https://necmusic.edu/events/nec-philharmonia-symphonic-choir-bartok-shostakovich Online event
290 Huntington Ave
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
History, Music, Performing Arts, University, Virtual & Streaming
The NEC choirs join the NEC Philharmonia in two very different 20th century choral pieces. Bartók features women’s voices for his exuberant “Three Slovakian Village Scenes,” while Shostakovich uses only men’s voices – a male choir and a bass soloist – in his Symphony No. 13. This symphony, subtitled “Babi Yar” after the notorious World War II massacre and the Yevgeny Yevtushenko poem that describes it, is a song cycle inspired by Yevtushenko’s poetry. The poet’s unflinching, even brutal, honesty found an ideal musical voice in Shostakovich. Together they created one of the 20th century’s masterpieces.
BARTOK: Three Village Scenes, NEC Philharmonia & Symphonic Choir Sopranos & Altos
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 13 "Babi Yar", NEC Philharmonia & Symphonic Choir Tenors & Basses