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Katowice's Polish National Radio Symphonic Orchestra sails the seas of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, England and France to perform some of Chopin's greatest works in celebration of the Chopin Year 2010

The ship sails across various European ports, from Copenhagen (September 7), Goeteborg (September 9), Oslo (September 11) to Dover (September 16) and Boulogne-sur-mer (September 17) presenting local audiences with the works of Fryderyk Chopin on the 200th anniversary of his birth. The last stage of the voyage refers to the composer's historic voyage from France to Great Britain in 1848 when he sailed from Boulogne-sur-Mer to Folkstone and ultimately reached London by train. Chopin was invited to Great Britain by the Scottish Noble Jane Wilhelmina Stirling, a great admirer of his.

Chopin spent seven months in England, from April to November, teaching and performing in aristocratic salons and public halls. Although he got to meet all of England's famous figures of the times, from Queen Victoria to Charles Dickens, Chopin's letters prove he didn't quite enjoy the experience as much as he'd hoped to.
"If London wasn't that dark, people weren't that somber, if there wasn't that charcoal or that fog, I actually would have learned English. But those English are so different from the French I got so close to. They take all for Pounds and they like art just because it's a luxury", wrote the composer to his family.
The journey of the PNRSO cruise ship will end with the concert at Grunwaldzki Square in Gdynia on the 25th, when Polish audiences will be welcomed to participate in this great international artistic event.

The orchestra, conducted by Jacek Kaspszyk, musical director of the Polish National Radio Symphonic Orchestra, will perform works of Chopin such as : Fantasy in A major on Polish themes Op. 12, Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise in E-flat major and Rondo à la Krakowiak in F major Op. 14. Also, as a reference to the sea character of the journey, the symphonic poem The Sea by Claude Debussy will be performed.
"As a tribute and surprise for Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English and French audiences, the program also includes works by their national composers focusing around the theme of the sea, such as Carl Nielsen, Edvard Grieg, Benjamin Britten, Claude Debussy and Roman Maciejewski, who spent many years of his life in Goeteborg - it is also his 100th birth anniversary this year", says Joanna Wnuk-Hazarowa, director of the PNRSO.
It is the second voyage of the PNRSO on the "Dar Młodzieży". The first took place in 2006, the ship docking in Latvia, Estonia and Finland, presenting works by Polish as well as national composers in various capitals.

The Polish National Radio Symphonic Orchestra has previously performed similar tributes to the composer in Switzerland, Germany, and the Persian Gulf (Catarrh, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates). The PNRSO is also co-ordinating the competition on International Knowledge about Chopin in Katowice in October.

The project is funded with the support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Frederic Chopin National Institute and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

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Source: PAP