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Cultural Enrichment

Christopher Booth: Shostakovich Chamber Music

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Shostakovich Chamber Music as Cultural Discourse: Intent and Identity 

Christopher Booth offers a presentation on:

Dmitri Shostakovich (20th-century Soviet Russian composer and pianist), though himself not Jewish, has often been described as particularly sympathetic of Jewish ideals.  His music, in certain cases, illustrates this notion directly, the most obvious examples being the Symphony no. 13, the Piano Trio no. 2, and his song cycle titled "From Jewish Folk Poetry."  This presentation will describe elements of the composer's intent behind such homages, and moreover the manner in which Shostakovich makes his most personal statements in his chamber music, particularly the string quartets.

Christopher Booth studied piano performance at Roberts Wesleyan College, then went on to do a Master's in music theory at SUNY Potsdam.  He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. Musicology degree at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.  His primary research interests are hermeneutics, narratology, and opera and film studies.  He lives in Suffolk, Virginia, with his wife, Maria, and 18 month old daughter, Cadence.

Location: Shewan Recital Hall, CLC

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