The final concert of Capital City Symphony’s 50th season is a global exploration of national identity as expressed through music. The program opens with Shostakovich’s powerful Symphony No. 5, a multi-layered work expressing both nationalism and oppression under Stalin’s regime. This will be followed by Russell Peck’s Peace Overture, a programmatic tone poem about the struggle for peace that has been performed around the world. In an expression of cultural identity, Danzón No. 2 by Mexican composer Arturo Marquez celebrates the danzón, a musical form which originated in Cuba and became an important part of the national identity of Mexico. The concert concludes with Joan Tower’s Made in America, a work centered around the melodic theme of America the Beautiful; while there are underlying musical struggles, the melody remains resilient. Join us for this powerful conclusion to our 50th season.