We would like to invite you to the 23rd Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, which will commence in Warsaw on 7th and close on 19th April. The days of the festival will be filled with symphonic, chamber and oratorio concerts. Like every year, festival concerts will also take place in the beautiful seat of NOSPR!
As early as 8th April, in the concert hall, Yoël Levi will lead the Korean Broadcasting System Symphony Orchestra, an outstanding orchestra from South Korea. The programme includes Stanisław Moniuszko’s Overture to “Halka” and Jeajoon Ryu’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. The performance to be delivered by the Korean Broadcasting System Symphony Orchestra with Mackenzie Melemed, a renowned young generation pianist, will be the Polish premiere of the latter piece. The concert will conclude with the monumental Symphony No. 1 in D major “Titan” by Gustav Mahler.
Another concert in the NOSPR hall will take place on 11th April. The evening will see a performance of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra led by Susanna Mälkki. The orchestra will perform the En Saga Op. 9 symphonic poem, surely significant for the Helsinki musicians, composed by the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. The second piece of the evening will be Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, performed by a Finnish violinist, Pekka Kuusisto. The concert will conclude with one of the most famous works in the hstory of music – Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67.
While the seat of NOSPR hosts foreign musicians’ performances, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra itself will perform at the heart of Festival events, in the Warsaw Philharmonic concert hall. On 11th April, NOSPR, led by Alexander Liebreich, and the evening’s soloists, Aga Mikołaj (soprano) and Raymond Ayers (baritone) will perform Alban Berg’s Fünf Orchesterlieder, nach Ansichtkarten-Texten von Peter Altenberg op. 4, Gustav Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Alexander von Zemlinsky’s Lyrische Symphonie op. 18. Shortly afterwards, on 18th April, the audience will enjoy the second performance by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra during the 23rd Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, also in the Warsaw Philharmonic concert hall. The evening will see the orchestra led by its future Artistic Director and Chief Conductor – Lawrence Foster. NOSPR will perform will perform with the NFM Choir, whose artistic director is Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny, and soloists: Iwona Hossa (soprano), Anna Lubańska (mezzo-soprano), Ewa Wolak (contralto) and Dietrich Henschel (baritone). The programme includes Krzysztof Penderecki’s Symphony No. 8 “Lieder der Vergänglichkeit” for soprano, mezzo-soprano, baritone, choir and orchestra and Johannes Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 and Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53.