Dallas Symphony Orchestra concludes summer residency July 6 | VailDaily.com

Dallas Symphony Orchestra concludes summer residency July 6

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Zach Mahone | Special to the Daily

VAIL — Today the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, led by music director Jaap van Zweden, will present a night of intense and introspective music-making with two broodingly beautiful works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, featuring Anne-Marie McDermott, and Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7. The concert marks the sixth and final program of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's annual summer residency at the Bravo! Vail music festival.

Written in late 1785 and early 1786 during a creative high point in Mozart's career —when he was simultaneously composing his Piano Concertos No. 22 and 23 and his opera "The Marriage of Figaro" — the Piano Concerto No. 24 stands out as one of the few works Mozart wrote in a minor key. The piece seizes its audience with a dramatic darkness, and its stormy, tension-filled sound influenced Beethoven when, in 1800, he composed his Piano Concerto No. 3, which is also in the key of C minor.

Monumental performance

Bringing its Bravo! Vail residency to a powerful finale, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra concludes today's concert with Shostakovich's majestically defiant World War II-era Symphony No. 7, known as the "Leningrad Symphony" in honor of the almost 1 million people who died following Germany's 1941 invasion of the city where Shostakovich was born and was living at the time. One of the composer's best-known works, the symphony premiered in March 1942 and served as a monumental rebuke of tyranny, terror and totalitarianism in all their guises.

"Shostakovich 7 is an extraordinary example of heroism and humanity," McDermott said. "This piece has unique historical significance and will challenge the audience to explore a broad range of emotions. I encourage the listeners to come and experience this music, to find new meaning and interpretations of this piece. I can promise no one will walk away unmoved from this program."

Learn more about this and other Bravo! Vail concerts at http://www.bravo vail.org.

If you go …

What: “Shostakovich 7, Mozart & McDermott,” the final concert of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Bravo! Vail residency.

When: 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 6.

Where: Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Ford Park, Vail.

Cost: Tickets start at $28 for lawn seats and $44 for pavilion seats.

More information: Purchase tickets at bravovail.org or by calling 877-812-5700.