Russian Poet Yevtushenko Joining Houston Symphony For Weekend Performances

September 25, 2008

Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko will join the Houston Symphony this weekend for three performaces. Yevtushenko will read from his book of poetry, ‘Babi Yar,’ followed by the symphony’s performance of Dimitri Shostakovich’s Thirteenth Symphony, ‘Babi Yar,’ which was inspired by the poems.

“I feel Shostakovich is the greatest symphonist of his century,” said Houston Symphony Conductor Hans Graf. “In the Thirteenth, he is perhaps his most expressive and his most uncompromising. Of course there’s the usual Shostakovich brand of humor. And at its end, I find that its delicacy and mystery remain with the listener far beyond the sound of the last note.”

Additionally, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 will be played by Lars Vogt. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28. Tp purchase tickets, click here

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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