SPRINGFIELD, Mo The symphony musicians will start the year with a classical concert, "Revolution." This year marks the centennial of the Russian Revolution of 1917. So, the symphony will play Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5.
Shostakovich struggled to stick to his principles during a dangerous time for artists in the Soviet Union.
Springfield Symphony Conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett says, "Shostakovich was on the radar of Joseph Stalin and his whole life was in danger of being taken away to the Gulag. And, this piece he wrote was to try to get back in the good graces of Stalin. But, there's an incredible backstory. Because, there's a secret coded message of resistance against Stalin."
If you're a history buff, you can attend a pre-concert conversation with Pickett. It starts an hour before Saturday night's concert.
Tickets are currently on sale at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall Box Office or online at MissouriStateTix.com.