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Boston Baroque to perform at the prestigious Beethoven Easter Festival in Poland

March 23, 2015

Boston, MA—Boston Baroque is excited to update its previous announcement of October 16, 2014 of the ensemble’s tour to Warsaw and Katowice, Poland. The tour departs from Boston’s Logan Airport on Air France flight AF 333 on Sunday, March 29 at 8:45 pm to perform three concerts at the 19th edition of the world-renowned Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival. Previously the orchestra was contracted to perform 2 concerts; a third concert, an additional performance of Messiah on April 2, was added to the itinerary in January 2015. Ernst & Young, with offices in Boston and Poland and the Boston-based firms Carbonite and Orchid Technologies are sponsoring Boston Baroque’s appearances at the festival.

The Beethoven Easter Festival, (Wielkanocny Festiwal Ludwiga van Beethovena) which is presented by Poland’s Ludwig van Beethoven Association, is Poland’s largest classical music celebration featuring internationally acclaimed virtuosos, choirs and orchestras, as well as Poland’s most outstanding musicians. Boston Baroque performed at the 2003 festival for the first time to rave reviews.

A total of 69 musicians and 3 staff members will be on this tour! Included are thirty-two orchestra members [and their instruments], thirty chorus members, Music Director Martin Pearlman and six soloists–soprano Yulia Van Doren, soprano Teresa Wakim, mezzo-soprano Anne McMahon Quintero, tenor Thomas Cooley, tenor Aaron Sheehan and bass-baritone Kevin Deas. Executive Director Miguel Rodriguez and 2 additional staff members will accompany the performers and patrons on this tour.

The orchestra, chorus and soloists return to Boston on Friday, April 3 on Air France at 6:15 pm. Boston Baroque’s musicians will be accommodated at the Regent Warsaw Hotel March 30 – 31 and at the Hotel Qubus Perstige Katowice April 1 – 3. In addition, 20 patrons will be traveling with the orchestra and participating in the sold-out luxury Patron Tour, designed by R. Crusoe & Sons.

Ambassador Stephen Mull, the United States Ambassador to Poland, will be welcoming Boston Baroque and its accompanying patrons with a gala reception immediately following the first performance at Warsaw Philharmonic Hall on Tuesday, March 31.

Boston Baroque will perform two signature works of its repertoire. Firtst, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 at Warsaw Philharmonic Hall at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, March 31. Featured soloists for this concert are soprano Yulia Van Doren, soprano Teresa Wakim, tenor Thomas Cooley, tenor Aaron Sheehan and Boston Baroque Chorus.

Two performances of Handel’s Messiah will follow at the brand new National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Hall in Katowice at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 1 and Thursday, April 2. These concerts will feature soprano Yulia Van Doren, mezzo-soprano Anne McMahon Quintero, tenor Thomas Cooley, bass-baritone Kevin Deas and the Boston Baroque Chorus.

Boston Baroque is excited to perform in the fabulous new 25,000 square meter concert hall in Katowice, which seats 1800. The National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Hall, which opened last fall, was designed by Konior Studio Architects and its acoustics meet the highest standards, as designed by Yasuhisa Toyota, of Nagata Acoustics. Toyota has been chief acoustician for over 50 projects worldwide, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Bard College Performing Arts Center in New York and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City.

“We are thrilled to again host this wonderful orchestra and chorus. Since their riveting performance in 2003, we have been eagerly anticipating their return to the Festival.” said Elzbieta Penderecka, President of the Ludwig van Beethoven Association and wife of the renown Polish composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki.

The Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, a member of European Festival Association (EFA), is always held in and around Passion Week and is thematically linked to the reflexive and dignified mood of the period. For the first seven years, the Festival was held in Kraków but in 2004 the festival found a broader development opportunity in Poland’s capital and presented additional concerts in other cities of Poland as well, thus entering Poland’s cultural landscape as one of the most artistically significant and prestigious events. The goal behind the Festival is to disseminate high culture and to inspire a positive image of Poland–a country that is as artistically active as attractive. The Festival attracts world-class virtuosos, choirs, and orchestras presenting at the same time Poland’s most outstanding artists and ensembles. During its 18 years of history, it has become the meeting place for eminent musicians from all around the globe.

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