Gloria Artis for Valery Gergiev

Tuesday, 11 January 2011
On Friday, the Minister of Culture, Bogdan Zdrojewski, will award the Russian conductor Valery Gergiev with the Gloria Artis Gold Medal for Merits to Culture, which is conferred for distinguished contributions to Polish art and culture.
The awarding ceremony will take place on the occasion of the Friday concert at the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, which concludes the celebrations of Fryderyk Chopin’s 200th birthday. Krzysztof Penderecki’s new work, “A sea of dreams did breathe on me… Songs of reverie and nostalgia for soprano, mezzo-soprano, baritone and orchestra“ will be premiered during the concert.
The composition was commissioned by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute. Performers include Wioletta Chodowicz (soprano), Agnieszka Rehlis (mezzo-soprano), Mariusz Godlewski (baritone), the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev.
Valery Gergiev, born in 1953 in Moscow, is general director and artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre, principal conductor of London Symphony Orchestra, and artistic director of the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg. He is particularly acclaimed for his interpretations of operas of Russian composers, especially Modest Mussorgsky, Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Sergei Prokofiev.

Source: PAP

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