16/11/2018 23/11/2018

Penderecki festival to be held in Warsaw in November

Nine concerts will comprise the Krzysztof Penderecki Festival to be held in Warsaw on November 16-23, which will serve to celebrate the artist's 85th birthday.

“Famous artists, interpreters of the maestro’s music from all over the world, will perform together with Polish orchestras including the National Philharmonic, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia and the Polish Radio Orchestra among other orchestras,” festival organiser and director of the Ludwig van Beethoven Association, Andrzej Giza, told PAP. “The event will be staged in the halls of the National Philharmonic, the Grand Theatre - National Opera and the Royal Castle in Warsaw.”

The festival’s nine concerts will form a review of the composer’s creativity over more than six decades. The public will be able to hear Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima from 1960 - one of the best known and most often performed compositions, for which the composer received a UNESCO award among other compositions; the Second Symphony from 1979-80 and the Sextet for clarinet, French horn, violin, viola, cello and piano from 2000.

On the day of Krzysztof Penderecki's birthday, November 23, Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz will celebrate Holy Mass at Warsaw's St. John's Cathedral.

Krzysztof Penderecki will lead the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra and there will be a joint performance by the National Philharmonic and Grand Theatre choirs.