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Power and Passion abounds with hidden meanings at orchestra concert

The Sacramento Philharmonic will present its fourth concert of the 2010-11 season on April 9.

The concert features two iconic works of the early 20th century: Dmitri Shostakovich’s powerful Symphony No. 5 and Edward Elgar’s most well known work, the passionate Cello Concerto in e minor. Both compositions, written at the height of earth shattering world events, lay heavy with historical undertones and hidden meanings.

Shostakovich’s most revered and beloved orchestral work, his grippingly powerful Symphony No. 5, was written to both inspire his fellow citizens as World War II looms and to redeem himself in the eyes of the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. At the time, Shostakovich was fearful for his life. After the cold reception of his 4th Symphony and the disappearances of colleagues, he utilizes the full force of the Russian spirit to bring the finale of the 5th Symphony to its triumphant glory.

You may also follow the evolution of this symphony on the Philharmonic’s Facebook page, with a new posting about the work each week.

The Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra will be joined by guest artist Joseph Johnson to present Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E. One of the most exciting solo artists of his generation, Johnson has been impressing crowds with performances throughout the United States.

The Cello Concerto was written as the world struggled to recover from WWI, evoking Elgar’s war-induced altered perspective on life. Its emotion and passion make this one of the most beloved romantic works ever written. Noted for its concentrated emotional potency, it has since become a foundational piece for cello soloists around the world.

The concert will open with The Blue Hour, composed by San Francisco local, Conrad Susa. The Sacramento Philharmonic and Michael Morgan are dedicated to our California Composition program, presenting works by local composers or artists inspired by California.

Ticket prices start at only $16.

For more information visit www.sacphil.org or call (916) 732-9045. The box office can be reached at (916) 808-5181.

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