The weather on the day of the Autumn Concert, which took place on Saturday, November 19, 2022, greeted us with a wintry aura. Snow fell, and the sulfurous frost did not let up. In the 14 years of our School’s operation, only one of the Fall Concerts was held in similar conditions. That was in 2017, with beautifully snow-covered trees peeking through the glass of the concert hall at the Fangor Palace in Powsin, emphasizing the warm atmosphere that prevailed during the concert. This year’s Autumn Concert opened the artistic season of our School in the 2022/2023 school year, and was held at the historic Szustra Palace in Warsaw, where some of the most outstanding artists have given and continue to give concerts. It also houses the headquarters of the Warsaw Music Society.
Szustra Palace is a neoclassical building located in the heart of Warsaw. It was built in the early 19th century and has since become one of the city’s icons.
In winter, when snow covers the city, the Palace takes on a magical quality. As you approach the Palace wrapped in snow, the building seems to shimmer with soft light. The white façade of the Palace creates a remarkable visual effect. Standing in front of the Palace, you can see the intricate ornaments of the building’s facade.
The grand entrance is framed by two impressive columns decorated with sculptures and other decorative elements. In the snow, these details stand out even more, making the Palace appear even more grand and majestic.
In addition to the beautiful concert hall in the Szustra Palace, there is also a charming room where students await their performance. The piano teacher, Hanna Malaszka, watches over the rhythmic appearance of successive soloists on the stage.
Traditionally, the concert began with Chuchu performance, a student of Piotr Nermer, who played the song “Under the Mountain” from the repertoire of Russian violin pedagogy.
From Yulia Levyuk’s piano class performed:
- Roma Fiderkiewicz, who played Ludmila Bass’s Waltz,
- Eliza Angevin performed Joseph Haydn’s Minuet and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Minuet.
- Jeremi Filar performed an Etude by Ludwig Schytte,
- Helenka was heard in a piece entitled Gracioso by Cornelius Gurlitt
- From the family of Mr. and Mrs. Sobek we heard Basia, who played a piece by Robert Schumann called “The Bold Rider” . Performed by her mother, Ms. Catherine, we heard Leopold Mozart’s Minuet.
In addition, there were performances by:
- Kan Kan, who performed Johann Sebastian Bach’s Minuet in G minor and Gillock’s Tarantella in E minor
- Zoriana Poladko-Alleyne played the leading theme from Edward Grieg’s “Peer Gynt” entitled “Morning”
- Szymon Szysz, in whose performance we heard Waltz in C sharp minor, Op 64 No. 2
From the piano class of Hanna Malaszek performed
- Jakub Grzyb, who played the Minuet by Johann Krieger
- Emil Koziel, who was heard in Edward Grieg’s piece “In the Grotto of the King of the Mountains”
From the violin class of Zofia Zwolinska performed:
- Jadzia Wichary, who played a song from the repertoire of the Russian violin pedagogy entitled “Under the Hill.”
- Hanyu Lang, who played Giuseppe Tartini’s Sarabande in D minor
- Emily Chandler, who played Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholy’s “Song Without Words”
- The concert by the students of our School ended with a performance by Hanyu Lang. In her performance we heard the third movement of Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto in A minor.
Ending of Concert
We were pleasantly surprised by Ella Bai, a former student of Zofia Zwolinska, who, at her invitation, performed behind two works for solo violin – Johann Sebastian Bach’s Adagio from Suite No. 1 in G minor and Henryk Wieniawski’s Etude Op. 18 No. 2. In the latter piece we could also hear Ella’s current teacher, Ms. Joanna Okoń, who performed the accompanying violin part of the piece. Ms. Joanna Okoń is also a former student of Zofia Zwolinska.
After the concert, Zofia Zwolinska congratulated the students on their solo performances, thanked the teachers for their work with the students and gave special thanks to the Parents and Grandparents of the soloists, thanks to whose care and support at home in working on the program prepared for the concert brought such an artistically successful result.
Why performing at music school concerts is great exercise
Performing at concerts in music school can be a great exercise of various skills. Learning and performing music requires mental focus and concentration. These skills are essential for developing cognitive function and can help train memory skills, problem-solving abilities and overall brain function. Performing in front of an audience can be stressful, but it can also be an opportunity to develop coping mechanisms for stress and anxiety. To some extent, it can be helpful for people who struggle with anxiety in other areas of their lives. So-called stage fright becomes a stimulation for more successful performances over time. It often happens that students of our School at concerts play better than in lessons or rehearsals before the concert
Music is a form of self-expression in artistic expression. Performing in front of an audience is a specific way of communicating emotions and ideas. It can have a cathartic and therapeutic effect, as well as help build self-confidence and self-esteem. Many music school concerts also involve performing in ensembles, such as in unison, or duets, which requires cooperation and team play. This can help develop social and communication attitudes and a sense of community.
Overall, performing in concerts at music school can provide a number of physical, mental and emotional benefits. It can also be a great way to stay active and engaged in developing new skills and connecting with other music lovers.
The Autumn Concert is a unique event
“Autumn Concert 2022” is a unique event, the nature of which depends on the context. It can be a music concert featuring artists who are associated with the autumn season, or it can be a charity concert held to benefit those in need during the autumn season. Autumn is a season that is associated with colorful leaves, cold and melancholy, but also with warm tea and warm sweaters. Therefore, a concert in autumn can be an opportunity to create a unique atmosphere that will put the audience in that mood.
Profiles of the composers in this concert
Classical music is not only beautiful, but also full of stories and fascinating characters whose lives and works can inspire and enrich our lives.
The works of Joseph Haydn
Joseph Haydn was one of the most important composers of the classical period and is considered one of the founders of symphonic, opera and chamber music. He created in the 18th century mainly for the aristocracy and the church, which influenced the character of his music.
Haydn is known primarily as a composer of symphonies. He also composed chamber string quartets and operas. His music is characterized by clarity, elegance and simplicity, while remaining highly expressive and emotional.
His symphonies, such as Surprise Symphony No. 94 and Farewell Symphony No. 45, are very popular and are still performed around the world today. Haydn also created many chamber music pieces, including string quartets and piano trios, which are still widely played and loved by classical music listeners today.
In his operas, Haydn focused on creating a light, comedic atmosphere, as well as using folk elements. His operas, such as “Lo speziale” and “L’infedeltà delusa,” were popular in their time and are still performed in opera houses around the world.
Music of Edward Grieg
During the fall concert, you could hear “Morning”. Edward Grieg (1843-1907) was a Norwegian composer and pianist who is best known for his piano music, especially his work “Peer Gynt.”
“Peer Gynt” is music composed for a play by Henrik Ibsen and includes many famous pieces such as “Morning,” “In the Hall of the Mountain King” and “Arabian Dance.” The music is characterized by a romantic atmosphere that combines beautiful, lyrical melodies with elements of Norwegian folklore.
Grieg is also known for his works for piano, including the “Piano Concerto in A minor,” which is considered one of the most important piano concertos written in the 19th century. Grieg’s other famous piano works include “Song of Solvejga,” “Spring” and “Summer Nights.”
In addition, Grieg created many chamber works, such as violin sonatas and string quartets, and vocal songs. His music is characterized by clear influences of Scandinavian folklore, Romanticism and Impressionism, which makes his work unique and inimitable.