Shostakovich symphony highlights Columbus Symphony's Russian Winter Festival

Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich's “Symphony No. 7” is a visceral, fervent and, ultimately, triumphant ode to resistance against totalitarianism. The composer remained in Leningrad during the invasion by Nazi Germany, completed the work amid massive shelling and premiered it in the city during Nazi occupation. But the work was undertaken with a covert indictment of the composer's home nation's government, as well. The Columbus Symphony kicks off this year's Russian Winter Festival with this landmark piece of symphonic literature.