Between Shostakovich’s precocious Symphony No. 1 and the dark, valedictory Symphony No. 15 lies a remarkably varied group of works. Some are of great length and ambition, others are more intimate. These symphonies are often regarded as autobiographical, reflecting the composer’s reactions to the tumultuous and often harrowing times in which he lived. Together in this conversation with University of Washington Professor Emeritus Dr. Larry Starr, we’ll go beyond musical autobiography, to examine broad aspects of 20th-century life and history that left their mark on the music, and that still resonate in the complex and challenging world of today.