Polish Chopin festival
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A 19-day Chopin festival showcasing 19th-century European music from Chopin’s perspective, with emphasis on the trends that shaped his work, starts in Warsaw on Saturday.
Fryderyk Chopin. Photo courtesy of the Polish Institute in Paris.
The "Chopin and his Europe" festival also presents works that were inspired by Chopin and aims to promote Polish composers who remain obscure abroad, including Dobrzyński, Zarębski, Żeleński, Stojowski, Szczepanowski, Elsner, Krogulski, Kurpiński, and Mirecki.
The festival features more than 40 events – including recitals, orchestral and chamber concerts, oratorios and a semi-staged opera performance of Verdi's Macbeth – and such pianists as International Chopin Competition winners Seong-Jin Cho, Yulianna Avdeeva, Yundi and Garrick Ohlsson.
Liu, a laureate of the 2015 International Chopin Competition, is billed for the first day of the festival, as is a concert by the Beethoven Academy Orchestra, a Kraków-based youth ensemble, under Jacek Kaspszyk, with Polish-born Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki as the soloist.
Launched in 2005, the "Chopin and his Europe" festival is being held for the 13th time. (mk/vb)