UW Symphony Gets Political With Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony

Nov 13, 2015

Dmitri Shostakovich's portrait, in the audience at the Bach Celebration of July 28, 1950.
Credit Roger & Renate Rössing, credit Deutsche Fotothek via Wikimedia Commons

 

There’s a dramatic backstory to the next University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra concert.

“If you think about it, what a composer is feeling, what a composer is thinking, can often have a profound influence on what the music sounds like,” says symphony director Michael Griffith.

In 1937, that was very much the case for Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, as Griffith explains to Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer.