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William Drury, Associate Conductor of Wind Ensembles, presides over this program which features one work conducted by student conductor Lina Marcela Gonzalez '14 MM
Hindemith: Symphony in B-flat, op. 51
Lina Marcela Gonzalez '14 M.M conducts
Alfred Reed:Russian Christmas Music (1944)
William Drury, conductor
Elena Firsova (1953—) was born in Leningrad, studied music in Moscow, and was blacklisted in 1979 as one of the "Khrennikov's Seven" at the Sixth Congress of the Union of Soviet Composers for unapproved participation in some festivals of Soviet music in the West. She now lives in the UK. She has composed many works in all genres. Among her pieces are settings of poetry or works inspired by the great Acmeist poets Anna Akhmatova and, particularly, Osip Mandelstam, both of whom were cruelly suppressed by the Soviet regime. Indeed, Mandelstam died in captivity.