Opera House celebrates year of Polish Szymanowski Sunday

Sherine Abdel Monaim
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CAIRO: The Opera House will celebrate the year of the Polish composer Karol Szymanowski in the Small Hall next Sunday by presenting a violin and piano recital in tandem with the Polish Embassy in Cairo.

The Sejm (Polish Parliament) adopted a resolution announcing 2007 The year of Karol Szymanowski last November.

Szymanowski (1882-1937) is considered to be the father of Polish music in the 20th century. Poland is also famous for being the birthplace of Frédéric Chopin.

“Szymanowski is credited for bringing back spirit and liveliness to Polish music after a period of stagnation followed by the death of Chopin, said Gabriela Piotrowska, who is in charge of cultural and press affairs at the embassy.

Karol Szymanowski s works included four symphonies, two violin concertos, the operas Hagith and King Roger, the ballet-pantomime Harnasie, the oratorio Stabat Mater, as well as numerous piano, violin, vocal and choral compositions.

The Polish composer s music became distinctive as he drew upon Polish folk themes, especially from the Podhale mountain region around Zakopane, to define uniquely Polish music.

On Sunday, June 10 at 9 pm, Szymanowski s works will be played by Robert Szrder, Piotr Jasiurkowski, and Hossam Shehata on violin and Mohamed Saleh on the piano.

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