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Russian Masters 

When: Thu., March 8, 7 p.m., Fri., March 9, 8 p.m. and Sat., March 10, 8 p.m. 2012
If there’s one thing the Nashville Symphony has been lacking lately, it’s Russian composers. Sure, Bach, Mozart and Boyz II Men are all fantastic, but where are our Eastern European masterminds when we need them most? To combat this Siberian drought, the NSO is bringing a couple composers out of the woodwork who may be a pleasant surprise: Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Both were highly influenced by The Mighty Coterie — a group of five Russian composers (including Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Borodin) who provided what you might call the Bakersfield sound of the Romantic era, deeply rooted in nationalism and culture at a time when developed nations had yet to align music with patriotism. Prokofiev and Shostakovich took this Russian form, blended it with classical nuances and voila! Two Russian neoclassics emerged! So come check out Prokoviev’s Concerto for Violin No. 2 in G minor and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 in C major and see what all the hubbub is about.
— Matt Fox


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