UChicago Symphony Orchestra celebrates a century of history

Herald Intern

On Saturday, Dec. 2, the University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra will perform three musical pieces reflecting seminal historical events throughout the last century. The performance will take place at the Reynolds Club in Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St.

The performance commemorates what are “arguably the three most important historical events of the last 100 years – which have shaped our subsequent history and which dominate our American consciousness to this day,” said Barbara Schubert, director of performance programs at the university. Schubert will serve as the conductor for the performance.

Eric Ewazen’s “A Hymn for the Lost and the Living” will kick off the performance. Ewazen’s piece, which was written after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, is “an expression of profound sadness,” according to Schubert.

Ewazen’s piece will be followed by Krzysztof Penderecki’s “Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima,” a tribute to the victims of the first atomic bombing on Hiroshima, Japan. Penderecki’s composition is a “disturbing musical essay that incorporates unusual string techniques and grating pitch clusters to create a wholly new sound world,” Schubert said.

Assistant Professor of Music Jennifer Iverson will help to provide historical context for the performance.

Moving back in time to exactly 100 years ago, the orchestra will also perform Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 12 in D minor, “The Year of 1917.” Shostakovich explores the Russian Revolution of 1917 and pays tribute to Vladimir Lenin through a dramatic four-movement montage that incorporates revolutionary music.

Admission is free but a donation of $5 from students and $10 from general audience members will be requested at the door.