Monday, February 29, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Ernst Van Tiel, Conductor
Founded in 1945 on the heels of postwar Polish independence, The Polish Baltic Philharmonic is the largest music institution in northern Poland. The orchestra is visited not only by local music-lovers but by cosmopolitan Polish and international patrons alike. This is the place for those who enjoy art of the highest quality. The Philharmonic organizes symphonic concerts, recitals, and chamber music soirées performed by the most prominent Polish musicians as well as by many world-famous artists.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Gdańsk, then German-administered Danzig, held the international spotlight as a point of contention between Germany, a budding independent Poland, and those proud locals who saw Gdańsk as an independent city-state, the crown jewel of the Baltic Sea. Throughout the mid-20th century, Gdańsk became the primary seaport of Communist Poland. Littered with charming architecture and wizened thinkers, Gdańsk became the location for the first initiatives and protests in the 1970s and 1980s of the Solidarnoœæ [Solidarity] movement, chaired by future president Lech Wałęnsa. This movement would soon lead to the breakdown of Communism in Poland, and contributed to the dissolution of the Second World as it was known throughout the Cold War Era.
All Tchaikovsky Program (subject to change):
Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture in B Minor
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
featuring Jaroslaw Nadrzycki – Violinist
Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64