Dmitri Shostakovich News

Vladimir Jurowski Leads London Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall 10/16
by BWW News Desk - Sep 05, 2014

Vladimir Jurowski, Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra returns to Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage on Thursday, October 16 at 8:00 p.m. to lead the orchestra in a program that includes Magnus Lindberg's Chorale; Shostakovich's Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 65; and Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 featuring pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. (more...)

The Houston Grand Opera Closes Its 2013-2014 Season with THE PASSENGER
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

Houston Grand Opera capped a financially and artistically successful 2013–14 season by presenting Mieczyslaw Weinberg's The Passenger —the Polish-Jewish composer's long-suppressed Holocaust opera—to wide acclaim at New York's Park Avenue Armory as part of the Lincoln Center Festival, July 10–13. Earlier this year, HGO gave the American premiere of the work in Houston with the same cast. There was special praise for the production and performances, conducted by HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers. New York magazine described David Pountney's staging as “a multi-story set so vivid you can practically smell the machine oil and coal smoke,” while the Financial Times said: “The production, imported from Houston, is imposing in every way.” The New York Times called the cast “flawless,” adding: “The conductor, Patrick Summers, drew a surging, textured, richly detailed performance of this challenging score (lasting three hours) from the inspired musicians of the Houston Grand Opera.” WQXR's Operavore summed up the import of the performances: “The Passenger shows how a Holocaust opera can hold the stage while examining important, complex issues—and could certainly point the way for future composers to deal with such important but delicate subject matter.” (more...)

Princeton Ballet School's Summer Intensive Program to Present AN EVENING OF DANCE, 7/25
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

On Friday, July 25, 2014, students from Princeton Ballet School's Summer Intensive will be dancing in the program's culminating performance. The show, entitled An Evening of Dance, will take place at the Berlind Theatre in the McCarter Theatre Center at 6:30pm. (more...)

Pacific Northwest Ballet Opens Box Office for the 2014-2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

Pacific Northwest Ballet opens its Box Office for 2014-2015 ticket sales on Monday, July 21. As is its tradition, PNB is offering a special money-saving deal for early-bird ticket-buyers, to celebrate the company's 42nd season: Pay no service fees on tickets purchased thru July 31.* Tickets (as well as money-saving subscriptions) may be purchased either by phone (206.441.2424), online (PNB.org) or in person at the PNB Box Office, 301 Mercer Street at Seattle Center. (more...)

The Houston Grand Opera Presents the New York Premiere of Mieczyslaw Weinberg's THE PASSENGER, 7/10-13
by BWW News Desk - Jul 01, 2014

Houston Grand Opera's U.S. premiere of Mieczyslaw Weinberg's The Passenger— the long-suppressed Holocaust opera that Shostakovich declared “a perfect masterpiece”— earned virtually universal acclaim earlier this year. The Chicago Tribune declared The Passenger to be an “engrossing, thought-provoking experience,” while the Houston Chronicle praised the presentation for “ingenious storytelling, potent music, commanding performances and vivid, fast-paced staging.” Now HGO brings the David Pountney production of The Passenger for its New York premiere in three performances— July 10, 12, 13 —at the Park Avenue Armory as part of the 2014 Lincoln Center Festival. Pountney's staging was inspired, in part, by the soaring space of Park Avenue Armory's massive Wade Thompson Drill Hall, where he produced Zimmerman'sDie Soldaten for Lincoln Center Festival in 2008. HGO artistic and music director Patrick Summers will conduct the HGO Orchestra and Chorus; reviewing the Houston performances, the Wall Street Journal praised Summers for the way he “shaped the evening with enormous care.” The Dallas Morning News commended all the singers – headed by mezzo-soprano Michelle Breedt in the title role – by saying: “Top to bottom, the cast is excellent.” (more...)

Houston Grand Opera Brings THE PASSENGER to Park Avenue Armory, 7/10-13
by BWW News Desk - Jul 01, 2014

Houston Grand Opera's U.S. premiere of Mieczyslaw Weinberg's The Passenger-the long-suppressed Holocaust opera that Shostakovich declared "a perfect masterpiece"-earned virtually universal acclaim earlier this year (more...)

