Posts Tagged 'Shostakovich'

Opening night: MSFO to perform Beethoven, Shostakovich at season opener

Opening night: MSFO to perform Beethoven, Shostakovich at season opener

What was written in a desperate attempt to appease political and social groups became Dmitri Shostakovich’s most famous work. Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, Op. 47 in D Minor brought him back into the good graces of Russian leadership, in a time when many of his friends and relatives were disappearing.

The Music School Festival Orchestra will open its concert season at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater with Shostakovich’s piece, preceded by Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8, Op. 93 in F Major. MSFO Music Director Timothy Muffitt chose these symphonies as a base point for the rest of the season.

CSO, Levin, Khitruk shine Saturday in an evening of debuts

CSO, Levin, Khitruk shine Saturday in an evening of debuts

Monsters, witches and a devil (well, Stalin, anyway). This was perhaps not a typical program for the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, but it was in turns electrifying, poignant, lovely and menacing.

In fact, the concert Saturday night in the Amphitheater was an intriguing look at danger set in Russia. It began with the fantastical one of two monsters that abduct the characters Russlan and Ludmilla in the opera of the same name by Glinka, moved to the frightful Slavic legend of Baba Yaga and concluded with Shostakovich’s secret account of the brutality of Stalin’s regime. All led by, with a measure of irony, but a conductor at ease, the American Ira Levin.