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Chopin and His Europe
July 30, 2008    wersja polska »
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More than 200 musical virtuosi are coming to Warsaw from all over the world during the latter half of August to honor Poland's greatest composer and one of the most outstanding pianists of all time, Fryderyk (or Frédéric) Chopin at the 4th International Chopin and His Europe festival.

More than 200 performers will be giving nine symphonic concerts and 15 piano recitals in some of Warsaw's most prestigious venues, including the National Philharmonic, the Wielki Theater, the National Opera, and the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio.

The great Croatian pianist Ivo Pogorelić will be opening the festival Aug. 15 with Chopin's Nocturne in E Minor and Sonata in B Minor, and Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor.

Dutch virtuoso Frans Brüggen and his famous Orchestra of the 18th Century will be performing Aug. 28 and 29. The National Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Antoni Wit will be performing Aug. 26 and 27 and will be closing the festival Aug. 31 with an intriguing concert in which Chopin shares the program with Respighi and Messiaen.

The "debuts" recital on Aug. 27 will be presenting 19-year-old Polish pianist Piotr Różański, winner of the 2006 national Chopin competition.

The Chopin and His Europe festival has been organized by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in conjunction with the National Philharmonic, the Wielki Theater, the National Opera, and public radio station PR2.

Tickets are zl.20-70, available from July 15 at www.ticketonline.pl and July 28 from the National Philharmonic.

For program details, please visit the Fryderyk Chopin Institute's website at www.chopin.nifc.pl or www.nifc.pl

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