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Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra: Benjamin Zander Conducting Barber, Elgar, and Shostakovich with Zlatomir Fung, cello

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There will be no pre-concert Guide to the music with Benjamin Zander before the concert.

It is with great anticipation that I await my first opportunity to work with local 22-year-old cellist Zlatomir Fung, gold medalist in the most recent Tchaikovsky Cello Competition. 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. 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, conductor

Zlatomir Fung smiling with cello on his lap

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