29/10/2022 Juliana Széchenyi


Cantabile Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with the Foundation Music for the Future invites you to the Concert for Peace, where the orchestra and guests from Ukraine, conducted by Marjan Grdadolnik, will be joined by Ukrainian soloist violinist Sofia Kysliak, sopranos Mojca Bitenc and Tone Kuntner, and Marcel Štefančič with artistic words. Alongside works by Osterc and Williams, the musicians will also perform Mikolaj Gorecki's monumental Third Symphony for solo soprano and large symphony orchestra.

Faced with the horrors of the war that has broken out in Ukraine, the musicians of the Cantabile Symphony Orchestra are sending a call to peace to all who are willing to listen and hear. For the programme of this concert, with the help of the conductor Live Ploj Peršuh, invited young musicians from Ukraine who had fled to Slovenia to escape the horrors of war. We have also given a special place to a top young violinist, Sofia Kysliak from Ukraine, who will perform a moving piece from the film Schindler's List, accompanied by a symphony orchestra, as a tribute to all the victims of the Nazi rampage in the Second World War. The evil that every war brings calls for reflection and cleansing. The composition Religioso, by Slavko Osterc, calls us to reflection and purification, without which there is no peace. The main weight of the programme is given to the performance of the 50-minute Third Symphony by composer Mikolaj Gorecki, which has a special place in the world treasury of classical anti-war music. This Polish composer wrote it as a response to the horrors of the Second World War and turned its focus towards a message of peace. In the first movement, he used the lament of Mary, Mother of Jesus, from the Monastery of the Holy Cross, from the collection of Lysagore songs from the second half of the 15th century. The text in the second movement of the symphony is particularly poignant, with words written as a prayer on the wall of cell 3 in the Gestapo prison in Zakopane by the 18-year-old Helena Wanda Blazusiakówna on 26 September 1944. In the third movement, the composer used a Silesian folk song about a mother and son, which in the last verse asks "why did you kill my beloved son?". The concert will be conducted by the renowned conductor Marjan Grdadolnik, the artistic word will be provided by Tone Kuntner, and the solo part will be sung by the soprano Mojca Bitenc.
You are invited to the Sports Hall in Logatec on Saturday, 5 November and to the Church of Saint Joseph in Ljubljana on Sunday, 6 November. Let's support the foundation that helps young musicians from Ukraine and, with Gorecki's moving music, let's tell the world that peace and respect should reign on earth!
Media: Mojaobcina.si
Date: Sat 29 Oct 2022