The 22nd annual Beethoven Festival will take place March 16-30 at the National Philharmonicin Warsaw and will feature a number of distinguished musicians and ensembles in thirteen orchestral concerts, three chamber music events and two solo recitals. Such world-class soloists as Rudolf Buchbinder, Steven Isserlis, Anne Sophie Mutter, and Krystian Zimerman will be joined by maestros Christoph Eschenbach, JoAnn Falletta, Lawrence Foster, and Leonard Slatkin, among others, with ensembles including Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Camerata Jerusalem, and Junge Deutsche Philharmonie.
This year’s Beethoven Festival will celebrate the centenary of Poland’s independence with a number of works by Polish composers on the program as well as recitals featuring young Polish pianists, including Krzysztof Książek, Łukasz Krupiński and Szymon Nehring. The concert repertoire will also pay homage to the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, the 85th birthdays of Krzysztof Penderecki and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, and the 125th birthday of George Gershwin.
Maestro Jacek Kasprzyk and the National Philharmonic will inaugurate the Festival with Beethoven’s Third Symphony and Bernstein’s Second Symphony, “The Age of Anxiety,” with pianist Krystian Zimerman as soloist. Christoph Eschenbach will close the Festival with Antonin Dvořak’s Stabat Mater. Other events, such as an exhibit of music manuscripts from the Jagiellonian University Library, a music conference, and master classes with pianist Dmitry Alexeev will round off this year’s Beethoven Festival program.
March 16-30, 2018
22nd annual Beethoven Festival
Concert Hall – National Philharmonic
ul. Sienkiewicza 10, Warsaw
Tickets & Info: beethoven.org.pl