The 18th edition of the Franciszek Wybrańczyk Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City Festival is approaching (16–23 June 2018, Warsaw). This year, the Orchestra has readied four extraordinary concerts of symphonic music for the residents of Warsaw. The organisers of the Festival encourage listeners to follow the programme and discover completely different dimensions of classical music in the best possible presentation.
– For us, the Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City Festival is one of the most important events during the year – says Janusz Marynowski, the Orchestra’s director. – This is our way of thanking the residents of Warsaw for their friendship and support. This motivates us constantly to undertake ever bolder challenges so that one day Warsaw will become one of the most important places on the musical map of Europe.
Subsequent editions of the Festival have been showing listeners that Warsaw’s cultural offerings can be as rich as they are surprising. This year the Festival will begin and conclude in the newly-built Concert Pavilion in the Orchestra’s home in the Praga-Południe district of Warsaw. For the other two concerts, Sinfonia Varsovia will appear in the Dominicans’ church in the Służew district of Warsaw and on Defilad Square, in the heart of the city. A star-studded cast of soloists and conductors will appear together with Sinfonia Varsovia in the Festival venues.
A Fairy-Tale Opening (16.06, 4:00 p.m.) is a meeting with music to arouse the imagination and allow listeners to weave their own fantastic interpretations of musical stories. The concert will open with Stanisław Moniuszko’s “Fairy Tale” fantastic overture. Then, Mariusz Patyra will join the Orchestra on stage to perform Niccolò Paganini’s 1st Violin Concerto. This performance is made special by the fact that Mariusz Patyra is the first Pole to win the prestigious “Premio Niccolò Paganini” competition in Genoa. Furthermore, it has been exactly 200 years since this masterpiece of the violin repertoire has been written. Finally, conducted by Sebastian Perłowski, Sinfonia Varsovia will play a selection of pieces from Georges Bizet’s famous opera "Carmen".
Even though Olga Pasiecznik is considered to be a highly versatile singer, it is without doubt that Mozart is one of her specialties. Mozart at Dusk (19.06, 8:30 p.m.) thus promises to be a true classical feast for the singer’s fans. During the concert she will sing the often underappreciated, although highly sophisticated and extremely demanding concert arias written by the most famous of the Viennese classics. The concert will also include the Overture to the "Marriage of Figar"o and two neo-classical orchestral miniatures composed by two Polish composers – Stefan Kisielewski and Henryk Czyż. The Orchestra will be conducted by Michał Klauza.
The Festival would not be whole without the much-anticipated open-air concert on Defilad Square. On that day, International Music Day, Sinfonia Varsovia and Adam Sztaba would like to invite everyone to an evening of the most famous musical dances selected from works of classical, ballet and film music, as well as from musicals. During the Musical Feast! (21.06, 8:00 p.m.) Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky will meet Wojciech Kilar, Astor Piazzolla and Stanisław Moniuszko. The programme will also feature compositions by Adam Sztaba himself, by Dmitri Shostakovich and by the father of concerts intended to popularise classical music – Leonard Bernstein.
Father’s Day Finale (23.06, 4:00 p.m.) marks a return to the Concert Pavilion at 272 Grochowska Street. The stage will be taken up by father & son team of conductor Jean-Jacques and pianist Alexandre Kantorow. The programme includes music inspired by folk melodies, containing the characteristic traits of the culture of two nations – Hungarians and Italians. The concert will begin with Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 arranged for orchestra. Next, Alexandre Kantorow will be the soloist in Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major. The concert, and the whole Festival, will conclude with musicians of Sinfonia Varsovia playing one of their signature works, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s spirited Symphony No. 4 in A major “Italian”.
Tickets to concerts in the Concert Pavilion are priced 15 and 10 zł. Admission to other concerts is free.