With May around the corner, Sinfonia Varsovia begins its summer artistic season – for the first time in the newly-built Concert Pavilion This new space on the musical map of Warsaw will be filled with both symphonic music and chamber music concerts. An extensive programme entails music of many periods and styles, with a variety of ensembles featuring excellent artists. And that’s not all – our home at Grochowska Street will once again host dance parties, performances and exhibitions.
Summer with Sinfonia Varsovia – this is the leading theme of the next five months – from 12 May to 21 September – for concerts, exhibitions, performances, dance parties and many other attractions. With nearly 100 events, everyone will surely find something for themselves. This will be the first time we will have an opportunity to listen to symphonic concerts at the Orchestra’s home – all this thanks to the Concert Pavilion which will hold an audience of 400. Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street and Dance Parties – two incredibly popular events among our regular guests and newcomers just embarking on their adventure with music are also making a return appearance. Also, the Franciszek Wybrańczyk Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City Festival traditionally returns in June, beginning and concluding in the Orchestra’s home.
Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street (12.05-26.08)
The eighth edition of afternoon chamber music concerts will be taking place as before – Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m. This year’s cycle will be inaugurated by an excellent duet of Janusz Olejniczak and Tomasz Strahl (12.05). Subsequent concerts will feature, among others, Olga Pasiecznik, the Wakarecy Piano Duo, Alexander Gebert and Maciej Frąckiewicz, Kaja Danczowska and young, talented participants of the Sinfonia Varsovia Academy and the Opera Academy. The concerts will feature both traditional chamber ensembles and less common setups, such as a guitar quartet and cello octet. Thanks to a wide range of repertoire, Summer Concerts have enjoyed equally great popularity among connoisseurs, occasional concert-goers and listeners only starting their musical journey.
Sinfonia Varsovia at Grochowska Street (25.05, 31.08, 7.09, 21.09,)
The first Sinfonia Varsovia at Grochowska Street cycle in the Concert Pavilion is a rare treat for fans of symphonic music heard outside the walls of concert halls. The Orchestra will present a varied repertoire in four concerts – from classical music, through film scores to jazz. The cycle will commence with a Concert of Requests (25.05), whose programme will be determined through an audience poll. The poll will be conducted via the Going app, on the Orchestra’s website and in person at Sinfonia Varsovia’s home. At the second concert Hommage à Blues Brothers (31,08) Zbigniew Zamachowski will take us on an encounter with songs from the cult film “Blues Brothers”, while the third concert - Film Music (7.09) will consist of famous film scores conducted by Krzysztof Herdzin. The calendar summer will conclude with a journey into the land of lively Hungarian melodies and dances performed by famous violinist Roby Lakatos and his riveting ensemble - the concert Mad Violins and World Music (21.09).
Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City (16-23.06)
A musical gift for the residents of Warsaw – the Franciszek Wybrańczyk Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City Festival (16 – 23 June) is another opportunity to hear symphonic music played by the Orchestra in its home, because the opening and closing concerts will take place in the Pavilion. To get things moving, violinist Mariusz Patyra will perform Niccolò Paganini’s 1st Violin Concerto on the 200th anniversary of the composition of the work (16.06). The closing concert, on Father’s Day, will feature a father-and-son team of conductor Jean-Jacques Kantorow and pianist Alexandre.
The summer season includes two exceptional events, bringing many surprises from other areas of the arts to a music institution. The Night of the Museums on 19 May will feature an exhibition of alternative photographic techniques and workshops, and the 59 Minutes Theatre will perform a classic – “The God of Carnage”. Then, at sunset, Sinfonia Varsovia will take the stage, accompanied by the Andrzej Jagodziński Trio. After the concert the jazz musicians will remain onstage for a nocturnal jam session.
The theme of this year’s Children’s Day is animals. Even though the buildings of the former Institute of Veterinarian Science are now filled with music, animals will return within its walls on 2 June, with alpacas occupying the garden for the day. Our youngest music lovers will also be treated to mini-concerts, an interactive fairy tale about Princess Musalinde, performances by the Little Theatre of Illustrations, a photo booth and face painting. The day will conclude with a story-concert titled “Where Is Reksio”, performed by the Etnos Ensemble and puppeteer Marek Żyła.
Dance Parties (6.07-24.08)
Dance parties with live music have become a permanent feature on the cultural map of Warsaw, so they are returning to Grochowska Street in July. Then, for eight subsequent Fridays, from 6 July to 24 August, we will have an opportunity to dance to music played by the best specialists in their respective styles. This year’s themes include music from the Balkans, Polish folk music, music from Warsaw, Klezmer, as well as tango, salsa, charleston and swing. Performers include Bubliczki, Tango Attack, NeoKlez and excellent dancers – Piotr Zgorzelski, the Iglika ensemble and Warsaw Shag Team. Each party will be preceded by a demonstration and a short workshop showing the basic steps of each dance.
This year, the National Fryderyk Chopin Institute is organising the 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments. On this occasion, in July we will have an opportunity to listen to recitals by candidates and in September to performances by participants qualified to take part in the competition. Period instruments have been popular among performers of baroque music for many years now, but historically informed performance of romantic music on period instruments is a relatively new trend. Thus, the competition and the recitals will be a tasty treat for enthusiasts of the music of Chopin.
Exhibitions (15-29.06, 23.07-16.09)
Summer with Sinfonia Varsovia is not just concerts, but also exhibitions of works of art. First, the walls of the historic Palace will be adorned with paintings by Henryk Zagórski “He said there will be a scar”. The leading theme of the collection is the issue of self-identity in the widest sense of the term, not without references to zen philosophy and the Catholic tradition. The opening of the exhibition will take place on 15 June and the exhibition will remain open until 29 June. Then, 23 July marks the opening of Alternative Photography Days. These will feature open workshops of alternative photographic techniques, concluded with an exhibition of the best works made by participants of the workshops.
Tickets (2, 15/10 zł) may be purchased through the website, via the Going app and at the box office one hour before the beginning of a given event.