Thursday, Jan. 17 a chamber music program for strings and piano “Spheres of Influence: Shostakovich during WWII” will be at 7:30 p.m. in Max Noah Recital Hall. Violinist Mayumi Masri and cellist Warren Samples of the Alabama Symphony will perform as guest artists alongside faculty: violinist David Johnson, violist William McClain and pianist Owen Lovell. This concert features pieces by Russian composer Dimitri Shostakovich, whose work at times symbolized the repression of artists in the Soviet Union, as well as horrors of Germany’s holocaust and disillusionment of people worldwide of political leaders wielding power in their “spheres of influence.” Intense music fluctuates in moods of anxiety, sadness and brief bouts of triumph and joy. Some Jewish folk tunes are also heard in the trio in E minor. A $10 donation is encouraged. All proceeds benefit music scholarships or the GC Department of Music through GCSU Foundation, Inc. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 478-445-8289.