In February, the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra is celebrating its 100th anniversary. As it befits a music-oriented institution, concerts constitute the core of its centennial jubilee. We begin the celebrations with a performance of Handel’s monumental oratorio “The Creation”. The high point of the jubilee is a gala concert on February 17. Exactly 100 years after the first concert given by the Łódź Symphony Orchestra, the ARPO will perform Jean Sibelius’s symphonic poem “Finlandia” (which was also on the program of that first concert). Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be played by the Austrian Ingolf Wunder, winner of second prize at the 16th International Chopin Piano Competition. Due to great public demand, the concert will be repeated the following day. Throughout the series of five anniversary concerts, audiences will see the key people who currently shape the artistic profile of the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic: Principal Conductor Daniel Raiskin, Chorus Master Dawid Ber, guest conductor Kai Bumann, as well as artists-in-residence, cellist Ivan Monighetti and organist Krzysztof Urbaniak. Concert-goers will have multiple opportunities to hear the newly constructed organs, including two organ recitals that conclude the anniversary concert series, offering a broad spectrum of organ music. Among the special treats for music-lovers are the performances of two compositions commissioned by the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic: Krzysztof Meyer’s “Musica festiva” for two organs and symphony orchestra and Artur Zagajewski’s “La città futurista” for symphony orchestra and amateur ensemble. In February, we are also releasing an anniversary book that takes the readers on a trip across space and time: a tour of the Philharmonic building provides a platform for reflections on how the orchestra (as well as the institution that grew out of it) and the audiences evolved over the decades. The publication reveals many a secret: what compositions the ARPO has played most often, what the musicians eat on tours, who “the club of blondes” were in love with, how the glass screens above the stage get properly cleaned, how much a philharmonic ticket is worth, what the Director’s briefcase contains, and more. As of 2015, we also offer a range of commemorative gadgets. Do come and attend our anniversary events – another opportunity will not present itself this century!
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