June 7, 2014 at 8 p.m. (Pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m.)
College Main Theatre
4200 Farm Hill Blvd, Redwood City
- Schnittke: (K)ein Sommernachtstraum
- Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1
with Kristin Link, conductor
- Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3
with Daniel Glover, piano
Read the program notes
A program for Russophiles!Our friend Daniel Glover returns once again to play the supremely difficult pinnacle of the piano repertoire, made famous in the movie Shine.
Not that Rachmaninoff is old-fashioned — far from it! — but we follow Russia’s voyage into Modern Music in two more fascinating steps. Shostakovich’s bold First Symphony is not only one of the greatest of first symphonies, but it was completed when the wunderkind composer was 19. Its premiere propelled him into the maelstrom of public Soviet life under Stalin that destroyed his health and happiness.
Alfred Schnittke, who died in 1998, also lived his life in the shadow of the Soviet state, but he was allowed considerably more freedom than Shostakovich. He invented polystylism, seen in the work (K)ein Sommersnachstraum [(Not) a Mid-Summer’s Night Dream], which juxtaposes many different historical styles past and present in bizarre and comical ways. Try to keep a straight face as you listen to the indignities Schnittke puts Mozart’s Flute Quartet through!
$25 adult ($30 at door) $10 student
Redwood Advantage: 17 and under admitted free!
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