MASTERWORKS: Resisting Fate

Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 4 PM

Kresge Auditorium at MIT

Featuring Cambridge Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 5 in E minor

On the Waterfront Symphonic Suite


Piotr Tchaikovsky

Leonard Bernstein

Maurice Ravel



In his notes for his Fifth Symphony, Tchaikovsky scribbled a line about “the complete resignation of fate.” Though not programmatic, his Symphony No. 5 can be seen as a journey from that resignation to an eventual climactic triumph.


Similarly, Elia Kazan’s 1954 movie On the Waterfront follows a dockworker who famously “could have been a contender,” now speaking out against organized crime and challenging a system stacked against the common man. Leonard Bernstein’s impassioned film score elevates this one man’s crusade to the level of the universal.


The program continues with Ravel’s much-loved Boléro, a stirring dance propelled by an unceasing crescendo. Please join the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra for a powerful concert celebrating the triumphant work of three legendary composers.


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The Cambridge Symphony Orchestra thanks the Massachusetts Cultural Council for supporting our 2016-17 season.


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