Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

6/1/2018 through 6/3/2018 | Bainbridge Performing Arts - Playhouse and Gallery

Music West

The openings of Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 could not be more dissimilar. Written just before Stalin’s death, Shostakovich’s concerto opens with the low strings brooding with tones that barely suggest a melody. Elsewhere in the concerto, Shostakovich spells out his own name in musical notation using German transliteration. The pitches D-E-flat-C-B (or, DSCH) cry out with sarcasm and fierce wit. This is a titanic concerto for violinists, and superstar Rachell Wong will hold you spellbound with her virtuosity and sensitivity.

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