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National Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, March 13, 2021 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Gianandrea Noseda by Stephanie Berger, Seong-Jin Cho by Holger Hage
Explore the fascinating ways different composers persevere in the face of oppression and war. Prokofiev’s opera War and Peace, composed after the German invasion of Russia in 1941, vividly depicts Napoleon’s 1812 attack on the country. Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 brims with irresistible wit, despite being composed during Stalin’s reign of terror. Casella was initially a Mussolini advocate. His symphony—written while in the dictator’s thrall—boasts splendid melodies and tremendous emotional power.

Part of: Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Casella: Music Under Dictatorship, Great American Orchestras, and Voices of Hope: Artists in Times of Oppression


National Symphony Orchestra
Gianandrea Noseda, Music Director and Conductor
Seong-Jin Cho, Piano


PROKOFIEV Selections from War and Peace

SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No. 1

CASELLA Symphony No. 3

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