Saturday, May 11, 2019, 7:30 pm
Shacklett concert preview: 6:30 pm
Aquinas Hall, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY
Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District Suite, Op. 29a
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude & Liebestod
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5
Shostakovich spent his career in and out of favor with Stalin’s all-powerful Communist Party. The piece that almost landed him in a Siberian gulag was the daring opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. After being harshly censured in the Party paper Pravda, Shostakovich composed a conciliatory symphony subtitled, ‘A Soviet Artist’s Response to Just Criticism.’ It effectively rehabilitated the composer but did he mean what he wrote? In between Shostakovich’s diametric pillars is the bewitching tale of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde Prelude & Liebestod. With hypnotic rapture, it tells the story of illicit love and the ecstatic transformation that can only come in death. Taken together, this will truly be an enthralling evening.
Online ticket purchases are available until 9 PM the evening before the concert. Tickets will be mailed directly to you unless the concert is less than 10 days away. For ticket purchases made LESS than 10 days prior to the performance, we will hold your tickets at the box office. You can pick up your tickets at the “Will Call” table an hour before the concert begins.