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Music Festival Pays Tribute to Górecki
September 2, 2011   
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The 49th Music Festival in the northern city of Bydgoszcz will this year pay tribute to Henryk Górecki, a towering figure in 20th-century classical music.

Górecki reached worldwide commercial and critical success with his Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, released as a homage to Holocaust victims and recorded with celebrated American soprano Dawn Upshaw.

The Bydgoszcz festival, taking place from Sept. 9 to Oct. 7, will provide an opportunity to discover a range of Górecki’s less well-known orchestral and chamber works.

Guest performers include the National Philharmonic Orchestra from Warsaw, celebrated violinist Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, and the Amadeus Orchestra led by Agnieszka Duczmal, the first female conductor to perform in the famous La Scala opera house in Milan.

Musicians from Poland, the United States, Russia, Israel and Venezuela will play numerous works by Górecki, contemporary Polish composers such as Wojciech Kilar and Zbigniew Preisner, as well as masters of classical music including Mahler, Rachmaninoff, Strauss, Vivaldi and Mozart.

Apart from classical works, the festival will highlight the music of the Tatra mountains and Hasidic Judaism, both important inspirations for the Polish composer.

The Moscow Male Jewish Choir will give audiences a taste of the traditional music of Eastern European Jews. The duet of renowned violin player Konstanty Kulka and his daughter Gabriela, a rising star of alternative pop, will provide a further insight into different musical styles and genres.

The musicians playing in Bydgoszcz will also mark the Year of Czesław Miłosz, the world-famous Polish author and Nobel prize winner. Leading jazz musician Włodzimierz Nahorny, his sextet and actor Andrzej Seweryn will present a unique musical interpretation of Miłosz’s poem “Theological Treatise.”
Joanna Kozłowska
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