"Dona nobis pacem" Filharmonia Narodowa

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This concert has been moved from 18 January 2022. Tickets bought for January remain valid for the new date.

 

The programme planned for the special concert of the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir reflects its own response to the events we have borne witness to in Ukraine since 24 February 2022, a date when the stability and security of our modern world was shattered. Tonight’s repertoire is not only intended as a musical call for peace (Pärt – Da pacem Domine, Vasks – Dona nobis pacem) and an act of remembrance for the victims – men, women and children – of Russian acts of aggression against Ukraine (Ešenvalds – In paradisum, Elgar – Lux aeterna) – but above all else it is a reminder that music, as a universal language, unites people regardless of the divisions created by geographical borders, age, ethnic origin and religion.

Performed on the stage of the Warsaw Philharmonic today will be works by composers from Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, that is nations that wish to live side by side in a world of peace and security. We will hear music by well-established and award-winning composers (Pärt, Vasks, Miškinis, Sylvestrov, Dyczko) as well as the younger generation , for whom war has become a first-hand experience for the first time (Urbaniak, Ziółkowski, Ešenvalds). We will hear pieces based on biblical texts, compositions infused with Catholicism and the Orthodox faith (Dyczko), as well as others inspired by the universal philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore (Miškinis) or constituting a bridge between the sacred and the prophane (Lux aeterna as an arrangement of one of the most famous themes – Nimrod – from Edward Elgar’s “Enigma” Variations).

Also worth mentioning is the diversity of the programme – ranging from the stylistically distinctive compositions of Arvo Pärt and Valentin Sylvestrov, and the works of two talented and award-winning young Polish composers Michał Ziółkowski and Łukasz Urbaniak, right through to the music of Lesia Dyczko, Pēteris Vasks, Vytautas Miškinis and Ēriks Ešenvalds, rooted in the musical traditions of their countries of origin and sung by outstanding choirs all over the globe. During tonight’s concert we will hear works performed by varied line-ups – both larger and smaller choirs singing a cappella, as well as solo parts (vocal and instrumental), which together offer a mosaic of sound enriched by the outstanding organ of the Warsaw Philharmonic.

 

Bartosz Michałowski

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Łukasz Kocur

A graduate of the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań (Vocal and Drama Department), Łukasz Kocur was awarded a scholarship from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for outstanding artistic achievements as well as a Wojciech Drabowicz Scholarship for the best student in the Vocal and Drama Department at his alma mater. He also won First Prize in the Imrich Godin International Vocal Competition in Vráble, Slovakia.

Since 2014, the artist has been associated with the Musical Theatre in Poznań, where he has regularly appeared in such productions as Sister Act, Fiddler on the Roof, Footloose, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure, Pippin, The Addams Family, and Koziołek Matołek i zagadka ratuszowej wieży as well as in other shows as a member of the vocal ensemble. He has also taken part in the premiere performances of Jesus Christ Superstar and Dookoła karuzeli, czyli dziecko potrafi, and in many concerts, such as: Z Broadwayu do Hollywood, Wigilijna Tytka, Śpiewanki Wielkopolskie, and Face to Face.

He has performed at both home and abroad. His repertoire encompasses opera, cantata-oratorio, operetta, and musical theatre works as well as Romantic Lieder. He has been invited to perform at numerous musical festivals, including the Neofonia, the Opera Know-How, the Musica Sacromontana, and the Belcanto Opera Festival Rossini in Wildbad. He has completed numerous master classes led by Eva Blahova, Matjažs Robavs, Wojciech Maciejowski, and Adam Kruszewski among others.

He is a member of the Partes Orthodox Chant Chamber Ensemble, and since 2021 – also of the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir.

 

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