Kraków, various venues
The 12th Festival of Polish Music will be held from July 8-17, 2016 at various venues throughout Kraków. The organizers have prepared a wide repertoire for this year’s Festival, which will include music from the Renaissance to the present. Below are a few of the concert highlights:
July 8: American pianist Eric Lu—Fourth Prize winner at the 2015 Chopin Competition—will join Sinfonietta Cracovia in a concert of Karłowicz, Kassern and Chopin
July 9 & July 16: On the bicentenary of the composer’s birth, Józef Michał Poniatowski’s fogotten opera in 3 acts— Don Desiderio (last staged in Lviv in 1878)—will be performed by soloists and the Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra with the K. Szymanowski Philharmonic Choir, and an “Opera Gala” featuring his arias will be sung by soprano Joanna Woś accompanied by NOSPR
July 15: Works by T. Baird, Mikołaj Górecki, and P. Łukaszewski will be performed by the Brno Contemporary Orchestra
July 16: A concert performed by flutist Łukasz Długosz and pianist Andrzej Jungiewicz juxtaposing Polish composers from classical to contemporary: Franciszek Lessel, Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński, Fryderyk Chopin, Karol Szymanowski, Tadeusz Szeligowski, and Wojciech Kilar
For a full listing of concerts, visit www.fmp.org.pl.
The Festival of Polish Music has been organized since 2005 by the Polish Music Association, founded by a group of musicologists, culture managers and music lovers. The essence of the Festival is not only to present valuable works by Polish composers, written from the Middle Ages to the present day, but also to contrast them with the world’s music and display them in various contexts. The Organizers aim to mobilize the creation of compositional art by commissioning and premiering works of contemporary music.
[Source: fmp.org.pl, sinfoniaiuventus.pl]