The May 11 Gala concert at the Grand Theatre in Warsaw celebrates the 30th anniversary of Sinfonia Varsovia. Established in 1984, this well-known ensemble began as Studio Polish Chamber Orchestra and gave its first concerts under the baton of Yehudi Menuhin.
The May 2014 Varsovia Gala features Panufnik’s Suita staropolska, two of Vivaldi’s Sinfonias, and Bach’s Violin Concerto in A minor—Andres Mustonen served as both soloist and conductor for the this portion of the program. After the intermission, the orchestra presented Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 and Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major. This portion of the program is conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki, and soloists include oboist Arkadiusz Krupa, clarinetist Aleksander Romański, bassoonist Zbigniew Płużek and Tomasz Bińkowski, French horn.