Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Sounds Outstanding - Hear the art

As part of the new exhibition Gaiety Is The Most Outstanding Feature Of The Soviet Union: New Art From Russia at the +Saatchi Gallery they are presenting an evening of new music and music by Shostakovich on 1 March. The evening's music is inspired by and in celebration of the exhibition. Performers include students and professional musicians from the Philharmonia Orchestra and the cross-arts collaboration ensemble Music Off Canvas. Conductor James Ross will be directing the evening.

Music includes Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony op. 110a, Rudolph Barshai's transcription for string orchestra of Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8, written in 1960 in the light of the first presentation of his debilitating muscular weakness that would eventually be diagnosed as a rare form of polio, and his reluctant joining of the Communist Party. According to the score, it is dedicated 'to the victims of fascism and war', which his son, Maxim, thinks refers to the victims of all totalitarianism, whereas his daughter Galina says that he dedicated it to himself, and that the published dedication was imposed by the Russian authorities.

The concert also features new compositions created by young talent from the Purcell School of Music and from Queenswood School.

Further information from the Saatchi Gallery website.

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