interpreting Shostakovich

Shostakovich Festival

This three-week festival— interpreting Shostakovich the man, Shostakovich the composer, and specific Shostakovich compositions—comprises three concerts at the National Gallery of Art, Dumbarton Concerts, and Georgetown University, as well as four film events at the National Gallery. The participants include Solomon Volkov; author of Shostakovich’s memoirs, the eminent British filmmaker Tony Palmer (“No one makes better films about musicians”—The London Times);  film historian Peter Rollberg; and music historian Roy Guenther.

National Gallery of Art

Sunday, November 4 at 6:30 pm
National Gallery of Art
West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court
Entrance at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
Free admission

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PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez

Shostakovich/Barshai: String Symphonies Op. 110a and Op. 118a
Shostakovich: Preludes and Fugues (George Vatchnadze, piano)


Dumbarton Concerts

Saturday, November 3 at 8:00 pm
Dumbarton Concerts
Historic Dumbarton Church
3133 Dumbarton St, NW, Washington, DC


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Dmitri Berlinski, violin
Andrey Tchkmazov, cello
George Vatchnadze, piano
PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez
Commentary by Solomon Volkov and Tony Palmer.

Largo from Shostakovich/Barshai String Symphony, Op. 110a
Sonata for Cello and Piano
Piano Trio No. 2


PostClassical Book Club: Solomon Volkov

Saturday, November 3, 2012
George Washington University, B120 Phillips Hall
(Enter through Rome Hall at 22nd and I Streets)

An exclusive encounter with the celebrated Russian emigrée writer and music historian, Solomon Volkov.

Volkov’s famous 1979 book Testimony: The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich, central to our Shostakovich festival, is a seminal study of Stalin’s cultural dictatorship and its harrowing impact on Russia’s most famous composer.

Volkov’s Shostakovich memoir was smuggled out of the Soviet Union. Alone among his many books, it has to this day never been published in Russia.
Our host is George Washington University and Executive Associate Dean Roy Guenther. PCE Artistic Director Joe Horowitz moderates.

Friday Music Series. Georgetown University

Friday, October 5 at 1:15 pm
Georgetown University
Free admission

Russian songs and Shostakovich solo piano music.

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Katherine Keem, Soprano
Michael Sheppard, Piano

Film Events At the National Gallery of Art

National Gallery of Art
East Building Concourse, Auditorium
4th and Constitution Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC
Free admission
Commentary by Peter Rollberg and Roy Guenther

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Sat., Oct. 20, 2:30 pm: King Lear (1971), plus Shostakovich choral works sung by Georgetown University Chamber Singers (Frederick Binkholder, conductor)

Sun., Oct. 21, 4:00 pm: Hamlet (1964), plus Shostakovich Satires, performed by Irina Mozleva (soprano) and Vera Danchenko-Stern (piano)

Sun., Oct. 28, 4:30 pm: Five Days, Five Nights (1960)

Sat., Nov. 3, 3:30 pm: Tony Palmer’s Testimony (1988) with Ben Kingsley as Shostakovich. Additional commentary by Solomon Volkov and Tony Palmer (Gold Medal, 1987 New York Film and Television Festival).

Sun., Nov. 4, 4 pm: Song of the Rivers (1954)

The Getty Foundation
The Washington Ballet
Washington National Cathedral
WWFM The Classical Network
Edlavitch DCJCC
American University
Artmentor Foundation
Graham Holdings
Washington Performing Arts
Georgetown DPA
Indonesian Embassy
national gallery