Symphony Orchestra of the Artur Malawski Podkarpackie Philharmonic in Rzeszów, is one of the best symphonic ensembles in Poland. It started operating in 1955. The Rzeszów Philharmonic has given concerts not only throughout Poland, but also in countries such as: Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Georgia, Spain, Lithuania, Germany, Slovakia, Ukraine, Hungary, Italy. The ensemble’s rank is evidenced by concerts in the most prestigious concert halls; between 2013 and 2020 the Symphony Orchestra of the Podkarpackie Philharmonic performed seven times at the Musikverein in Vienna, under the baton of: A. Barnas, M. Ot, J. Petrdlik, T. Wojciechowski, where it was applauded by the audience and appreciated by music critics. The ensemble cooperates with outstanding conductors, soloists and choirs from Poland and abroad. Every year, it takes part in the Music Festival in Łańcut organized by the Podkarpackie Philharmonic, which enjoys a well-deserved reputation throughout Europe. The Orchestra’s output includes a number of phonographic recordings, incl. CDs with the works of: Józef Wieniawski, Raul Koczalski, Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicz, and Missa Solemnis by Ignazy Ritter von Seyfried – awarded with the “Golden Orpheus” (Paris, 2016). The orchestra has also performed many world premieres, including works by: Joanna Bruzdowicz, “Rhapsody 1939-1945” by Leo Spellman, Cantata “Secrets of Fatima” by Henrique SilveIra, “Symphony of Light” by Stanisław Fiałkowski. The Orchestra of the Podkarpackie Philharmonic also conducts regular concert activities in the Podkarpackie Region as part of the “Open Space for Music” project, and participates in the production of performances organized as part of the program called “BOOM” (BALET, OPERA, OPERETKA, MUSICAL) at the Philharmonic! It also performs concerts dedicated to children and youth. The Orchestra’s repertoire includes symphonic works belonging to world music literature and numerous works by Polish composers, including contemporary composers. A new cultural initiative (September 2019 and 2021) is the Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music. The competition, organized by the National Institute of Music and Dance, and co-organized by the Podkarpackie Philharmonic, aims to popularize Polish music of the 19th and 20th centuries. In the final stage, the contestants were accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of the Podkarpackie Philharmonic. Since 2008, the director of the Artur Malawski Podkarpackie Philharmonic in Rzeszów has been prof. Marta Wierzbieniec.
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