Showing posts from April, 2023

The outstanding Belgian pianist Marie François - a delightful and uplifting recital , Wednesday April 26th, Warsaw, Poland

One does not have rare musical experiences in terms of performance and cultural ambiance often these days. A brutal war clouds the cultural and creative horizon in a type of deadly suffocating miasma.  However, on Wednesday April 26th,  we were given the spiritually refreshing,  culturally delightful, thought provoking and uplifting recital by the outstanding Belgian pianist Marie François. This intimate recital for a small audience was her final gesture in commemorating a  musical adventure she had set up  with great imagination  for herself in Warsaw. All young pianists should spend some time in Poland if they wish to truly penetrate the essence of Fryderyk Chopin's music and play it with a deeper musical meaning rather than the all too common virtuosic emptiness. Over 21 days she studied, developed and practiced many of Fryderyk Chopin's Nocturnes - this genre was her primary focus. She also recorded a daily podcast so we could follow her development and discoveries. Guests

G 7 Summit in Hiroshima Friday May 19, 2023 - Sunday, May 21, 2023. The Warsaw Connection in the 'Music for Peace' project

The G 7 Summit will be held in Hiroshima May 19, 2023 - Sunday, May 21, 2023 . The present Ukraine brutal wartime situation is frighteningly close to us in Warsaw. The threat of the use of nuclear weapons by Russia makes the relationship between Warsaw and Hiroshima increasingly important. This post is the record of a serious past gesture of peace by this magnificent orchestra and a timely reminder of moral values and respect for the individual human life. 'Music for Peace'. I am also well aware of the  difficult decisions of conscience that  Japan faces  concerning foreign policy concerning this crisis. I am happy to inform you that the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra will present their subscription concert on May 18th 2023, which is just one day before the G7 Summit in Hiroshima starts. How appropriate that the G 7 summit will be held in Hiroshima! The renowned Japanese violinist Midori  joins this concert as a soloist. I hope the pr