Where we feel the dangers of everyday existence, let us a tell a true story of hope.
The Conductor is an award-winning piece of symphonic theatre: a tale told by 3 performers, and the music of Dmitri Shostakovich. His “Leningrad Symphony” is performed live, on-stage, as the story of what brought it into being is carried to life around a piano.
On August 9, 1942, the battered, starving Radio Orchestra of Leningrad, all with nothing left to lose, brought music to the people when they needed it most.
This is a story of familial bonds tested under the threat of annihilation. It is the story of ordinary individuals, flawed and hopeless, who carried the spark of extraordinary deeds. And it is the story of one’s right to life. They did not know why they suffered, and they did not know when help would come, nor from where. They prayed, and they watched the skies.
This is the true story of how, for a moment, their prayers were answered.