March 9, Wed. 7:30pm, Boguslaw DAWIDOW, conductor
Wagner, Overture to The Flying Dutchman, WWV 63 – 10’
Chopin, Piano Concerto No.2 in F Minor, Op. 22 – 23’
~Marcin Koziak, piano soloist
Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade Symphonic Suite, Op 35 – 24’
Polish Baltic F.Chopin Philharmonic in Gdańsk (full name in Polish: Polska Filharmonia Bałtycka im. Fryderyka Chopina w Gdańsku) was founded in 1945 as Gdańsk Symphony Orchestra. The inaugural concert took place on September 29 in Sopot. In 1949 it changed its name to Polish Baltic Philharmonic. In 1953 it was combined with opera department and changed into Polish Baltic Opera and Philharmonic (POiFB). After forming a new symphony orchestra in 1974, Baltic Philharmonic was transformed into independent Polish Baltic F.Chopin Philharmonic in 1993.
Prof. Roman Perucki, the artistic director of Polish Baltic F.Chopin Philharmonic in Gdańsk, is a well-known organ virtuoso as well as the winner of numerous international prizes. He performs all over the world and is considered to be the founder of the International Organ Music Festival at the Oliwa Cathedral, which is Poland’s oldest festival of its kind.
In September 2008, Kai Bumann became the new artistic director of the F.Chopin Baltic Philharmonic. Berlin -born Kai Bumann the Artistic Director, was previously the artistic director of the Kraków Opera during the 1997/1998 season.
Orchestra website: http://www.filharmonia.gda.pl
On Thursday, May 25, Panic Duo will present a Guest Artist Master Class & Recital at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with composer and saxophonist Laura Kramer. The Master Class will feature readings of student works and a discussion of the premiere that will take place in the evening. On the evening Recital we will perform a program of music for violin, piano, and sax by Robert Muczynski, Evan Chambers, Jennifer Higdon, as well as the World Premiere of Laura Kramer’s trio Reflections Through Shattered Mirrors. So if you’re on the Central Coast that day, or feel like making a super scenic coast drive to come hear a super awesome new music program, come check it out!