- $15 for one ticket to see New World Symphony’s The Bear Roars: Music in a Century of Russian Turmoil hosted by Jamie Bernstein (up to $31 value)
- Includes complimentary cocktail reception
- When: Friday, February 27, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: New World Center
- General admission
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees
- Click here to view the seating chart
The Bear Roars: Music in a Century of Russian Turmoil
- Tchaikovsky—Marche Slave: This fiercely patriotic march was commissioned during a war between Serbia and the Ottoman Empire, and shows Russia’s support for the Serbian cause by deftly interweaving folk songs and the national anthem “God Save the Tsar.”
- Shostakovich—Movement 3 from Symphony No. 8 in C minor: Pulsing suspense characterizes the third of five movements in this symphony, which is one of the composer’s three wartime symphonies and, like his others, is tinted by his wit and sarcasm. In this movement, that sarcasm is expressed largely through the throbbing of the trumpets, whose circus-esque feel comments on the masterwork’s roiling spiral of tension.
- Shostakovich—Movement 4 from Symphony No. 5 in D minor: The standing ovation that followed the premiere of Symphony No. 5 went on for more than half an hour—almost as long as the 45-minute masterwork itself. Such a response was huge for Shostakovich, who was under pressure to conform to socialist realism despite its relative simplicity compared to his other works. His solution was subtle mockery in the vein of Mahler—outwardly meeting party expectations while maintaining his dignity.
New World Symphony
Most people would feel spread thin if they were running orchestras on both sides of the country. But most people aren't Michael Tilson Thomas. One of America's most famous conductors, composers, and tuxedo-wearers, Tilson Thomas has remained the artistic director of the New World Symphony since he founded it in 1987, even after becoming musical director of the San Francisco Symphony in 1995. This is because the Miami-based orchestra feeds a need for Tilson Thomas: that of remaining at the forefront of symphonic trends, in a laboratory where top musical graduates can explore performance and compositional opportunities. But new works from students and professionals aren't the only thing on the New World Symphony's docket—every year, ticket-holders can expect a thrilling lineup of the classical masters who built the genre.