June 8, 2013
What an amazing site! Super facilities, concert hall, dorms, studios for 90 students, and faculty apartments, brand new and beautiful, situated in the middle of rolling hills in South – Eastern Poland. It is the brainchild, “dream come true” of Krzysztof Penderecki. The master composer, who created an aboretum of more than 2000 trees in his estate, donated 200 hectares of his grounds to build this Center adjacent to his home. As he said in his address on Opening Night: he wants to give back to the community, to offer the possibility for children and young people to study with the best artists in the most nurturing environment, and to offer people of the surrounding villages a chance to hear life classical music with an emphasis on the contemporary. In the last few weeks five thousand people already came to hear concerts. The hall for 600-700 people has fabulous acoustics. The Opening Night concert, by invitation only, gathered many VIPs including the First Lady of Poland, the present and past Ministers of Cultures, regional and local officials, people instrumental in accomplishing this “Miracle in Lusławice”, and lots of friends. The program chosen by Penderecki himself opened with selections of Grieg, Górecki, and Elgar performed by The Lusławice Talent Orchestra (participants from the Center’s first educational project for children aged 7-14), followed by Penderecki’s Third String Quartet “Leaves from an Unwritten Diary” played by The Apollon Musagete Quartette, and Mendelssohn’s String Octet with Anne-Sophie Mutter and Mutter’s Virtuosi.
A quote from Krzysztof Penderecki: ” No artistic creativity can survive without roots. Let’s look at a tree: it teaches us that a work of art must take roots in two things – the ground and the sky – and that the most sublime and fundamental values are always the key. May, therefore, this place in Lusławice become a particular “tree of knowledge” for young and talented musicians, and help them set forth in their further artistic careers.”