Triumph

Sunday, June 1, 2025 at 4:00PM

Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720

The indomitable spirit of human perseverance is on full display in this timely and powerful program. Join us for the Bay Area premiere of Gity Razaz’s Methuselah (In Chains of Time), which is a lush and poignant reflection on the endurance of life inspired by an ancient Great Basin bristlecone pine tree growing high in the White Mountains of Inyo County in eastern California. Then be transported to the rugged landscapes of South America with Astor Piazzolla’s Aconcagua, featuring Hanzhi Wang on the bandoneon, who wields the instrument with “staggering virtuosity.” Drawing inspiration from the majestic peaks of the Andes, Piazzolla’s composition captures the fiery spirit of Argentine tango with its lush melodies and pulsating rhythms. To close out the season, Shostakovich’s monumental Symphony No. 5 serves as a stirring testament to the triumph of the human spirit over oppression and tyranny.  From its brooding opening to its victorious finale, Shostakovich’s symphony resonates with themes of resilience, redemption, and the enduring promise of hope.

Joseph Young

Conductor

HANZHI WANG

bandoneon

GITY RAZAZ

Methuselah (In Chains of Time) (Bay Area Premiere)

Commissioned by the League of American Orchestras with the generous support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

ASTOR PIAZZOLLA

Aconcagua, Concerto for Bandoneon, String Orchestra and Percussion

Hanzhi Wang

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

Free Pre-Concert Chat 1 hour before

These informative and engaging pre-concert talks offer fascinating insights into the music you are about to experience. Learn about the program’s cultural and historical context, along with guided listening. Additionally, there will be live interviews with guest artists, composers, and orchestra musicians! Music talks take place one hour before all Symphonic Series concerts. Admission is free to all ticket holders.

About the Artists