Our spring concert theme takes its inspiration from the famous Russian sculpture of the same name, erected during the height of the Cold War. Featuring music by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Scriabin, some of Russia’s most renowned and influential musical figures, this concert explores the musical relationship between our two countries. Adapted from the score of the Soviet historical drama The Gadfly, this new arrangements of Shostakovich’s music wonderfully captures the range of emotions elicited from a narrative surrounding the struggle of Italian patriots against Austrian invaders. Commissioned in 1944 for a nationally broadcast NBC radio concert, Alfred Reed’s Russian Christmas Music premiered on a December 12th concert. This concert also included premieres of Russian and American music with the hope of improving Russo-American relations.