The young Dim­itri The Emer­son String Quar­tet will col­lab­o­rate with sev­en actors a new the­atri­cal real­iza­tion, “Shostakovich and The Black Monk: A Russ­ian Fan­ta­sy” at the Sei­ji Oza­wa Hall on Wednes­day, July th at PM. Co-com­mis­sioned by Tan­gle­wood Music Fes­ti­val, the Great Lakes Cham­ber Music Fes­ti­val and Prince­ton Uni­ver­si­ty Con­certs, the con­cept pre­miered at the Great Lakes Cham­ber Music Fes­ti­val on last month. James Gloss­man, wrote and direct­ed time­ly and inter­est­ing dis­course on the sup­pres­sive influ­ence on cul­ture Stalin’s Rus­sia. A fan­ta­sy based on Shostakovich’s 50-year obses­sion with cre­at­ing an opera from Anton Chekhov’s short sto­ry, “The Black Monk,” this musi­cal play treats the composer’s life-long strug­gle for free­dom and san­i­ty against his own demons. Described by James Gloss­man as a “ Valen­tine to the human ‚” it reflects on the sar­cas­tic Russ­ian reac­tions which inspired Shostakovich. The -adapter and the found­ing vio­lin­ist from the quar­tet both respond­ed to our ques­tions. BMInt : Phil, how did this project come about? Philip Set­zer : Chekhov wrote, “When a per­son is born, he can embark on only one of three roads life: if you go to the right, the wolves will eat you; […]