The Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic in Krakow opened the anniversary season of 2019/2020 with concerts on 4 October and on 5 October at the Nowa Huta Cultural Center. The concerts featured all of the institution’s ensembles, the Philharmonic Orchestra, Mixed Choir, and Boys’ Choir, under the baton of the institution’s artistic director Charles Olivieri-Munroe.

The Kraków Philharmonic, the oldest of Polish philharmonics, is celebrating its 75th anniversary. The first philharmonic concert took place in the building at Zwierzyniecka Street in Krakow on 3 February 1945. The main celebrations will take place in February 2020 after the main building of the Philharmonic has undergone renovation. The upcoming season-opening concerts took place at the Nowa Huta Cultural Center.

The inaugural evenings began with the overture to the opera Raymond by Ambroise Thomas and Violin Concerto in A major, Op. 8 by Mieczysław Karłowicz performed by Aleksander Kuls, the winner of the International Jozsef Szigety Violin Competition in Budapest. The second part of the program was filled with Te Deum by Hector Berlioz performed by the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra and both choirs. The tenor part was sung by Erin Caves, an outstanding interpreter of Wagnerian roles.

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