A Bonding Friendship through Music: Music for Strings by Britten and Shostakovich
Location: Harkness Chapel
Benjamin Britten and Dmitri Shostakovich are two of the 20th century’s greatest composers. While their works are considered comparatively accessible to their contemporaries, these composers had unique styles which consistently pushed boundaries of tonality and sound, all while maintaining compositional sincerity. This, as well as fortunate circumstance, led to a close friendship between Britten and Shostakovich, one which would enormously shape each composer’s musical output. This concert features two of their best well-known works for strings: Britten’s Simple Symphony, Op. 4, and Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8, Op. 110, arranged here for string orchestra by Lucas Drew.
Free and open to the public. Paid parking available in the Ford Avenue garage, Severance Hall garage or at the meters along Bellflower Road and East Blvd.
2018-19 marks the 50th Anniversary of an exceptional partnership between Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Since 1968, these two distinguished institutions have participated in an integrated music program at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The JMP allows students at both institutions to take advantage of the resources of a major research university as well as those of a leading conservatory.