Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Shostakovich Tahiti Trot, Op. 16, “Tea for Two”
Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 107
Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Jay Campbell cello
“If they cut off both hands, I will compose music anyway holding the pen in my teeth,” said Shostakovich in 1936. When composing his Symphony No. 5 during the “Great Terror” in Russia, he was under great political pressure to simplify his music and adapt it to reflect socialist realism. While authorities heard everything they had demanded of Shostakovich in the gripping piece, the public heard it as a testament to its sorrow and suffering. His delightful Tahiti Trot was written in response to a challenge from fellow conductor Nikolai Malka, who bet Shostakovich he could not re-orchestrate the song from memory in under an hour (spoiler alert: he did). His popular Cello Concerto No. 1 is regarded as his finest concerto, and one of the most difficult to perform of its kind. The Koski Memorial Concert.
Sponsored by The Saunders Fund for Innovative Programming.
Please join us for a pre-concert talk led by Carolyn Kuan one hour prior to to the concert.