On Wednesday, April 17th, the NAC Foundation held its annual Emeritus Luncheon to thank donors who have provided a gift for the future, through a bequest in their will, a gift of life insurance or other planned giving arrangements.
Emeritus Circle members and guests enjoyed a NAC Orchestra rehearsal of Peter Paul Koprowski’s latest commission, Podhale, written for the NAC Orchestra and the Saint-Saëns Second Piano Concerto, featuring the Israeli-American pianist Inon Barnatan. This is the first of three works commissioned by the NAC through its NAC Award; composers John Estacio, Ana Sokolovic and Koprowski each received a series of commissions.
After a lovely lunch donors were treated to an interview by veteran broadcaster Eric Friesen where he asked Peter Paul Koprowski questions about his work and creative process. Podhale is a lighter piece that is representative of the Carpathian Mountains. Koprowski described his creative process, revealing that he first hears music in his head and then writes it down. For him writing music is like looking through a frosted window; as the sun shines through, it melts the frost and he begins to see more, and so the music reveals itself.
The NAC Foundation sincerely thanks its Emeritus Donors for leaving a legacy to the performing arts.