Can culture be separated from social and political developments? Explore Shostakovich’s artistry, one of the greatest composers of the 20th century who lived through the Soviet era and the Second World War. From cultural symbol to censorship, his story reveals the complex relationship between artists and political authority in a totalitarian society. Join Maxim Osipov, musicologist Saskia Törnqvist, and Lev Akopian, an outspoken critic of Putin’s regime and an expert on Shostakovich, as they discuss the challenges artists face when living under a dictatorship. The evening concludes with a concert by the renowned Eliot Quartett.
Monday, 5 June 2023, 20:00
Grote Zaal, De Balie, Amsterdam