Bydgoszcz Music Festival

The 54 edition of Bydgoszcz Music Festival will take a place from September 9-30, 2016. This year, the festival’s main theme is “Contrasts-Freedom.”  In the program, there are 10 concerts in the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic Hall.

The festival will start with the stage version of the opera Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven, performed by Pomeranian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Nova Opera Choir and soloists conducted by Kai Bumann. At the other concerts of the festival we will have a chance to hear: the Old Believers Choir from Novosibirsk, the Bona Deus Afro-Gospel Choir from Berlin, Schola Cantorum Gedanesis Polish Chamber Choir, Capella Bydgostiensis Chamber Orchestra, {oh!} Historic Orchestra, Intemperata Early Music Ensemble, Sinfonia Varsovia, Latvian-Israeli cellist Mischa Maisky, and Georgijs Osokins – the finalist of XVII International Chopin Piano Competition. On September 18, six excellent Polish instrumentalists (Maria Sławek, Piotr Tarcholik, Katarzyna Budnik-Gałązka, Artur Rozmysłowicz, Marcin Zdunik, Rafał Kwiatkowski) are going to play a concert that includes rare string sextets by Andrzej Panufnik.

In the final of the festival audiences will hear the Symphony of Psalms by Igor Stravinsky and monumental oratorio Sanctus Adalbertus by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. The oratorio is dedicated to St. Adalbert and was composed in 1997 for the 1000 death anniversary of the first patron of Poland, however had not been performed until Górecki’s son Mikołaj found it after the composer’s death. The piece had its premiere on November 4, 2015 in Kraków to mark the 70 anniversary of Polish Music Publisher (PWM). At the Bydgoszcz Music Festival, the piece will be performed by the Pomeranian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and Łódz Philharmonic Choir conducted by José Maria Florêncio with soloists Wioletta Chodowicz – soprano, and Bartłomiej Misiuda.

September 9-30, 2016
54th Bydgoszcz Music Festival
Ignacy Jan Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic Hall
Andrzej Szwalbe Street 6,  Bydgoszcz, Poland
Admission: 15-100 PLN
Tickets & Info: filharmonia.bydgoszcz.pl

[Sources: polmic.plfilharmonia.bydgoszcz.pl]