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Warsaw Philharmonic at Emory University

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November 13th, 2012

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Warsaw Philharmonic

If there was one concert worth seeing this year at Emory, it was the one given by the Warsaw Philharmonic conducted by Antoni Wit last Friday. From the plain flute intro in Lutoslawski’s arrangement of various Polish folk melodies, to the loud, exuberant end to Dvorak’s Eighth Symphony, the orchestra always made each musical figure seem personal and rich with emotion without ever letting a hint of monotony slip by. The highlight of the night though was their performance of Chopin’s second Piano Concerto with Yulianna Avdeeva. Her soulful take on the piece, which should be especially noted during her interpretation of the drama expressed in the concerto’s recurring theme, created an experience difficult to parallel by today’s performances of the work. And after the orchestra’s final movement of the Dvorak Symphony, their encore performance of Brahms’s 5th Hungarian Dance was simply pure fun. It lightened the mood of the room after the powerful final chords of their symphony, and left the audience with a night they would never forget. –Oscar Gryn

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