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Chopin to commence the Dragon Boat Festival

Grzegorz Niemczuk inaugurated his concert tour in China on June 6th at the Mong Man Wai Concert Hall in Beijing. His tour is part of the 4th Polish Circles of Art in China Festival.

A night with the music of Frederic Chopin began with nocturne in B-moll op. 9 no. 1 and nocturne in E-flat major, op. 9 no. 2. The bold execution of the etude C-moll op.10 no. 12, also known as the “Revolutionary Étude” moved the audience. Niemczuk aroused Chinese viewers with his interpretations of Chopin, and was rewarded in turn by applause.

A touching gesture for the hosts and audience was performing “Liuyang River” by the outstanding Chinese composer Wang Jianzhong, whose work was the topic of Niemczuk’s doctoral thesis.

The Polonaise in A-flat major, op. 53 brought on a round of applause, which then convinced the artist to perform two more times for an encore. Packed to the brim, the Mong Man Wai audience left the concert deep in discussion. In this elevated way, Beijing and all of China began the Dragon Boat Festival, one of the most important – apart from the New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival – festivals in Chinese culture.