Monday, October 22, 2012

MUSIC: Warsaw Philharmonic on US Tour

The Warsaw Philharmonic, one of Poland's largest and premier musical institutions, returns to the United States under the direction of Antoni Wit with a 17-concert US tour that began in Worcester, MA and ends in San Francisco. The orchestra will be joined by 25-year-old Yulianna Avdeeva, the 2010 winner of the 16th International Fryderyk Chopin Competition in Warsaw – the first woman to win this competition in 45 years.

   The Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra (Orkiestra Filharmonii Narodowej w Warszawie was established in 1901 on the initiative of an assembly of Polish aristocrats and financiers, as well as musicians. The first concert featured the world-famous pianist, composer and future statesman Ignacy Jan Paderewski.  Between 1901 and the outbreak of World War II in 1939, outstanding soloists and conductors from all over the world performed with the orchestra.

   World War II interrupted the Philharmonic's activity and robbed the orchestra of much of its prominence in European musical life. The orchestra lost half its members to the war, as well as its elegant building, modeled after the Paris Opera.  Although the orchestra resumed its regular season in 1947-48, it had to wait until 1955 for its home to be finally rebuilt in a new style. When the building was dedicated on February 21, the Philharmonic was proclaimed the “National Orchestra of Poland.” 

   The conductor Witold Rowicki was responsible for helping modernize the ensemble and ensuring the orchestra cultivated Polish music both old and recent, while refining its mastery of the world repertoire. Apart from outstanding Polish artists, the Warsaw Philharmonic has hosted many eminent artists from
all over the world.

   In addition to its concerts already performed in Worcester-MA, Greenvale, NY and New Brunswick, NJ the following is a schedule of upcoming concert appearances:

·         Amherst, MA - October 22, 7:30 pm (6:30 pm: pre-performance talk): Fine Arts Center Concert Hall at University Of Massachusetts – 151 Presidents Drive; (presented by University of Massachusetts Amherst Fine Arts Center and the Polish Cultural Institute New York)

·         Storrs, CT - October 23, 7:30 pm: Jorgensen Auditorium at University of Connecticut2132 Hillside Rd.;

·         Annapolis, MD - October 25, 7:30 pm: Alumni Hall at United States Naval Academy;

·         Lansdale, PA - October 27, 8:00 pm: North Penn High School 1340 Valley Forge Rd.

·         Purchase, NY - October 28, 3:00 pm: The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College – 735 Anderson Hill Rd.;

·         Troy, NY - October 29, 7:30 pm: Troy Savings Bank Music Hall32 Second Street;

·         Athens, GA - November 1, 8:00 pm: Hugh Hodgson Hall – 230 River Rd.;

·         Atlanta, GA - November 2, 8:00 pm: Schwartz Center for Performing Arts/Cherry Logan Emerson Concert Hall – 1700 North Decatur Rd. NE;

·         Charleston, SC - November 3, 7:00 pm: Sottile Theater at College of Charleston – 66 George St.;

·         Gainesville, FL - November 4, 7:30 pm: Curtis M. Phillips Arts Center – 315 Hull Rd.;

·         Aliso Viejo, CA - November 7, 8:00 pm: Soka Performing Arts Center1 University Drive;

·         Northridge, CA - November 8, 8:00 pm: Valley Performing Arts Center – 18111 Nordhoff St.;

·         San Francisco, CA -November 11 & 12, 7:00 pm: Davies Symphony Hall – Grove Street at Van Ness Ave.;

   The program includes: Witold Lutoslawski - Little Suite, Fryderyk Chopin - Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21, and Antonin Dvorak - Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88.

   The tour is under the auspices of Columbia Artists Management Inc; for more information: