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ACME - A Centennial Tribute to Andrzej Panufnik

  • Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St New York, NY, 10012 United States

Presented by the Polish Cultural Institute New York and (Le) Poisson Rouge 

The American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) celebrates the centennial of the iconic Polish composer Andrezj Panufnik, performing his String Quartet no. 2 “Messages” and Song to the Virgin Mary, a work originally for a cappella voices which the composer arranged for string sextet. Panufnik’s Messages recalls the composer’s childhood experience of pressing his ear to telephone poles and listening to the sounds of the suspended wires in the wind, which he considered one of his earliest artistic pursuits. Again drawing on memories, in Song to the Virgin Mary, Panufnik recalls Polish peasants’ devotion to the Madonna in a work that invokes both folk music and plainchant. ACME pairs these works with two pieces by composer Alesksander Lasón, his String Quartet no. 4 and Deciso e affetuoso for solo cello. The program covers four decades of strikingly beautiful Polish chamber music.

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