Time’s Echo Live: An Exploration of Music, War and Memory (Festival Day TWO)

October 29, 2023 at 4 and 6 pm — Second Day of a Two-Day Festival

Goethe-Institut, 170 Beacon Street, Boston


TIME’S ECHO LIVE is a two-day festival of words and music exploring music’s power and promise as a bridge to eras past. Led by author and critic Jeremy Eichler and produced by BroadBand Collaborative, it consists of four programs (details below), each of which spotlight a single composer, opening up their life and art across the years of the Second World War and probing their unique approach to musical memory. Each program will also introduce new perspectives on the art of listening, and will feature a live performance by members of the Borromeo String Quartet and friends. Please join us for any combination of individual programs, or for an expansive journey across all four events.


A limited number of tickets are available here

Sunday events are listed below — for Saturday events, please see Day One


Day Two: October 29


III. Pacifist Amidst the Ruins: Benjamin Britten and the Angels of History (SOLD OUT)

(Sunday, October 29th at 4pm)

Words: Britten was one of the century’s greatest musical pacifists, the consummate insider who saw himself as an outsider, and a man (in Yehudi Menuhin’s description) who possessed “a profound sense of community with the suffering world.” Our third program recounts Britten’s zero hour of the soul — his extraordinary recital tour of Germany’s Displaced Person camps in July 1945 — and unlocks the secrets of his celebrated War Requiem.

Music: Britten, Chacony from String Quartet No. 2.


Nicholas Kitchen, violin
Kristopher Tong, violin
Nicholas Cords, viola
Yeesun Kim, cello


IV. Heart, Mouth and Wound: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Memory of Forgetting

(Sunday, October 29th at 6pm)

Words: Through his life and through his art, Shostakovich bore powerful witness to the great tragedy of the Soviet utopian experiment. Our final program opens up both his astonishing wartime music (including his Piano Trio No. 2) and his courageous attempts to shatter his country’s own postwar amnesia through his Babi Yar Symphony. We conclude with a glimpse into his relationship with Britten – one of the century’s most beautiful musical friendships — and a visit to his Fourteenth Symphony, a meditation on themes of art, immortality, and farewell.

Music: Shostakovich, Piano Trio No. 2 in E-minor, Op. 67


Nicholas Kitchen, violin
Yeesun Kim, cello
Tae Kim, piano

A limited number of tickets for the 6pm program are available here

For Saturday events, please see Day One