Shostakovich’s choral masterpiece Symphony No. 13, “Babi Yar” is a memorial setting of Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s poetry commemorating the World War II massacre of more than 30,000 Jews in Kiev in 1941. The Symphony’s powerful musical denunciation of anti-Semitism and message that hope overcomes despair still resonates today.
Music Director Joana Carneiro leads Russian bass soloist DENIS SEDOV and Bay Area men’s choral ensembles prepared by MARIKA KUZMA, chorusmaster.
May 4, 2017, 8pm – Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley – FREE pre-concert talk at 7pm
6:30 pm – Box Office/Will Call and Cafe Zellerbach open*
7:00 pm – Pre-concert talk in the main hall (free to all ticket holders)
8:00 pm – Concert begins
*To make a reservation at Cafe Zellerbach, contact the Cal Performances Ticket Office at 510-642-9988.
Concert Notes to be added soon.
Conductor/ArtistsJoana Carneiro, conductor Denis Sedov, Bass Solist Berkeley Symphony Marika Kuzma, ChorusmasterMen's Chorus, to include: Alumni of the Chamber Chorus of the University of CaliforniaAlumni of the Pacific Boychoir AcademyMembers of the St. John of San Francisco Russian Orthodox Chorale
ProgramShostakovich: Symphony No.13, "Babi Yar"
About the Soloist and Composer
Equally at home in opera houses and concert halls around the world, Denis Sedov was born in St. Petersburg and holds a degree from the Jerusalem Academy. He was a member of the Young Artist Program at the Metropolitan Opera and has performed with major orchestras including the LA Philharmonic and the Cleveland, Atlanta, and San Francisco symphonies.
Marika Kuzma was a professor of music at UC Berkeley for some twenty-five years, directing its symphonic University Chorus and Chamber Chorus. Under her direction, the UC Chamber Chorus achieved critical acclaim particularly for its readings of early and contemporary music. Ms. Kuzma has a special affinity for Slavic choral music.