The BPO’s Na Zdrowie Poland! Concert: An Insider’s View
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of JoAnn Falletta, will present a concert entitled, “Na Zdrowie Poland!”, Fri., Apr. 24 and Sat., Apr. 25 at Kleinhans Music Hall. Included will be Karlowicz’s “Symphonic Prologue from Music for the White Dove”, Penderecki’s “Horn Concerto” featuring Principal French Horn Jacek Muzyk, and Chopin’s “Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor” featuring Yoonie Han.
On Wed., Apr. 8, the Polish Arts Club of Buffalo will host Dr. Falletta and Mr. Muzyk for a pre-performance program that will provide some behind-the-scenes knowledge of how the orchestra works as well as a preview of the pieces that will be played.
Dr. Falletta will talk about the Chopin and Karlowicz works while Mr. Muzyk will talk about the Penderecki piece.“Karlowicz’s work is not well known in the US”, Falletta says, “but it should be better known”. Dr. Falletta believes his Symphonic Prologueis a “very romantic and poetic piece of music” and will explain why. Of the Chopin piece, she said that it is “one of the greatest pieces of Polish repertoire ever written”.
Mr. Muzyk will offer a glimpse of the Penderecki work by playing short segments of it on his French horn and Dr. Falletta will play segments of the Karlowicz and Chopinpieces on a CD.
Dr. Falletta will also discuss how the Philhormonic rehearses a piece , “how a piece comes together in rehearsal”.
The Polish Arts Club program will be held at the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Rd., Amherst and will begin at 7 pm. The public is welcome. Non-members will be asked to make a $5 donation but membership applications will be available at the meeting. A Swieconka social will follow the program during which time there will be an opportunity to chat with Dr. Falletta and Mr. Muzyk.
The Polish Arts Club of Buffalo presents monthly programs and each year it holds not only a Wigilia but also a Biesiada honoring an individual who has made a significant contribution to the community. In addition, each year, it awards a scholarshipto a student of Polish ancestrystudying the visual or performingarts at an accredited college or university.