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Wrocław | The Power of Women

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The Women's Day, which falls on March 8, is a great opportunity to take a closer look at the artistic achievements of outstanding women composers active in the 20th century and at the beginning of the 21st century. These varied and extremely original works will be performed on 7 March 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław by the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra conducted by Joseph Swensen and the violinist Thomas Bowes.

The composer Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil, living in Wrocław, is the author of numerous instrumental compositions. They include the ICE-LAND, a work for strings and amplified harp, written in 2011. The inspiration for its creation was the artist's visit to Dettifoss, the powerful Icelandic waterfall that also inspired Ridley Scott. The director decided to film the first scene of his Prometheus at the waterfall.

Grażyna Bacewicz's work belongs to the Neoclassical current. The Concerto for String Orchestra was created in 1948. This is a concise, three-movement piece in which the expressive, lively rhythm comes to the fore, pointing also to folk as a source of inspiration.

The programme will also include Reflection on B-A-C-H by Sofia Gubaidulina, Lamenting with Ariadne for vola and chamber ensemble by Thea Musgrave, Nocturne for solo violin by Kaija Saariaho, and the world premiere of the Violin Concerto No. 2 „Narcissus” by the Jamaican composer Eleanor Alberga.

More information at: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/