Wayne State University Student Reviews


World premiere on the DIA's Detroit Film Theatre Stage

Saturday, June 17 at 8 p.m.



With the stroke of a pen, the Soviet regime undermined the career of one of the most prominent composers of the 20th century. In a bold intersection of chamber music and theater starring Len Cariou and Jay O. Sanders with the Emerson String Quartet, witness the trials and redemption of Dmitri Shostakovich’s obsessive quest to create an opera based on Anton Chekhov’s mystical tale: The Black Monk.

Join us for the world premiere of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival’s most ambitious production to date. “Shostakovich and The Black Monk: A Russian Fantasy” comes from the minds of acclaimed theatrical director, James Glossman, and Emerson String Quartet member, Philip Setzer. Experience the world premiere production before a national tour with subsequent performances beginning at Tanglewood and Princeton University.


Tickets: $40, Reserved | $20, General Admission | $10, 35 and Under

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About the Production

Dmitri Shostakovich dreamed of creating an opera based on Chekhov's mystical tale, The Black Monk. Decades of suffering under political attacks within an oppressive Soviet regime wreaked havoc on the composer’s life, leaving the work ultimately unfinished. Haunted by the looming aftermath of Stalin’s totalitarian reign, Shostakovich is left with a deteriorating body and mind, struggling to complete his life’s work. In a bold intersection of chamber music and theater, witness the trials and redemption of one man’s obsession as the Emerson String Quartet and a cast of actors tell this story through the eyes of Shostakovich himself.


"Shostakovich and The Black Monk: A Russian Fantasy" is presented in cooperation with Wayne State University and the Detroit Institute of Arts with support from the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. Support for activities at Wayne State University is provided by the Charles H. Gershenson Trust, Maurice S. Binkow, Trustee and the following Wayne State University programs and departments: Office of International ProgramsHonors CollegeCollege of Liberal Arts and SciencesCollege of Fine, Performing, and Communication ArtsOffice of the Vice President for Researchthe Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Global Studies Program and Humanities Center. The appearance of the Emerson String Quartet is supported by Linda and Maurice Binkow.”