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Courtesy of Juilliard, design: Don Giordano
Juilliard
in collaboration with
the Polish Cultural Institute in New York
presents


FOCUS! Festival
Polish Modern:
New Directions in Polish Music Since 1945


Saturday, January 22, 2011 - Friday, January 28, 2011

The Juilliard School
Paul Recital Hall

60 Lincoln Center Plaza
(65th St. between Amsterdam and Columbus Aves)
New York, NY

Alice Tully Hall
1941 Broadway (on 65th St.)
New York, NY 10023



Tickets: FREE, but required, and will be available January 6, 2011 from the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard (155 West 65th Street between)
Tel. 212.769.7406 

FOCUS! 2011, Juilliard's 27th annual mid-winter festival of 'new' music, presents Polish Modern: New Directions in Polish Music Since 1945 with six free concerts from Saturday, January 22 Friday, January 28, 2011. The composers presented on the FOCUS! festival represent several generations and a broad range of styles from Krysztof Penderecki, Boguslaw Schaeffer, Kazimierz Serocki and others born before the mid-1930s; to composers including Krysztof Knittel, Aleksander Lason, Marian Sawa, and Stanislaw Moryto from the 1940s; to Pawel Szymanski, Tadeusz Wielecki, and those born ten years later; and Pawel Mykietyn, Aleksandra Gryka, Wojciech Zimowit Zych, and the 1970s generation.


The festival opens with the New Juilliard Ensemble, conducted by founder Joel Sachs, performing works by Grazyna Bacewicz, Wojciech Kilar, Zygmunt Krauze, Elzbieta Sikora, and Tadeusz Wielecki. The closing concert, performed by the Juilliard Orchestra and led by conductor Jeffrey Milarsky, features a musical Portrait of Witold Lutoslawski, one of the 20th century's major composers. The program includes Lutoslawski's Overture for Strings, Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Partita for Violin and Orchestra, and the Symphony No. 4.


On Monday, January 24 through Thursday, January 27, the FOCUS! festival presents four concerts of chamber and solo works by contemporary Polish composers, performed by Juilliard students at the School's Paul Hall. Other highlights of the festival include a film screening and a panel discussion about contemporary music in Poland with editor-in-chief of the Polish Music Publishing House and program director of the Polish Music Festival, Andrzej Kosowski; president of the Polish Composers' Union, Jerzy Kornowicz; composer Elzbieta Sikora; and director of the Warsaw Autumn Festival, Tadeusz Wielecki, moderated by Joel Sachs.


COMPLETE PROGRAM

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