Mozart and Shostakovich

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Conrad Tao

Vanessa Briceno Scherzer

  • Mozart Piano Concerto No. 19
  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 10

Young piano phenom Conrad Tao, who amazed audiences during last season’s Beethoven Festival, returns to play a Mozart piano concerto that has a sunny disposition, charm, and elegance—all at the same time. Maestro Zukerman leads the NAC Orchestra premiere of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, which represents / portrays the composer’s musical portrait of Stalin—demonic, loud, and violent. Musical pitches equivalent to Shostakovich’s initials are embedded like a kind of code and triumphantly crush the tyrant’s music—like dancing on Stalin’s grave...


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