SOI Encore Presents: Orchestra Iowa's "Tchaikovsky's Pathétique"

Jul 9, 2018

Cellist Laura Usiskin

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features Orchestra Iowa’s “Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique” concert. The orchestra performs works by Sibelius, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky.

Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique has become one of the most performed and beloved symphonies in the repertoire. In 1925 it was chosen by radio listeners as the second most popular symphony of all time, behind Beethoven’s Fifth. This concert also features Swan of Tuonela from Sibelius’ Lemminkainen Suite, and a stellar performance of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 by guest cellist Laura Usiskin. Usiskin has received awards such as Prix d’Instrument at the Écoles d'art Americaines (France), performed with artists such as Emanuel Ax, and has even founded programs such as the Montgomery Music Project which gave lessons to low-income students. She currently teaches at University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham-Southern College and STEP Birmingham. Don’t miss Laura Usiskin with Orchestra Iowa on this Symphonies of Iowa broadcast this Sunday, July 15th at 4 p.m.!


SIBELIUS                              Swan of Tuonela from Lemminkainen Suite

SHOSTAKOVICH                 Cello Concerto No. 1 with Laura Usiskin, cello

TCHAIKOVSKY                   Symphony No. 6 Pathétique