EVENT: 130th Anniversary of Composer Karol Szymanowski's Birth Celebrated in Music and Readings
TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, in Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman School of Music, 26 Gibbs Street, Rochester, NY.
WHAT: Music and writings of Karol Szymanowski will be featured in a concert commemorating the 130th anniversary of the composer's birthday and 75th anniversary of his death.
Karol Szymanowski (1882 – 1937) was one of the most important composers of the first half of the 20th century, and his position in Polish music can only be compared to that of Chopin. His works included four symphonies, two violin concertos, two operas, Hagith and King Roger, the ballet-pantomime Harnasie, the oratorio Stabat Mater, as well as numerous piano, violin, vocal and choral compositions. They are more widely performed and recorded today than ever before.
Outstanding musicians from the Eastman School of Music–Katherine Ciesinski, mezzo-soprano; Clay Jenkins, trumpet; Jan Opalach, bass-baritone; Maria Raczka, violin; Dariusz Terefenko, piano; as well as Hwaen Ch'uqi, piano and Karolina Terefenko, violin–join, forces in this tribute to the great composer. Matthew Ames, assistant professor of theatre arts at Nazareth College, will read excerpts from Szymanowski's writings.
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public.
SPONSORS: The Eastman School of Music, the University of Rochester's Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies, and Nazareth College.
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