Safely ruling out vampires, I can say with confidence that no one alive today ever met Beethoven--or Mozart--or Mendelssohn--or Brahms. But, Dmitri Shostakovich is another story.
His working life in the 20th Century makes him immediately accessible to our world, particularly since his music is inextricably intertwined with the socio-political climate in which he lived in the former Soviet Union. This week the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra closes out its 2013-14 season with a program that concludes with Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10, premiered in 1953. In the "memoir" Testimony as told by Solomon Volkov, Shastakovich is reported to have said "But I did depict Stalin in my next symphony, the Tenth. [Stalin died in March, 1953] I wrote it right after Stalin's death, and no one yet has guessed what the symphony is about. It's about Stalin and the Stalin years. The second part, the Scherzo, is about Stalin, roughly speaking."
This final KSO concert will also include Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with guest soloist Spencer Myer. Maestro Lucas Richman will open with Beethoven's Overture to Fidelio.
Thursday and Friday evenings, May 15 and 16, 7:30 pm at the Tennessee Theatre. Tickets start at $15. Telephone: 865-291-3310