Joseph Tawadros (oud virtuoso, Egypt / Australia), Tamar Halperin (Israel), Morphing Chamber Orchestra (Austria), Valeriy Sokolov (Ukraine)
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About Christian Culture Festival
Christian Culture Festival was organized for the first time in 1997 on 10th Anniversary of the Logos Theatre. In a sense, it extends the idea of Christian Culture Weeks organized in Poland in 70s and 80s of the last century, which were to become counterpoise to lay media model promoted by the State. Lodz Christian Culture Days were organized in churches all around the city, so as to accommodate the artists, spectacles, exhibitions and projections.
One of such places was the John Paul lecture theatre in the vault of the Assumption of Holy Mother Church in Kościelna Street. This is where the Logos Theatre started, before it was moved to the church in Maria Skłodowska-Curie. It was this church that Archbishop Władysław Ziółek gave to the Lodz artists in 1993, and in which the Centre of Creative Communities’ of Lodz Archdiocese was appointed. It is here that the ‘logistic’ centre of the Festival is located, and where some of the Festival events take place.
Traditionally, the Festival takes place in November, on the first Sunday after All Soul’s Day. It usually lasts for two weeks, during which various event take place – spectacle premiers, other theatres come to Lodz, there are exhibitions of invited artists, performances of choirs and musicians, very often not to be seen anywhere else in Poland at any other time. The Festival programme is the result of the whole year’s work of rev. Waldemar Sondka, the Festival Director, who – using his contacts – invites artists who are interesting, out of the ordinary, noteworthy and creating art perhaps not always religious, but always searching and at the highest level. Care for the level of the Festival offers is a permanent rule, the Logos environment has always wished to provide the Lodz citizens with the possibility of contact with art deprived of parochialism, open to the man and as perfect formally as possible.
The Festival is not an activity that brings profit. Any entrance cards are issued as invitations that are free of charge, and the team of the Logos Theatre and all the people engaged in the Festival organization, act as volunteers. This does not mean that Christian Culture Festival costs nothing. On the contrary, to organize such a cultural event at appropriate level is always connected with costs. Rev. Waldemar Sondka deals with organizing means to secure the Festival events all year round. He manages to gain sponsors (without whom the Festival would not exist) and subsidies from institutions that deal with funding culture (without which the Festival could not develop). All that in order to realize the basic idea of the event that derived from the Lodz Christian Culture Days – to enable anyone who wishes and needs that, to live the Mystery through art. This idea assumes a free of charge participation in all the artistic events, which has been the case since the very beginning of the Festival until today, the only condition is that on the day of the Festival opening, one must queue as long as it takes to get invitations. The only limit to the number of invitations is the capacity of rooms in which the events are organized every day throughout the two weeks of the Festival.
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XX Christian Culture Festival in Lodz
6th — 20th November 2016
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Joseph Tawadros — oud virtuoso
Tamar Halperin — harpsichord
Valeriy Sokolov — concertmaster, violin
Tomasz Wabnic — artistic director
1. Antonio Vivaldi — “Winter”
2. Joseph Tawadros — solo
3. Joseph Tawadros — “Eye of the Beholder”
4. Joseph Tawadros — “Permission to Evaporate”
5. Joseph Tawadros — “Give or Take”
6. J.S. Bach — Harpsichord Concerto in D minor BWV 1052 (1. Allegro)
7. Joseph Tawadros — “Kindred Spirits”
8. Antonio Vivaldi — “Summer”
9. Joseph Tawadros — “Point of Departure”
10. Joseph Tawadros — “Constantinople”
11. Joseph Tawadros — “Sleight of Hand”
Joseph Tawadros is a virtuoso oud - stringed instrument considered to be the ancestor of the lute, also called Persian lute, which in Arab countries is as popular as the guitar or piano in Europe. Tawadros family emigrated from Egypt to Australia when he was three. He decided to learn oud when he was eight. He is having completed a bachelor of music at the University of New South Wales. In the 2000s, he also studied in Egypt with violin player Esawi Dagher. During the years that followed, he learned to play other instruments: the bamboo flute nay, the Arabic zither, qanun and the cello. He is established as one of the world’s leading oud performers and composers. He is a virtuoso of diversity and sensitivity, performs in concert halls worldwide and is known for his brilliant technique and deep musicianship. Joseph is acknowledged for expanding the oud’s notoriety in mainstream western culture and has also been appreciated in the Arab world. He has toured extensively in Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East, collaborating with many celebrated artists (John Patitucci, Jack DeJohnette, Richard Bona, Howard Johnson). He has performed and recorded with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Academy of Ancient Music in London, making him the first and only Australian composer whose music has been performed by this prestigious orchestra. He has recorded 13 albums. On the album “World Music” he plays 52 instruments (including oud, qanun, saz, violin, ney, Portuguese guitar, electric bass, kalimba and accordion) and his brother James — 11 percussion instruments. Three times Joseph won the Australian Recording Industry Award (2012, 2013, 2014). This year he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (AM) for his services to music.
