WQXR's Q2 Music presents "Celebrating Poland: Lutoslawki, Penderecki and New Music Now

Q2 Music presents
Celebrating Poland: Lutosławski, Penderecki and New Music Now

A Tribute to Polish Composers
With Three 24-Hour Marathons and Two Live Audio Webcasts,
presented in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute New York 

Celebrating Poland kicks off on Friday, October 25 at q2music.org/celebratingpoland/


(October 15, 2013 -- NEW YORK, NY)— This fall marks the centenary of composer-conductor Witold Lutosławski, revered cultural icon and generous patriarch to a generation of younger composers, and the 80th birthday of Kyzystof Penderecki whose relentless forays into musical modernism sent shockwaves across academia and pop culture.

In honor of these great composers and Poland’s massive contributions to 20th and 21st century classical music, WQXR’s online contemporary stream, Q2 Music, presents CELEBRATING POLAND: Lutosławski, Penderecki and New Music Now, a festival including live webcasts from Symphony Space and three 24-hour marathons on www.wqxr.org/q2music.

There’s no doubt that Poland is one of today’s international capitols for new music,” said Alex Ambrose, Producer for Q2 Music. “We’re thrilled for the myriad discoveries and unrelenting beauty and power of music that our listeners have ahead of them during these special webcasts and marathons.”  


All marathons run from 12:01AM to 11:59PM


On Friday, October 25, Phil Kline will host an all-day marathon examining the strength and diversity of contemporary classical music from Poland, including original electronic music miniatures by New York-based Polish composer Jakub Ciupinski. At 7:30PM the marathon will go live to Symphony Space with a concert of Penderecki’s music hosted by Helga Davis and featuring an on-stage interview with Penderecki himself. Artists include the Penderecki Quartet, Ensemble Pi, violist Matthew Lipman, cellist Jay Campbell, and members of the Yale School of Music.


On Thursday, October 31, Polish composers will be featured prominently in Q2 Music’s Halloween marathon – a 24-hour scare-athon of eerie music and slasher film scores.  Penderecki’s textured, psychologically pungent compositions have been used extensively in horror and suspense films, including William Friedkin’s The Exorcist, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, and David Lynch’s Inland Empire, among others.  Wojciech Kilar’s chilling music has appeared in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, fellow Pole Roman Polanski’s Ninth Gate, as well as numerous Polish-language horror films.


On Tuesday, November 12, Q2 Music will honor the 100th birthday of Lutosławski with a 24-hour marathon examining the full spectrum of and story behind Lutosławski’s contributions to 20th century classical music. Host Nadia Sirota will guide both the newcomer and the seasoned listener through the many period of Lutosławski’s creative evolution. The marathon will include seven one-hour episodes curated by composer and Lutosławski scholar Steven Stucky as well as an interview with noted Lutosławski proponent, conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen.


Friday, October 25th at 7:30PM --“Krzysztof Pendereckipresented on Q2 Music as part of “New Music from Poland”

Repertoire includes:

Cadenza for solo viola/ Penderecki/ Matthew Lipman, Viola
String Quartet No. 3/ Penderecki/ Penderecki Quartet
Capriccio per Siegfried Palm for solo cello / Penderecki/ Jay Campbell, Cello
Clarinet Quartet/ Penderecki/ Eric Anderson, Clarinet; Nathan Lesser, Violin; Colin Brookes, Viola; Alan Ohkubo, Cello
Sextet / Penderecki

Friday, December 13 at 7:30PM – “Witold Lutosławski: A Centennial Tribute”

Q2 Music will bring audiences a live concert from Symphony Space with the New York-based American Contemporary Music Ensemble performing chamber works by Lutosławski. The evening will include composer a conversation about the legacy of Lutosławski between Steven Stucky and Symphony Space’s artistic director, Laura Kaminsky.  

Repertoire includes:

Sacher Variation for solo cello/ Lutosławski/ ACME
Bukoliki for viola and cello/ Lutosławski/ ACME
String Quartet/ Lutosławski/ ACME
Dialoghi for solo cello/ Stucky/ ACME
Nell'ombra, nella luce for string quartet/ Stucky/ ACME

All marathons and live performances will be streamed live and will be available for on-demand listening at www.Q2Music.org. Tickets for live performances at Symphony Space can be purchased at www.SymphonySpace.org.


Celebrating Poland: Lutosławski, Penderecki and New Music Now is supported, in part, by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of Polska Music programme.



Q2 Music is WQXR's online music station dedicated to contemporary classical composers, innovative ensembles, and vibrant, live webcasts from New York City's leading new-music venues. Q2 Music, a live 24/7 music stream available at www.wqxr.org/q2music, includes immersive festivals, insightful commentary from hosts and composers, full-length album streams, in-depth interviews with trend-setting artists, and special live events at The Greene Space at WQXR. Q2 Music is also available via the free WQXR app.


The Polish Cultural Institute New York, established in 2000, is a diplomatic mission dedicated to nurturing and promoting cultural ties between the United States and Poland. The Institute initiates, organizes, promotes, and produces a broad range of cultural events in theater, music, dance, film, literature, and the arts. It has collaborated with such cultural institutions as the Lincoln Center Festival, BAM, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, The Museum of Modern Art, The Jewish Museum, PEN World Voices Festival, Yale University, Columbia University, and many more. http://www.polishculture-nyc.org/