Festival Concert Programs
The final Re-Encounter chosen by Music@Menlo’s Artistic Directors for Intermezzo this summer, focuses on the life and music of Dmitri Shostakovich. Shostakovich was kept under Stalin’s thumb for much of his career. Alternately lauded and condemned by the state, he bore an immense psychological oppression that would have silenced a lesser artist. Shostakovich persevered, chronicling his life’s experiences in some of the most searing music ever composed.
Led by Encounter Leader Ara Guzelimian and featuring selections of the composer’s chamber music, Dmitry Shostakovich: An Artist’s Chronicle of a Russian Century, originally presented at Music@Menlo in 2016, illuminates one of music history’s most compelling figures, whose art powerfully expresses the indomitability of the human spirit.