UMD Repertoire Orchestra: Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony

UMD Repertoire Orchestra

Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 . 8PM
UMD Symphony Orchestra
UMD Symphony Orchestra photo by Alison Harbaugh
Principal People: 

Co-Directors John Devlin and James Ross

Guitar Piotr Pakhomkin

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Estimated Length: 
2 hours including intermission
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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.