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Published 3rd Nov 2011

Warsaw Philharmonic

Classical music fans have a huge treat in store, with the welcome return of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and special guest soloist Kuba Jakowicz at Middlesbrough Town Hall on Thursday 17 November.

The eagerly anticipated concert follows hot on the heels of a rousing performance by The Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra last month, and is another glowing part of the Town Hall’s tempting 2011/12 Classical Season thanks to funding from Arts Council England.

Established in 1901, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra is now firmly established as one of Europe’s best orchestras, and has welcomed countless special guest soloists over the years including the legendary Yehudi Menuhin, Igor Stravinsky and Nigel Kennedy.

Much in demand all over the world, they have performed at top festivals in Vienna, Berlin, Prague, Bergen, Lucerne, Montreux, Moscow, Brussels, Florence, Bordeaux and Athens.

And tonight outstanding violinist Kuba Jakowicz joins the orchestra and its acclaimed musical director Antoni Wit.

Born in Warsaw in 1981, Kuba has quickly become one of the most in-demand soloists of his generation, and thrilled an entranced Town Hall audience on his last visit to the region.

Tonight’s show begins with a delightful overture from 19th Century Polish composer Moniuszko, closely followed by Mendelssohn’s much-loved Violin Concerto.

The second half of the show opens with Gorecki’s Three Pieces in the Old Style, an elegiac work performed in memory of the great composer who died just a year ago.

Beethoven’s elemental 5th Symphony provides a fitting close to what looks set to be another inspirational evening.

Show information

Thursday 17 November: Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, with Antoni Wit (Conductor) and Kuba Jakowicz (soloist, violin). Show: 7.45pm. Tickets: from £12.50 / £11.50 concs. Family tickets (one adult & two children): from £18.00. School tickets: £3 each for groups of 10+. Plus one teacher free. Box Office: 01642 729729.

Other Town Hall dates for your diary include two welcome returns for Northern Sinfonia (14 December & 6 March), Russian State Philharmonic (9 February) and, looking even further ahead, Berlin Symphony Orchestra (23 May) and the Halle on 13 June.

About Middlesbrough Town Hall

Middlesbrough Town HallThe Victorian Gothic Town Hall is one of Middlesbrough's most distinctive buildings, providing an ideal-sized setting for big name, mainstream live acts and productions from across the UK.

The Town Hall's typical programme includes something for everyone from classical music to pop and rock, comedy's top stars and craft fairs.

Middlesbrough Town Hall is located on Albert Road in Middlesbrough Postcode: TS1 2QQ, Tel: 01642 729729.

Middlesbrough Town Hall: Access information

The Main Hall can accommodate up to 10 wheelchairs and the Crypt up to 6 wheelchairs. One free ticket is available for each companion. Please inform the Box Office at time of booking. Please note that the lifts will only hold 330 pounds. Please bear this in mind if you are the owner of a heavy wheelchair.

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