Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra


Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra

Thursday, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Weis Center Auditorium

Principal conductor: Wojciech Rodek

Agata Szymczewska, violin soloist

First-prize winner of the 13th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznań, Poland, violinist Agata Szymczewska is acclaimed by audiences around the world. 

Paweł Wakarecy, piano soloist
In the 16th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland (2010), pianist Paweł Wakarecy was given the special award "for the most highly assessed Polish participant."

The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in December 1944, but 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 Feb. 10, 1945. This concert provided the momentum for an orchestra and a classical music gala May 18 of the same year — the first symphony concert in post-war Poland. Since then, the Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra has gone on many concert tours.

More recent performances in Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, Germany, South Korea, Denmark and Ukraine were acclaimed both by the critics and the public. The orchestra has participated in numerous international festivals and Franco Ferrara Conductors' Seminar in Siena, Italy.

The group is the largest music institution in eastern Poland. It is enjoyed not only by local music lovers, but also by cosmopolitan Polish and international patrons alike. The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra offers symphony concerts, recitals, and organ and chamber music soirées, performed by the most prominent Polish musicians and internationally acclaimed artists.

While at the Weis Center, the orchestra will perform Brahms: Variations on a Theme of Haydn • Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 • Beethoven: Symphony No 5. 

Rodek Wojciech
Agata Szymczewska, violin soloist
Paweł Wakarecy, piano soloist
Principal conductor: Wojciech RodekAgata Szymczewska, violin soloistPaweł Wakarecy, piano soloist


Ticket Information

Adults: $35
Seniors 62+: $28
Youth 18 and under: $25
Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2): $25
Bucknell students (limit 2): $10
Non-Bucknell students (limit 2): $25



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