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Early Meets Contemporary
April 26, 2012   
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The annual Warsaw Music Encounters festival, held in Warsaw May 12-19 this year, is the first and only festival of its kind that combines early and new music.

Works played during the festival include music from the Renaissance, Baroque and other periods, all the way to contemporary times.

This combination provides an opportunity for many early music enthusiasts to become acquainted with contemporary music and discover that they may even like it. The festival’s popularity among Polish and foreign musicians is growing, as shown by the increasing number of performers keen to take part.

In 2010, the organizers added jazz to the festival program with a performance by the String Connection, followed by Thärichen’s Tentet from Germany the year after. The festival’s form reveals how cultures influence one another, because contemporary music frequently echoes early music and jazz works are influenced by both. With that in mind, jazz pianist Marcin Masecki will take on sonatas by Scarlatti in a concert May 14 at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio.

Along with some of the finest Polish music acts, festival performers to date include ensembles such as The King’s Singers, Musica Antiqua Köln, Musica Reservata de Barcelona, Discantus, Alla Francesca and La Morra and soloists Alena Baeva (violin) and Ivan Monighetti (cello).

The festival program is compiled by a Program Committee made up of experts, composers and music theorists. The committee is chaired by Władysław Sowiński, who is also the festival’s artistic director.

Performers include the acclaimed Wilanów Quartet and National Philharmonic Chamber Musicians conducted by Krzysztof Słowiński, featuring Alina Mleczko as the soloist. The Wawrowski, Kalinowski and Kominek piano trio will deliver a daring performance of Astor Piazzola’s interesting take on The Four Seasons, a favorite with audiences around the world. Festival audiences will also hear compositions by Krzysztof Penderecki, Paweł Szymański and Krzesimir Dębski.

The 26th Warsaw Music Encounters concert venues are the Royal Castle at 4 Zamkowy Sq., the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio at 59 Modzelewskiego St. and the Calvinist Church at 74 Solidarno¶ci Ave.

For further information go to www.wsm.art.pl
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