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The Silesian String Quartet: Szymon Krzeszowiec violin Arkadiusz Kubica violin Lukasz Syrnicki viola Piotr Janosik cello © Krzysztof Lisiak
Symphony Space
in association with
the Polish Cultural Institute in New York
and in partnership with other New York City-based cultural institutions and consulates


Saturday, May 15, 2010
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Symphony Space
Peter Jay Sharp Theater, New York, NY

Tickets: FREE  

Symphony Space's annual gift to New York - The New York Times

The Silesians play with fierceness and empathetic focus - Fanfare Magazine

... a group of fearless and exquisitely accomplished players, fluent interpreters of their countrymen's music - Classics Today

This year, Symphony Space's celebrated annual Wall to Wall marathon will showcase the wealth of music composed in Central and Eastern Europe from the end of World War I, through the Cold War, to the fall of Communism. The twelve-hour marathon will feature a broad cross-section of music from behind the Iron Curtain and will include world and U.S. premieres along with rare works from a period that while marked by political repression, nonetheless witnessed extraordinary musical achievement.

Highlights include performances by Poland's renowned Silesian String Quartet, as well as The St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic (in their U.S. debut), Armenian pianist and composer Artur Avanesov, and the Romanian jazz artist Maria Raducanu. Participating US-based artists include Metropolitan Opera star Sasha Cooke, pianists Gilbert Kalish and Nurit Tilles, flautist Eugenia Zukerman, The Quintet of the Americas, Continuum, Colorado Quartet, Western Wind Vocal Ensemble, Iktus Percussion Quartet, and The Poulenc Trio, among many others.

Works to be performed throughout the day include pieces by Polish composers Grazyna Bacewicz, Aleksander Tansman, Krzysztof Penderecki, Andrzej Krzanowski, Henryk MikoBaj Gorecki, Szymon Laks, Witold Lutoslawski, Andrzej Panufnik, as well as Sergei Prokofiev, Tigran Mansurian, Gyorgy Kurtag, Arvo Part, Alfred Schnittke, Giya Kancheli, and Sofia Gubaidulina.

Founded in 1978, The Silesian String Quartet is one of Europe's preeminent chamber music ensembles and is made up entirely of graduates of the Academy of Music in Katowice. The Quartet has over 300 pieces of chamber literature in its repertoire, predominantly by twentieth-century composers; and it has premiered 100 works, many of them dedicated to the ensemble. The Quartet has more than a 1000 concerts to its name, has played at festivals around the globe, and has won numerous awards, for both its concerts and many of the nearly 30 CDs to its name.

Wall to Wall Behind the Wall is Symphony Space's 41st free music marathon, and its first with such an international scope. The program is curated by Symphony Space Associate Artistic Director Laura Kaminsky, who has lived and worked in Eastern Europe. Past marathons have explored the work of Sondheim, Beethoven, Bach, Weill, Ellington and other legendary creators.

Symphony Space and its cultural partners will host a series of open rehearsals and panel discussions with composers, performers, and scholars during the week leading up to the marathon. More information coming soon.

The Silesian String Quartet Program

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Program of the Marathon

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