EMMA Concert Association will bring the Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra to St. Augustine, Florida on Sunday, January 30 from 7-9 p.m. in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine. The program will include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. Tickets include free parking at the St. Johns County Council on Aging, with a complimentary shuttle to and from the venue. TICKETS: emmaconcerts.com/event/polish-wieniawski-philharmonic-orchestra/
The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1944. Its beginnings go back to numerous chamber and solo concerts given by musicians who after World War II established ties within Poland. The repertoire and artistic considerations, as well as the joy of making music together, led to a premiere chamber music concert, held on February 10, 1945 in the hall of the Music Society. This concert gave the impulse to extend the orchestra and a classical music gala was held on May 18 of the same year – which was at the same time the first symphony concert in post-war Poland. Performances in Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, Germany, South Korea, Denmark and Ukraine were acclaimed by music critics and the public. The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic has attracted a glittering list of prominent conductors, such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Antoni Wit, Kazimierz Kord, Philippe Herreweghe, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Jan Krenz, and soloists: Sviatoslav Richter, David Oistrakh, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Wanda Wiłkomirska, Nigel Kennedy, Eugen Indjic, Rafał Blechacz, Kevin Kenner, Ingolf Wunder, Yulianna Avdeeva, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Roman Lasocki, Piotr Pławner, Bartłomiej Nizioł, Tomasz Strahl, Lukas Geniušas, Corina Marti, Vadim Brodski, Ilya Grubert, Georgijs Osokins and many others. Repertoire encompasses compositions from Baroque to contemporary music. Concert programs include works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Wagner, Wieniawski, Bruckner, Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, Stravinsky, Scriabin, Shostakovich, Lutosławski, Penderecki, and many others.