A Reading and Concert celebrating M.T. Anderson's Symphony for the City of the Dead

Sunday, April 17, 2016

2:30 PM-4:00 PM

Cost: Free and Open to All

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Auditorium (3rd Floor)

Sun, 2016-04-17 14:30 - 16:00

Mark your calendars! On April 17 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm, Providence Public Library will be hosting National Book Award winning author M.T. Anderson, who will present from his newest work, Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad. Following his presentation, he will introduce the performance of Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 by the celebrated Arneis Quartet of Boston.

Symphony for the City of the Dead has been praised in The New York Times, was nominated for the long ist for the National Book Award, and has received four starred reviews.

From the Kirkus Review, "The storytelling is captivating, describing how Shostakovich began composing the symphony under relentless bombardment in Leningrad and later finished it in Moscow, its triumphant performance in Leningrad during the siege, and how it rallied worldwide sympathy for Russia's plight. Music is at the heart of the story. As Anderson writes in the prologue, 'it is a story about the power of music and its meanings,' and he communicates them with seeming effortlessness in this brilliantly written, impeccably researched tour de force. A triumphant story of bravery and defiance that will shock and inspire."

The Arneis Quartet has gained equally high praise from the Boston Musical Intelligencer, "As a relatively young quartet, they have already achieved something it often takes years to develop: a unique, collective sound which is as warm and full of sparkle as liquid gold.” This is the second time Mr. Anderson and the quartet have collaborated to present Shostakovich's music together and we are proud to be able to bring this exciting performance to Rhode Island and the Providence Public Library.

Barrington Books will be selling copies of Symphony for the City of the Dead at this event.

Book Signing to follow the event.

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