From February 12-18, 2005, the National Philharmonic in Warsaw will host the 11. FORUM LUTOSLAWSKIEGO / 11th LUTOSLAWSKI FORUM. The inaugural concert of the 11th FORUM will feature a performance of Lutoslawski's GRY WENECKIE / VENETIAN GAMES (1961), which was a milestone work in the composer's oeuvre, marking the beginning of his aleatoric period. In addition, Gabriel Chmura, director of the Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia / Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, has structured the program of the inaugural evening so as to include a number of works by composers who remain largely unknown to Polish music aficionados. Especially noteworthy among this group is Mieczyslaw Weinberg, a close associate of Dmitri Shostakovich who passed away eight years ago. Now, Gabriel Chmura is making an effort to remind us of the very abundant legacy of this composer, which includes twenty-two symphonies. Russian cellist and contemporary music performer Ivan Monighetti will perform Weinberg's cello concerto of 1948, which the composer dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich. During the FORUM's final concert, the Polish Radio Orchestra conducted by Wojciech Rajski will perform, among other works, the WARIACJE SYMFONICZNE / SYMPHONIC VARIATIONS, a piece Lutoslawski composed in is youth, when he interned with Witold Maliszewski. Also slated to perform is Roman Lasocki, an exceptional Polish violinist and professor of the Music Academies in Warsaw and Katowice, who will offer an interpretation of Dmitri Shostakovich's starkly contrasting KONCERT SKRZYPCOWY / VIOLIN CONCERTO (1947/8). This gloomy work was condemned and rejected by the Association of Soviet Composers upon its completion but found an exceptional guardian and propagator in the person of virtuoso David Oistrakh, who was the first to perform it. Supplementing the varied program of the evening will be HARMONIUM (1980/81) by American composer John Adams, an expansive, three-part work for choir and orchestra whose sources lie in the poetry of John Donne and Emily Dickinson.

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