THE POLISH MUSIC CENTER ANNOUNCES A SPECIAL CONCERT:

SZYMANOWSKI AND MODERN MUSIC IN POLAND

THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 7:30 PM
ALFRED NEWMAN RECITAL HALL, USC CAMPUS
LOS ANGELES, CA USA

ADMISSION IS FREE

   

The Polish Music Center at the USC Thornton School of Music announces a special concert “Szymanowski and Modern Music in Poland ” on Thursday, March 22, 7:30 p.m., at Newman Recital Hall on the USC Campus. Performers for this event, which celebrates the 70 th anniversary of Szymanowski's death, include pianists Susan Svrček and Yevgeniy Milyazskiy, violinist Pasha Tseitlin, cellist Yao Wang and the Los-Angeles based wind quintet, Midnight Winds. The program highlights include Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No. 1 as well as a selection of works by Grażyna Bacewicz, Wojciech Kilar, Zygmunt Krauze, Witold Lutosławski, and Artur Malawski.

The year 2007 was officially proclaimed the “Year of Karol Szymanowski” by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland. The occasion is the 70th anniversary of Szymanowski's death on March 29 and the 125th anniversary of his birth, falling on October 6.

Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937) was one of the greatest modern Polish composers. Building upon the achievements of Chopin and Moniuszko, he ushered Polish music into the twentieth century. While studying composition in Warsaw at the turn of the century, Szymanowski had made friends with several young composers like Ludomir Różycki and Apolinary Szeluto, and performers like Artur Rubinstein and Paweł Kochański. With Szymanowski at the center, this group became widely known as Młoda Polska [Young Poland], whose concerts were an important part of this newly-emerging modernist artistic movement in Poland.

Szymanowski's artistic achievements, widely praised throughout Europe during his lifetime, were of utmost importance for the successive generations of Polish composers. His keen interest in modern European music coupled with his sensitivity to Polish national idioms gave a clear and lasting example for his younger colleagues to follow. Music by Grażyna Bacewicz (1909-1969), Wojciech Kilar (b. 1932), Zygmunt Krauze (b. 1938), Artur Malawski (1904-1957) and Witold Lutosławski (1913-1994) would not have been possible without Szymanowski's creative example (pictured above in that order). Like their predecessor, these composers skillfully combined the elements of the European neo-classical tradition with unmistakably Polish national characteristics. Because of Szymanowski's leadership in taking Polish music away from the obsolete and provincial nineteenth century stereotypes, he is universally recognized today as the father of modern Polish music, whose role in securing the success of contemporary Polish music was essential.

Performers:
Susan Svrček, piano
Yevgeniy Milyazskiy, piano
Pasha Tseitlin, violin
Yao Wang, Cello
Midnight Winds, wind quintet

Program highlights:
Szymanowski: Violin Concerto no. 1
Kilar: Quintet for Wind Instruments
Lutosławski: Sacher Variations
Bacewicz: Second Piano Sonata


Details:
Thursday, March 22, 2007
7:30 pm
Alfred Newman Recital Hall
University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Free Admission

Parking available for $7: Enter Gate #3 on Figueroa St., Parking structure X (on campus map, see quadrants G5/H5)

For further information please contact:
Polish Music Center
University of Southern California
Los Angeles , CA 90089-0851
Telephone: 213. 821. 1356
Fax: 213. 821. 4040
E-mail: polmusic@usc.edu