Polin Music Festival 2023, together with Odessa Classics, will present a unique programme

On February 26, a concert collaboration of two classical music festivals will take place in Warsaw. POLIN Music Festival 2023, together with Odessa Classics, will present a unique programme.  Tickets

Traditionally, POLIN Music Festival will open with a concert of Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, conducted by Maestra, Margaryta Grynyvetska, born in Crimea and with artistic ties with Odessa. The show will feature three Polish premieres: ”The Fretless Clarinet”—an autobiographical clarinet concert by David Krakauer, one of the most talented clarinettists in the history of klezmer music, “Double concert” by Philip Glass performed by two soloists, well-known by our Festival audience: Jing Zhao (cello) and Michael Guttman (violin) and, last but not least, “Maria’s City” – a piece by Zoltan Almashi dedicated to the city of Mariupol.

The final sounds of this year’s Festival will once again transport us to Ukraine. Two years ago, as part of POLIN Music Festival virtual edition, Alexey Botvinov played for us from Odessa. 

07.12.2022 Orkiestra Polskiego Radia w Warszawie – Studio S1 – Fot. Bruno Fidrych

Ever since the war broke out, Botvinov has been running his festival ‘in exile’: performing at Europe’s most prestigious concert venues, he reminds us of the fact that Ukraine is still alive. On Sunday evening, the Odessa Classics will perform on our stage. The Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by its artistic director, Michał Klauza. Alexey Botvinov will perform, for the first time in Poland, ‘Ave Maria’ Piano Concerto No. 3 by Alemdar Karamanov—an outstanding composer with links to Crimea. The concert will open with the Polish premiere of Paul Ben-Haim’s Symphony No. 1. It was the composer’s intention that this very piece would be the first symphony of the future Jewish state. The programme for the evening will be completed by the Polish premiere of the “Yiddish Concerto”, composed especially for Michael Guttman by Laurent Couson.

Organizer: POLIN Museum

Co-organiser: Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland

Patron of POLIN Museum Music Scene: Jankilevitsch Foundation

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