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Opening of Lutosławski Year

2013-01-08
The official opening of the Lutosławski Year will be on January 25, 2013 at the National Philharmonic, exactly on the 100th anniversary of the Master's birth. The star of the evening will be world-famous German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. On this day, Lutosławski's music will also be heard in many other Polish concert halls. The following works are included in the program for the concert at the National Philharmonic: "Chain II", "Partita" and "Interlude" - works written with Anne-Sophie Mutter in mind. The artist will be accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic under the baton of Antoni Wit, and will also perform Lutosławski's famous "Symphony III"  and a new work written by Pawel Szymanski especially for the occasion, commissioned by the National Philharmonic - "Sostenuto".

For music lovers, the National Philharmonic has prepared a total of thirty concerts including the most important works by the Master for the coming months. In order to familiarise the the audience with the person as well as the composer's opinions and fascinations, the  concerts include fragments of his texts, which have become concert mottos. They refer either directly to his works, or to the context in which they were placed.

On the day of the composer's birth  – 25 January, 2013 there will also be celebratory concerts in the following institutions:
Gdańsk, Polska Filharmonia Bałtycka im. Fryderyka Chopina
W. Lutosławski – Concerto for piano and orchestra
Orchestra of the Baltic Philharmonic, Ewa Pobłocka (piano), conductor Kazimierz Kord
Katowice, Centrum Kultury Katowice im. Krystyny Bochenek, Sala im. G. Fitelberga
W. Lutosławski – Concerto for orchestra; Concerto for cello and orchestra; Symphony IV
National Symphony Orchestra of  Polish Radio, conductor Alexander Liebreich
Opole, Filharmonia im. Józefa Elsnera
W. Lutosławski - Preludia taneczne (Dance Prelude)
Orchestra of the Opole Philharmonic, conductor Jerzy Kosek
Lublin, aula Collegium Maius Uniwersytetu Medycznego
W. Lutosławski – Partita; Łańcuch II – dialogue for violin and orchestra; Interludium
Orchestra of the Lubelska Philharmonic, Krzysztof Jakowicz (s), conductor Wojciech Rodek
Wrocław, Filharmonia im. Witolda Lutosławskiego
W. Lutosławski – Concerto for piano and orchestra
Orchestra of the Wrocław Philharmonic, Garrick Ohlsson (s), conductor Jacek Kaspszyk
Szczecin, Filharmonia im. Mieczysława Karłowicza
Concert „Do Lutosa i z powrotem”
W. Lutosławski – Mała suita; Uwertura smyczkowa
Orchestra of Szczecin Philharmonic, conductor Ewa Strusińska
Kielce, Filharmonia Świętokrzyska im. Oskara Kolberga
W. Lutosławski – Preludia taneczne; Wariacje symfoniczne
Symphony Orchestra of the Świętokrzyska Philharmonic, Piotr Szymyślik (clarinet), conductor Jacek Rogala
Poznań, Aula Uniwersytetu im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu
W. Lutosławski – Symphony III; K. Szymanowski – Concert Overture
Orchestra of the Poznań Philharmonic, conductor Marek Pijarowski
Łódź, Filharmonia im. Artura Rubinsteina
W. Lutosławski – Concerto for cello and orchestra
Orchestra of the Łódź Philharmonic , Tomasz Daroch (vc), conductor Joshua Dos Santos
We recommend you look at our concert calendar and the calendar published on the official site of the Lutosławski Year celebrations.

The most important festival associated with the work of Witold Lutosławski will be Chain X whose inauguration will take place on the eve of the birth of the Master - January 24, 2013 at the Royal Castle. As the organisers, the Witold Lutosławski Association, say "the jubilee year will be different from previous editions through the richness of its repertoire and the number of participating ensembles. The benevolence of all the partners has helped bring the festival concerts to the most prestigious halls of Warsaw - the National Philharmonic, however, set a condition not easy to meet; to not repeat works by Witold Lutosławski which it had already been planned for 2013. "

In addition, the Witold Lutosławski Society has established a Medal of the Year, which will be given to people who have contributed to the performance, dissemination and research of Lutosławski's music. As part of the anniversary year it will also conduct the following activities:

„Genius Lutos” Project – realised jointly with the Szczecin Philharmonic and addressed to mentally handicapped people. A special role is played by the Gamelan Percussion Orchestra, which operates through the Szczecin branch of the Polish Association for the Mentally Handicapped, bringing together people with intellectual disabilities. Orchestra rehearsals and workshops in preparation for the new repertoire based on ideas inspired by Lutosławski and his work will lead to joint concerts with artists from the Szczecin Philharmonic. A lasting effect of the project will be a methodological guide with film documentation.
Lutosławski's Warsaw Walk - an electronic publication created in cooperation with the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in the form of a mobile phone application. Its content is a rich set of historical and contemporary images and text and audio information about the most important places in the capital city connected to the residence and work of Witold Lutosławski.
Competition composition - with an international range, without territorial restrictions or age limit. The subject of the contest is an original, never-before-awarded or publicly presented piece for symphony orchestra of the same instrumentation as Witold Lutosławski's last symphony. The compositions will be judged by a jury composed of Luca Francesconi, Kazimierz Kord, Magnus Lindberg, Steven Stucky, Paweł Szymański, Tadeusz Wielecki.

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