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Free Concert at Carnegie Hall Features Cracow Duo in Celebration of Chopin's 205th Birthday

By Jaime Prisco j.prisco@classicalite.com on Jan 31, 2015 01:18 PM EST

Carnegie Hall will be featuring a free concert by the critically acclaimed Cracow Duo in celebration of Chopin’s 205th birthday. The duo will perform works by the legendary Polish composer along with works by Alexandre Tansman.

The Cracow Duo has made a name for themselves with over a dozen years of successful tours around Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Lifelong friends Jan Kalinowski, who plays the cello, and Marek Szlezer, the piano player, will come to New York for the first time to play tribute to one of history greatest composers, Chopin. The duo, who are known to be advocates for the preservation of Polish musical tradition, are a no-brainer for a show like this. Malinowski and Szlezer will also perform works by Polish-born Tansman. Tansman fled Europe in 1941 and settled in Los Angeles where he met Arnold Schoenberg and other’s who had fled from Europe as well, eventually becoming an extremely successful film composer.

According to a press release, The duo has committed to performing and recording the best of Polish music and has recorded the chamber music of Chopin, Tansman, and Penderecki extensively. Kalinowski and Szlezer have acted as ambassadors for their homeland in the "Days of Kraków" festival in Nanjing, China and similar events around the world. Equally dedicated to music written by living composers, the Cracow Duo released their album Dedications in 2015, featuring works by Polish composers written expressly for the Duo.

The Cracow Duo’s performance will take place at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on March 2. Since the show is free, there is a limit of four tickets per person. Tickets can be acquired here.

Check out the duo playing Tansman in the video below.

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