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Week of March 10, 2008

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor

Lisa Batiashvili, violin

The audio for this program has been removed, per American Public Media's rights agreement with this orchestra.

Sibelius: Rakastava (The Beloved)
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2

Lisa Batiashvili grew up in the former Soviet Union and when that nation fell apart, she remembers how good it felt to burn the bright red scarf she’d been forced all her life to wear to school. Fortunately, her personal ties to Shostakovich have remained positive and true, and tonight she gives a fiery performance of his Violin Concerto No. 1.

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Osmo Vänskä

Lisa Batiashvili © Mat Hennek

Dmitri Shostakovich

Ludwig van Beethoven