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Leningrad Symphony

I, CULTURE Orchestra
Sunday 17 August 2014

Kirill Karabits Conductor

Panufnik Sinfonia elegiaca
Shostakovich Symphony No 7 ‘Leningrad’

Founded in 2011 by Poland's Adam Mickiewicz Institute, the I, CULTURE Orchestra brings together exceptional young musicians from the former Soviet and Eastern Bloc states of Poland, Ukraine, Georgia, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Under the charismatic young Ukrainian conductor Kirill Karabits, the orchestra performs two immensely powerful symphonies that cry out against the brutality of war.

Shostakovich wrote his impassioned 'Leningrad' Symphony during the gruelling 900-day Nazi siege of the city, and its thrillingly dramatic music for a spectacularly huge orchestra has come to symbolise the triumph of the human spirit in times of conflict. The lyrical Sinfonia elegiaca by Polish-born composer Andrzej Panufnik is a poignant expression of consolation for all victims of war.

There's no doubting the orchestra's amazing verve and enthusiasm

The Arts Desk

Karabits: 'an energising presence'

The Daily Telegraph

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  • Running time: 
    2 hours approximately

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Léan Scully EIF Fund

James and Morag Anderson



I, CULTURE Orchestra

Kirill Karabits Conductor

Panufnik Sinfonia elegiaca
Shostakovich Symphony No 7 'Leningrad'

Photo: Sasha Gusov

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Grand circle: £44 £36 £18
Stalls: £44 £36 £27
Upper circle: £25 £18 £12

Current discounts

Under 18s: 50% off
Students: 50% off
Young Scot cardholders: 50% off
Senior citizens: 50% off
Unemployed people: 50% off
Equity/MU cardholders: 50% off