Over 2000 Russians were arrested for cannibalism during the Siege of Leningrad, when German and Finnish armies surrounded the Russian city and starved its citizens for two and a half years. MT Anderson doesn’t spare the gory details in Symphony for the City of the Dead, the teen novelist’s first foray into non-fiction. It’s a look at composer Dimitri Shostakovich and the composition of his Seventh Symphony, written to raise the morale of Leningrad’s population during the siege. It was rough going: the few remaining musicians living in the city were too physically weak to rehearse. Anderson’s reading will be followed by a performance of the symphony by Boston’s Arneis Quartet.
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April 17 2016
|Date:||April 17, 2016|
|Event Categories:||Books, Featured, Performance|
|Event Tags:||Arneis Quartet, Books, Dimitri Shostakovich, MT Anderson, Providence Public Library, Russia|
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