On Thursday, the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra will present the last concert of its 2011-2012 season.
The program will feature Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony in the first half, and Nathaniel Stookey’s “The Composer is Dead” in the second half.
Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune and Puccini’s Nessun Dorma are extra treats for the audience.
Preconcert art exhibits will feature the artwork of the Murfreesboro Art League and the St. Clair Senior Citizen Center Art Club, artist Helen Minton and works by students from Buchanan Elementary School.
Preconcert musical entertainment will be provided by Johnny B and the Balladeers, popularly known as “the sound of Readyville Mill.”
Considered one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century, Shostakovich wrote music for orchestras, chamber ensembles as well as piano.
The public success of his Fifth Symphony has been attributed to the perception that it is an artistic portrayal of the time in which it originated.
Shostakovich was very much a part of Russia and its people under Stalin, keenly attuned to their hopes and aspirations and to events around him.
It was reported that during the first performance of the symphony, the audience wept, for the music expressed the mourning for the loss of lives on a massive scale under Joseph Stalin. The Fifth Symphony was cherished by the Soviet Union public unlike any other work as an expression of the overwhelming grief it endured.
The second half of the concert will switch to “The Composer is Dead,” a murder mystery taking place in an orchestra.
Commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony, it is often compared to Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” as an introduction of children to musical instruments.
Tickets start at $10 for the general public and may be bought at the door, by
calling 615-898-1862 or visiting murfreesborosymphony.com