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Explore three composers who have transformed the way audiences hear and experience music. Transformations explores the music of Beethoven, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Alfred Schnittke: composers who wrote music in a distinctive personal style that also tends to transcend the personal, touching on universal human experience and emotion.
Beethoven took the musical forms and sounds of his time and transformed them into larger and more emotionally expressive works, predicting the Romantic movement to come. Shostakovich, living around the turn of the 20th century in Russia, was faced with the policing of music under Stalin’s reign. With his powerful unique style of expressing sarcasm, depression, angst, and other emotions under the guise of traditionalism and nationalism, Shostakovich transformed the bleakness of a ban on the arts, into a veiled musical war against the oppressive forces of the regime. Catching the tail end of Stalin’s oppression, Schnittke takes personal emotional expressions and the technical limits of the instruments to their extremes, transforming music by combining many various style elements together into his own unique and gripping voice. While Shostakovich’s music expresses pain, Schnittke’s goes further in this direction, but ultimately arrives at a mysterious redemption, or at least surrender to mystery.
Don’t miss your opportunity to hear great works of Beethoven, Shostakovich, and the rarely-performed, Schnittke.
Take a moment to reflect with us.
Join us for a season of music and the other arts that reflects on political oppression, multiculturalism, transformation, and reflection itself! We celebrate some of our previous season, brining you performances of music we have refined over the years, along with new repertoire in our 2017 season, Reflections.
Saturday April 9th, 7:30 PM
St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church Join us on the next leg of our World Journey’s series to France! In this concert we explore the music of great French composers Faure, Ravel, Debussy, Cesar Franck, and others. Visual artwork from local Houston artist Vena Ashley will be on display, and French cuisine will be available. Get your tickets today for a discount! Our second performance will be at Houston Piano Company in the Heights! Visit our events page for more info! We have a new member Leah Ann Brashear, who will be singing vocal works on this concert. Read more about her on our ensemble page!