Krzysztof Penderecki Festival in Zabrze

A performance of the quintet, “Leaves from an Unwritten Diary” by Krzysztof Penderecki, will open our new annual festival. Maestro Penderecki, to whom this festival is dedicated, is one of the greatest composers of modern times, and will be in attendance. This is an extraordinary event, not only because its patron is celebrating his 80th birthday, but because of its unorthodox concert venue 320 meters underground!
The old “Guido” coal mine, where not so long ago one could only hear the noise of mining equipment, will be filled with music. Not just any music, but chamber music, which Krzysztof Penderecki himself describes as “the most noble form of music.”
The performing artists are selected from Maestro Penderecki’s closest artistic friends, and are all of international acclaim.
During the final gala concert, they will perform onstage as soloists with orchestra. You shall witness the Polish premier of Penderecki’s “Adagio,” which is a new string version of the movement from Symphony No.3, as well as enjoy the virtuosity of the splendid clarinetist Michel Lethiec in Rossini’s “Introduction, Theme and Variations.”
Since one can never be bored with Rossini, who’s favourite saying was, “Every kind of music is good, except the boring kind,” you will surely not be either at our festival!
At this interdisciplinary event, you will discover ambitious and sophisticated music, presented in a comprehensive manner, framed by multimedia and live music production. The concerts will be accompanied by an art exhibition by Bartosz Sikorski, as well as an international competition of modern art, inspired by the great Krzysztof Penderecki. One hundred years after the revolutionary and scandalous premier of Stravinsky’s ballet “Sacre du printemps” in Paris, we will present a production by The Polish Dance Theatre, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, featuring Itamar Golan and Natsuko Inoue in the version for piano four-hands.
The year 2013 commemorates plenty of anniversaries, including Verdi’s 200th and Lutosławski’s 100th, and you will also find them in the programme.
Together with Mr. And Mrs. Penderecki, we will plant a special variety of Japanese cherry tree, courtesy of the Japanese Embassy, and lay a cornerstone (of coal!) to represent the “(…) unwritten (…) leaves” of the First International Krzysztof Penderecki Festival “Level 320.” The most important “page” we are leaving to you, because we would like you, the audience, to be the essence of it.
Jurek Dybał