May 18-19

Saturday | 5.18.19 | 8:00 PM
Sunday | 5.19.19 | 2:00 PM

The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street

Dmitri Shostakovich premiered his Symphony No. 5 in 1937 in Leningrad. The work, particularly the fourth movement utilizes musical material from his own song, Vozrozhdenije, composed just before the symphony, which sets a poem by Alexander Pushkin commonly known as "Rebirth." The denunciation of his work by the Soviet government is well documented, however, what is to follow is mired in controversy. Shostakovich called his Fifth Symphony, "a Soviet artist's creative response to just criticism," and he was heralded as a prodigal son to the Soviet regime. This was later refuted by his family and contemporaries and, later in his life, he was again denounced by Stalin's regime. His relationship with his government may never be clear but his music lives on in a world unto itself, to be interpreted by those who follow.

Also on this concert are the Dvořák Violin Concerto featuring Bryn Digney on Saturday's concert and the Ewazen Rhapsody for Bass Trombone with Owen Caprell on Sunday's matinee concert.

Both concerts open with Courtney Bryan's Sanctum.

Concerts will be held at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street

Tickets for reserved unassigned seating in a premium area are on sale at Eventbrite!
Tickets also available at the door for a suggested donation of $20.

The Program

Courtney BryanSanctum

Antonín DvořákViolin Concerto in A Minor, op. 53

Bryn Digney Violin

Eric EwazenRhapsody for Bass Trombone and String Orchestra

Owen Caprell Bass Trombone

Dmitry ShostakovichSymphony No. 5 in D Minor, op. 47

Featured Artists

Owen Caprell
Bass Trombone

Sunday, 5.19

Eric Ewazen: Rhapsody for Bass Trombone and String Orchestra

Owen Caprell is a freelance trombone player and music educator in the greater New York City area. Versed in a wide range of styles, he has performed with big bands, orchestras, chamber ensembles, and more. After attending high school in South Carolina, Owen earned his Bachelor of Music degree

Bryn Digney

Saturday, 5.18

Antonín Dvořák: Violin Concerto in A Minor, op. 53

Violinist and teacher Bryn Digney is committed to helping people discover and nurture a love of classical music. An active freelancer based in New York City, she performs regularly with groups such as The Chelsea Symphony, the Handel Festival Orchestra, and Opera Italiana. Upcoming solo