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Contemporary Classical Meets Trip-Hop
November 3, 2014   
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Beth Gibbons, the vocalist in British trip-hop band Portishead, will team up with Polish contemporary classical composer Krzysztof Penderecki in an ambitious Warsaw concert Nov. 29 that will bring together musicians from different genres.

The concert, organized by the National Audio-Visual Institute, will be held at the Wielki Theater/National Opera in Warsaw to showcase the work of three great Polish composers: Witold Lutosławski, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Penderecki.

Gibbons will sing the solo part in Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 op. 36 accompanied by the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Penderecki.

Penderecki is regarded as one of Poland’s greatest living classical contemporary composers. Gibbons is a vocalist, lyricist, music producer and a founding member of Portishead, the band that together with Massive Attack and Tricky invented the genre known as trip-hop.

Other highlights of the Warsaw concert will include a performance of 48 Responses to Polymorphia by Radiohead composer and guitarist Jonny Greenwood. The work was first performed during the European Culture Congress in Wrocław in 2011. Greenwood has for years been an admirer of Penderecki’s work.

Meanwhile, the National Audio-Visual Institute has commissioned New York-based composer and guitarist Bryce Dessner to write a composition inspired by the work of the late Witold Lutosławski. Dessner, whose forebears came from Poland, is known to international audiences as a member of the bands The National and Clogs. His Response Lutosławski will be performed for the first time in public during the concert in Warsaw.

Tickets for the event cost zl.28-160 and are available from the website of the Wielki Theater/National Opera.

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