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Shostakovich and Mussorgsky Boston Symphony Orchestra / Boston Pops / Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue
Symphony Hall
Boston, MA
September 30, 2016
Start Time: 8:00 PM


Casual Fridays are shorter programs that encourage an informal, relaxed atmosphere and feature comments about the program by BSO musicians. The first Casual Friday of 2016-17 pairs Dmitri Shostakovich's brief but excitingFestive Overture, written in 1954 to mark the 37th anniversary of the Soviet Revolution, with French composer Maurice Ravel's orchestration of Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Originally for solo piano, this familiar but always scintillating orchestral tour-de-force provides a musical depiction of an imagined stroll through a gallery of paintings and drawings, ranging from a fantastic gnome and a buoyant ballet of chicks in their shells to the dark shadows of subterranean catacombs and the majestic splendor of the Great Gate of Kiev.

Shostakovich and Mussorgsky