Kristóf Baráti fot. Marco Borggreve
Kristóf Baráti fot. Marco Borggreve
Orchestral concerts
Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra
01.09
Thu.
7:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Programme:

A. Pärt Da pacem Domine
H. Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor op. 22
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L. Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
G. Gershwin An American in Paris

Performers:

Alfonso Scarano – conductor
Kristóf Baráti – violin
Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra

Venue:
NFM, Main Hall
plac Wolności 1, 50-071 Wrocław
Tickets:
from 55 to 110 zł

At the beginning of September, the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra will perform in the Main Hall of the National Forum of Music. The repertoire of the orchestra includes works by composers whose output gained special importance in the twentieth century – the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt and two great American authors: George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein. The programme will be completed by the Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor op. 22 by Henryk Wieniawski with Kristóf Baráti on the violin.

Da pacem Domine is a composition written by Arvo Pärt in 2004. Originally intended for a vocal line-up, it soon received various versions, including for orchestral instruments. The work is based on the words of the Latin prayer for peace. The impulse to create this mystical piece was a request from Jordi Savall. The melody of the Gregorian antiphon dating back to the 9th century became the basis for the sound layer of the composition. Then we will hear the Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor op. 22 – the work by Henryk Wieniawski, Polish violinist and composer. This work was published in 1870 and immediately became the most popular work of Wieniawski. The brilliant composition combines two main features of the artist’s work: sparkling virtuosity and depth of lyricism.

The second part of the concert will be filled with works of Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin – artists who have made great contributions to the history of American culture. Bernstein’s West Side Story is based on the themes of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet tragedy, but its action takes place in the 1950s on the streets of New York. While creating the music, Bernstein showed an excellent intuition, perfectly employing the sound colours reflecting the characters’ experiences. This evening we will also hear the Symphonic Dances from this musical. The concert will end with a symphonic poem by George Gershwin, the undisputed master of combining distant musical traditions – jazz or blues on the one hand, and classical music on the other. An American in Paris is light, melodic and elegant in expression, referencing the brilliant aesthetics of French music. The composition was created in Vienna during Gershwin’s three-month journey around Europe. During his European tour, he visited Paris, whose streets charmed the American artist.

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