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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, bsomusic.org, $35-95. 
  • The Music Scene

    The Music Scene
    This year, Baltimore synth heroes Future Islands’ stunning appearance on “The Late Show With David Letterman” raised their profile and even, for a moment there, had them going viral, thanks to vocalist Sam Herring’s hypnotic...

    Mencken's Music

    Mencken's Music
    H. L. Mencken was a lifelong musician. In his preface to “Happy Days,” he writes that he spent half a century boasting that he could read music by the age of 6. But, upon finding a bill for the family’s first piano, he discovered that he...

    The Star-Spangled Spectacular is actually pretty bad ass

    The Star-Spangled Spectacular is actually pretty bad ass
    While it may not seem like the cool or hip thing to do, and something City Paper readers may particularly be avoiding, you'll be kicking yourself if you don't check out the festivities surrounding the Star-Spangled Spectacular going on right now and...

    11 GIFs that perfectly capture our reaction to Downtown Partnership's Buzzfeed article on Baltimore music

    11 GIFs that perfectly capture our reaction to Downtown Partnership's Buzzfeed article on Baltimore music
    Someone over at Downtown Partnership of Baltimore apparently decided that one way to help promote Baltimore would be to partner with Buzzfeed (and, presumably, pay money to Buzzfeed) to make some cool listicles. We had a lot of reactions to one of its...