Shostakovich Triumphant

Dmitri Shostakovich. His defiant music was silenced by Soviet authority. His response could have cost him his life, but it proved to be his greatest triumph. Joshua Weilerstein leads Shostakovich’s rebellious Fifth Symphony. Also, acclaimed virtuoso Renaud Capuçon plays Bernstein’s dazzling Serenade.

Behind the Curtain

with Associate COnductor Vince Lee

"The Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine is fun and loud, the Bernstein piece is interesting because it doesn't use any winds or brass, just strings and percussion. And Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony is one of the greatest symphonies ever composed."

About the Repertoire

Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 is an artistic expression of the Soviet government’s oppression. However, when it premiered in 1937, critics believed that the composer had “rehabilitated himself” by writing a piece with such a joyous, exuberant finale that was interpreted by many as the “joy of Soviet Realism.”

In the composer’s writings, Shostakovich admits that the final movement is actually a tragedy where the “rejoicing is forced, created under threat.”  He went further to describe it as if someone were beating you with a stick and saying, “Your business is rejoicing, your business is rejoicing.”

About Joshua Weilerstein

Joshua Weilerstein is Artistic Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, beginning his tenure in 2015–16. With a repertoire ranging from Gesualdo to Rouse, he is committed to bringing new audiences into the concert hall and creating a natural dialogue between musicians and their public.


About Renaud Capuçon

Born in Chambéry in 1976, Renaud Capuçon began his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris at the age of fourteen, winning numerous awards during his five years there. Following this, Capuçon moved to Berlin to study with Thomas Brandis and Isaac Stern, and was awarded the Prize of the Berlin Academy of Arts. In 1997, Capuçon was invited by Claudio Abbado to become concertmaster of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, which he led for three summers, working with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Daniel Barenboim, Franz Welser-Moest and Abbado himself.


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This performance is at the Hilbert Circle Theatre in downtown Indianapolis. Doors will open one hour and fifteen minutes before the performance.

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