16th Festival of Polish Music: Triumph of Live Music

Great works by Krzysztof Penderecki and Józef Kozłowski, Mikołaj Gomółka’s psalms, piano music of Chopin’s time and the first performance of the original version of Karol Kurpiński’s opera Jadwiga, the Polish Queen – this is, in a nutshell, the 16th edition of the Festival of Polish Music, which will run from 6 to 9 August 2020 in Kraków.

Live concerts will feature, among others the Choir and Orchestra of the Silesian Philharmonic under the baton of Maciej Tworek, the Mixed Choir of the Wawel Cathedral and the Kraków Festival Orchestra under the direction of Rafał Jacek Delekta, as well as excellent soloists: soprano Edyta Piasecka, mezzo-soprano Roksana Wardenga, tenor Wojciech Parchem, bass-baritone Krzysztof Szumański, countertenor Sławomir Bronek and historical piano specialist Tobias Koch.

The inaugural concert of the 16th edition of the festival will take place on 6 August in the Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria. In tribute to the late Krzysztof Penderecki, audiences will hear his unique piece – Chaconne per archi. The program will also include Requiem by Józef Kozłowski – a Polish composer active at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries in Russia.

The Festival will also present works by Mikołaj Gomółka, Fryderyk Chopin, Michał Kleofas Ogiński, Karol Kurpiński, Maria Szymanowska, Józef Elsner, and Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński. The final evening will feature a concert version of a forgotten historical opera by Karol Kurpiński, Jadwiga, the Polish Queen. It will be the first performance of its original (source) version.

6 to 9 August 2020 | Various times
16th Festival of Polish Music
Various venues around Kraków
Information & tickets: www.fmp.org.pl

[Sources: polmic.pl], fmp.org.pl]