Trey McIntyre Project to Make Final Appearance as Fulltime Dance Ensemble at Jacob's Pillow, 6/25-29
by BWW News Desk - Jun 06, 2014

A bold company with a strong Jacob's Pillow history including five engagements since 2005, Trey McIntyre Project will make its final appearance as a fulltime dance ensemble June 25-29 in the Ted Shawn Theatre. Called "engaging and provocative" by Karen Campbell of The Boston Globe, Trey McIntyre's dances overflow with fresh intelligence, unabashed physicality, and spirit. TMP's Festival 2014 program features The Vinegar Works: Four Dances of Moral Instruction, a new work inspired by the surreal art and writings of Edward Gorey, and the East Coast premiere of Mercury Half-Life, set entirely to the music of legendary rock band Queen. (more...)

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Presents Its Spring Festival, TRUTH TO POWER, 5/19-6/8
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2014

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) presents its annual spring festival from May 19 to June 8, 2014, which this year is entitled Truth to Power. Inspired by the phrase "speaking truth to power"-part of a 1955 Quaker treatise that outlined alternatives to violence and served as a cornerstone for the pacifist movement-the Truth to Power Festival highlights the works of Dmitri Shostakovich, Benjamin Britten and Sergei Prokofiev, three composers who believed in music's ability to connect people and thus harness the power of shared experience. (more...)

Carnegie Hall Notables Present Tenth Annual Notable Occasion, Featuring Latitude 41, Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

Tonight, May 15 at 7:30 p.m., Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari and the Carnegie Hall Notables-a membership and ticket program for music enthusiasts in their 20s and 30s-host the Tenth Annual Notable Occasion with the chamber ensemble Latitude 41 performing piano trios by Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Dvo?ak in Zankel Hall. After the exclusive concert, the Notables will gather at Redeye Grill for a private reception. The Tenth Annual Notable Occasion is generously underwritten by Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari. The evening will benefit music education in the New York metropolitan area by supporting the many music education programs created by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. (more...)

Architect Frank Gehry to Create Set Design for Chicago Symphony Orchestra Focused on Pierre Boulez
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) announces the participation of world-renowned architect, Frank Gehry, in its November 2014 exploration of the life and career of Pierre Boulez, the revolutionary composer, conductor and curator whose 89th birthday was March 26, 2014. (more...)

Free Reading of SHOSTAKOVICH Set for ACT, 5/12-13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

A Contemporary Theatre's New Play Award recipient: Shostakovich by Jason Grote. Best known for his play 1001 (a deconstruction of Arabian Nights) and Maria/Stuart, Jason Grote's newest work focuses on the life and work of celebrated Russian composer, Dmitri Shostakovich. Commissioned through the New Works for the American Stage initiative in 2010, Shostakovich chronicles the tumultuous career of a brilliant musician striving to make art and survive the regime of Joseph Stalin. (more...)

Carnegie Hall Notables to Present Tenth Annual Notable Occasion, Featuring Latitude 41, 5/15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

On Thursday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m., Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari and the Carnegie Hall Notables-a membership and ticket program for music enthusiasts in their 20s and 30s-host the Tenth Annual Notable Occasion with the chamber ensemble Latitude 41 performing piano trios by Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Dvo?ak in Zankel Hall. After the exclusive concert, the Notables will gather at Redeye Grill for a private reception. The Tenth Annual Notable Occasion is generously underwritten by Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari. The evening will benefit music education in the New York metropolitan area by supporting the many music education programs created by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. (more...)

Music Institute of Chicago Laureates to Perform at Jacob's Pillow, 6/25-29
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

This summer the Music Institute of Chicago's prestigious Trio Solaris, comprised of the Institute's top Fellow Laureates, will travel to the internationally renowned Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts, to perform live alongside Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) in The Vinegar Works: Four Dances of Moral Instruction, a Harris Theater-commissioned work. Trey McIntyre Project will present its final six performances at Jacob's Pillow, June 25-June 29, in a program that will include The Vinegar Works and Mercury Half-Life, a ballet set entirely to the music of rock band Queen Thanks to the generous support of a Harris Theater benefactor, all travel-related costs for the members of Trio Solaris will be covered during the trip. (more...)

