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Fado Queen Comes to Warsaw

The great Fado singer Mariza will appear at the Roma Musical Theater in Warsaw on February 19. Endowed with a voice many describe as “magical”, “diamond” and “magnetic”, Mariza is a musical phenomenon whose popularity matches that of opera divas and pop music stars.
She arrived on the music scene 13 years ago as a local sensation in Lisbon and has since become one of the planet’s most acclaimed world-music performers.

She has invited comparisons with the divine Amalia Rodrigues (1920-1999), the most famous Fado exponent of all time. Mariza went on to conquer the world once she had gained recognition in her own country.

Her recordings sell by the truckload, take out prestigious awards, including a Latin Grammy in 2007. Mariza’s unparalleled concert performances bolster and affirm her star status. Her collaborations include some of the music world’s biggest names such as Lenny Kravitz, Cesária Évora and Tito Paris as well as Sting, with whom she dueted on “A Thousand Years,” the anthem of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
Mariza has performed on some of the world’s foremost stages, including Carnegie Hall (New York), the Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall (London), Alte Oper (Frankfurt), Theatro Grec (Barcelona), and the Moscow House of Music.

In addition to fado, Mariza is passionate about the morna music genre from Cape Verde and also likes to sing blues standards.
Roma Musical Theater, Warsaw, 49 Nowogrodzka St


French Baroque Hit at Warsaw Chamber Opera

The first Polish staging of the legendary opera „Armide” - the 1686 masterpiece by Jean-Baptiste Lully took place on November 5 at the Warsaw Chamber Opera, 331 years after its world premiere at the Paris Opera.

„Armide”, which was an enduring hit on the French operatic stage for a century after its premiere, features some of the best-known music in the French baroque opera.

The Warsaw performance, directed by an outstanding baroque opera master Deda Cristina Colonna, was co-produced by the Kammerakademie Potsdam, the Innsbrucker Fest der alten Musik and the Center de Musique Baroque de Versailles.

International production, multimedia effects and lighting designed by Fracesco Vitali, the Swedish ballet group Nordic Baroque Dancers led by Karin Modigh, Orchestra Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense conducted by Benjie Bayla, chorus and soloists - all contributed to the success of the first performance staged at the Warsaw Chamber Opera under the new artistic director - Alicja W´gorzewska Whiskerd.

The show was a great stage triumph by Marcelina Beucher (as Armide). The audience gave the artists a 15-minute standing ovation.


Symphonic Tribute to Dire Straits
Three outstanding Polish musicians have come up with a unique music project - a symphonic concert featuring songs of a legendary British rock band Dire Straits. A concert titled the „Dire Straits Symfonicznie” will be performed at Warsaw’s Roma Musical Theater on January 15.
The three distinguised artists behind the idea are Krzysztof Herdzin, a conductor, Kuba Badach, a vocalist and Marek Napiórkowski, a guitarist.

Herdzin, an award-winning arranger, multi-instrumentalist, composer and record producer, is the author of the Jan A.P. Kaczmarek's music orchestration for the movie "Finding Neverland", which won the Oscar in 2005. He has recorded over 200 albums, including 14 of his own.
Badach is a double winner of "Fryderyk”, the most important award in the Polish music industry. He is also the leader of the band „Poluzjanci” and a member of the quasi jazz group "The Globetrotters"

Napiórkowski is a leading Polish jazz guitarist and composer. He has recorded over 150 records with various performers maintaing top position of the Polish charts.

During the concert performance the three artists will be accompanied by top Polish jazz musicians: Robert Kubiszyn on bass guitar, Tomasz Kałwak on piano, and Paweł Dobrowolski on drums.

Dire Straits symphony concert - January 15, 2018
Roma Musical Theater, 49 Nowogrodzka St.
www.teatrroma.pl


Musical Instruments on Show
An exhibition entitled „Sound Zone” („Strefa dźwięków”) is the first part of a permanent display put together at the new seat of the Asia and Pacific Museum in Warsaw.

The exhibition showcases about 120 musical instruments from various countries and culture areas. Visitors can view simple instruments used by amateur musicians as well as true pieces of art played by professionals at royal courts.

Cultural context and functions of the displayed instruments are presented by various multimedia means. Viewers can learn about traditional role of an instrument as well as contemporary changes taking place in music under the influence of mutual permeation of various cultures.

Visitors can not only see beautiful objects from museum’s collection, but also listen to sounds of selected instruments, watch films presenting playing techniques and view contemporary and historical photography documentation of music traditions. There is also an opportunity to play on several traditional instruments for those who would like to check their own music skills,

Asia and Pacific Museum, Warsaw, 24 Solec St.. Free admission


Spectacular Dance Show from Georgia

The Georgian National Ballet will perform at Warsaw’s Wielki Theater – National Opera on February 13, as part of their extensive Polish tour. The group consists of more than 100 dancers and their own orchestra. It has to its credit more than 250 international tours, having travelled to five continents and 90 countries with 12,500 concerts, which were seen by a total of more than 10 million worldwide.

The Georgian National Ballet was founded by Iliko Sukhishvili and Nino Ramishvili in 1945 and was initially named as The Georgian State Dance Company. It was the first professional state dance company in Georgia. The group managed to popularise traditional Georgian dance and music at such prestigious venues as the Met and La Scala.

Their perfomances are based on traditional national dances, but to make them even more spectacular, new arrangements have emerged over the time to combine folk elements with contemporary steps.

By incorprating elements of martial arts and acrobatics, fabulously colorful costumes and dynamic storytelling, Sukhishvili is an excellent show for the whole family.