Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra

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In a Nutshell

Far from their home base of Gdańsk on the Baltic Sea, the Polish Baltic Philharmonic performs an all-Beethoven program

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Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra

When World War II ended, Europe began rebuilding: its citizens cleared away rubble, redrew borders, and sought to replace desolation with beauty. In that spirit, the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra—first called the Gdańsk Symphony, for its home city of Gdańsk on the Baltic Sea—was born. Seven decades later, the orchestra has grown into the largest music institution in northern Poland. 

Now, to celebrate their achievements and share their skill, the group heads on a tour across the U.S. led by principal guest conductor Bogusław Dawidow. Besides holding hands at all times so they don’t get separated, the expert musicians fill a program with three celebrated works from one of Europe’s greatest composers.

  • Beethoven—Overture to Egmont: The earthquake-low opening strains that give way to a melody both ominous and triumphant are an homage to the Count of Egmont, a political martyr who gave his life to fight tyranny; the piece gained a second life as the unofficial anthem of the 1956 Hungarian revolution.
  • Beethoven—Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Emperor: Beethoven’s last piano concerto, and arguably his most well-known, grew out of war. In 1809 Austria was fending off Napoleon’s France once again, and as the French artillery assaulted Vienna, Beethoven hid in the cellar of a friend’s house with a pillow over his head to protect what little remained of his hearing. Months later, after regaining his concentration, he set to work on this piece, which undulates in three movements marked by a back and forth between piano and orchestra.
  • Beethoven—Symphony No. 5: everyone knows the iconic four-note melody that opens this composition. Dark and bold, it heralds the start of a four-movement symphony that sprang from turmoil both political and personal. When Beethoven wrote it, the Napoleonic Wars were roiling Vienna and Europe at large, and the composer himself was losing his hearing. Despite these obstacles and an initially lukewarm reception, Beethoven’s Fifth has since become one of the most famous symphonies of all time.

State Theatre New Jersey

The State Theatre New Jersey was saved, as its website states, from "the ravages of time." Built in 1921 as a vaudeville and silent-film palace, the venue fell on hard times in the 1970s. In 2003, however, a $3 million renovation restored the State Theatre New Jersey to much of its original glory, as crews painstakingly rehabbed the ornamental plaster, terracotta exterior, and actor holding cells. Inside the theater, a stunning chandelier sparkles more brightly than ever below the venue's signature dome.

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