This three-week festival
— interpreting Shostakovich the man, Shostakovich the composer, and specific Shostakovich compositions—was developed by composer and conductor Angel Gil-Ordóñez
and musicologist and producer Joseph Horowitz
-- and is comprised of three concerts at the National Gallery of Art, Dumbarton Concerts, and Georgetown University, as well as four film events at the National Gallery with musical preludes and a biography-themed seminar. The participants include Solomon Volkov, author of Shostakovich's memoirs; the eminent British filmmaker Tony Palmer; film historian Peter Rollberg; and music historian Roy Guenther.
Starting this autumn, Mr. Gil-Ordóñez will serve as the Music Director of the Georgetown University Orchestra. Their fall concert will feature music of Beethoven, Chaikovsky, and Musorgsky as orchestrated by Shostakovich.