Russian Winter Festival I: Leningrad Symphony
Rossen Milanov, conductor
The War Symphonies: Shostakovich Against Stalin (film excerpt)
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 “Leningrad”
The Russian Winter Festival opens the new year in grandiose fashion with a performance of Shostakovich’s iconic Leningrad Symphony, inspired by Nazi Germany’s siege of the city during World War II. One of the composer’s most powerful compositions, this work conveys tragedy, oppression, resistance, and ultimately, victory.
Mozart to Matisse: Soviet Posters During World War II, Jan. 2 │2pm
Prelude: Rossen and Columbus Symphony musicians discuss life behind the iron curtain
Postlude: Shostakovich string quartet performance by Columbus Symphony musicians