In Memoriam Henryk Mikołaj Górecki

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On November 8, 2011 (Le) Poisson Rouge and the Polish Cultural Institute New York co-presented In Memoriam Henryk Mikołaj Górecki to commemorate the first anniversary of the legendary Polish composer's passing. Join us Thursday, January 19 at 7 pm and Saturday, January 21 at 1 pm for a webcast of the entire show, featuring JACK Quartet, Signal Ensemble, and a pre-show discussion between LPR's artistic director Ronen Givony and Nonesuch Records president Robert Hurwitz.

JACK Quartet opens the concert with Górecki's String Quartet No. 2, Quasi una Fantasia. Originally composed for Kronos Quartet, JACK offers an emotional and haunting performance of the piece, which alternates a solemn, funereal atmosphere with a demonic, relentlessly shrieking march led by the violins.

Signal Ensemble, led by Brad Lubman, delivers the second half of the memorial show with a powerful performance of Gorecki’s Kleines Requiem für eine Polka. Originally commissioned by the Holland Festival and the Schönberg Ensemble, the continuous, four-movement work acts as a striking counterpoint to the string quartet, moving from somber bell tolls, to a middle sections of zany, circus-like music before returning to the tranquil, contemplative atmosphere of the opening.

Don't forget to poke around the Q2 Live Concert archive for more exciting live performances at your fingertips. You can access Q2 24/7 through our pop-out audio player or iTunes. (L)PR’s Technical Director is Richie Clarke and this concert was mixed by Damon Whittemore.