Monday, February 22, 2016 at 7:00 P.M.

The Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra


Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico

 Direct from Gdańsk, Poland
The Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra
Ernst Van Tiel, Artistic Director
Boguslaw Dawidow, Principal Guest Conductor

Founded in 1945 on the heels of postwar Polish independence, The Polish Baltic Philharmonic is the largest music institution in northern Poland. The orchestra is visited not only by local music-lovers but by cosmopolitan Polish and international patrons alike. This is the place for those who enjoy art of the highest quality.

The Philharmonic organizes symphonic concerts, recitals, and chamber music soirées performed by the most prominent Polish musicians as well as by many world-famous artists.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Gdańsk, then German-administered Danzig, held the international spotlight as a point of contention between Germany, a budding independent Poland, and those proud locals who saw Gdańsk as an independent city-state, the crown jewel of the Baltic Sea.

Throughout the mid-20th century, Gdańsk became the primary seaport of Communist Poland. Littered with charming architecture and wizened thinkers, Gdańsk became the location for the first initiatives and protests in the 1970s and 1980s of the Solidarność [Solidarity] movement, chaired by future president Lech Wałęsa. This movement would soon lead to the breakdown of Communism in Poland, and contributed to the dissolution of the Second World as it was known throughout the Cold War Era.

One might think that these long periods of turbulence may have weakened the arts in Gdańsk, yet the reality is quite the opposite. The Polish Baltic Philharmonic as it exists and thrives today represents an amalgamation of these international and historical influences, and the lofty passions that witnessed tragedy and drove revolutions, while still capturing the prideful stoicism of contemporary Poland and the larger Baltic Sea coast.


More about the orchestra [HERE]