Tyranny and Hope

Tyranny and Hope: Russia's Lost Voices of the Future

A Craftsbury Chamber Players Pre-season Concert
With special guest M. T. Anderson

Saturday, May 13, 2017, 7:30 PM
Highland Center for the Arts
2875 Hardwick Street
Greensboro, Vermont 05841
Sunday, May 14, 2017, 3PM
First Baptist Church
81 St. Paul Street
Burlington, Vermont 05401

Featuring music of Alexander Glazunov, Nikolai Roslavets, Vladimir Deshevov, Arthur Lourie, Leonid Polovinkin, Mieczyslaw Weinberg, Dmitri Shostakovich and selected readings from Russian Literature

Performed by
Marcantonio Barone, piano
Mary Rowell, violin
Frances Rowell, cello
Inessa Zaretsky, piano
and M. T. Anderson

There is no admission charge for these concerts but donations to support our concert series will be gratefully received

Last summer, using our usual approach of performing music our players are excited to bring to our CCP audience, I put requested works of Tchaikovsky, Stravinski, and Shostakovich together on one program. This repertoire spanned 63 years of non-stop seismic political chaos in Russia. Hearing these 3 artists’ voices in this context offered a visceral comprehension of the enormity of the shift in the realities of life experienced by the Russian people during these years.

Last summer I also had the pleasure of meeting author M.T. Anderson after one of our concerts. In addition to being an awarding winning novelist, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of classical music and writes on the subject. In 2015 he released his book Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad. It is a detailed and deeply human telling of the horrors endured by Russian citizens as the great city of St. Petersburg was decimated first by national politics then foreign aggression. A generation of Russian experimental art disappeared. Through it all a very passionate Dmitri Shostakovich somehow found the strength to keep creating, eventually composing his great 7th Symphony of 1941. This piece was a beacon of hope to his countrymen and eventually helped marshal aid from the West. You need to read the book!

I was aware of this history but had no real understanding of the scope of the atrocities endured and the generation of artists silenced. When I finished reading Tobin’s book, the first thing I wanted to do was locate scores and play music by these “lost” Russian composers, diving deeper into the musical timeline we had performed in August. These were musicians whose work, in the rewriting of history that was the practice of the Stalinists, apparently had never existed. With the fall of the USSR some of these forgotten works are emerging and we now have the opportunity to rediscover voices previously silenced.

For our spring pre-season concert this year Tobin Anderson is partnering with us to curate a concert of this forgotten music. In addition many area libraries will be individually hosting book clubs in the months leading up to our concert. And Tobin Anderson will appear reading from his book in separate gatherings in both the Northeast Kingdom and the Greater Burlington area.

We invite you to join us for any or all of the events delving more deeply into this history.

Northeast Kingdom Events

Tuesday, March 14 at 6:30 PM
A Screening of the 2001 American-French film Enemy at the Gates 

Jeudevine Memorial Library
93 North Main St.
P.O. Box 536
Hardwick, VT 05843
(802) 472-5948
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Enemy at the Gates is a 2001 American-French war film written and directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. The film’s title is taken from William Craig’s nonfiction book Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad (1973), which describes the events surrounding the Battle of Stalingrad in the winter of 1942/43. Although fictional, the film is loosely based on war stories told by Soviet sniper Vasili Zaitsev.” ( Source: Wikipedia)

Thursday, March 23 at 6:30 PM
A Book Club Study of M.T. Anderson’s Symphony for the City of the Dead

Greensboro Free Library

53 Wilson Street
Greensboro, VT 05841

(802) 533-2531
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The evening’s discussion will be led by David F. Kelley. Dave is the founder of Project Harmony – a school exchange program for secondary school students between the United States and the former Soviet Republics. He has spent a great deal to time in Russia, including Leningrad, and is a fount of information.

Friday, April 28 at 7pm
An Evening with M.T. Anderson reading from his book
Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad

The Craftsbury Public Library
12 Church Street PO Box 74
Craftsbury Common, VT 05827
(802) 586-9683

Author M. T. Anderson will read and discuss his book.

Burlington Area Events

Thursday, April 27 at 6:30pm
An Evening with M.T. Anderson reading from his book
Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad

Deborah Rawson Memorial Library
8 River Road
Jericho, VT 05465
(802) 899-4962
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Author M. T. Anderson will read and discuss his book.