What is the relation between art, especially musical art, and totalitarianism? How can the totalitarian regime deal with music and how can music deal with the regime? The musical-literary-film project of the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra realized in cooperation with the Pilsen 2015 project, the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art and the Institute for the Studies of Totalitarian Regimes opened the doors to understanding the relation between classical music and the totalitarian regime.
"Artist and Totalitarianism" is a project commemorating the fight against totalitarianism, combining music and fine arts in multi-media projections, situated, quite logically, on university soil, as it was the revolt of universities that opened the way to democracy in the Czech state more than a quarter of a century ago.
The concert took place as part of the 17 November celebrations and the audience listened to parts of Symphony No. 4 in C minor by Dmitri Shostakovich (1935–36, labelled by the Stalinist critique as vulgar naturalism; the next performance was not until 1961) performed by the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra with its Chief Conductor Tomáš Brauner. The concert included multimedia production using documentary materials, both text and visual, chosen in collaboration with The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, combined with music and speech. Projections, poster cycles and computer graphics were created on the basis of archival documents and presented in a compiled programme. The audience also listened to chamber music compositions performed by Czech Nonet.