Music

Chopin Festival at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel

Studio 4, Flagey (Brussels)
22/09/10 - 25/09/10

To celebrate the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of Fryderyk Chopin, the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel offered people the chance to plunge into the brilliant work of the Polish composer. The involvement of teacher Abdel Rahman El Bacha, surrounded by his young piano students from the Music Chapel, and the participation of Louis Lortie and the National Orchestra of Belgium, under the direction of Polish boss Michał Dworzyński, were all signs of the quality and scale of the event, which took place at Flagey.

The Cultural Service of the Polish Embassy in Belgium was keen to get involved in this project by adding an extra, visual, dimension to it. Thus, on 25 September, two screenings were held:
The Blue Note, the most recent film on Fryderyk Chopin. Pianist Janusz Olejniczak plays the role of the composer in this unconventional work, which charts a day in the life of the artist at Nohant, George Sand’s property.
>> 13:00 Studio 5

Attention: Light! (Uwaga: Światło!, 2004). Screened for the first time in Belgium, this collaboration between Józef Robakowski & Wiesław Michalak, made as an homage to the experimentalist film maker Paul Sharitz, is a reflection on colour and Chopin’s music. >> 15:45, Foyer


 

All other concerts took place at Studio 4 in the Flagey building, which is renowned for its fantastic acoustics. On 22, 23 and 24 September, two concerts took place each evening at 20:00 and 21:30. On 25 September, they were held at 14:00 and 16:00.

Prices:
concerts with orchestra: 35 € / 25 € / 15 €
Recitals: 25 € / 15 € / 10 €
Evening Pass: 45 € / 35 €
Chopin Pass: 150 €

Performers:
National Orchestra of Belgium
Michal Dworzyński (conductor)
Abdel Rahman El Bacha, Louis Lortie, François Dumont, Plamena Mangova, Dimitris Saroglou, Christia Hudziy, Cristina Lucio-Villegas Sanz de Lara, Ksenia Morozova, Stéphanie Proot, Amandine Savary, Nicholas Van de Velde, Samuel Van de Velde (piano)
Trio d’Ante
Helen Kearns
(soprano)
Christian-Pierre La Marca (cello)

A list of all of the concerts, prices and forms can be found on the Flagey internet site and in the booklet (PDF) at the bottom of this page.


 Programme:

22 September, 20:00

National Orchestra of Belgium
Michal Dworzyński
, conductor

Félix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, The Hebrides (Overture), Op 26
Fryderyk Chopin, Grande Polonaise brillante, in E-flat major, Op 22 (1836)
Christia Hudziy, piano

Fryderyk Chopin, Concerto for piano and orchestra n° 2 in F-minor, Op 21 (1829/30)
Abdel Rahman El Bacha, piano

To find out about this concert on the Flagey site: click HERE

22 September, 21:45

Stephanie Proot, piano
Fryderyk Chopin,
Polonaise n° 1 in C-sharp minor, Op 26 (1831)
Polonaise n° 2 in E-flat minor, Op 26 (1836)
Polonaise n° 1 in A-major, Op 40 (‘Military’, 1838)
Polonaise n° 2 in C-minor, Op 40 (1839)
Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op 60 (1846)
Polonaise in A-flat major, Op 53 (‘ Heroic’, 1842)

Amandine Savary, piano
Christian-Pierre La Marca, cello
Fryderyk Chopin, Sonata for cello and piano in G-minor, Op 65 (1846/7)

To find out about this concert on the Flagey site: click HERE

23 September, 20:00

National Orchestra of Belgium
Michal Dworzyński
, conductor
Robert Schumann, Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Op 52
Fryderyk Chopin, Fantasy on Polish Airs for piano and orchestra in A-major, Op 13 (1829)
>> Stephanie Proot, piano

Fryderyk Chopin, Variations for piano et orchestra on ‘Là ci darem la mano’ by W. A. Mozart in B-flat major, Op 2 (1827/8)
>> Ksenia Morozova, piano

