The gala concert 'Music from the Heart: A Tribute to Ignacy Jan Paderewski' will take place on the 16th of October 2022 at 19.00 in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
Under the direction of Kenneth Slowik, the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra will perform five iconic works by Polish and American composers. Originally planned as a celebration of the foundation of the Second Republic of Poland at the end of World War I, the concert is organized in cooperation with the Andrzej Markowski Foundation.
The programme will begin with the energetic 1948 Concerto for String Orchestra by Grażyna Bacewicz, Poland’s best-known female composer, followed by Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, which gained instant fame when Arturo Toscanini led the NBC orchestra in its broadcast premiere. Next up, Mikołaj Gorecki’s hauntingly beautiful Concerto-Notturno will feature the young American violinist Lily Honigberg, concluding the first half of the concert. After the intermission, another young American pianist, Avery Gagliano (the only American semi-finalist of the 18th International Chopin Piano Competition in 2021), will play Ignacy Jan Paderewski’s Romanza. The concert will end with a Suite from Aaron Copland’s, Appalachian Spring.
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