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Concerto in Modo Antico, Panufnik

Muti Conducts The Firebird

8:00 PM
Panufnik, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky
Thursday, October 2, 2014

Tchaikovsky’s five-movement Third Symphony is among his liveliest and most exultant works, brimming with courtly charm and concluding with a celebratory Polonaise. Panufnik’s Concerto in modo antico continues the Polish theme, reviving tunes by Polish composers of the past in a quasi-Baroque work for trumpet and orchestra. Rounding out the concert is Stravinsky’s popular Firebird Suite, with its seductive “Princesses’ Round” and ferocious “Infernal Dance of Kaschei.”

Tchaikovsky’s purely orchestral pieces are favorites on the ballet stage. And no choreographer was more inspired by Tchaikovsky than George Balanchine, the Russian-born founder of the New York City Ballet, who drew on the Polish symphony for one of his signature works. Read more at Sounds & Stories.

Of Panufnik's Concerto in modo antico, in which he will solo, Principal Trumpet Christopher Martin admits: “It’s not like any piece I’ve ever played before, I have to say. I’m happy to have learned it and happy the Maestro suggested it, because I truly think I could have gone my entire career and not even known that it existed.” Read more at Sounds & Stories.

This year marks the centennial of Andrzej Panufnik, once hailed by Sir Georg Solti as “the finest protagonist in the European tradition of music-making.” Though perhaps as not well known as his near contemporaries Karol Szymanowski, Krzysztof Penderecki or Witold Lutoslawski, Panufnik is no less significant. Read more at Sounds & Stories.

The performance of Concerto in modo antico is generously supported by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the Polska Music program


  • Panufnik Concerto in modo antico
  • Stravinsky Suite from The Firebird
  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 3 (Polish)

Additional Dates for this Program


This performance is part of the:

Thursday D Series >
Thursday C Series >

Preconcert Conversation Information

Preconcert conversations with Lady Camilla Panufnik and Phillip Huscher.
30 minute run-time.

Thurs., October 2, 7 p.m. Armour Stage
Fri., October 3, 12:15 p.m. Armour Stage

Preconcert conversations TBD.
Sat., October 4, 7:30 p.m. Grainger Ballroom


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