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Start of the Event: 6.30 PM
Sinfonia Varsovia (Poland)
Conductor Dawid Runtz (Poland)
Soloist Dalia Kuznecovaitė (violin)
Grażyna Bacewicz – Concerto for string orchestra
Henryk Wieniawski – Concerto for violin and orchestra No. 2
Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 7
Lithuania and Poland have a long history of cross-cultural collaboration. The appearance of Lithuanian violinist Dalia Kuznecovaitė with the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra will serve as a remarkable example of such collaboration among the two nations.
Sinfonia Varsovia was founded in 1984. Yehudi Menuhin was among its founders and initiators, with whom the orchestra had toured around the globe. Over the years, the Orchestra has appeared on tour in most of Europe, the United States, Japan and New Zealand. Krzysztof Penderecki, one of the most influential among the living Polish composers, has been a major driving force behind the Orchestra’s activities. Since 2003 he has been the Orchestra’s artistic director and conductor.
This year Penderecki turns 85, while Poland, like Lithuania, celebrates its 100th anniversary as an independent state. To mark this occasion the Orchestra from the neighbouring country will bring as a gift a wreath of the most beautiful pieces from the treasury of their national and Western European musical culture. Among the featured pieces one will have a mixed origin. Grażyna Bacewicz, a distinguished Polish composer and violinist, was born into a mixed Polish-Lithuanian family. Her brother, Vytautas Bacevičius, identified himself as Lithuanian and became one of the most prominent Lithuanian composers during the interwar period. Whereas Grażyna Bacewicz is considered the first female composer to have joined the ranks of the most famous Polish artists.
The programme “Warsaw Symphony” will also include the Violin Concerto by Polish Romantic composer Henryk Wieniawski, featuring Dalia Kuznecovaitė as a soloist. This young Lithuanian violinist is prize-winner of several important international competitions and currently appears as the first violin with the Vilnius String Quartet. On the conductor’s podium we will see young and buoyant Dawid Runtz, prize-winner of several international competitions as a conductor and composer.
Supported by the Minister of Culture
and National Heritage