On February 18th the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra will perform compositions by legends of Polish Music at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio. The soloist of the evening will be the saxophonist Henryk Miśkiewicz, who will perform a piece by Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski. The second part will feature the Symphony No. 1 by Henryk Wars—a multicolored concert work written after the composer emigrated to the US. Sinfonia Iuventus will be conducted by Zbigniew Graca.

Altissimonica by Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski had its premiere in 2000, performed by the artist to whom it was dedicated: Henryk Miśkiewicz. In 2004, the work was released on a well-received album performed by the Polish Radio Orchestra conducted by Zbigniew Graca.

Henryk Wars is remembered primarily as one of the precursors of Polish jazz and a master of song. Less is remembered about the ‘serious’ face of Wars. His monumental, colorful, four-part Symphony No. 1 (1949), close to the post-romantic tradition, delights with its changing moods, combining subtle lyricism with rhapsodic and dramatic elements. A copy of the manuscript of this and others of Wars’s symphonic works for stage is held in the PMC’s Henryk Wars Collection.

February 18, 2023 | 7:00 p.m. CET
Sinfonia Iuventus performs Wróblewski and Wars
Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio
ul. Zygmunta Modzelewskiego 59
00-977 Warsaw, Poland
Info: sinfoniaiuventus.pl/wroblewski-wars & Tickets: www.studianagran.com.pl

[Sources: polmic.pl, sinfoniaiuventus.pl]