The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice is performing ICMA’s Gala Concert 2018 tomorrow, 6 April at the NOSPR Concert Hall in Katowice. The concert will be conducted by NOSPR Music Director Alexander Liebreich, as well as by Manfred Honeck, Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony and ICMA Artist of the Year. The Orchestra, « ranks among the leading European ensembles », the Jury says, and is a winner of an ICMA Special Achievement Award. Alexander Liebreich won in the category Contemporary Music with the recording of Tigran Mansurian’s Requiem.
The concert also will feature other ICMA winners form the 2018 roster, Christoph Sietzen, Young Artist of the Year « ( His playing is always elegant, soulful and atmospheric… »), Szymon Nehring, Outstanding Young Polish Artist (« His playing is full of fantasy and spontaneity, and his sound is of noble beauty ») Yuan Yu, Discovery Award winner « ( technically outstanding, … silvery, fine and classy sound »), Stefan Temmingh, winner in the category Baroque Instrumental (« …astonishing virtuosity and, above all, profound musicality ») and the Belcea Quartet representing Alpha, ICMA Label of the Year, « one of the most interesting record labels on the market. »
Here is the program:
Avner Dorman: Frozen in Time, Percussion Concerto, 1st mvt. Indoafrica (Christoph Sietzen)
Leos Janacek: String Quartet No. 1 Kreutzer Sonata (Belcea Quartet)
Antonin Dvorak: Rusalka-Fantasy (Arr. Thomas Ille) (Manfred Honeck)
Witold Lutoslawski: Variations on a Theme by Paganini (Szymon Nehring)
Georg Philipp Telemann Concerto TWV 51:C1 in C-Dur (Stefan Temmingh)
Carl Nielsen: Flute Concerto (1st mvt) (Yu Yuan)
Karol Szymanowski; Concert Overture in E major, Op. 12
Prior to the concert, ICMA President Remy Franck will present the Award Ceremony at the NOSPR chamber hall, where about 100 Jury members, ICMA winners, label and industry representatives will attend.