Although spring usually brings more outdoor events and fewer indoor concerts, the Gdańsk Philharmonic still offers many great music events. The highlights include a symphonic concert of the Gdańsk Orchestra featuring Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, the Gala Awards Ceremony of the Pomeranian Artistic Awards with a concert, and an evening concert of a soloist affiliated with the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
April will open with a concert of the best graduates of the Academy of Music in Gdańsk on 3 April, Friday. The line-up includes a performance of one of the most prominent graduates of the Academy, Konstanty A. Kulka (violin). He will present beautiful Violin Concerto in A Minor by Antonín Dvořák. The orchestra will be conducted by Jakub Chrenowicz. Before the concert, a new album of the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra, the conductor and the violinist will be sold. The album contains Violin Concerto in A Major by Mieczysław Karłowicz and Rondeau de Concerto by Karol Lipiński. The compositions of the latter are not often performed yet they are present in K. Kulka’s repertoire, and he strives to promote them on European and international stages.
The year 2020 is also a celebration of Beethoven music as it marks the 250th anniversary of his birthday. The event is celebrated all over the world with several concerts featuring the greatest figures of classical music. On 5 April, Sunday, as part of the Beethoven Easter Festival, the Philharmonic will host a concert of Shanghai Quartet, who will present pieces by the famous composer from Bonn. These will include String Quartets: in E Major, Op. 74 “Harp”, in A Major, Op. 18 No. 5, in E Minor, Op. 59 No. 2.
After the Easter break, the Philharmonic will hold one of the most spectacular concerts of the season. On 17 April, Friday, the Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gianluca Marcianò will perform with the Metropolitan Opera star, Kristine Opolais (Latvia). The artist is considered to be one of the most prominent singers of Puccini songs, which she will present at the end of the charity concert. The event co-organised by the Philharmonic will include an auction for the Association for Helping Surgically Ill Children, for specialised equipment for the treatment of birth defects, cancer and oesophageal disorders in children.
On 23 April, Thursday, the Philharmonic will host the Gala Awards Ceremony of the Pomeranian Artistic Awards, an award granted to Pomeranian artists by the local government of Pomerania Province. Solo performances of the Polish Baltic Philharmonic musicians with the Orchestra, Mirosław Pachowicz (bassoon) and Karolina Piątkowska-Nowicka (violin) will add splendour to the ceremony. The repertoire includes lesser-known concertos for these instruments by Jolivet and Barber. The concert will be conducted by George Tchitchinadze.
Another edition of the Gdańsk Lotos Siesta Festival co-organised by the Philharmonic is also planned. The line-up will include Pedro Moutinho, Andrea Motis and Richard Bona. Tickets to most of the events are already sold out.
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