In an acclaimed inaugural performance, the I,CULTURE Orchestra - the official orchestra of the Polish presidency of the EU - premiered at the Polish Baltic Philharmonic during the Solidarity of Arts Fesitval in Gdańsk, conducted by Paweł Kotła...
I, Culture Orchestra concert in Gdańsk, photo by Łukasz Unterschuetz
In an acclaimed inaugural performance, the I,CULTURE Orchestra premiered on the 24th of August 2011 at the Polish Baltic Philharmonicduring the Solidarity of Arts Fesitval in Gdańsk, conducted by Paweł Kotła
The I,CULTURE Ochestra project led by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute creates an orchestra that becomes one of the world's finest.
"Incredible attention to detail, full of professionalism and passion. This was the I, CULTURE Orchestra last night. What a wonderful evening. I can say officially - the I, CULTURE Orchestra is one of the best orchestras that I have had the opportunity to lead", wrote the conductor on his Twitter page.
The inauguration of the orchestra conducted by Paul Kotla was a great success. The new ensemble made up ofyoung musicians from Poland and countries of the Eastern Partnership delivered a wonderful energy that promises excellent concert tours in major concert halls in Europe.
The concert took place at the Polish Baltic Philharmonic as part of the Solidarity of Arts Festival. Among the guests at the packed concert hall was the Minister of Education Katarzyna Hall, Senate Speaker Bogdan Borusewicz, the President of the City of Gdańsk Paweł Adamowicz and Henryk Krzywonos.
Before I,CULTURE Orchestra played "Scythian Suite, Op. 20" by Sergei Prokofiev - the first song performed by the orchestra - the conductor presented each member of the diverse group: musicians from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Polish.
The triumphant final chords of Szymanowski's "Concert Symphony No.4, Op.60" brought a storm of applause from the audience. But the sense of triumph that pervaded the Polish Baltic Philharmonic on this summer evening was as much a triumph of Polish perseverance as it was of music. The I,CULTURE Orchestra project succeed in that of promoting the evolving artistry of Poland and Europe's eastern neighbours, while emphasising significant social and political ties.
Next on the rich programme was a piano solo performed by the accompolished pianist Peter Jabłoński. After the break, Dmitri Shostakovich's "5th Symphony in D minor, Op. 47" was performed which was followed by a standing ovation. The new musical ensemble, the official orchestra of the Polish presidency of the EU, were unveiled during this sold-out show.
In autumn the orchestra will partake in a European tour in venues such as the Berliner Philharmonie, Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles (Bozar), the Royal Festival Hall in London and Madrid's Teatro Real.
Produced as part of the Cultural Programme of the Polish Presidency of the EU Council 2011, I, CULTURE Orchestra is composed of 107 young musicians from both Poland and partner countries from Eastern Europe, including: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldavia and the Ukraine. The concert was conducted by Paweł Kotła.
I, CULTURE Orchestra is a project led by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, and forms part of the Cultural Programme of the Polish Presidency of the EU Council 2011.
The I, CULTURE Orchestra Inaugural Concertwas held on the 24th of August 2011 at 19:00 at the Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk.
The I, CULTURE Orchestra tour:
Gdańsk, Baltic Philharmonic, 24th of August,
Kraków, Krakow Philharmonic, 27th of August,
Stockholm, Berwaldhallen, 4th of September,
Lublin, Lublin Philharmonic, 22nd of October,
Kiev, Kiev Opera, 27th of October,
Berlin,Berlin Philharmonic, 2nd of November,
Brussells, Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, Bozar, 4th of November,
London, Royal Festival Hall (Southbank Centre), 6th of November,
Madrid, Teatro Real, 8th of November,
Warsaw, National Philharmonic, 11th of November
For more information about the I, CULTURE Orchestra see: orchestra.iam.pl.
The project is cofinanced by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Source: Adam Mickiewicz Institute