World-renowned Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra performs in Beaver Creek
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What: Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra.
When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19.
Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek.
More information: Tickets are on sale now at the VPAC Box Office, by calling 970-845-8497 or at http://www.vilarpac.org.
BEAVER CREEK — The Vilar Performing Arts Center will present an evening of classical music by the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra today at 6:30 p.m.
At its home in Gdansk, Poland, the orchestra is attended not only by local music-lovers but also by cosmopolitan Polish and international patrons alike. The Philharmonic organizes symphonic concerts, recitals and chamber music soirees performed by the most prominent Polish musicians, as well as by many world-famous artists.
The Polish Baltic Philharmonic’s artistic director is Ernst Van Tiel, with first guest conductor Massimiliano Caldi and principal guest conductor Boguslaw Dawidow.
The Polish Baltic Philharmonic has also announced a change in its program.
As previously announced, the current repertoire includes Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Edmont Overture, Op. 84, and Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67; however, they will no longer present the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto but will instead present the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, featuring celebrated pianist Marcin Koziak.
Koziak is a 27-year-old musical prodigy from Krakow, Poland, who became revered after several wins at worldwide competitions, a number of tours to notable international concert venues and for performing for monarchs, heads of state and other celebrities.
Crown Jewel of the Baltic Sea
Founded in 1945 on the heels of postwar Polish independence, the Polish Baltic Philharmonic is the largest music institution in northern Poland. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Gdansk held the international spotlight as a point of contention between Germany, a budding independent Poland and those proud locals who saw Gdansk as an independent city-state, the crown jewel of the Baltic Sea.
Throughout the mid-20th century, Gdansk became the primary seaport of Communist Poland. Littered with charming architecture and wizened thinkers, Gdansk became the location for the first initiatives and protests in the 1970s and 1980s of the Solidarity movement, chaired by future president Lech Walensa.
One might think that these long periods of turbulence may have weakened the arts in Gdansk, yet the reality is quite the opposite. The Polish Baltic Philharmonic as it exists and thrives today represents an amalgamation of these international and historical influences and the lofty passions that witnessed tragedy and drove revolutions, while still capturing the prideful stoicism of contemporary Poland and the larger Baltic Sea coast.