Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

Barber/ Elgar / Shostakovich


The School for Scandal Overture

(8 minutes)


Cello Concerto                  

(30 minutes)


Symphony No. 5                 

(30 minutes)

Benjamin Zander, conductor

Zlatomir Fung, cello



"The second half of the concert is devoted to Shostakovich’s great Fifth Symphony. It is an enormous work – not so much in its length as in its emotional reach. It was the piece that placed Shostakovich front and center on the world’s musical stage, proclaimed him as the foremost composer of the Soviet Union in the 1930s, and, by giving the illusion of placating the authorities, probably saved his life. Since then, it has come to be regarded as music’s greatest symbol of the power of the artist to raise his voice in protest in even the darkest of times." -Benjamin Zander

Samuel Barber  The School for Scandal Overture - 8 minutes

Edward Elgar Cello Concerto - 30 minutes

Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No. 5  - 30 minutes

  • Dmitri Shostakovich completed work on Symphony No. 5 and it received its premiere on November 21, 1937, by the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra. It was so well received that the director of the Leningrad Philharmonic observed that the ovation lasted for over a half hour.

  • In an article by Shostakovich in the Moscow newspaper, he is quoted as saying his 5th Symphony "is a Soviet artist's creative response to justified criticism."

  • While the composer appeared to have placated the authorities with this piece, the public viewed the piece as an expression of their suffering under Stalin.


All dates, repertoire, venues, and artists subject to change.


Sunday, February 27, 2022
3:00PM / Symphony Hall
There will be no pre-concert Guide to the music with Benjamin Zander before the concert.

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