UMD Repertoire Orchestra: Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony
UMD Repertoire Orchestra
Co-Directors John Devlin and James Ross
Guitar Piotr Pakhomkin
Classical guitarist Piotr Pakhomkin's flawless delivery and intuitive approach to music have thrilled audiences and critics around the world.
On UMRO's third concert of the year, Pakhomkin will perform Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez (Concerto for Guitar). The concert also features Shostakovich's monumental Fifth Symphony, one of the most popular works in the symphonic canon.
Written during Stalin’s regime of terror, Shostakovich’s very life depended on the government’s reception of this symphony. Incredibly, the government was taken with the bombastic, seemingly patriotic elements of the piece, while the Russian people related to the harrowing, painful nature of the piece’s haunting moments.