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Niswonger Performing Arts Center
Feb 22 , 2022

The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 7:00 PM

The Program

    Beethoven, Overture to Egmont

    Greig, Piano Concerto

    Brahms, Symphony no 4

The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra will perform in Van Wert as part of their first United States tour. The Orchestra was founded in December 1944. Its beginnings go back to numerous chamber and solo concerts given by musicians who after World War II established ties within Poland. The repertoire and artistic considerations, as well as the joy of making music together, led to a premiere chamber music concert, held on February 10, 1945 in the hall of the Music Society. This concert gave the impulse to extend the orchestra and a classical music gala was held on May 18 of the same year – which was at the same time the first symphony concert in post-war Poland. The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra has gone on many concert tours. Performances in Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, Germany, South Korea, Denmark and Ukraine were acclaimed both by the critics and the public. The orchestra participated in numerous international festivals and Franco Ferrara Conductors’ Seminar in Siena. The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic is the largest music institution in eastern Poland. It is visited not only by local music-lovers, but by cosmopolitan Polish and international patrons alike. This is a place where you can enjoy art of the highest quality. The Philharmonic offers symphony concerts, recitals, organ and chamber music soirées performed by the most prominent Polish musicians and internationally acclaimed artists.

The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic is under the artistic direction of its principal conductor Wojciech Rodek. He was born in 1977 in Brzeg, Poland, the birthplace of legendary conductor, Kurt Masur. Wojciech Rodek is one of the most prominent conductors of his generation. Soloists for the performance include Sara Dragan, violin soloist, and Tomasz Ritter, piano soloist. Sara won first prize / Grand Prix in various violin competitions across Europe, Asia, and the United States, including the International Wieniawski & Lipinski Violin Competitions, New York International Artists Association Competition, Novosibirsk International Violin Competition, International G.P.Telemann Violin Com-petition, and the International Global Music Partnership Competition. Tomasz Ritter, piano soloist, became the 1st Prize winner of the 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments in Warsaw. In 2011 he won the 9th International Competition of Young Pianists "Arthur Rubinstein in memoriam" in Bydgoszcz, also receiving the Prize of Aniela MÅ‚ynarska-Rubinstein and Ruby Pin of Arthur Rubinstein for artistic personality. The repertoire for the performance at the Niswonger features Beethoven, Overture to Egmont, Greig, Piano Concerto;,and Brahms, Symphony no 4. 

The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic  Orchestra has made over thirty trips abroad, giving concerts, among others: Austria, Denmark, Spain, the Netherlands, South Korea, Germany, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Sweden, Hungary, and Italy. And now Van Wert and the Niswonger Performing Arts Center will be listed among their storied stops and performance halls.

ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL. There are no exchanges or refunds unless the rare event of a cancelation. For canceled events, no action is required to receive your refund. Refunds will be processed to the original method of payment used at time of purchase.

Performance Schedule

  • Tuesday, February 22, 2022 7:00 PM Cal +


Immediate access parking is FREE at the Niswonger. Lots are located to the North and South of the venue. Handicap parking is available to the East of the facility immediately outside of the main entrance.


All areas of the Niswonger and certain seating areas are accessible by wheelchair. Please notify the Box Office (419-238-NPAC) at the time of ticket purchase so that a platform for companion seating is reserved. Please ask the ushers for assistance to be seated. All entrances from the parking lots have ramps and are at sidewalk level. A wheelchair-accessible elevator serves both levels of the Niswonger providing both the lower and upper lobby and auditorium. All restroom facilities offer handicap accessibility and a larger family restroom is available on the upper lobby level. There are a limited number of handicap accessible parking spaces available in the front of the facility and in both the North and South campus parking lots. These are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Niswonger also has assisted listening devices provided by the Van Wert Service Club. Please contact the Box Office for details: 419-238-NPAC.

Alert the Facilities Manager of any special considerations. The Niswonger Staff is ready to assist with entry to and from the show. Please contact the Box Office in advance at 419-238-6722 or

Group Sales

Advanced event ticketing, a 10% discount and a driver comp ticket are available for groups of 10 or more. Arrangements must be made through Jerry Beard, Box Office Manager, 419-238-6722 or

Electronic Devices & Camera Policy

Please or silence all electronic devices when the house lights go down for the performance. We welcome you to access social media to share your experience during intermission or after the performance. The use of cameras, audio recording devices and video recording devices is prohibited at performances at the INB PAC. The use of professional lenses and flash photography is strictly prohibited. Flash photography may distract the performer and cause injury.

Age Restrictions

There are no age restrictions for this family show. Children three and under are granted admission without a ticket so long as they are held by an adult ticket-holder. The VWAPAF reserves the right to preclude the attendance of children under the age of 5 years determined by the nature of the performance. Guardians will be asked to remove their child/children if they cause disruptions for other ticket-holders during a performance.