Polish orchestra to perform at Stephens Auditorium with violin, piano competition winners

Ronna Faaborg
Ames Tribune
The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28.

When the Russian National Orchestra canceled its February performance at Stephens Auditorium due to COVID-19 concerns, it didn’t take long for the announcement of a different international symphony’s local appearance.

The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, and tickets are on sale now.

The Polish orchestra’s American tour, which is taking place from January to March, is the group’s longest tour in its 77-year history, according to a news release.

The winners of the Chopin International Piano Competition and Wieniawski International Violin Competition will accompany the orchestra.

The roots of the Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra go back to the era around the end of World War II, when chamber concerts and solo performances were given by musicians who established ties in Poland, according to the group’s bio. The orchestra formed in December 1944, and its premiere chamber music concert was held Feb. 10, 1945.

“This concert gave the impulse to extend the orchestra and a classical music gala was held on May 18 of the same year — the first symphony concert in post-war Poland,” the biography stated.

The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic is the largest music institution in eastern Poland, according to the release.

Maestro Wojciech Rodek is the general manager and principal conductor of the Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic.

Tickets range from $35 to $80 and are available at the Stephens Auditorium ticket office, by phone at 800-982-2787 or online at Ticketmaster.com

Performance details

Who: Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra

Where: Stephens Auditorium

When: 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 28

Tickets: $35, $50, $65, $80