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Beethoven and Shostakovich

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Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 2:30 pm
Hemmens Cultural Center

Edwin Outwater, conductor
William Wolfram, piano

Beethoven       Piano Concerto No. 3
Shostakovich   Symphony No. 12

ESO favorite William Wolfram, piano, will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 on these concerts, playing Clara Schumann’s cadenza in the First Movement. The work premiered April 5, 1803, with Beethoven himself as the piano soloist, performing the work almost entirely from memory. Chicago-area guest conductor Edwin Outwater, known for his dynamic musical interpretations, will conduct the program, which includes Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 12, also called The Year 1917. This is the latest in the ESO’s exploration of Shostakovich symphonies, having performed Symphony No. 11 (The Year 1905) in January 2016.


Mark Mallamo, 
Director of Operations & Artistic Administration:  I am fascinated by Shostakovich’s  symphonies as they are a good example of politics influenced by and reflected in classical music. Having just joined the Communist Party in Russia, some say under pressure, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 12 was meant to be a tribute to Vladimir Lenin and depicts the October 1917 battles, mayhem and ultimate victory of the Party .

 

 

 

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

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