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GRANT PARK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Though they admired each other and were both censored by Stalin, Sergei Eisenstein and Dmitry Shostakovich never did work together. The film director reportedly had contemplated doing a patriotic movie based on Shostakovich's World War II symphonies, and the composer had suggested that some of his chamber music be orchestrated as a score for Eisenstein's October. All the plans went for naught with Eisenstein's death at age 50 in 1948. But when the Soviet film authorities restored Potemkin in 1976, Shostakovich's music was at last attached to his compatriot's work. Using materials from archives and Eisenstein's notebooks, the restored version approximates the original, but the music track was replaced with selections from Shostakovich's oeuvre, creating an ingenious pastiche that enhances the montage masterpiece. Motifs from Symphony no. 10 and no. 11 are masterfully incorporated: the 11th, in fact, was written after Shostakovich saw Potemkin and is subtitled The Year 1905, a reference to the mutiny chronicled in the film; and the 10th contains outcries against tyranny and war echoed by the sailors on the Potemkin. Elements from the 5th and 8th symphonies--evoking joy and anguish--are also in the score. The restored Potemkin will be screened with accompaniment by the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra under the direction of David Lockington. Count on the orchestra to make a compelling argument for the posthumous collaboration between two of the great Russian humanists of our century. Friday, 9 PM, Petrillo Music Shell, Grant Park, Columbus and Jackson; 742-4763.

TED SHEN

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