Lawrence Loh Finalist, WSO Music Director/Conductor
This program concludes with what many describe as the pinnacle of 20th century symphonic music. The Fifth Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich pushed the envelope on how overtly avant-garde and exploratory his music could be. In 1936, the Communist Party arrested, imprisoned, or executed thousands of political and cultural figures who didn’t fit their mold. After public criticism, Shostakovich wrote this new symphony in a populist style that pleased everyone, including the critics – likely saving his life. The masterful finale can be interpreted as a glorious military march or through a pane of irony where the artist triumphs over his critics.
Angélica Negrón What Keeps Me Awake
Aaron Copland Lincoln Portrait, Glenn Beals, narrator
Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No. 5
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