Famed Composer Penderecki Cancels Performances with Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Bruno Fidrych)

Famed Polish Composer Krzysztof Penderecki has canceled his appearances with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, according to the official notice on the institution’s website. Penderecki was slated to conduct two concerts on January 25 and January 26, 2020.

As a result, conductor Maciej Tworek will take over the musical direction of a program that includes Penderecki’s Viola Concerto (version for Cello and Orchestra) and the Swiss premiere of the Concertino for the Trumpet and Orchestra.

After the interval, the Swiss premiere of the famous Penderecki’s Symphony No. 6 “Chinese Poems” for baritone and orchestra will be performed. The work had its world premiere on September 24, 2017 with the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra.

The list of soloists includes baritone Thomas E. Bauer, cellist László Fenyö  and a trumpeter Gábor Boldoczki.

Krzysztof Penderecki has become famous for his extensive work which includes eight symphonies and other orchestral pieces, a variety of instrumental concerts, as well as four operas – “The Devils of Loudun,” “Paradise Lost,” “Die schwarze Maske,” and “Ubu Rex.”