Oratorio Music Concert Filharmonia Narodowa

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Oratorio Music Concert
Tania Miller, photo: Todd Rosenberg

A twist of fate inextricably linked Karłowicz’s last, unfinished symphonic poem with his own tragic death in an avalanche at the foot of Mały Kościelec in 1909. It was the manuscript for Episode at a Masquerade that was found on the composer’s desk in his Lutnia villa in Zakopane shortly after the dramatic incident. The work was completed and orchestrated by Karłowicz’s close friend Grzegorz Fitelberg, a fervent advocate of the young composer’s outstanding talent. This composition, couched in the scheme of a sonata allegro, displays the composer’s wonderful musical imagination, mastery of development work and perfect deployment of a large orchestra.

Carl Orff’s cantata Carmina Burana, from 1936, is sometimes described as the most ‘overused’ work in the history of music. It is impossible to count the contexts (mainly in film and advertising) into which this exceptionally suggestive and characteristic composition has been woven. So how did Orff’s setting of poetry by thirteenth-century goliards come to be so inspiring and appealing? Well, the large performance apparatus, with a mighty chorus and expanded percussion, the archaicisms and motoric rhythms, as well as the texts, at times close in style to morality plays, laden with sarcastic, iconoclastic humour and eroticism that is far from subtle, have all contributed to the enduring success – unprecedented in the history of music – of Orff’s work.

Urszula Ciołkiewicz-Latek


Tania Miller

Canadian conductor is known for her “expressive, colourful and full of life” interpretations, where her “experience and charisma are audible”. Former Music Director of Canada’s Victoria Symphony for 14 years (2003–2017), Tania Miller was subsequently named Music Director Emerita for her commitment to the orchestra and community.

Serving as interim Principal Conductor of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra for the 2022/2023 season, her current season also features debuts with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, I Musici de Montréal, the New Haven Symphony (CT) and Springfield Symphony (MA). She has conducted the WOS Virtuoso Chamber at the World Orchestra Festival in Daegu, South Korea and the KBS Symphony Orchestra in Seoul, appeared as a guest conductor in Canada, the United States and Europe with such orchestras as the Berner Symphonieorchester, NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, Orchestra Métropolitain de Montréal, Vancouver Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Naples Philharmonic, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Madison Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic and numerous others.

The previous season, Tania Miller conducted Calgary Opera’s production of Franz Léhar’s Merry Widow and in the following – will lead Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at Vancouver Opera.