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Russian Portraits

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Thursday, November 30, 2017 – 7:30 PM
Friday, December 1, 2017 – 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 2, 2017 – 8:00 PM
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Concert Description

Dimitri Shostakovich shifted in and out of favor with the authorities of Stalin’s Soviet Union for much of his career. Compositions that ran afoul of the government’s wishes were followed by contrite apologies through new works of nationalist pride, often praised by Stalin himself. After a life of being censored and scrutinized, many believe his dissent of Stalin and the Soviet government are covertly woven throughout his music. His tenth symphony was written shortly after Stalin’s death. At times dark and brooding, at others blazing with relentless speed, Shostakovich described the work as a portrait of the dictator’s years in power.

ConcerTalk 11/30 at 6:30 PM, 12/1 at 7 PM, 12/2 at 7 PM: Get the most out of each Classical concert with informal presentations in Orchestra Hall one hour before the performance begins. Enjoy special guests, lectures, or performances that illuminate the program and provide a behind-the-scenes look at the art of making music! This iteration features an interview with new DSO wind players.


Mark Wigglesworth, conductor  Bio

Born in Sussex, England, Mark Wigglesworth studied conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London and won the Kondrashin Conducting Competition in Amsterdam in 1989. Since then, he has worked with many of the leading European orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Stockholm Philharmonic, Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome, Orchestra of La Scala in Milan, Budapest Festival Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic. He has also appeared at the Salzburg Festival, the Amsterdam Mahler Festival and the BBC Proms. Wigglesworth has held positions as Music Director of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director of the Opera Factory in London. He recently completed recordings all of the Shostakovich Symphonies with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic for BIS.

Karen Gomyo, violin   Bio

Recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2008, violinist Karen Gomyo has been hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “A first-rate artist of real musical command, vitality, brilliance and intensity”, and by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as “captivating, honest and soulful, fueled by abundant talent but not a vain display of technique”.

Gomyo has established herself in recent years as a much in demand soloist internationally, performing with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Cleveland Orchestra. Outside of the US, she has appeared with the Danish National Symphony, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony, and Sydney Symphony.

Learn more at karengomyo.com.


TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto  
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 10