Wieniawski’s Polish Philharmonic Orchestra will perform on Thursday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. Wojciech Rodek will be the principal conductor and Tomasz Ritter will be featured as piano soloist.
Wieniawski’s Polish Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in December 1944, but its beginnings can be traced to numerous chamber and solo concerts given by musicians who, after the Second World War, established links in Poland. Repertoire and artistic considerations as well as the joy of making music together led to a first chamber music concert on February 10, 1945. This concert gave impetus to an orchestra and a classical music gala on February 18 May of the same year — the first symphony concert in post-war Poland. Since then, the Wieniawski Polish Philharmonic Orchestra has performed numerous concert tours.
More recent performances in Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, Germany, South Korea, Denmark and Ukraine have received both critical and public acclaim. The orchestra has participated in many international festivals and the Franco Ferrara Conductors Seminar in Siena, Italy.
The group is the biggest musical institution in eastern Poland. It is appreciated not only by local music lovers, but also by Polish and international cosmopolitan patrons. The Wieniawski Polish Philharmonic Orchestra offers symphony concerts, recitals and evenings of organ and chamber music, performed by Poland’s most prominent musicians and artists of international renown.
While at the Weis Center, the orchestra will perform Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 and Beethoven: Symphony No. 5.
Rodek is the principal conductor of the Wieniawski Polish Philharmonic Orchestra. He was born in 1977 in Brzeg, Poland, birthplace of legendary conductor Kurt Masur. Rodek is one of the most prominent conductors of his generation.
Ritter will be featured as a piano soloist. In September 2018, Ritter became 1st Prize at the First International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments in Warsaw. In 2011, he won the 9th International Competition for Young Pianists “Arthur Rubinstein in memoriam” in Bydgoszcz, also receiving the Aniela Młynarska-Rubinstein Prize and Arthur Rubinstein’s Ruby Pin for artistic personality. He is also the winner of many other competitions.
Seating for the Spring 2022 season is socially distanced and general admission; specific seats cannot be reserved. Masks are mandatory.
The performance is sponsored, in part, by Martha and Alan Barrick and Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate.
Tickets are $35 for adults, $28 for seniors 62 and older, $25 for youth 18 and under, $25 for Bucknell employees, $10 for Bucknell students, and $25 for non-Bucknell students (limit of 2).
Tickets can be reserved in advance by calling 570-577-1000 or online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice.
Seating for the Spring 2022 season is socially distanced and general admission; specific seats cannot be reserved.
Tickets are also available in person at several locations, including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the Center CAP box office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays from 10 a.m. a.m. to 4 p.m.).
On campus, guests must follow all Bucknell University health and safety guidelines, including maintaining social distancing and wearing appropriate masks. All visitors are required to wear a face covering when inside. We reserve the right to ask any visitor who does not follow University protocols to leave the premises.
These protocols can be modified at any time. Please continue to visit our website for the most up-to-date information at Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.
For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, Director of Marketing and Outreach, at 570-577-3727 or by email at [email protected]