The VIVAT POLONIA concert took place at the NOSPR Concert Hall in Katowice. It was a unique project promoting Polish music.
The concert was conducted by Maestro Chikara Imamura, an outstanding Japanese conductor, winner of prestigious conducting competitions: Herbert von Karajan competition in Japan, finalist of the Guido Cantelli Conductor Competition in Milan. From 1983, when he won the Grzegorz Fitelberg Competition for Conductors in Katowice, regularly returns to Poland. In the 2002-03 season he was a guest conductor of the National Opera in Warsaw. Maestro Imamura is a lover and propagator of Polish music in Japan. In February, the “Straszny dwór” ("The Haunted Manor") opera was performed in Tokyo on the occasion of "Moniuszko Year", under his baton. It was historic - first a performance of the above opera in the original Polish language. P>
The VIVAT POLONIA concert began with colorful - combined with choreography - folklore songs a'capella. Then, in tribute to the eminent Polish composer Stanisław Moniuszko, on the 200th anniversary of his birth, there were well-known songs: "Prząśniczka", „Pieśń wieczorna” ("Evening Song") and „Spod igiełek kwiaty rosną” ("From under the needles flowers grow") from the second act of the “Straszny dwór” ("The Haunted Manor") opera. In the second part of the concert the work of Łukasz Farcinkiewicz, named "Missa pro Patria", was presented. It was composed on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence.
The Girls' Cathedral Choir PUELLAE ORANTES was performing next to the SINFONIA GALICYA Orchestra, whose creator is Piotr Tarcholik - the first concertmaster of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.
The Concert Hall of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice was deliberately chosen because it is currently considered one of the best concert halls in the world in terms of acoustics. It also can seat 1,800 listeners. This year, it was admitted to the international organization ECHO, which brings together Europe's best concert halls. NOSPR has become part of the network of 21 most opinion-forming institutions in the world of European classical music.
Photo gallery (photo: Adam Wróbel)