Premiere in Portugal of Penderecki’s work opens season of Metropolitana

The Metropolitan Orchestra of Lisbon (OML) today premieres in the national halls the piece ‘Largo, for cello and orchestra’, by Krzysztof Penderecki, at the Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) in Lisbon, with cellist Adrian Brendel.

The orchestra, directed by Pedro Amaral, its titular conductor since January, and artistic director since 2013, premieres a play by the Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, 84, an associate artist of the current season, with one of the musicians from the DSCH-Schostakovich Ensemble , associated grouping of the season. The Concerto for Orchestra by Béla Bartók (1881-1945) will also be heard.

Last June, at the presentation of the current season, the executive director of the Music, Education and Culture Association (AMEC), which oversees OML, António Mega Ferreira, highlighted OML’s “constant growth in public”.

Speaking to the Lusa news agency, Mega Ferreira said, without citing figures, “We have data showing that the number of spectators has been increasing from season to season.”

In addition to the dean of the Polish composers, other invited artists are the DSCH-Schostakovich Ensemble, whose artistic director is the pianist Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro, and the plastic artist Pedro Proença, author of several posters that illustrate the season.

Since 2013/14, OML has guest artists with whom it works. In 2017/18, the cellist Pavel Gomziakov, the composer Magnus Lindberg and the photographer Joel Santos had this status.

The program of 2018/19, oriented in three axes – Baroque, Symphonic and Classical Season – has foreseen, among other projects, in December, a concert in memory of the writer José Saramago (1922-2010), that was distinguished 20 years ago with the Nobel of Literature.

The composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki will lead the OML in June of next year.

In November, you will also be in Lisbon. Poland will be a regular presence in the OML season, in the context of the centennial of independence in 1918, which will be celebrated at the concert on November 18 at CCB, directed by Penderecki, which will feature the Polish Radio Choir.

António Mega Ferreira said that Penderecki is “of [contemporary] composers, which has the longest presence, on a regular basis, in Portuguese halls, at least since the 1970s.” Throughout the season, the OML will interpret several pieces of the composer.

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