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Dmitri Shostakovich

Ricardo Bustamante: Profile of a Ballet Master at San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 04.09.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Last week's premiere at San Francisco Ballet proved to be an all-around artistic feat - again for Ratmansky, for the entire company of San Francisco Ballet and, yes, for Shostakovich who had not penned these compositions for the ballet stage.

San Francisco Ballet in the Exhilarating Shostakovich Trilogy

Carla Escoda | Posted 04.05.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

You do not have to be an admirer of Shostakovich or a ballet junkie to be moved and exhilarated by San Francisco Ballet in Alexei Ratmansky's Shostakovich Trilogy.

A Russian-American Love Story

Briana Murphy | Posted 03.26.2014 | Arts
Briana Murphy

I've been saying "he," and after learning and performing this sonata, I can quite truthfully say that I am in love with Shostakovich. But in reality, this love story is about loving difference.

Poetry After Auschwitz: Weinberg's the Passenger

Mena Mark Hanna | Posted 03.31.2014 | Arts
Mena Mark Hanna

In eight words, the German Jewish philosopher summed up the monumental challenge art has faced after the horrors of the Holocaust: How can art retain its redemptive and curative powers after such methodical human extermination?

The Sounds of Saturn and Other Space Oddities

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.30.2013 | Science
Michael Sigman

My friend and neighbor Robert, a former NASA engineer with a super-powerful 1961 Questar telescope (140x) in his backyard, showed me Saturn the other...

Disappearing Music

David Finckel | Posted 06.17.2013 | Arts
David Finckel

I've never before said a final goodbye to a piece of music, but just before Christmas I packed up two enormous suitcases of quartet music and took it to my basement storage bin. It was a strange sensation, somewhat ghoulish, like burying one's self alive.

WATCH: A Rare Look At Soviet-Era Political Cartoons

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Using rarely seen footage from the Russian State Film Archives, documentarian Kevin McNeer has produced a fascinating documentary about the late Soviet political cartoonist and propaganda artist Boris Efimov.

A Morning Concert, A Revolution in Egypt

Albert Imperato | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Albert Imperato

Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony couldn't have been a more perfect thing to hear after learning of the revolution in Egypt.

Dog Ears Music: Volume Seventy-Three

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week's column features Alberta Cross, Dmitri Shostakovich, Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons, Sol Hoopii, Half Cousin, and The Chalets.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: The Knights Invite New Yorkers To Dance To Shostakovich

nytimes.com | VIVIEN SCHWEITZER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

The Knights, a dynamic young chamber orchestra, had to cut short their performance in June at the Naumburg Bandshell when it began to pour. But they w...

Bless This House

Norman MacAfee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Norman MacAfee

The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, home of the New York City Opera, is dark as it undergoes a year of renovation. It is a house of past and perhaps future artistic importance in two art forms.