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The Sinfonia Varsovia's Birthday Concert / James Carter

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15 March 2020 at 7 PM
Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera in Warsaw

A man considered to be one of the world’s greatest jazz saxophonists, a student of the legendary Lester Bowie - James Carter will perform at the Sinfonia Varsovia's birthday concert on 15 March at Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera. This will be the first Polish performance of Roberto Sierra’s Concerto for saxophones and orchestra, which was written specifically for the American musician and recorded as a studio album featuring an orchestra a few years ago. During that special evening the players will be led by a Serbian conductor, Aleksandar Marković.

On 15 March Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera will host the first Polish performance of the famous work which, years ago, caused the musical paths of the jazz star James Carter and Sinfonia Varsovia to cross. The piece, written for the saxophone, which is rare in classical solo compositions, combines jazz with classical and Latino music and underlines the long-term cooperation of the orchestra with the jazz community. The piece’s world premiere, which took place in 2002 in Detroit, was a huge success, resulting in its popularity in the broader musical community and the recording of an album.

The shared history of the orchestra with jazzman James Carter started when he recorded Concerto for saxophones and orchestra at the The Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, a piece written especially for him by Robeto Sierra, in cooperation with Michael Cuscun, a producer recording Dave Brubeck and the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and sound director Jim Anderson. The piece, which features improvised parts for the tenor and soprano saxophone, became an opportunity for virtuosic, free-jazz-like expression by the soloist. As Carter said himself, “the concerto balances composed music, improvised music, and cadences.”

The musical collaboration between Sinfonia Varsovia and the American saxophone virtuoso resulted in Carribean Rhapsody, an album of the Puertorican composer’s music. Released in 2011 by the prestigious Universal Music Group, it was met with enthusiasm by music critics at home and abroad.

The premiere of Sierra’s concerto will be led by the Serbian conductor Aleksandar Marković, a name well-known to Warsaw audiences who attended the La Folle Journee festival. Moreover, the anniversary concert will feature performances of the music from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, "The Dream of Jacob" by Krzysztof Penderecki, the orchestra’s artistic director, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor, a brilliant example of Russian romantic symphony.


Tickets priced at 30-110 PLN are available at


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