To find out about this concert on the Flagey site: click HERE

23 September, 21:30

Louis Lortie, piano
Fryderyk Chopin,
Twelve Etudes (dedicated to his friend Franz Liszt), Op 10
Twelve Etudes (dedicated to the Countess d’Agoult), Op 25 (1833/7) 

To find out about this concert on the Flagey site: click HERE

24 September, 20:00

Cristina Lucio-Villegas Sanz de Lara, piano
Fryderyk Chopin,
Nocturne n° 1 in F-major, Op 15 (1831/3)
Nocturne n° 1, in B-major, Op 62 (1845)
Nocturne n° 2, in E-major, Op 62 (1846)
Sonata for piano n° 3 in B-minor, Op 58 (1844)

François Dumont, piano
Helen Kearns, soprano
Polish songs for piano and voice, Op 74 (1829/47)

François Dumont, piano
Lullaby in D-flat major, Op 57 (1844)
Impromptu n° 1 in A-flat major, Op 29 (1837)

François Dumont, piano
Helen Kearns, soprano
Franz Liszt, Oh! quand je dors, S. 282
Vincenzo Bellini, La sonnambula (Amina) ‘Ah! non credea mirarti’

François Dumont, piano
Fryderyk Chopin, Polonaise-Fantaisie n° 7 in A-flat major, Op 61 (1846)

François Dumont, piano
Helen Kearns, soprano
Gaetano Donizetti, Lucia di Lammermoor (Lucia) ‘Regnava nel silencio’

To find out about this concert on the Flagey site: click HERE

24 September, 21:30

Abdel Rahman El Bacha, piano
Fryderyk Chopin,
24 Preludes (in ascending order of key in major/minor, sharp followed by flat), Op 28 (1838/9)
Sonata for piano n° 2 in B-flat minor, Op 35 (‘Funeral March’, 1839)

To find out about this concert on the Flagey site: click HERE

25 September, 14:00

Samuel Van de Velde, piano
Fryderyk Chopin,
Waltz No. 2 in B minor, op. 62
Fantasy-Impromptu n° 4 in C-sharp minor, Op 66 (circa 1843)

Dimitris Saroglou, piano
Fryderyk Chopin, Fantasy-Impromptu n° 4 in C-sharp minor (Fontana version), Op 66 (circa 1843)

Nicholas Van de Velde, piano
Fryderyk Chopin,
Grande Valse brillante in E-flat major, Op 18 (1833)
Nocturne n° 2 in E-flat major, Op 9 (1830/2)
Scherzo n° 2 in B-flat minor, Op 31 (1835/7)

Dimitris Saroglou, piano
Fryderyk Chopin,
Nocturne n° 2 in F-sharp major, Op 15 (1831/3)
Waltz n° 1 (‘Little Dog Waltz’ or ‘Minute Waltz’), in D-flat major, Op 64 (1840)
Ballade n° 4 in F minor, Op 52 (1842)

25 September, 16:00

Christia Hudziy, piano
Fryderyk Chopin,
Nocturne n° 1 in C-minor, Op 48 (1841)
Scherzo n° 2 in B-flat minor, Op 31 (1835/7)
Scherzo n° 4 in E-major, Op 54 (1842)

Trio D’Ante
Fryderyk Chopin, Trio for piano, violin and cello in G-minor, Op 8 (1829)




25 September, 13:00 > 17:30

>> 13:00 (Studio 5)
Screening of The Blue Note by Andrzej Żuławski (1991)
With Janusz Olejniczak in the role of Fryderyk Chopin

>> 15:15 (Studio 5)
‘Chopin correspondence’ : readings by Jérôme Giersé

>> 15:45 (Foyer)
Józef Robakowski & Wiesław Michalak, Attention: Light !, ‘Uwaga: Światło!’ (2004)
Art video

>> 13:00-17:30 (Studios 2 et 3)
Childrens workshops run by the Jeunesses Musicales-Bruxelles/Jeugd en Muziek-Brussel

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