Back to previous

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT LECTURE- The Symphonic Music of Dmitri Shostakovich

May 18, 2024
  • Details
    • Dates: May 18, 2024
    • Location: Performing Arts Center
    • Time: 3:30pm
    • Price: Free for all!

    The Symphonic Music of Dmitri Shostakovich
    Presented by M.T. Anderson
    May 18th, 2024 – 3:30pm

    About the Lecture
    National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson delivers a brilliant and riveting account of the Siege of Leningrad and the role played by Russian composer Shostakovich and his Leningrad Symphony. This is the true story of a city under siege: the triumph of bravery and defiance in the face of terrifying odds. It is also a look at the power—and layered meaning—of music in beleaguered lives.

    In September 1941, Adolf Hitler’s Wehrmacht surrounded Leningrad in what was to become one of the longest and most destructive sieges in Western history—almost three years of bombardment and starvation that culminated in the harsh winter of 1943–1944. Trapped between the Nazi invading force and the Soviet government itself was composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who would write a symphony that roused, rallied, eulogized, and commemorated his fellow citizens—the Leningrad Symphony, which came to occupy a surprising place of prominence in the eventual Allied victory.

    In person and livestreamed. No tickets required. 

    This lecture is part of the premiere season of Arts Empowering Life’s Arts & Entertainment Lecture Series at the new Performing Arts Center, 95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster. Learn more: | 508-240-2400



  • Map