Season Grand Finale: Shostakovich Symphony No.5

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FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018, 7.45pm

£10 – £29

Britten                                                 Four Sea Interludes

Mahler                                                 Rückert-Lieder

Shostakovich                                    Symphony No.5

Rafael Payare                                    CONDUCTOR

Katarina Karnéus                           MEZZO SOPRANO

A season of sweeping Romance and epic national treasures comes together in the season finale; three poetry-inspired pieces that reflect the concerns of the soul and ultimately end in the triumph of the human spirit. Britten and Mahler were two of Shostakovich’s musical heroes (and Britten was also a friend), so it is their music that paves the way for Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony.


Heroic on the surface, with its direct musical language and well-shaped melodies, the Fifth is also heroic beneath. The composer faced Stalin’s displeasure (both career- and life-threatening) and had a job on his hands to rehabilitate his reputation. His Fifth Symphony was publicly described as “a Soviet artist’s reply to just criticism”, yet privately he said that the finale is a satirical picture of Stalin, deliberately hollow but dressed up as exuberant adulation. The Symphony’s final fanfare may mock the dictator but it also celebrates Shostakovich’s successful stay of punishment and heralds the start of an exciting new voyage with Maestro Payare – look out for more of Shostakovich’s War Symphonies in the Ulster Orchestra’s 2018/19 Season.

Children under 16 go free!*

£2 discount for those aged 65+ & Great group discounts!

Under 26s, mature students and unemployed only £5!

The Box Office will allocate seats subject to availability.** Proof of age or valid full-time student card must be shown when paying for your tickets.

* Maximum 2 per paying adult. Additional under 16s £5

** Seating area restrictions may apply to some discounts.

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