Classical Music News Desk
On Friday, October 25 (7:30 pm), Krzysztof Penderecki, “Poland’s greatest living composer” (The Guardian) graces the stage of Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia for a live event hosted byHelga Davis, contributing host on Q2 Music, WQXR’s online station devoted to contemporary classical music. […] The event will be streamed live on Q2 Music at www.wqxr.org/q2music.
Symphony Space’s In the Salon series enriches musical performances by top-notch artists with informative talks and artist chats. The program consists of Penderecki’s String Quartet No. 3, performed by the Penderecki String Quartet from Canada; Sextette, played by Ensemble Pi; Cadenza, played by violist Matthew Lipman; and Capriccio, performed by cellist Jay Campbell; and Quartet for clarinet and strings, with musicians from the Yale School of Music, where Penderecki taught during the 1970s. The Yale musicians are: Nathan Lesser, violin; Colin Brookes, viola; Alan Ohkubo, cello; and Eric Anderson, clarinet. In between pieces, the composer will chat with Davis about his musical journey and current work. The result is a rare in-depth encounter with one of Europe’s most influential and honored composers.
Says Penderecki, “I have spent decades searching for and discovering new sounds. At the same time, I have closely studied the forms, styles and harmonies of past eras. I have continued to adhere to both principles…my current creative output is a synthesis.”