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Celebrating Lutosławski
February 4, 2009 By P.M.     wersja polska »
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The second half of February at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw will focus on Witold Lutosławski, one of the greatest Polish composers.

This year's 13th Lutosławski Forum, lasting five days, will feature works by Michael Tippet and Kurt Weill as well as work by the great composer himself, such as the Concert for Orchestra.

Pieces by Tippet, including the Concerto for Double String Orchestra, can be heard during the inaugural concert, as well as the Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra op. 12, by Weill, who is widely known for the music he composed for Bertolt Brecht's plays as well as later film scores. Solo violin will be played by Anthony Marwood, director of the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Shannon International Music Festival, and the whole will be conducted by Ruben Gamba, artistic director of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra.

The Lutosławski Forum has been organized since 1994. Its initiator was Kazimierz Kord, then director of the National Philharmonic, who asked the great composer himself to act as patron to a cycle of concerts presenting the greatest achievements in contemporary music. Lutosławski himself drew up a list of 20th-century works, his canon in a sense, which are presented at each subsequent forum.

13th Lutosławski Forum

Feb. 14-26
National Philharmonic, 10 Sienkiewicza St. Warsaw
Program: www.filharmonia.pl

Feb. 14
6 p.m., Koncertowa Hall
National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Rumon Gamba, conductor, Anthony Marwood, solo violin
Program: Michael Tippett, Kurt Weill, Witold Lutosławski

Feb. 15
6 p.m., Kameralna Hall
Lutosławski Award 2008
Winners of the Witold Lutosławski composition contest

Feb. 16
7 p.m., Kameralna Hall
Chamber concert, 100th anniversary of the birth of Grażyna Bacewicz
National Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Program: Grażyna Bacewicz

Feb. 17
7 p.m., Koncertowa Hall
Choir concert
National Philharmonic Choir, Kazimierz Bukat, conductor, Henryk Wojnarowski, choir conductor, instrumental ensemble: Ewa Wilczyńska, piano, Roman Szlaużys, organ
Program: James Tavener, Marian Sawa, Krzysztof Penderecki, Igor Stravinsky, Benjamin Britten

Feb. 18
7 p.m., Sala Koncertowa
Chamber concert
Urszula Kryger, mezzosoprano, Jadwiga Rappe, alto, Alina Mleczko, saxophone, Stanisław Skoczyński, percussion, Jarosław Malanowicz, organs
Program: Sielicki, Bargielski, Pstrokońska-Nawratil, Lutosławski, Czyż, Kurylewicz, Moryto

Feb. 18
7 p.m., Kameralna Hall
Thursday Musical Encounters
Kwadrofonik: Emilia Sitarz, piano, Bartłomiej W±sik, piano, Magdalena Kordylasińska, percussion, Miłosz Pękala, percussion
Program: Witold Lutosławski, Bela Bartok, George Crumb

Feb. 20
7 p.m., Koncertowa Hall
100th anniversary of the birth of Grażyna Bacewicz
National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Wojciech Michniewski, conductor, Pierre Amoyal, solo violin
Program: Arthur Honegger, Grażyna Bacewicz, Henri Dutilleux, Claude Debussy

Feb. 26
7 p.m., Koncertowa Hall, Witold Lutosławski Cello Contest Finals
National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Krzysztof Urbański, conductor, Contest Finalists, Joseph Haydn, Robert Schumann, Witold Lutosławski
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