Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra
Conducted by Evan Rogister
Russian masters on the Gaillard stage
The Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra mounts two Russian masterpieces “under the inspiring baton of the young American maestro Evan Rogister” (Opera News), who returns after his triumphant Festival debut with Eugene Onegin (2017). Selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet orchestral suites, including the rousing “Death of Tybalt” and the sinister “Montagues and Capulets,” open the concert. This evening pairs the Shakespearean narrative with Shostakovich’s fifth symphony—his most popular contribution to the genre and a powerful work undulating between urgent military marches and sparse, mournful tunes. Come hear the breathtaking orchestration and dramatic contours of Russia’s 20th-century musical profile.