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Meredith College, Raleigh Symphony Orchestra: 150 Years of the Music of Poland

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( Sun., Oct. 20, 2019 )

Performed by Raleigh Symphony Orchestra; Jim Waddelow, conductor, Hubert Rutkowski, piano

Jones Auditorium at Meredith College, 3800 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27607


Jim Waddelow has curated a program that draws a consistent throughline of Polish influence and accomplishment – from the mid-1800’s to the 21st Century.  Our guest piano soloist is Hubert Rutkowski, who has been described as a “sensitive poet of sound” by Gramophone Magazine.

Fantasie Polonaise, Op. 19; Ignacy Jan Paderewski

Andante Spianato/Grand Polonaise in E-flat major, Op. 22; Frederic Chopin

Three Pieces in Old Style; Henryk Gorecki

Spanish Dance, Opus 12: No. 2 & 5; Moritz Moszkowski


Tickets available online.

Notes by the Music Director: Please join us on October 20 at 8:00 PM to hear 150 Years of the Music of Poland, as part of our partnership with the Paderewski Festival in Jones Auditorium at Meredith College. Our music director Jim Waddelow has curated an exciting show, and here is how he sees each composition:
PADEREWSKI | FANTASIE POLONAISE “The melodic material…is entirely original, though the influence of Polish nationalism fills the score. A grand orchestration of piccolo, two flutes, oboe, English horn, a pair of clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, expanded percussion, harp, and strings establishes that in order to have an equal partnership the piano part is a powerful one.”
MOSZKOWSKI | SPANISH DANCES “The Spanish Dances were a series of early brief piano duets. The composer later arranged them for solo piano, and the version you will hear was arranged by Philipp Scharwenka. Each dance is scored for a large Romantic-era orchestra of piccolo, two flutes, a pair of oboes, clarinets, and bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, three trombones, timpani, percussion, and strings.”
CHOPIN | ANDANTE SPIANATO AND GRAND POLONIASE "Chopin employs a curious and unusual orchestration of woodwinds in pairs, two horns, a lone bass trombone, timpani, and strings...the unexpected and jarring brass fanfares that begin Polonaise enter with jarring set the tone for a busy, almost nervous tutti introduction.”
GORECKI | THREE PIECES IN OLD STYLE “The voice leading of Three Pieces is choral in nature, and the listener will notice the striking similarities to a Renaissance-era religious work…the major-key second movement is a dance movement that serves as a nice contrast to the mood of the rest of the composition. The final movement is a chorale based on a sixteenth century Polish tune written in Dorian mode.”


$27 - $10


  • Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 8:00 PM