What’s Interesting About This Concert
- Celebrated as a musical genius, Shostakovich enjoyed a brilliant career until he fell out of favor with Stalin in 1936. The composer responded with the phenomenally powerful Fifth Symphony.
- A tale of two Jennifers: Concertmaster Jennifer Cho takes center stage for composer Jennifer Higdon’s Pulitzer prize-winning violin concerto. The awards committee hailed it as “a deeply engaging piece that combines flowing lyricism with dazzling virtuosity.”
- The program includes a world premiere by our newest composer-in-residence, Viet Cuong, whose music has been acclaimed as “wildly alluring” and “inventive” by the New York Times.
ShostakovichSymphony No. 5
Jennifer Cho, violin