The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, North West, United Kingdom
A rare opportunity to get close to the genesis of a major new artwork, and to experience a towering landmark in modern music: Shostakovich’s ‘Leningrad’ Symphony.
Sir Mark Elder, the Hallé’s Music Director, and Johan Simons, the acclaimed Dutch theatre director, are creating a new work for The Factory inspired by two great artists and their experiences living on a knife edge in the Soviet Union: composer Dmitri Shostakovich and writer Vasily Grossman, author of the epic Life and Fate.
Tonight, Elder and Simons will be discussing this new work before a performance of Shostakovich’s monumental Symphony No.7, ‘Leningrad’. Written for more than 100 musicians and first performed in the midst of the siege of the composer’s home city during the Second World War, its creation was a triumph of the human spirit. Elder and the Hallé’s 2013 live recording won universal acclaim – and the piece will once more come alive in the concert hall.
Sir Mark Elder Conductor