Monday, January 11, 2010

Frederic Chopin Commemoration

Poland in general and Warsaw in particular are ground zero for their native son. Among the major events this year:

Feb. 11-March 7: Pianist Daniel Barenboim performs all-Chopin recitals, including programs with 9 to 11 pieces, throughout European cities, including a Feb. 28 performance at the National Hall in Warsaw.

May 9: World Premiere of "Ballet Chopin," a two-act ballet choreographed by Patrice Bart for the national Polish Ballet, stresses music from Chopin and others. Teatr Wielki, Warsaw.

Aug. 6-14: The 65th Chopin Festival takes place in the Polish resort town of Duszniki-Zdroj, Chopin's home for most of his creative life. The festival includes daily piano recitals.

Oct. 18-23: The 16th annual Frederyk Chopin International Piano Competition's finals and then three concert recitals. Warsaw. (

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