Home » 25.06. – Dance, Dance!!! Around the World in 80 minutes – Opening ceremony
25th June (Sunday), 8pm, Bulwar Filadelfijski
Dance, Dance!!! Around the World in 80 minutes
On the first Sunday of summer holidays, falling on this year’s celebration of the city, the Toruń Symphony Orchestra will present an exciting programme prepared by the current artistic manager of the Orchestra, Mariusz Smolij.
Dance, Dance!!! Around the World in 80 minutes is a project which includes symphonic dances and symphonic dance versions of works by great composers, such as Chopin, Dvořak, Brahms, Khachaturian, Rodrigo, Saint-Saëns, Piazzolla or Márquez.
Our journey will start with one of the best-known and loved of all Polish dances – Chopin’s Polonaise in A-flat major, whose “each note, each accent pulsates and overflows with life and strength”. The work, due to its festive character, is often called a military piece, and during the Invasion of Poland in September 1939, thanks to the Polish radio, became a symbol of the national opposition – and at the same time general mobilisation in Poland.
Accompanied by the Orchestra we will then move to the Czech Republic and Hungary to savour our neighbours’ culture through Slavic and Hungarian dances.
We will travel into the picturesque central Spain with the guitar virtuoso and one of the best classical guitarists worldwide, Marcin Dylla, who – accompanied by the Toruń Symphony Orchestra – will perform a vibrant piece: Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. The composition has permanently entered the music canon, and its artistry of form and richness of melody have ensured its pride of place among the biggest hits of classical music.
From hot Madrid we will travel to the Middle East and Armenia, and experience the mood and climate of these parts through fragments from the opera by Camille Saint-Saëns – Samson and Delilah, as well as two dances from the ballet Spartacus by Aram Khachaturian.
The last part of the concert will comprise the music of the Americas. Thanks to one of the most important figures in the world of tango, Astor Piazzolla, we will listen to an orchestral version of the Argentine’s most famous composition. Libertango, composed in 1974, immediately became a hit and an inspiration for the whole musical world, which can be illustrated by countless interpretations of the piece. To finish, the style of folk music of Mexico and Cuba will be presented in the Danzón No. 2 by Arturo Márquez, and the world of American big band will be introduced by the work of Louis Prima, Cole Porter, and Glenn Miller.