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Chicago Philharmonic presents
Unity: Shostakovich and Ali Khan
Season 2019-2020 Family
Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 3:00PM
Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 E Randolph Street
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Lidiya Yankovskaya Conductor
Amjad Ali Khan Sarod
Amaan Ali Bangash Sarod
Ayaan Ali Bangash Sarod
Amjad Ali Khan Samaagam
Dmitri Shostakovich Chamber Symphony in C Minor
Kamala Sankaram Aria for Soprano from Taking Up Serpents
Samaagam means confluence – a flowing together or a gathering to celebrate. Master sarod player Amjad Ali Khan, scion of a family of sarod musicians in central India, composed Samaagam to entwine and rejoice in the classical music cultures of West and East. This stunning collaborative work creates an exhilarating bond of both traditions. Sankaram’s atmospheric aria from the opera Taking Up Serpents also brings together diverse conventions, depicting a young woman’s reunion with her estranged family at her father’s deathbed. And Shostakovich in his Chamber Symphony mourns for his kin, his countrymen, and himself at a difficult time in his life. Weaving together quotations from his previous works, the symphony "is so powerful that when I was writing it, tears flowed as freely as water…”
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