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Shostakovich Symphony No. 14

  • Overture Center for the Arts: Capitol Theater 201 State Street Madison, WI 53703 United States (map)

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra: Masterwork V

Mary and bass Timothy Jones join the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra for the final program of the 2018-2019 season, performing Shostakovich's Symphony No. 14. 

Shostakovich wrote his Symphony No. 14 in 1969 dedicating it to Benjamin Britten.  A chamber symphony in eleven movements set to poetry by Apollinaire, Garcia Lorca and Rilke, he sought to portray the idea of unjust and premature death that aroused deep feelings of protest in him. Shostakovich emphasized, however, that it was not out of pessimism that he turned to this problem but in the name of life on this earth.  In conclusion, the innocence and joy of youth are celebrated in two charming suites by Georges Bizet and Claude Debussy.