The Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra invites everyone to take a musical voyage around Warsaw. Five concerts will feature star performers of classical music and jazz, including Sergei Nakariakov, the Atom String Quartet, Adam Sztaba, Dorota Miśkiewicz, Kwadrofonik and Sinfonia Varsovia Brass.
The first stop on the map of Warsaw will be Sowińskiego Park, namely the amphitheatre in the Park, in which the opening concert of the festival will take place on 3 June. On stage, the full symphonic complement of Sinfonia Varsovia under the direction of Italian conductor Renato Rivolta. The artists will perform the overture to Rossini’s opera “The Thieving Magpie” and Dvořák’s Symphony “From the New World”. The star of the concert will be Sergei Nakariakov – Russian virtuoso, hailed by the critics as the “Paganini of the trumpet”. Nakariakov will be featured as the soloist in an adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s “Rococo Variations” and Arban’s “Fantaisie and Variations on the Carnival of Venice”, setting out new possibilities for the art of playing the trumpet.
On Sunday, 4 June a musical feast will await the youngest music lovers, with Dorota Miśkiewicz and the Kwadrofonik ensemble performing a concert on the occasion of Children’s Day, titled “Lutosławski, Tuwim. Songs not just for Children”.
Halfway through the Festival we will hear a concert titled “Just Like at the Movies!” The concert will take place in the heart of the city, in Defilad Square, organised jointly with the Studio Theatre. Sinfonia Varsovia under the direction of Krzesimir Dębski will play film music by, among others, Kilar, Zimmer and Dębski. The Orchestra will perform with Anna Jurksztowicz – an audience favourite, well known from Polish films and television series. This concert will be held on 7 June.
The last two concerts will be played with some renowned musicians at the Orchestra’s home at 272 Grochowska Street, where there will be deck chairs and blankets waiting for the audience in a pleasant spring atmosphere. On Saturday, 10 June – “Sztaba & The Atoms”. Surrounded by beautiful greenery, the open air stage will host the Sinfonia Varsovia strings accompanying the Atom String Quartet and Adam Sztaba. On this special afternoon we will hear works written by musicians of the Atom String Quartet and by Adam Sztaba.
The Festival will conclude with the sparkling “Brass at the End” concert, featuring the Sinfonia Varsovia Brass, which made its debut during last year’s festival. The 13-person ensemble will play pieces from its recently released album, including such hits as Gonna Fly Now and Children of Sanchez, with a Polish highlight consisting of Czesław Niemen’s Sen o Warszawie. The concert will feature renowned soloists: trumpeter Jerzy Małek and trombonist Jacek Namysłowski. The percussion section will be assisted by drummer and multi-instrumentalist Jan Młynarski. The concert will hosted by Marek Sierocki.
The Franciszek Wybrańczyk Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City Festival is the Orchestra’s gift to the residents of Warsaw. In the space of these few days everyone will have an opportunity to taste some classical music and jazz in spaces not usually associated with such concerts. Tickets are required to attend the opening concerts (prices starting at 25 zł). Admission to all other concerts is free.