Sixteen concerts featuring music by distinguished Polish and foreign composers will be held from 18 September to 17 October 2021 throughout Silesia. This year’s edition of the G. G. Gorczycki International Festival, subtitled “Transformations,” aims to show the greatest changes in the history of music that took place in two very different epochs: the Baroque (the era of the patron of the festival, Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki) and contemporary times, with changes that are taking place before our eyes.
The International Festival of Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki has become a major event in the artistic calendar of Silesia. For over a dozen years, it has consistently built its image through unique repertoire, the participation of excellent artists and the interest of several thousand listeners. This year’s Festival will be inaugurated on 18 September in Bytom and will last until 17 October with the finale in Chorzów.
The 16th edition promises to be spectacular. 16 concerts in 12 cities will be performed by renowned artists including Jakub Jakowicz, Piotr Pławner, Jan Tomasz Adamus, Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski, Łukasz Długosz, Marek Toporowski, Jarosław Kitala, Roman Widaszek, Grzegorz Biegas, Anna Szostak, Paweł Tomaszewski and ensembles: Philharmonic Zagreb, Silesian Philharmonic, Capella Cracoviensis, Silesian Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Silesia, and the Cracow Royal Singers.
Examples of baroque and contemporary music will show changes which may become an inspiration for further transformations, because the new always originates in the old. The program will include works by Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki, Bartłomiej Pękiel, Mikołaj Zieleński, Fryderyk Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, Jan Maklakiewicz, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Andrzej Panufnik, Krzysztof Meyer, Bronisław Kazimierz Przybylski, Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil, Artur Zagajewski, Piotr Klimek as well as film music by Wojciech Kilar, Bartosz Chajdecki and Henryk Kuźniak. There will also be premieres of the latest works by Krzysztof Baculewski, Artur Kroschel, Kamil Pawłowski and Adam Wesołowski, the director of the Festival.
The concerts will be accompanied by a dozen or so artistic events: film screenings, multimedia exhibitions, meetings with artists. The whole event will be complemented by the charity event “In the footsteps of Gorczycki”.
The Festival is co-financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the “Music” program, implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance, with media patronage by the Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC in Warsaw.