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3.03.2011
Category: Reports

GALA CEREMONY CLOSING THE CHOPIN YEAR

On March 1, at the 201st anniversary of the Composer’s birth, the gala concert took place in the Warsaw Philharmonic closing the celebrations of the jubilee year in Poland.

The President of the Republic of Poland, Mr. Bronisław Komorowski and his wife were present at the evening opened with speeches by two architects of the Chopin Year: Mr. Bogdan Zdrojewski, Minister of Culture and National Heritage and Waldemar Dąbrowski, the Chairman of the Chopin 2010 Celebrations Committee. They welcomed numerous guests and thanked them for their commitment in realisation of almost two and a half thousand jubilee events in Poland. Minister Zdrojewski presented the distinction "For Merits to Protection of  Fryderyk Chopin Heritage" (pl. "Zasłużony dla Ochrony Dziedzictwa Fryderyka Chopina") to professor Mieczysław Tomaszewski and to the Fryderyk Chopin Society. On behalf of the ill professor the distinction was handed to his wife, Wanda Tomaszewska and the Fryderyk Chopin Society was represented by professor Kazimierz Gierżod. The minister also presented the Gold Medal "For Merits to Culture Gloria Artis" (pl. "Zasłużony Kulturze Gloria Artis") to Waldemar Dąbrowski for his contribution to organization of the Chopin Year Celebrations.

Next, after the formal part, the Warsaw Philharmonic’s stage hosted two stars of the evening: Daniił Trifonow, winner of the 3rd prize in the 16th International Fryderyk Chopin Competition and Krzysztof Penderecki, performing both as a conductor and a composer. The Russian pianist, accompanied by the Orchestra Sinfonia Varsovia performed the Piano Concerto in E minor Op.11 by Fryderyk Chopin. Later, he admitted that it was one of the best performances in his life. The audience gathered in the concert hall appreciated his nuanced, full of sensitivity and virtuosity interpretation of the Chopin composition.

After the intermission, Krzysztof Penderecki again conducted the broadened Orchestra Sinfonia Varsovia and the Choir of the Warsaw Philharmonic. He performed his most recent, dedicated to Chopin memory, composition Powiało na mnie morze snów... Pieśni zadumy i nostalgii” (en. A Sea of Dreams has Fallen on Me... Songs of Reverie and Nostalgia). Musician and singers performed perfectly, singers Wioletta Chodowicz (soprano), Agnieszka Rehlis (mezzo-soprano) and Mariusz Godlewski (baritone) were worth special attention. The Fryderyk Chopin Institute facilitated more comprehensive perception of the composition by Penderecki by putting in the programme poems by Polish poets used as inspiration for composing the work. 

Krzysztof Penderecki just before the performance

Krzysztof Penderecki just before the performance