The Concert Hall of the National Philharmonic in Warsaw will become the venue for an extraordinary symphonic concert on the 21st of April 2022 at 7 p.m.: the musicians of the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra begin their European tour. The orchestra conducted by Luigi Gagger will perform works by Ukrainian composers: Maksim Berezowski, Myrosław Skoryk and Borys Latoszynski. The evening will be graced by the reknown Polish violinist Janusz Wawrowski as a soloist. The concert will be broadcasted by Programme 2 of the Polish Radio.
A group of over 100 musicians, orchestra employees and their families came to Poland in cooperation with the National Philharmonic and the National Institute of Music and Dance to prepare here to perform for the first time since the beginning of the war. Meeting with the audience of the European Union, the musicians will talk about their struggle for independence and the tragedy of those who died. The musicians, who served in the Territorial Defense Forces and worked as volunteers, obtained special permission from the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture and Information Policy and the Ministry of Defense to leave the country. Thanks to the decision both women and men set off on a journey during which they will play, among others in Łódź, Berlin, Hamburg and Dresden.
They will perform under the direction of Luigi Gagger, who has been running the Kiev Symphony Orchestra as the main conductor since 2018. The concert will feature works presenting Ukrainian orchestral music - from its beginnings in the 1770s to 20th century masterpieces and will include some Polish accents. Janusz Wawrowski will perform Fantaisie Brillante sur des Motifs de L’opéra "Faust" de Gounod, Op. 20 by Henryk Wieniawski for violin and orchestra.
The stay of the musicians in Poland is organized by the National Philharmonic and the National Institute of Music and Dance, and financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.
The National Institute of Music and Dance also provides the musicians with psychological support.
Tickets for the concerts can be purchased at the box offices and online on the websites of the National Philharmonic and the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Łódź.