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Share Sensitive Colorist: A Festival of Karol Szymanowski Works

Sun. Feb 3, 2013 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Horning Theater

Guest Artists to Perform Works of Polish Composer Karol Szymanowski

Mount St. Mary’s University will present  the music of Karol Szymanowski--considered the greatest figure in Polish music in the first half of the 20th century-- in a recital titled, “Sensitive colorist: A Festival of Karol Szymanowski Works.” The performance will take place on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. in the Horning Theater of the Delaplaine Fine Arts Center, located on the campus of Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  The event is free and open to the public.

Dickinson College faculty violinist Blanka Bednarz and Haverford College faculty in piano Matthew Bengtson will present selected works of Szymanowski’s for solo piano as well as violin and piano. The artists will interlace playing and dialogue, revealing to the audience a world of romanticism, impressionism, unique sensitivity and vitality, lush color and emotional richness in the music. As champions of Szymanowski’s music, the artists are delighted to bring his gorgeous sound world to audiences at Mt. Saint Mary’s and Emmitsburg.

In summer 2011 Bednarz performed Szymanowski’s works in the Beijing Concert Hall, under the auspices of Szymanowski Festival, an event of cultural program of the Polish Presidency of EU and the Polish  Ministry of Culture in China. She can be heard on Capstone Records, Acte Prealable and Musica Omnia. Matthew Bengtson, a Pennsylvania-On-Tour Artist on has been heard in solo recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and has appeared with violinist Joshua Bell on NPR’s “Performance Today” and XM Satellite Radio’s “Classical Confidential.” His recordings can be heard on the Roméo, Arabesque, Navona, Griffin Renaissance and Albany record labels.


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