In Focus (Adella Premium) Ep. 7, Memory & Transformation

Event Information

  • Dates: March 25, 2021 Available On-Demand

  • Who: The Cleveland Orchestra Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

  • Venue: Adella Online (

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Thursday, March 25, 2021 7:00PM

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About the Music

Shostakovich  Chamber Symphony in C minor, Opus 110a

Messiaen  Le Christ, lumière du Paradis [Christ, Light of Paradise]
     from Éclairs sur l'Au-Delà [Illuminations of the Beyond]

Reflecting on the one year anniversary of the global pandemic, Franz Welser-Möst leads a program bringing together two 20th-century works of contemplation and loss, hope and understanding.

Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony, adapted from his Eighth String Quartet, is a piece layered in meaning — filled with fascinating self-references and musical allusions, and dedicated “in memory of victims of fascism and war.” The program concludes with a transformative spiritual vision by Olivier Messiaen.

In addition to the concert performances, each episode of In Focus includes behind-the-scenes interviews and features about the music and musicmaking.


Performing Artists

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor


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