Contemporary Polish Music for Cello and Piano

Center for New Music @ 55 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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The Cracow Duo, cellist Jan Kalinowski and pianist Marek Szlezer, visit us on their US tour from Poland. The world premiere of "Esplegar", a piece by David Rodriguez de la Pena written expressly for the duo, shares the stage with P rt s Spiegel im Spiegel and Polish composers: Lutos awski, Panufnik, Opa ka, Wid ak, Chyrzy ski, Polaczyk.

Tickets: $15 General, $10 Members, Students, Seniors
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Cellist Jan Kalinowski and pianist Marek Szlezer have been close friends since childhood. For the last 15 years, as the Cracow Duo - Kalinowski & Szlezer, they have championed music by lesser-known Polish composers as they explore a larger repertoire of global contemporary music, performing at home in Poland and around the world. With their longstanding friendship, they have a wonderfully natural rapport, and there is an arresting quality to their playing that gives life to the music. (The Strad)

The duo dedicates this program to crossing borders. The program includes works by Polish and international composers.

Tomasz Jakub Opa ka The Glitch (2015)
Arvo P rt Spiegel im Spiegel (1978)
Andrzej Panufnik Dreamscape (1977)
Witold Lutos awski Grave, Metamorphoses for cello and piano (1981)
intermission
Jakub Polaczyk Act for T.K (2017)
David Rodriguez de la Pena Desplegar (2017) (world premiere)
Marcel Chyrzy ski Farewell (2013)
Wojciech Wid ak All my angers (2013)

About Jan Kalinowski, Cello
Jan Kalinowski studied at the Music Academy in Cracow, the cole Normale de Musique in Paris, and the Staatliche Hochschule f r Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart. He has recorded several albums for Dux and EMI, receiving critical acclaim from Gramophone, Kulturspiegel, The Strad, Pizzicato, Fanfare, and American Record s Guide. His prizes include the Gramophone Editors Choice, La Clef de Resmusica, and the Prix de la SACD.

About Marek Szlezer, Piano
Marek Szlezer is one of the most active polish pianists, a laureate of significant national, and international competitions. He is a graduate of the Academy of Music in Krak w, Ecole Normale in Paris, and Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium. He has performed in venues including Carnegie Hall, Palais des Beaux Arts, St.Martin-in-the-fields, Seoul Arts Center, Palacio de Bellas Artes, and Salle Cortot. He was honored to perform on Chopin s original piano at the Jagiellonian University the night Poland entered the European Union.

This concert is presented in conjunction with the Stowarzyszenie Artystyczne "Porta Musicae", the Polish Cultural Institute New York, and curator Julia Ogrydziak at the Center for New Music.



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