Four-Part Harmony

Entitled Czterogłos [Four-part harmony], a series of concerts held on April 29, May 7, May 14 and May 17 commemorating the 80th anniversary of Karol Szymanowski’s visit in Katowice. Music by Szymanowski and other composers specifically linked to the Katowice Music Academy is featured, performed by some of the foremost musicians in Poland.

The first three programs in the series featured works by Bolesław Szabelski, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, and Eugeniusz Knapik in addition to Szymanowski. On April 29, mezzosoprano Urszula Kryger and pianist Grzegorz Biegas gave a recital of works for voice and piano; on May 7, the Silesian Quartet (Szymon Krzeszowiec and Arkadiusz Kubica, violins, Łukasz Syrnicki, viola, and Piotr Janosik, cello) performed string quartets; and on May 14, the Silesian Quartet joined the New Music Orchestra and soloists in various large and small formations. During the final concert on May 17, the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra is joined by the Choir of the Silesian Philharmonic and soloists soprano Iwona Hossa, alto Ewa Marciniec, and baritone Adam Kruszewski to perform a historical reconstruction of the original program Szymanowski led in 1934, with works by Stefan Marian Stoiński, Hector Berlioz and Szymanowski.

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