrocity has been depicted in many works of art, including Shostakovich's Symphony No. 13. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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The appearance of the Chicago Symphony Chorus is made possible by a generous gift from Jim and Kay Mabie.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.