Date(s) - 11/06/2015 - 11/08/2015


Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Music Director Anu Tali launches our Masterworks season with two works by Shostakovich and the “Emperor” of all piano concertos. Beethoven’s majestic Piano Concerto No. 5 is among the most popular in the repertoire. It will shine even brighter in the hands of pianist Marc-André Hamelin. Shostakovich’s powerful Symphony No. 5 expresses the pain of Soviet-era repression. The underlying theme brought Russian audiences to tears as they related to its protest of authoritarianism. Yet the surface theme of Russian patriotism spared the composer the death or deportation to the Gulag that was common for artists not compliant in Stalin’s Soviet state.

Tickets are $30. Visit

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