Chopin music festival kicks off in Warsaw

WARSAW (dpa)- The 15th Chopin and His Europe music festival started in Warsaw on Wednesday, bringing together some of the world's most renowned pianists and other musical artists.
The festival launches on Wednesday night with an oratorio concert of Luigi Cherubini's "Requiem in C minor" and Karol Kurpinski's "Te Deum" in Warsaw's Church of the Holy Cross.

Piano music will dominate the festival's program, with artists such as Marta Argerich, Yulianna Avdeeva, Kevin Kenner and Charles Richard-Hamelin performing works by Chopin, Liszt, Mozart, Rachmaninoff or Mendelssohn Bartholdy, among others.
Festival attendees will be also able to enjoy many non-piano pieces, including concert versions of operas, oratory concerts, symphonies, string quartets, as well as solo performances and concertos for violin (Alena Baeva), cello (Alexander Rudin) or clarinet.
The festival will feature works from the baroque period, as well as classical and romantic pieces and contemporary music. The Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra performing works of contemporary Polish composers Andrzej Panufnik and Krzysztof Penderecki.
This year's edition of the festival will also prominently feature the works of Polish composer Stanislaw Moniuszko, known primarily for his songs and operas. 2019 year marks the 200th anniversary of his birth.
The festival will end on September 1.

Thursday, August 15th 2019

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