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Prof. Reinhard Öhlberger
The program for the first Soirée on October 6th with Peter Schneider (Krzysztof Penderecki: Adagietto from „Paradise Lost“; Antonin Dvořák: „Biblical Songs“ with Dagmar Pecková; Josef Suk: 2nd Symphony "Asrael") was preseeded by two concerts in Katowice and Bratislava. The first concert was on October 3rd in Katowice in the mining district of Upper Silesia.
This mining aspect is particularly notable because the newly opened concert hall and adjacent museum complex located near the city center on the grounds of a former coal mine which had to be closed in 1998. The new home of the local orchestra, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (Sala Koncertowa Narodowej Orkiestry Symfonicznej Polskiego Radia), was designed by the Polish architect, Thomas Konior, with the inner acoustical design being done by internationally renowned Japanese acoustical engineer, Yasuhiro Toyota. As part of the official opening celebrations, the orchestra's concert with Peter Schneider was the second one to be given in this hall and it also constituted the first appearance of a foreign ensemble there
Two days later the orchestra performed the same program in a more conventional setting in the Slovakian capitol of Bratislava. In the Reduta, the home of the Slovakian Philharmonic, the orchestra performed with Peter Schneider as part of the 50th Bratislava Music Festival ("Bratislavské hudobné slávnosti"), which was held this year between September 21st and October 12th, 2014.