Eight concerts in eight days. On 18-25 October, the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra invites audiences for the fourteenth time to a festival dedicated to the residents of the capital. Admission to most concerts is free.
The “Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City” Festival was initiated in 2001 by Franciszek Wybrańczyk, the Orchestra’s long-running director. This recurring event is available to a wide audience. It has become a permanent landmark in the city’s cultural landscape, becoming a favourite of the capital’s residents. In line with the idea of the festival, starting this Saturday, for the next eight days, the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra will perform various forms of classical music, presented in several places around Warsaw. Two symphonic concerts and six chamber music concerts are scheduled, including a performance by Turkish artists as part of the cultural programme celebrating the 600th anniversary of Polish-Turkish diplomatic relations.
The chamber music concerts will be held in the Orchestra’s headquarters at 272 Grochowska Str., always at 6 p.m. The concerts will be performed by musicians of Sinfonia Varsovia and by friends of the Orchestra in chamber settings. The concert programmes are quite varied – from compositions by C.Ph.E. Bach and Haydn, to Chopin, Brahms, Shostakovich and Panufnik. These concerts will be held on 18, 20-23 and 25 October.
The whole Orchestra performs on Sunday, 19 October at 7 p.m. at the National Philharmonic Concert Hall. This will be an exceptional concert, relating to the 30th anniversary of the founding of the ensemble. Sinfonia Varsovia will play under the direction of Maestro Jerzy Maksymiuk. The programme includes Mozart’s Divertimento in D major KV 136, Panufnik’s Sinfonia Concertante for flute, harp and small string orchestra with soloists Andrzej Krzyżanowski (flute) and Zuzanna Elster (harp) and Saint- Saëns’ Organ Symphony. The programme is embellished with a birthday present from Jerzy Maksymiuk himself – the first performance of a work composed especially for the Orchestra: Intrada – Fanfares and Hymn.
The second symphonic concert will be held in Warsaw’s Praga district on 24 October at 7:30 p.m. in the Concathedral Church in Kamionek. The first part of the concert will feature Sinfonia Varsovia’s concertmasters Jakub Haufa (violin) and Marcel Markowski (cello) in Brahms’ Double Concerto in A minor. After intermission we will have an opportunity to hear Schumann’s 4th Symphony in D minor. The Orchestra will be directed by German conductor Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach.
Admission to all chamber music concerts and the concert in the church in Kamionek is free.
Tickets to the concert at the National Philharmonic are priced 25-28 zł and are available at the box office of the National Philharmonic and at www.filharmonianarodowa.bilety24.pl