Tamar Halperin received her musical education at the Tel Aviv University, the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland and at the Juilliard School in New York, where she received a doctor’s degree (2009). She is a pianist, harpsichordist and conductor, has been composing, arranging, and performing popular, jazz, electronic, and new classical music. With repertoire that ranges over five centuries, she performs world-wide as a soloist and with various chamber groups. She appeared in venues such as Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Berlin Philharmonie. She has won many prestigious awards. Privately, Tamar Halperin is the wife of countertenor Andreas Scholl (Germany), whose our audience met at the 19th edition of the ChCF.
Valeriy Sokolov is an Ukrainian young violinist, a scholar of the Yehudi Menuhin School (London), a winner of many prestigious music awards. He has appeared with the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg. His US orchestral debut Sokolov made performing at Aspen Music Festival (2007). In February 2008, he gave the US premiere of Boris Tichenko’s “Concerto for Piano and Violin” at Carnegie Hall in New York and at the Library of Congress in Washington.
“Over the past years I’ve learned that Tomasz is not only an excellent violist and musician but also an outstanding musical director. He manages to put together projects in a professional manner and positively inspires all participants to give their best, leading to outstanding results on stage.“ — Andreas Scholl (2016)
Tomasz Wabnic had his first public appearance as a musician at the age of four. After studying with the legendary violinist Prof. Jadwiga Kaliszewska in Poznan, Poland, he graduated with distinction from the Vienna Conservatory in 2005 and got his Master at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in 2009. During his studies, he was the founder and violist of the Fidelio String Quartet, a finalist of the International String Quartet Competition in Australia in 2003. He has worked with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Ennio Morricone, Gustavo Dudamel or Yakov Kreuzberg, performed chamber concerts with Andreas Scholl, Bobby McFerrin, Richard Tognietti and premiered works of composers such as Arvo Pärt, Pawel Lukaszewski and Krzesimir Debski. He appeared on stage in concert halls such as the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall of the Moscow Philharmony and the City Opera in Tokyo.
In 2006 he founded the Morphing Chamber Orchestra which was also the foundation of the later Morphing Music Institute. Tomasz published 8 CDs for the Musicon label with his old music ensembles Capella Czestochoviensis and Capella Claromontana, 2 CDs with the Morphing Chamber Orchestra on the Gramola and the Polish Radio II label and recorded a String TrioArrangement of the Goldberg Variations by J.S.Bach under the supervision of Andreas Scholl in 2016. Tomasz made public appearances with Mezzo, arte, ORF, Ö1, TVP (Polish National TV), Polish Radio, TV Russia and performed at festivals such as the Rheingau Musik Festival and the International Festival of Sacred Music Gaude Mater.
“The concert with Morphing Chamber Orchestra and it’s musical director Tomasz Wabnic has given me great pleasure. The creative input concerning the program, the virtuosity of the musicians and the teamwork of the ensemble have left me inspired.“ — Bobby McFerrin (2011)
“Morphing” — the core of the ensemble’s name stands for it’s philosophy to be in the state of constant evolution, metamorphoses and modifications, leading to ground-breaking new musical interpretations while at the same time striving for excellence in performance.
“ ... pure listening pleasure!” — Radio Ö1
Morphing Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2006 by violinist and violist Tomasz Wabnic who ist the artistic director of the ensemble. Since 2006 Morphing Chamber Orchestra challenges itself with diverse projects of a wide range of repertoire from classical music to film music, jazz and contemporary music. The ensemble engages and collaborates with worldknown artists such as Bobby McFerrin or Andreas Scholl, and composers like Arvo Pärt.
Morphing Chamber Orchestra owns exclusive rights to world premieres of compositions from the archives of the 700-year-old Monastery of Jasna Gora, Poland. The archives contain over 3,000 scores of 400 Polish and forein composers including compositions of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Carl Ditter von Dittersdorf and Joseph Haydn.
“Morphing Chamber Orchestra is a small orchestra with a big spirit — They were great to work with.” — Bobby McFerrin (2011)
“Concerts with the Morphing Chamber Orchestra combine joyful mucisianship among good friends with a certainty of highest technical skills. Each concert with Morphing Chamber Orchestra is a highlight in my musical calendar.” — Andreas Scholl
The key aspiration of MCO is their approach to perfection in performance combined with flexibility and creativity of interpretation and repertoire. Outstanding young musicians, laureates of numerous international contests, have created a new quality in chamber music. Their life paths have crossed in Vienna’s music world where they came to master their skills. Each performance of Morphing Chamber Orchestra reflects their joy of creating music, performed at the highest, world-class level.
MCO has made recordings with various television stations (ORF, TVP Kultura, HRT-Croatia) and radio stations (OE1 and Polish Radio 2) as well as several CD recordings for the label Gramola. MCO has performed in concert halls such as the Musikverein Vienna or Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow.