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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...

    Music's Other Pop Hits: The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Nov. 8

    This coming weekend Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra try to make the case for George Gershwin's place in the classical canon. This past weekend they made the case-without really meaning to-for Wolfgang Mozart's status as a pop artist. It...

    The BSO Brings Together Bloggers and Bluegrass

    Being a music blogger generally means receiving a constant stream of promo e-mails, usually from every indie-rock band and mixtape rapper under the sun. So when you get an e-mail from, say, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, it's a refreshing change of...

    Doctor Atomic: The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerhoff, Oct. 2

    As she often does when she's introducing new music to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's audience, Marin Alsop turned around on the podium Saturday night and talked a bit about John Adams' Doctor Atomic Symphony. In her black-satin suit with the magenta...