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  • "Shostakovich 5: Notes for Stalin"

    "Shostakovich 5: Notes for Stalin"
    Dmitri Shostakovich's opera “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District” was immensely successful in the U.S.S.R. after it was published in 1934—until Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin saw the performance in January 1936. Two days later, under Stalin's orders, the Russian newspaper Pravda published a scathing condemnation of the work, causing Shostakovich to fall out of favor. Shostakovich lived in fear—he would sleep in the stairwell outside his apartment, so that, were he arrested, his family wouldn't have to see. In November 1937, he decided to premiere his Fifth Symphony, hoping that its lyrical, heroic tone and focus on Russian literature would curry favor with the Soviet leadership. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's “Shostakovich 5: Notes for Stalin” dives into this tumultuous period in Shostakovich's life. The first portion of the concert will feature a symphonic play by Didi Balle, the BSO's playwright in residence, that combines live classical music with semi-staged theater to dramatize Shostakovich's experiences; the second half of the concert will feature a full performance of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5. 7 p.m., Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., (410) 783-8100,, $35-95. 
  • Good Riddance

    Good Riddance
    Gone Girl Directed by David Fincher Showing at the Senator Theatre and other theaters Oct. 3 On the surface, David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel tells the story of the dissolution of the marriage of Nick...

    Free Will Astrology 9/24/14

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): It’s no secret. The wealthy 1 percent of the population has been getting progressively wealthier. Meanwhile, the poor are becoming steadily poorer. I’m worried there is a metaphorically similar trend in your life. Am...

    X Files

    X Files
    The story begins with a hole in the ground. But not just a hole, of course. It resembles one of those medieval stone staircases that circle up the insides of old keeps, except in this case it descends deep into a loamy patch of ground. Most members of the...

    Best Fiction/Nonfiction

    A couple years ago, when we heard that John Waters—Hall of Fame Best Baltimorean— was hitchhiking across the country for a book, we were excited. His nonfiction profiles in “Role Models” were spectacular and we couldn’t...