The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra is on its debut tour of the United States, and stopping in Daytona Beach.
The Daytona Beach Symphony Society will present the orchestra at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at Peabody Auditorium, 600 Auditorium Blvd.
Conducted by Maestro Wojciech Rodek and featuring award-winning violinist Sarah Dragan, the evening’s program features the music of Brahms, Wieniawski and Schubert.
Founded in 1944, the orchestra’s beginnings were with numerous chamber and solo concerts given by musicians, who, after World War II, established ties within Poland.
The repertoire and artistic considerations as well as the joy of making music together led to a premiere chamber music concert Feb. 10, 1945, in the hall of the Music Society. The concert provided an impulse to extend the orchestra and a classical music gala was presented in May 18, 1945, the first symphony concert in post-war Poland.
The orchestra has gone on many concert tours with performances in Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, Germany, South Korea, Denmark and Ukraine acclaimed by critics and the public. The orchestra has performed in numerous international festivals and Franco Ferrara Conductors’ Seminar in Siena. The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic is the largest music institution in eastern Poland, enjoyed by local music-lovers and cosmopolitan Polish, and international patrons.
Ms. Dragan, 21, has emerged as one of the finest violinists of her generation. She began playing the violin at 7, and now plays a 1666 Italian violin of Nicola Amati. She will perform Wieniawki’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op.2., considered one of the most popular violin concertos of the Romantic era, with its lush and moving melodies and harmonies.
Maestro Rodek is considered one of the most prominent conductors of his generation. He has performed in the most prestigious concert halls across Europe and China, including Dresden, Hamburg, Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, Zurich, Beijing, and Shanghai.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. A free, pre-concert talk about the orchestra and the evening’s program will be given at 6 p.m. in the auditorium.
The Symphony Society’s international six-concert series runs from December 2021 to March 2022. The other concerts are:
•7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29, Tenors & Divas (opera)
•7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 4, Verdi’s Rigoletto (opera)
•3 p.m., Sunday, Mar. 27, Siberian Virtuosi
•7 p.m., Thursday, Mar. 31, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, with Bruce Liu, pianist
Ticket prices range from $51 to $89. Group and student discounts are available. Tickets are available at DBSS.org, Ticketmaster or the Peabody Auditorium Box Office.