The Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra will perform together with Szymon Klima under the baton of Yannis Pouspourikas on 6 March 2020 at 7.00 p.n. at the Silesian Philharmonic. The programme will include works by Sergei Prokofiev, Gerald Finzi and great Polish artists associated with Silesia.
A few years ago, clarinetist Szymon Klima became famous for an extraordinary project to “expand” the 10-minute cycle of appealing Dance Preludes (1954) by Witold Lutosławski, an improvisation inspired by this piece which resulted in concerts as well as the album Lutosławski Retuned (performed by a trio also featuring Adam Kowalewski and Piotr Wyleżoł). The March concert will feature these preludes in their original form and the artist will also perform the spectacularly expressive Clarinet Concerto (1949), the best-known work today by the somewhat forgotten, yet prolific British composer Gerald Finzi. The dance, quasi-folk idiom of Lutosławski’s Preludes will be completed by the lively third of the Dances op. 34, which Henryk Mikołaj Górecki composed in 1998 for the Rybnik Philharmonic.
Sergei Prokofiev, one of the pioneers of ambitious film music from the USSR, composed appealing music for the film Lieutenant Kijé, whose fame (in the form of a concert suite op. 60) considerably outlived the film itself. This colourful and attractive programme will be led by Yannis Pouspourikas – born in Marseilles, the conductor studied in Geneva and made his debut at the Opernhaus in Zurich; he has collaborated with, among others, the Glyndebourne festival, the Opéra National de Paris and many of the most important theatrical stages of France and Switzerland, as well as other countries. Particularly valued as an opera conductor, he has also appeared in many countries with great success in presenting symphonic repertoire.
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