Gergiev takes Shostakovich tribute to Munich

St. Petersburg Theatre’s opera singers and Symphony Orchestra have joined forces with the Munich Philharmonic to pay tribute to the great Russian composer of the 20th century, Dmitry Shostakovich.

November 2 marks the start of a major project between the Mariinsky Theatre and the Munich Philarmonic. The composer’s First and Fourth Symphonies will be opening the program and will be conducted by maestro Valery Gergiev.

During the 2011-2012 season, Russian and German musicians are set to perform all 15 symphonies by Shostakovich in Munich.

The project titled Gergiev’s Shostakovich features two parts: the first one consisting of five shows will be performed by the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, while the second, comprising four concerts, will feature the Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra.

Valery Gergiev, one of Russia’s most renowned conductors and the driving force behind the Mariinsky Theatre’s triumphs in recent years, will be conducting the shows.

Soloists from the Mariinsky, bass Mikhail Petrenko and mezzo-soprano Olga Savova, will be singing in the program.

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