Music Institute of Chicago Laureates Set for Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival this Summer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 07, 2014

This summer the Music Institute of Chicago's prestigious Trio Solaris, comprised of the Institute's top Fellow Laureates, will travel to the internationally renowned Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts, to perform live alongside Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) in The Vinegar Works: Four Dances of Moral Instruction, a Harris Theater-commissioned work. Trey McIntyre Project will present its final six performances at Jacob's Pillow, June 25-June 29, in a program that will include The Vinegar Works and Mercury Half-Life, a ballet set entirely to the music of rock band Queen. Thanks to the generous support of a Harris Theater benefactor, all travel-related costs for the members of Trio Solaris will be covered during the trip. (more...)

Trey McIntyre Project Performs Last Work as a Full-Time Dance Company at Harris Theater Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 03, 2014

In one of its final performances as a full-time dance company, the Boise-based Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) will present the Harris Theater-commissioned Chicago premiere of The Vinegar Works: Four Dances of Moral Instruction. The performance tonight, April 3 at 7:30PM will include live musical accompaniment from the young stars of the Music Institute of Chicago. This exciting work, organized and led by the Harris Theater, pairs one of the city's finest cultural institutions with one of the country's foremost contemporary dance ensembles. The commission centers on the Theater's mission to collaborate with, and present, Chicago's midsize and emerging arts organizations in innovative ways. (more...)

Pablo Heras-Casado Makes His NY Philharmonic Debut, Now thru 4/5
by BWW News Desk - Apr 02, 2014

Pablo Heras-Casado will make his New York Philharmonic debut conducting Barto?k's Piano Concerto No. 3, featuring pianist Peter Serkin; Britten's Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes; and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10, today, April 2, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, April 4 at 11:00 a.m.; and Saturday, April 5 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Trey McIntyre's Troup to Perform at Eccles Center, 3/29
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

'Adventurous and unpredictable' (Chicago Tribune) choreographer Trey McIntyre's stunning troupe dances into The Eccles Center spotlight on March 29. The Boise, Idaho-based, ballet-rooted, 'versatile, invigorating company' (Dance magazine) brings two contemporary pieces to Park City. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

New York Philharmonic to Present 11th Season of SUMMERTIME CLASSICS, 7/2-6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

The New York Philharmonic will present its 11th season of Summertime Classics, July 2-6, 2014, featuring five themed concerts with Bramwell Tovey, who has been the host and conductor of the series since its founding in 2004. On the first program, July 2-3, 2014, titled "Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, and Friends," the New York Philharmonic will perform Shostakovich's Festive Overture; Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1, with pianist Joyce Yang as soloist; Musorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain; Rachmaninoff's arrangement of his own Vocalise; and Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker, and Marche slave. The second program, July 4-6, 2014, titled "Star-Spangled Celebration," will feature the New York Philharmonic and United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps - "The Commandant's Own," which is celebrating its 80th-anniversary year - in a program that includes Copland's Clarinet Concerto, with Associate Principal Clarinet Mark Nuccio as soloist, and Fanfare for the Common Man; Gershwin's "Strike Up the Band" from Strike Up the Band; Sousa marches; and more. In these performances Major Brian Dix, director and commanding officer of "The Commandant's Own," will share conducting duties with Bramwell Tovey. (more...)

Trey McIntyre Project to Perform Last Work as a Full-Time Dance Company at Harris Theater, 4/3
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2014

In one of its final performances as a full-time dance company, the Boise-based Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) will present the Harris Theater-commissioned Chicago premiere of The Vinegar Works: Four Dances of Moral Instruction. The performance on Thursday, April 3 at 7:30PM will include live musical accompaniment from the young stars of the Music Institute of Chicago. This exciting work, organized and led by the Harris Theater, pairs one of the city's finest cultural institutions with one of the country's foremost contemporary dance ensembles. The commission centers on the Theater's mission to collaborate with, and present, Chicago's midsize and emerging arts organizations in innovative ways. (more...)

Pablo Heras-Casado to Make His NY Philharmonic Debut, 4/2-5
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2014

Pablo Heras-Casado will make his New York Philharmonic debut conducting Barto?k's Piano Concerto No. 3, featuring pianist Peter Serkin; Britten's Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes; and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, April 4 at 11:00 a.m.; and Saturday, April 5 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

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