War Symphonies (the title refers to the six symphonies that Shostakovich wrote while under the Stalin regime) shows us the composers response to the artistic oppression he faced. Shostakovich used his music to express his dissatisfaction with the government, his feelings of aesthetic entrapment and his sympathy for the millions of other Russians who were also repressed by the state. (He later called the symphonies written during the war tombstones for the victims of Stalin.) The entire time, Shostakovichs career and life hung in the balance.
War Symphonies, a Larry Weinstein documentary, features interviews with Shostakovichs friends and family and excerpts from Symphonies No. 4 to No. 9. Two more films about Shostakovich, Sonata for Viola and Testimony, are scheduled for February and March, respectively. Todays screening is at 7:30 p.m. Russian Cultural Center Our Texas, 2337 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-395-3301 or visit ourtexas.org. $5 to $7.
Fri., Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m., 2008