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Krzystof Penderecki

Jozsef Lendvay. Photo: Uwe Arens


Krzystof Penderecki in Witten

UW/H hosts final concert of "musik: akademie westfalen".

Witten/Herdecke University offers an unusual concert to lovers of classical music in the campus foyer on Sunday, August 19, 2012 (start: 5:00 p.m.).

Polish composer and conductor Krzystof Penderecki is one of the outstanding representatives of contemporary music. He will conduct the final concert of the newly founded international orchestra academy “musik: akademie westfalen”. Highly talented young musicians from many different countries will meet early in August for workshops and master classes at the annual festival “musik: landschaft westfalen”. The festival offers concerts with famous artists in castles and churches, barns and industrial parks.

The young virtuosos with Penderecki as the artistic director of the new orchestra academy will come to Witten for their final concert. They will perform Beethoven’s only violin concerto in D major op.61, once considered unplayable, and also Penderecki’s 2nd symphony (premiere 1980). Jozsef Lendvay, violinist of international renown from Budapest, will be the soloist. He comes from a family of Roma musicians and won, among others, the Tibor Varga violin competition. He is highly successful world-wide with East European and Roma folklore and received the “Echoklassic”  award for his CD “Lendvay”.

One of Kryzstof Penderecki’s numerous awards and honours is the PraemiumImperiale, endowed by the Japanese imperial family and considered the Nobel Prize for Artists. Penderecki has many connections with Germany, and Westphalia and the Münsterland region in particular. His international career started in Münster with his performance of the Lukas Passion in 1966.

Early on he experimented with pitch and noise; his music contained aleatorical elements or followed the strictly mathematical principles of serialism. His second symphony marked his departure from the experimental avantgarde. In form and sound his music now contains echoes of late-romantic and expressionist epochs.  

Penderecki on his musical development: “For decades I have searched for new sounds and at the same time explored forms, styles and harmonies of the past. I have stayed true to both principles, and my current work is a synthesis.”

Advance ticket sales: Euro 29-. and 19.- (reduced rate 50 %) at Tourist and Ticket Service, Rathausplatz Witten, phone 02302-12233 or -19433
Remaining tickets at the evening box office plus Euro 6.-

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