Concert Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the ‘Liquidation’ of the Vilnius Ghetto
Lukas Geniušas, runner-up in the 16th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, will be performing at the Warsaw Philharmonic alongside the winner of the Violine in Dresden competition in 2010, violinist Dalia Dėdinskaitė, and the talented Lithuanian cellist Gleb Pyšniak in a concert commemorating the 80th anniversary of the ‘liquidation’ of the Vilnius ghetto. We will recall that tragic event to the sounds of works by Jewish and Lithuanian composers. The evening will open with Hebrew Melody, Op. 33 by Joseph Achron, who emigrated in the 1920s to the United States, where he gained popularity as a composer of music to Hollywood films and a violin virtuoso. The artists will then perform Song and Dance, from 2008, by Anatolijus Šenderovas, a member of the Lithuanian Jewish Community and composer of the music to the film The Vilnius Ghetto. The artists will then perform Hebrew Melody, Op. 33 by Joseph Achron, who emigrated in the 1920s to the United States, where he gained popularity as a composer of music to Hollywood films and a violin virtuoso. We will also hear two miniatures from the cycle Triakontameron by Leopold Godowski, a piano virtuoso of Lithuanian origins, whose concert and compositional work earned him a lofty reputation in Western Europe and the United States. The programme concludes with the Cello Sonata by Faustas Latėnas, one of the leading Lithuanian composers of the last half-century, and Mieczysław Weinberg’s Piano Trio, Op. 24, from 1945.