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Shostakovich 7 'Leningrad'

De Bijloke

Due to illness, conductor Michail Jurowski had to withdraw from this concert. He will be replaced by Yoel Levi. We wish Maestro Jurowski a speedy recovery. Officially, Shostakovich dedicates his 7th Symphony to his beloved city of Leningrad and depicts 'the historic days o ...

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Piet Swerts
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Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphony No. 7, op. 60, ‘Leningrad’

The Brussels Philharmonic family is home to more than 20 different nationalities. All of them passionate people who work together intensively day after day to make and share music. With respect for each other, for the public, for their profession, they show what can be achieved with mutual understanding and brotherhood: harmony, beauty, and unity.

We share the concerns of our musicians from the affected areas, who are justifiably worried about their families and loved ones and fear the impact of this conflict now and in the future.

After careful consideration, the Brussels Philharmonic together with partners Klarafestival, Muziekcentrum De Bijloke and Flagey, has decided to go ahead with the planned performances of Shostakovich's 7th Symphony 'Leningrad'.

There are several possible interpretations of this work, but whatever they may be, for us today the 7th Symphony conveys above all this important message: the frank indictment of the violence of war, the tribute to the resilience of humankind, and the recognition of the victims. And the permanent reminder that mutual understanding is the only certainty for a harmonious society in which respect for each individual takes centre stage.