On 17th November 2018, Polish pianist Szymon Nehring & the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra visit Vienna’s most famous concert hall, the Musikverein, to celebrate the centenary of Poland regaining its independence.
The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Polish pianist Szymon Nehring, conducted by Alexander Liebreich, will perform the overture of Stanisław Moniuszko’s opera Halka and Ignacy Jan Paderewski’s Piano Concerto in A minor, which was first performed in Vienna on 20th January 1889. In the second half of the concert, the orchestra will perform Johannes Bramhs’ First Symphony.
The concert in Vienna will be one of the most important events within the framework of events around the globe celebrating the centenary of Poland regaining its independence. The concert is organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and Musikverein Vien and is under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda.
The Großer Musikvereinssaal, also known as the Golden Hall, is one of the most renowned concert halls in the world. It was inaugurated on 6th January 1870 by Franz Joseph I himself, and the very first concert was conducted by none other than Johann Strauss. Every year on New Year’s Day, 2000 people sit in this three-storey hall to enjoy Musikverein’s famous New Year’s concert.
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The concert is organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute operating under the Culture.pl brand as part of POLSKA 100, the international cultural programme accompanying the centenary of Poland regaining independence.
Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the multi-annual programme NIEPODLEGŁA 2017-2022.
Source: press materials, compiled by HSz & NR, Oct 2018