WELCOME TO THE CLASS OF 2023
Dmitri Shostakovich: Festive Overture
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5
Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center, Amherst College
The Amherst Symphony Orchestra (ASO), directed by Mark Lane Swanson, opens its 2019-2020 season of Russian masterworks at its annual concert welcoming the incoming class at Amherst College. Tickets will be available at the door beginning at 7 p.m.
The hour-long concert, devoted to the music of Dmitri Shostakovich, opens with his Festive Overture, a boisterous piece d'occasion composed to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the October Revolution. It also features his powerful and moving Fifth Symphony-- his life-or-death response to Stalin’s scathing critique of his work as “muddle instead of music.” Undoubtedly Shostakovich’s greatest masterpiece, the symphony may appear on the surface to project Soviet triumphalism, but the Russian people could discern its deeper meaning as an indictment of internal repression and Stalin’s inhumane political purges.
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