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One of Beethoven’s most soulful and challenging concertos is set to come alive Friday and Saturday at the Charleston Gaillard Center. 

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra welcomes Andrew Litton, Grammy Award-winning pianist and music director with the New York City Ballet, to perform Beethoven’s Triple Concerto

Christine Lamprea, winner of the 2018 Sphinx Medal of Excellence, will join Litton on cello and CSO’s concertmaster Yuriy Bekker will play violin. 

While the violin-cello-piano trio is often heard in chamber music ensembles, a trio of three soloists with the accompaniment of an orchestra is a unique combination.  

The CSO will also perform Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 during the event. One the most significant Soviet-era composers of the last century, Shostakovich was condemned during the Stalin era making it difficult to pinpoint exactly when Symphony No. 10 was written. However, experts suggest it was written between 1946 and 1953. 

The post-World War II piece has been labeled a work of masterful emotional outpouring likely inspired by this suffering of the times. Throughout the symphony, Shostakovich employs waltzes and militaristic drums intermingled with musical themes to convey dramatic momentum and slow despair. But it’s not all doom and gloom as the fourth movement ushers in a moment of triumph and release.
The performances will be held at the Charleston Gaillard Center, located at 95 Calhoun St. The shows start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit charlestonsymphony.org.


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