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Spokane Symphony Masterworks 3: Soviet Transcendence

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    MORIHIKO NAKAHARA, CONDUCTOR
    JOSHUA ROMAN, CELLO

    Prokofiev and Shostakovich, two of the most important symphonists of the 20th century, both worked under Stalin’s highly oppressive regime. Prokofiev’s Third Symphony features material from his opera, “The Fiery Angel,” a love story set against the backdrop of demon possession. The result is both touching and dramatic, filled with foreboding and struggle. Shostakovich, who walked a fine line between state accolades and denunciation, wrote his First Cello Concerto for friend Mstislav Rostropovich. Weaving his musical monogram, DSCH, throughout the work, he skillfully combines powerful musical ideas with virtuoso pyrotechnics.

    THE MUSIC

    Arvo PärtTrisagion
    Dimitri Shostakovich — Cello Concerto No. 1
    Sergei Prokofiev — Symphony No. 3

    Come early for a pre-concert talk one hour before each performance. Doors open 90 minutes before the concerts.

    ABOUT THE GUEST ARTIST

    Joshua Roman has earned an international reputation for his wide-ranging repertoire, a commitment to communicating the essence of music in visionary ways, artistic leadership and versatility. As well as being a celebrated performer, he is recognized as an accomplished composer and curator and was named a TED Senior Fellow in 2015. MORE

    Part of the Coffee and Classics Series

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