The Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, which visits the Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo on Wednesday, has finally announced its full program and a change.
The big news (for me, at least) is that conductor Antoni Wit and ensemble will perform music by the great Witold Lutoslawski. If I’m not mistaken, this is the first time I will have heard a piece by Lutoslawski performed by a professional ensemble here in deepest, darkest Orange County.
OK, so the Warsawites will only be playing the safe and sane “Little Suite,” based on folk music, but it’s a start. (I don’t know the piece and will be doing my due diligence before the concert, but I know it’s a work that won’t ruffle feathers.)
Wit and the orchestra also changed their finale from Brahms’ Second to Dvorak’s Eighth, a substitution I’m all for.
In between, we’ll get a gander at Chopin Competition winner Yulianna Avdeeva in the composer’s F-minor concerto.
It must have been in the 1980s that the Warsaw Philharmonic came to OCPAC and they performed Lutoslawski’s Livre, which was great to hear. I remember the head of the Philharmonic Society (before Dean Corey) came out on stage before they performed it and threatened to lock the doors!
Also, for non-professional ensemble, a certain OC high school orchestra has performed Lutoslawski’s Partita and Grave
I expect no less from your orchestra, Chris.