Higher Studies in music

University of Louisville

One fine day in November 1959, one of the greatest composers of the 20th century stopped by for lunch at the University of Louisville School of Music. One fine day in November 1959, one of the greatest composers of the 20th century stopped by for lunch at the University of Louisville School of Music.

Dmitri Shostakovich, the leading musical figure of the Soviet Union, was in Louisville as part of a goodwill tour with five other Soviet musical artists at the height of the Cold War. The Louisville Orchestra and guest pianist Eugene List performed his fiery first piano concerto the next night.