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Masterpieces of Polish Music with Conductor Mirosław Błaszczyk

Masterpieces of Polish Music with Conductor Mirosław Błaszczyk


On December 13th, Saturday, the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra will perform under the baton of Maestro from Poland and an artistic director of the Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra Mirosław Błaszczyk, who has been awarded with the Mayor of Kątowice Cultural Award for interpretation and promotion of Polish music worldwide. M. Błaszczyk dedicates the concert to Polish music and the programme features select masterpieces of the Polish composers.

The concert programme includes Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 1 by the genius of Romanticism Fryderyk Chopin, an enchanting fantastic overture Bajka (A Fairy Tale) by Stanisław Moniuszko and a monumental symphony by Witold Lutosławski, one of the foremost composers of the 20th century.

Another guest of the concert is Eugene Indjič, a French and American pianist born in Belgrade. Prize-winner of three international contests – Warsaw (1970), Leeds (1972), and Rubinstein (1974), Indjič continues to play regularly on great world stages such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Queen Elisabeth Hall, the Concertgebouw, the Musikverein, Salle Pleyel and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Tchaikovsky Hall, La Scala, etc.; he has recorded for Polskie Nagrania / Muza, Sony, RCA Victor, Claves and Calliope and Arte Nova Classics. The pianist has played in Vilnius in the past and this time he returns to perform the Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 by the ‘poet of the piano’ and one of the subtlest lyrists of the 19th century Fryderyk Chopin. The music bursts with deep emotions and a variety of moods and it is no surprise that with this piece Chopin had once fascinated Warsaw and enthralled Vienna and Paris.

The concert will continue with one of the best known instrumental works by Stanisław Moniuszko – thefantastic overture Bajka (A Fairy Tale) composed in Vilnius during 1847-1848. After its sparkling premiere in Vilnius on May 1st 1848, this gem of Polish music soon gained popularity. That year, the composer’s famous opera Halka (concert performance of the first version) was also performed in Vilnius for the first time – it is regarded as the first Polish national opera.

The programme dedicated to Polish music will end with Witold Lutosławski’s Symphony No. 4. Composed at the commission of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the symphony was premiered in 1993 in the United States, with composer himself conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Lutosławski wrote the symphony for four years, from 1988 to 1992. Although the piece only lasts 20-25 minutes and comes in one continuous movement, the researchers of composer’s music claim that its form and concept (introduction and major themes) are typical of many scores of the composer, including his Second and Third symphonies, and well represent the characteristic style of the great 20th century Polish composer

The concert of the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, pianist Eugene Indjič and conductor Mirosław Błaszczyk will take place at the Grand Hall of the Philharmonic. The concert begins at 7pm.

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