Sunday, 15.04.2018 6:00 p.m.
Teatr Wielki – the National Opera
Sinfonia Varsovia is 34 years old! On this occasion the Orchestra would like to invite everyone to a gala concert on 15 April to Teatr Wielki – the National Opera. We will hear birthday renditions of works by Feliks Nowowiejski, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Krzysztof Penderecki, the ensemble’s artistic director. That evening, the Orchestra will be accompanied on stage by excellent violinist Bomsori Kim, conducted by maestro Grzegorz Nowak.
The birthday concert will begin with the Overture to Feliks Nowowiejski’s opera “Legenda Bałtyku” [The Legend of the Baltic] (1924). The opera was a great success from the day of its first performance, quickly attaining the status of a work of national importance. The opera draws on the rich tradition of Italian and German opera and contains elements of the Polish folk tradition and proto-Slavic myth. It is an outstanding demonstration of the composer’s art. In the course of the recently celebrated Feliks Nowowiejski Year, Sinfonia Varsovia has contributed significantly to reinstate and promote the composer’s forgotten music. The Orchestra made recordings of the composer’s ballet music and has also recorded the monumental oratorio "The Finding of the Holy Cross".
The second work to be performed in the auditorium of Teatr Wielki – the National Opera will be Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major Op. 35 (1879). The Russian composer’s work is one of the most important positions in the world repertoire, at the same time being one of the most difficult to play. The first performance did not generate positive opinions of the critics and Leopold Auer, to whom the work was dedicated refused to play it. Nevertheless, today there is absolutely no doubt that this is a masterpiece. The soloist will be the excellent South Korean violinist Bomsori Kim – 2nd place winner and winner of many special prizes at the 15th Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition in 2016.
The evening would not be complete without a work written by the Orchestra’s artistic director Krzysztof Penderecki. The ensemble will play the composer’s Symphony No. 4 "Adagio" (1989), commissioned by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to commemorate the 200th anniversary of adopting the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. The work is in one part and draws on the greatest tradition of 19th century symphonic writing. Penderecki’s neo-romantic work has garnered great acclaim – winning the composer the prestigious Grawemeyer Award – one of the most important prizes for living contemporary music composers.
The concert is organised jointly with Teatr Wielki – the National Opera
Tickets priced from 30 to 110 zł are available at www.eventim.pl
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