“Beyond the Score®: Sergei Prokofiev Symphony No.5: Pure Propaganda?”
A multimedia examination of Russian composer’s musical celebration to the end of World War II. Starring American Players Theatre actors James Ridge, Colleen Madden, Marcus Truschinski, and Sarah Day, along with MSO pianist Dan Lyons, the concert experience features visual projections, photos, musical excerpts and a full performance in the second half of Symphony No.5 by the orchestra with John DeMain conducting.
Maestro John DeMain shares insights about the MSO presentation. “This is one of the great offerings of Beyond the Score. Three generations of great Russian composers influenced Sergei Prokofiev from childhood into his adult years, helping him create the most popular of his big symphonies, his fifth. I have so much fun working with the great actors from the American Players Theatre as they interweave the backstory with the orchestra. The visuals for this production are spectacular. After intermission, we play this wonderful symphony in its entirety.”
Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, published in 1944, is a musical celebration to the end of World War II. Taking inspiration from his experiences in America and his return to the Soviet homeland after the war, Prokofiev expresses the heroic, beautiful, and strong nature of music. This Beyond the Score production joins Prokofiev at the end of World War II and discovers his inspiration for Symphony No. 5. Incorporating war video footage and propaganda photos, the program presents the historical context behind the classical piece turned masterpiece.