Shostakovich in a 1931 interview: “‘There can be no music without ideology. The old composers, whether they knew it or not, were upholding a political theory. Most of them, of course, were bolstering the rule of the upper classes. Only Beethoven was a forerunner of the revolutionary movement. If you read his letters, you will see how often he wrote to his friends that he wished to give new ideas to the public and rouse it to revolt against its masters.”
Maestro Nurhan Arman will lead Sinfonia Toronto in a program that juxtaposes two masterpieces by these great composers. The concert is a tribute to our front-line workers and health care providers.