Krzysztof Penderecki
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Throughout the spring of 2021, Polish Cultural Institute New York will curate Krzysztof Penderecki in Memoriam, honoring the life and legacy of Poland’s greatest modern composer. Leading up to and beyond March 29, 2021, marking the one-year anniversary of Penderecki’s death, Polish Cultural Institute New York – in partnership with the Ludwig van Beethoven Association, Crossover Media, DUX Records, Lincoln Center, Naxos of America, and Schott Music publishers – will celebrate Penderecki’s life and legacy across an array of worldwide media outlets.

Penderecki in Memoriam Podcast will present a comprehensive portrait of the composer with insightful commentary and memories from musicians, conductors, colleagues, composers, writers and historians including Barry Douglas, JoAnn Falletta, Larry Foster, Elliot Goldenthal, Jonny Greenwood, Michail Jurowski, Laura Kaminsky, Louis Langrée, David Lynch, Cindy McTee, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Kent Nagano, Rafael Payare, Julian Rachlin, Norman Ryan, Leonard Slatkin, Krzysztof Urbanski and Antoni Wit, among others.

Archival concerts from the Warsaw-based Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, which was founded by Elżbieta Penderecka, will be made available for rebroadcast. The repertoire will include performances of Polymorphia performed by the Warsaw Philharmonic, and Adagietto from Paradise Lost performed by Sinfonia Varsovia, among others.

Concerts from the 2021 25th Jubilee Anniversary of the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, Beethoven and Penderecki. The Sphere of Sacrum, will be streamed live at Lincoln Center throughout March 21-April 1, 2021, including performances by the internationally renowned Silesian Quartet, a premiere performance by the Penderecki Trio, and some of Poland’s young generation of award-winning pianists, including Aleksandra Świgut,Andrzej Wierciński and Łukasz Krupiński.

March 21, 2021 – 7:30PM CET, 1:30PM EST
Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall
Lucas Krupiński, piano
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) Prelude & Fugue in B-flat minor, BWV 867 from Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 57
Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849) Polonaise Fantasy
Sergei Prokofiev (1891 – 1953) Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28

March 26, 2021 – 8:00PM CET, 2:00PM EST
Szczecin Philharmonic Hall
Mateusz Makuch, violin
Claudio Bohorquez, cello
Andrzej Wierciński, piano
Krzysztof Penderecki (1933 – 2020) Chaconne
world premiere of arrangement for piano trio by Jeajoon Ryu
Antonín Dvořák (1841 – 1904) Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90, “Dumky”
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897) Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 101

April 1, 2021 – 7:30PM CET, 1:30PM EST
Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall
Aleksandra Świgut, piano
The Silesian Quartet
Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856) Piano Quintet in E-flat Major op. 44
Krzysztof Penderecki (1933 – 2020)
String Quartet No. 1
String Quartet No. 2
String Quartet No. 3
String Quartet No. 4

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