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Copland & Shostakovich

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January 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
January 31, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
Hemmens Cultural Center

Andrew Grams, conductor

Copland – Appalachian Spring
Shostakovich – Symphony No. 11 (The Year 1905)

Same time, stark difference. Appalachian Spring is about the great promises for the future of America. At the same time, on the other side of the world, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11 details the starkness of the 1905 Russian Revolution. The music takes you to two completely different places that took place at the same time in history.

“This program contrasts the optimism and hope of the early 20th Century America with the pessimism and great struggle of Russia during the same period. Copland’s Appalachian Spring, written in 1944, tells the story of an American family building a life together – a story of hopes and dreams!

In 1957, Shostakovich wrote his 11th symphony. This symphony depicts all of the things that led up to the Russian Revolution of 1905 … the struggle, the toil, the torment, and the bitter clashes between the people and the authorities.

Both works are very cinematic and they almost conjure up movie images in your mind as you listen to them. In fact, after the Shostakovich symphony premiered, it became known as a ‘film score without the film.’”

– Andrew Grams, Music Director

“Musically Speaking” pre-concert discussion will take place one hour prior to each performance.

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