2006 may mark Mozart’s 250th birthday, but it also marks the 100th birthday of Dmitri Shostakovich. A number of arts organization in Austin have banded together to commemorate the latter with Shostakovich 100.
Throughout 2006, chamber ensembles, soloists and the orchestra will schedule Shostakovich works into their programs. Tonight (Jan. 21), Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg joins the Austin Symphony Orchestra for a performance of the composer’s Scherzo No. 1, his first opus.
Let me just say, though, the Chronicle does a better job than the Shostakovich 100 web site in listing events. The calendar interface on the Shostakovich 100 site forces you to click on every single date to see each event, and you can’t see a complete list of events on one page. It’s time-consuming and unintuitive, two things it shouldn’t be for the most important aspect of the site itself.
No one has scheduled a performance of Shostakovich’s Quartet for Strings No. 8, or its string orchestra version, Chamber Symphony, Opus 110a. That’s my favorite Shostakovich piece (predictably). I’d be there in a heart beat if someone did.
But there’s enough Shostakovich happening around town this year that I may actually take in a concert or two.