Mieczysław Weinberg and the impact of ideology

Chronicle of Current Events

world premiere

Mieczysław Weinberg, Kirill Serebrennikov, Gidon Kremer, Kremerata Baltica

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The Russian composer Mieczysław Weinberg (1919-1996) was a contemporary and a friend of Shostakovich. One hundred years after his birth, Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer and his chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica are inspired by his powerful, emotion-filled music to make a performance that looks at the parallels we can draw between today and last century. The Chronicle of Current Events was the hand typed independent magazine in the Soviet Union during the 1960s and 70s that reflected the reality of Soviet life. Consisting of music, performance and visuals by a group of Russian artists collaborating with Kirill Serebrennikov, Chronicle of Current Events is about the artist’s fate, life choices and about the casualties of communism and the Holocaust. It shows how artist’s lives are impacted by the limitations and dominant ideology of their country.

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