On 11-18 September 2021, the Mieczysław Karłowicz Association in Zakopane presents the 13th “Muzyka na szczytach” [Music on the Heights] International Festival. This year’s edition features such renowned musicians as Marcin Masecki, Olga Pasiecznik, Agata Zubel, Szymon Komasa, Marcin Zdunik, the NFM Orchestra and Choir conducted by Marzena Diakun and Camerata Silesia.
The International Festival “Music on the Heights” is an interdisciplinary artistic event that has attracted a wide audience since 2009. The Festival encourages a dialogue between artists and music lovers, Polish and foreign musicians, music of old masters and the achievements of modern music, as well as outstanding and internationally recognized artists and talented debutants.
The inaugural concert on 11 September included works by Krzysztof Penderecki, Paweł Szymański and Karol Szymanowski. The premiere of a unique performance prepared especially for this year’s Festival—La voix humaine by Francis Poulenc—took place on 12 September at the S.I. Witkiewicz Theatre. A screening of Agnieszka Holland’s Copying Beethoven was held on 14 September in the Place Cinema in Zakopane. Talented young musicians from the F. Chopin State Music School in Nowy Targ and Musica Mundana School in Belgium made their debut on 15 September in the Holy Cross Church. Lovers of choral music will appreciate the concert on 17 September, presenting compositions by Paweł Szymański, Sofia Gubajdulina, Paweł Mykietyn and John Tavener. The final concert will feature works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Arvo Pärt performed by Marcin Masecki and Marcin Markowicz.
The Festival also features meetings with artists and journalists as well as two unique photography exhibitions: Andrzej Ziółkowski’s “The Inward Moment. Man in the face of the Sacred,” showing the faces of many different religions in India, and” The Creators of Podhale 6,” presenting the artistic achievements of artists living and working in Podhale.