Award-winning author M.T. Anderson comes to Providence Public Library

National Book Award-winning Author M. T. Anderson to visit Providence Public Library, Sunday, April 17
Celebrated Arneis Quartet of Boston will accompany and perform Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8
-- Providence Public Library proudly welcomes National Book Award winning author M.T. Anderson, who will present from his newest work Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad, on Sunday, April 17.  Following his presentation, he will introduce a performance of Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 by the celebrated Arneis Quartet of Boston.
“This is the second time Mr. Anderson and the Arneis Quartet have collaborated to present Shostakovich’s music together, and we are extremely proud to be able to bring this exciting performance to Rhode Island and Providence Public Library,” said Jack Martin, PPL director. 
The program is free and open to the public.  It will be held from 2:30 – 4:00 pm in the Library’s Auditorium (3rd floor), 150 Empire Street, Providence.  More info at:

Symphony for the City of the Dead has been praised in The New York Times, was nominated for the long list for the National Book Award, and has received four starred reviews.
From the Kirkus Review, “The storytelling is captivating, describing how Shostakovich began composing the symphony under relentless bombardment in Leningrad and later finished it in Moscow, its triumphant performance in Leningrad during the siege, and how it rallied worldwide sympathy for Russia’s plight. Music is at the heart of the story. As Anderson writes in the prologue, ‘it is a story about the power of music and its meanings,’ and he communicates them with seeming effortlessness in this brilliantly written, impeccably researched tour de force. A triumphant story of bravery and defiance that will shock and inspire.”

The Arneis Quartet has gained equally high praise from the Boston Musical Intelligencer, “As a relatively young quartet, they have already achieved something it often takes years to develop: a unique, collective sound which is as warm and full of sparkle as liquid gold.”
Barrington Books will be selling copies of Symphony for the City of the Dead at this event and there will be a meeting and signing opportunity following the performance.

(release from Providence Public Library) 

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