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Chopin Festival
July 29, 2009   
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The 5th Chopin and His Europe International Music Festival begins
in Warsaw Aug. 16.


The Fryderyk Chopin Institute held the festival for the first time in 2005 to highlight the cultural context that inspired the great Polish composer and molded his style. The event also focuses on Chopin's links with other composers.

This year's festival, held under the motto "From Staier to Staier," will feature German musician Andreas Staier, a virtuoso of the modern piano and vintage harpsichord. Staier will perform four times during the festival, giving two concerts with singer Christoph Prégardien (Winter Journey, a cycle of 24 songs written by Franz Schubert to poems by Wilhelm Müller, followed by lyrical poems by Schubert, Burgmüller and Schumann, and a selection of songs by Chopin sung in German) and one with the Concerto Köln ensemble (Third Concerto by Field). Staier will also play a recital that will feature nocturnes by Field and works by Clementi, Schubert and Schumann.

The festival will last 16 days over which time the audiences will hear 24 concerts featuring more than 300 performers, including the Orchestra of the 18th Century, Orchestre des Champs-Elysees, Concerto Köln, the National Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Philippe Herreweghe, Antoni Wit, Frans Brüggen, Jacek Kaspszyk, and Howard Shelley, in addition to Warsaw Chopin Competition winners Martha Argerich, Emanuel Ax, and Garrick Ohlsson.

The festival is held under the auspices of President Lech Kaczyñski, Culture and National Heritage Minister Bogdan Zdrojewski, and Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz.

Tickets available at www.ticketonline.pl (from July 15) and the National Philharmonic ticket office (from July 27).
Price details at
http://pl.chopin.nifc.pl/festival/edition2009/programme


Festival events:
Sunday, Aug. 16
7:30 p.m.: Symphony concert
National Philharmonic, Concert Hall
Alexander Melnikov (historic piano), Concerto Köln

Monday, Aug. 17
5 p.m.: Piano recital
Witold Lutos³awski Polish Radio Concert Studio
Alexander Melnikov (historic piano)
7:30 p.m: Symphony concert
National Philharmonic, Concert Hall
Andreas Staier (historic piano), Concerto Köln
Tuesday, Aug. 18
7:30 p.m.: Piano recital
Witold Lutos³awski Polish Radio Concert Studio
Ewa Kupiec (piano)
Wednesday, Aug. 19
5 p.m.: Piano recital
Witold Lutos³awski Polish Radio Concert Studio
Magdalena Lisak (piano)
7:30 p.m.: Vocal recital
Witold Lutos³awski Polish Radio Concert Studio
Christoph Pregardien (tenor), Andreas Staier (historic piano)
Thursday, Aug. 20
5 p.m.: Piano recital
Witold Lutos³awski Polish Radio Concert Studio
Andreas Staier (historic piano)
7:30 p.m.: Symphony concert
National Philharmonic, Concert Hall
Howard Shelley (piano/conductor), Jan Lisiecki (piano), Sinfonia Varsovia
Friday, Aug. 21
5 p.m.: Piano recital
National Philharmonic, Chamber Hall
Alexey Zouev (historic piano)
7:30 p.m.: Vocal recital
Witold Lutos³awski Polish Radio Concert Studio
Christoph Pregardien (tenor), Andreas Staier (historic piano)
Saturday, Aug. 22
5 p.m.: Chamber concert
National Philharmonic, Chamber Hall
Nikolai Lugansky (piano), Vadim Rudenko (piano)
7:30 p.m.: Symphony concert
National Philharmonic, Concert Hall
Renaud Capucon (violin), Gautier Capucon (cello), Martha Argerich (piano), Sinfonia Varsovia, Jacek Kaspszyk (conductor)
Sunday, Aug. 23
Noon: Special concert for adults and children
Wielki Theater/National Opera
Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Brüggen (conductor)
5 p.m.: Rehearsal with audience
Wielki Theater/National Opera
Aimi Kobayashi (historic piano), Frans Brüggen (conductor), Orchestra of the 18th Century
7:30 p.m.: Symphony concert
National Philharmonic, Concert Hall
Renaud Capuæon (violin), Gautier Capuæon (cello), Nelson Goerner (piano), Martha Argerich (piano), Sinfonia Varsovia, Jacek Kaspszyk (conductor)
Monday, Aug. 24
7:30 p.m.: Symphony concert
Wielki Theater/National Opera
Aimi Kobayashi (historic piano), Frans Brüggen (conductor), Orchestra of the 18th Century
Tuesday, Aug. 25
5 p.m.: Piano recital
National Philharmonic, Chamber Hall
Paolo Giacometti (piano)
7:30 p.m.: Piano recital
National Philharmonic, Concert Hall
Garrick Ohlsson
Wednesday, Aug. 26
5 p.m. Piano recital
National Philharmonic, Chamber Hall
Sergey Kasprov (historic and contemporary piano)
7:30 p.m.: Songs Evening
National Philharmonic, Chamber Hall
Iwona Sobotka (soprano), Ewa Pob³ocka (piano)
Thursday, Aug. 27
7:30 p.m.: Piano recital
National Philharmonic, Concert Hall
Emanuel Ax (piano)
Friday, Aug. 28
7:30 p.m.: Symphony concert
National Philharmonic, Concert Hall
Emanuel Ax (piano), Marta Kowalczyk (violin), National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Antoni Wit (conductor)
Saturday, Aug. 29
7:30 p.m.: Symphony concert
Wielki Theater/National Opera
Janusz Olejniczak (piano), Orchestre des Champs-Elysees, Philippe Herreweghe (conductor)
Sunday, Aug. 30
7:30 p.m.: Symphony concert
Wielki Theater/National Opera
Soloists, Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestre des Champs-Elysees, Philippe Herreweghe (conductor)
Monday, Aug. 31
7:30 p.m.: Symphony concert. Closing of the festival.
National Philharmonic, Concert Hall
Eldar Nebolsin (piano), National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra,Antoni Wit (conductor).
The full program, complete with a list of music works that will be performed during the festival, is available at the Fryderyk Chopin Institute website at
http://pl.chopin.nifc.pl
M.B.
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