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Alexander String Quartet

The Complete Shostakovich String Quartets - Year Two
Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 7:00pm

Shostakovich Quartet No. 7
​Shostakovich Quartet No. 8

Dmitri Shostakovich 
The musical career of Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975) mirrored exactly the rise and history of the Soviet Union from 1917 to 1975. He entered the Petrograd Conservatory at the very end of the Tsarist era; he witnessed the Revolution and began his career during Lenin’s rule; he was nearly purged twice by Stalin; he flourished under Khrushchev and died while Brezhnev was in power. Shostakovich was a survivor and a great composer, and his fear and self-loathing, his courage and experience found their way into his music. As such, Shostakovich is not just the most important composer of string quartets and symphonies from the 1920s to the 1970s; even more, he and his music stand as witnesses to the rise and failures of the Soviet Union, one of the defining events of the 20th century.

You can anticipate the performance to last for 60 minutes and it will not include an intermission. | Only water in plastic bottles is allowed into the hall for this performance.


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Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 7:00pm
Vanderhoef Studio Theatre

Individual Support Provided By

  • Thomas and Phyllis Farver

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