This past weekend, I went to a performance of the local orchestra for the first time in I can’t even remember how long. There was a special going on for seriously discounted tickets if you attend three or more performances during the season, so we decided to branch out and see more of what our local cultural scene has to offer. Besides, director and principal conductor JoAnn Falletta is brilliant and her recent interview with Persephone turned me into a huge fangirl. Anyway, this weekend’s scheduled concert included a piece from Dmitri Shostakovich, a composer I wasn’t familiar with but immediately fell in love with.
Dmitri Shostakovich was a 20th century Soviet composer who wrote dozens of symphonies, concertos, operas, chamber ensemble pieces, and even film scores. Apparently, he’s quite famous so I don’t know where I’ve been all this time. You can read all about him on his (extensive!) Wikipedia page. This isn’t a Badass Ladies of History post, after all! I want to share with you two of the pieces I heard at the concert this weekend, selections from the film score of The Gadfly. It was beautiful.
This whole experience got me thinking. We’d selected this particular concert because of Rachmaninoff’s Third, which was performed after the intermission. The Shostakovich was unexpected but probably my favorite part of the whole night. I love it when that happens, whether it’s with an anthology of authors or an art gallery or a concert. You go into something for a particular thing and end up discovering something else you enjoy even more. What are some unexpected surprises you all have found over the years? Any under-appreciated treasures the rest of us should know about?