The second annual International Copernicus Choral Festival “Per Musicam Ad Astra” will be held September 10-14 in Toruń, Bydgoszcz, Inowrocław and Lubicz. Choral ensembles from Holland, Poland, Slovenia, Sri Lanka and Hungary will be heard in a total of eleven concerts. The Toruń Symphony Orchestra and Astrolabium Choir will open the Festival on September 10 with the 1999 Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins, originally composed to commemorate the victims of the war in Kosovo. Camerata Silesia will present a program of contemporary vocal works at the Holy Ghost Cathedral in Toruń on September 11.

The Academic Choir of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań will present Gloria Patri, a cycle of 24 hymns inspired by astronomy and composed by Estonian-born Urmas Sisask, on September 13. Master classes and choral workshops with Dr. Kirby Shaw and Professor Krzysztof Szydzisz will accompany the Festival. All concerts are free and open to the public. More information at: