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Shostakovich Fifth

Walt Disney Concert Hall

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  • Alison Balsom Alison Balsom

    Alison Balsom

  • Bramwell Tovey Bramwell Tovey

    Bramwell Tovey

About This Performance

The blazing brass in Shostakovich’s famous Fifth is only one of the reasons that it is his most popular symphony. Another is the finale, which raises your heart rate several beats with its inexorable intensity.

Gregarious Bowl favorite Bramwell Tovey says of his new jazz-tinged trumpet concerto: “…the dialog that the trumpet has is like the conversations that people have in a pub.”

Come for:

An extravaganza of brass.

And more:

Charismatic British trumpeter Alison Balsom, Gramophone Artist of the Year, in Tovey’s whimsically titled concerto.

Programs, artists, dates, prices and availability subject to change.

Upbeat Live: pre-concert talks

  • Friday, November 8, 2013 - 7:00pm
  • Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 7:00pm
  • Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 1:00pm

Veronika Krausas

Veronika Krausas interviews Alison Balsom and Bramwell Tovey and talks about the most popular of all Shostakovich symphonies.


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