Sinfonia Varsovia’s activities in November include a concert tour of South Korea and two concerts during a festival to celebrate the birthday of its artistic director, Krzysztof Penderecki. Meanwhile, the Orchestra’s home at Grochowska Street hosts another concert in the Sinfonia Varsovia Chamber Music cycle and Smykofonia at Grochowska Street.
The Krzysztof Penderecki Festival is the culmination of many months’ events celebrating the 85th birthday of the icon of Polish contemporary music. Many distinguished soloists, conductors and ensembles with a long history of cooperation with the Maestro will visit Warsaw. The musicians of Sinfonia Varsovia, of which Penderecki is the artistic director, hold a special place in this company. The Orchestra will appear at the Festival twice. On 17 November at the National Philharmonic, the conductor’s podium will be occupied respectively by Wojciech Rajski, Sergey Smbatyan and Andres Mustonen. The programme of the concert includes Symphony No. 6 “Chinesische Lieder”, Symphony No. 2 “Christmas” and Piano Concerto “Resurrection”. The soloists are Stephan Genz (baritone), Zen Hu (erhu) and Mūza Rubackytė (piano). Tickets are available at www.beethoven.org.pl.
An even larger cast of performers will appear on the stage of Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera during the gala final concert of the Festival, on 23 November – Krzysztof Penderecki’s birthday. The event will involve 7 soloists, 3 choirs and 4 conductors, including Krzysztof Penderecki himself. The programme consists of three works: Violin Concerto No. 2 “Metamorphoses”, with Anne-Sophie Mutter as soloist, Concerto grosso for three cellos and orchestra and one of the composer’s newest works, the monumental oratorio Dies illa from 2014. Tickets are available at www.beethoven.org.pl
Before the Warsaw Festival begins, the musicians of Sinfonia Varsovia will travel to East Asia. After October’s tour of China, the musicians will fly to South Korea as part of the celebration of Poland’s 100th anniversary of regaining its independence. On 10 November the Orchestra will perform in the city of Ulsan and on 11 November in the Lotte Concert Hall in Seoul. The programme of both concerts includes Polish and Korean music. Apart from Mieczysław Karłowicz’s symphonic poem Returning Waves Op. 9, the Orchestra will perform Karol Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater, and Sinfonia da Requiem written by Korean composer Jeajoon Ryu, who completed his education in Cracow under the tutelage of Krzysztof Penderecki. Conducted by Grzegorz Nowak, Sinfonia Varsovia will play together with the National Chorus of Korea and three Korean soloists – Myung-Joo Lee (soprano), Jae-Eun Paik (alto) and Chae-Il Kim (bass-baritone). The concerts have been financed from the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage under the NIEPODLEGŁA Long-term Programme for the years 2017-2021.
At the end of the month the Orchestra will also appear in Katowice at the Górecki – Penderecki Festival. This will be Sinfonia Varsovia’s first concert in the now-famous concert hall of the National Symphony Orchestra of Polish Radio in Katowice. Under the direction of Maciej Tworek, the musicians will perform Symphony No. 2 “Christmas”, while Sergey Smbatyan will conduct Violin Concerto No. 2 “Metamorphoses” with Korean soloist Ye-Eun Choi. Tickets for this event are available at www.nospr.org.pl.
Several interesting events are scheduled to take place in November in Sinfonia Varsovia’s home at 272 Grochowska Street. The programme of the penultimate concert in the Sinfonia Varsovia Chamber Music series will also be linked to this month’s central figure – Krzysztof Penderecki. We will have an opportunity to hear two works from the composer’s vast repertoire of chamber music: the Sonata for violin and piano and Ciaccona arranged for violin and cello. The programme also includes Witold Lutosławski’s Partita and Andrzej Panufnik’s Piano Trio. These works will be performed by Sinfonia Varsovia’s concertmaster Jakub Haufa and cellist Kamil Mysiński, with a guest appearance by Michał Francuz (piano).
November’s Smykofonia at Grochowska Street concerts are scheduled to take place on the first and last weekend of the month. The theme of the first meeting (3-4 November) is borrowed from the words of Fryderyk Chopin’s song Wish: “If I were a bird from this grove”. Musical games for children aged 0 to 5 will move along to the rhythm of music by Chopin, but also by Witold Lutosławski and Stanisław Moniuszko. On 24 and 25 November, Smykofonia’s theme is “Fairy Tales on St. Andrew’s Eve”. We will have an opportunity to hear well-known melodies from favourite fairy tales, including Snow White, Pocahontas, Winnie the Pooh, Miś Uszatek, Reksio and the Smurfs.
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