On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of legendary violinist-conductor Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Sinfonia Varsovia will pay homage to its first guest conductor. There will be a number of exceptional events to commemorate the Maestro.
The legendary violinist Yehudi Menuhin arrived in Poland as soloist and conductor in April of 1984 at the invitation of Waldemar Dąbrowski and Franciszek Wybrańczyk, director of the then extant Polish Chamber Orchestra. To match the exigencies of the planned repertoire, the orchestra increased the number of its members, inviting renowned musicians from all over Poland to perform together. The ensemble’s initial concerts under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin were enthusiastically applauded by audiences and praised by critics, while Menuhin himself did not hesitate to accept Waldemar Dąbrowski’s and Franciszek Wybrańczyk’s proposal to become the first guest conductor of the newly established symphony orchestra bearing the name of Sinfonia Varsovia.
Celebrations of Yehudi Menuhin’s 100th birthday anniversary will begin with the concert on 3 April in Teatr Wielki – the National Opera, during which the soloist will be Leland Chen – Menuhin’s student who accompanied the Maestro as a young beginner 32 years ago during a concert at the National Philharmonic Concert Hall. Now, Leland Chen has invited Darwin Chang – the thirteen year-old student of the famous Menuhin School. The concert will feature works by Rossini, Sibelius, Bach and Elgar.
The next event will be a concert on 25 May at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, featuring a performance of Panufnik’s violin concerto – an exceptional work, because it was written by the composer especially for Yehudi Menuhin. The soloist will be Jakub Haufa, accompanied by the Sinfonia Varsovia conducted by Jerzy Maksymiuk.
The crowning event in the homage paid to the great violinist and conductor will be performances by students of the famous British Yehudi Menuhin School. Young musicians will play in the Orchestra’s home in two concerts held as part of the Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street cycle on 28 May and 25 June.
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