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Chopin Without a Piano
March 1, 2013   
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Chopin Without Piano, a project which will have its world premiere March 23 at the Juliusz Słowacki Theater in Cracow, ushers in a new approach to classical music by replacing a musical instrument with literary text.

The project will feature two Chopin piano concertos, in F Minor op. 21 and E Minor op. 11, which for the first time in the history of Polish theater and classical music will be performed without any piano accompaniment. Instead of the piano part, actress, violinist and opera director Barbara Wysocka will tell a story about Chopin’s life and music and about how the two concertos have been perceived through the years. Wysocka will be accompanied by the Sinfonietta Cracovia orchestra, conducted by Jacek Kaspszyk, one of Poland’s greatest contemporary conductors.

The project was developed and directed by Michał Zadara. According to Zadara, Chopin’s two concertos “are sacred to the Polish nation.”

He said, “I wanted to start a dialogue with these masterpieces without ruining them, hence the idea of replacing the piano with the human voice and lyrics. We have created a completely new way of approaching the structure of a musical piece so it becomes possible to concentrate on hearing it differently than ever before. Listeners will learn something new about the concertos, their composition and structure. The text is an accurate reflection of the original piano part.”

Chopin Without Piano; March 23, 7 p.m.; Juliusz Słowacki Theater

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