We have Jan Radzynski here this week for the premiere of his cello sonata. He passed on a story his teacher, Krzysztof Penderecki, told him. On Penderecki’s last visit to China, he was asked to meet with local composers in Beijing to talk about his music. This kind of request is, of course, not unusual, and he agreed without hesitation.

When the time for the meeting arrived, he was ushered into a room, which turned out to be a huge theater.

There were 3000 people seated in the theater.

All from Beijing.

All composers.

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