La Folle Journée de Varsovie
La Danse

(25) I Got Rhythm

NON-CLASSICS

Chopin University Big Band
Piotr Kostrzewa – conductor
Agnieszka Pluwak, Konrad Pruśniewski – dance
Piotr Polk  narrator (text: Malina Sarnowska)

George Gershwin / Sammy Nestico: Fascinating Rhythm
Leonard Bernstein / Mark Taylor: Cool from the musical West Side Story 
Leonard Bernstein / Moosman: Mambo from the musical West Side Story 
Astor Piazzolla / Daniel Moosman: Libertango
Gordon Goodwin: Samba del Gringo
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / Adam Sztaba: Rondo alla Turca
Pyotr Tchaikovsky / Duke Ellington: Chinese Dance from the ballet The Nutcracker 
Pyotr Tchaikovsky / Liston : Waltz of the Flowers from the ballet The Nutcracker 
Arturo Sandoval: Rhythm of Our World
George Gershwin / Mark Taylor: I Got Rhythm

This is the eighth time already that La Folle Jourée is held in Warsaw. The music festival is addressed to everybody, without exception. What should you expect? Over 1000 artists and more than 50 concerts over only three days. Where? At the Teatr Wielki’s different spaces and on the Teatralny Square. The programme includes a variety of original musical pieces spanning different epochs: you will hear compositions by Chopin, Brahms, Schubert, and Piazzolla performed by world-class Polish and international artists. The theme of this year’s edition is dance, or ‘la danse’ in French. In the words of René Martin, the festival’s artistic director, ‘Dance, especially folk dance, has played a very important role in the development of classical music. If you listen carefully to famous concertos and symphonies, you’ll find elements of dance everywhere. Folk tradition has greatly influenced the oeuvre of all composers’. 

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