August afternoons and evenings in Sinfonia Varsovia’s home will be filled with symphonic and chamber music concerts, events for our youngest listeners and dance parties. Scheduled events include Warsaw residents’ favourite Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street, the wildly popular Dance Parties at Grochowska Street and the second concert in the Sinfonia Varsovia at Grochowska Street series to be held Concert Pavilion. And that’s not all. In August, the Orchestra will play in two festivals: the 14th “Chopin and His Europe” International Music Festival and La Roque d’Anthéron in France.
Summer holidays at Grochowska Street always bring Summer Concerts to mind. Weekend afternoons with chamber music have become a permanent feature in Warsaw residents’ Saturday and Sunday calendar schedules. There will be eight concerts in August, each featuring a different type of music. This Saturday will feature the concertmaster of the NFM Wrocław Orchestra, violinist composer Marcin Markowicz with pianist Grzegorz Skrobiński. The duet will perform works rarely heard on stage in Poland, including Alfred Schnittke’s ironic Suite in the Old Style and the 2nd movement of the Sonata for Violin and Piano composed by famous American minimalist Philip Glass. Subsequent Summer Concerts will provide an equally interesting experience, chiefly because of some interesting groups of instruments – the Bydgostic Accordion Trio (12.08) and the Morpheus Saxophone Quartet (18.08). The closing performance in the Summer Concerts series belongs to legendary violinist Kaja Danczowska with her daughter Justyna (piano) and Bartosz Koziak (cello). The ensemble will perform Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s Piano Trio in D minor, once enthusiastically described by Robert Schumann as the “masterful trio of our time”. Tickets to the concerts cost 2 zł and are available on the Orchestra’s web site, in the Going. and at the box office one hour before the start of the performance.
Please reserve Friday evenings for our Dance Parties. Dance meetings with live music are hosted by a different group each week, playing a wide variety of music, often from very distant corners of the world. Each evening begins with a demonstration of the dances and a short workshop that will make even the lesser-known dances easy and fun. The first Friday in August (3.08) will be devoted to charleston – the Grand Slam Quartet will introduce us to the sounds of gypsy jazz with the steps demonstrated by dancers from The Jassmins dance ensemble. The next Dance Party will feature the mad rhythms of Cuban salsa with the dance floor occupied by dancers from the OYE! school and the music provided by Tripulacion Cubana. This will be followed directly by hot sounds of the tango from Uruguay (17.08). Its traditional sounds will be supplemented by layers of electronics provided by artists of Tango Attack, Magda Navarrete and Andres Martorell. The last of the Dance Parties will resonate to the sounds of klezmer music (24.08) performed by Neoklez, who will bring us closer to the sounds of Jewish music in a modern context. Admission is free.
The summer holidays in the Orchestra’s home will conclude at the cinema. On 31 August, a new cycle of symphonic concerts returns to the Concert Pavilion for the Sinfonia Varsovia at Grochowska Street cycle. At the Hommage à Blues Brothers concert we will hear cult songs from the famous film Blues Brothers played by Zbigniew Zamachowski, Maciej Miecznikowski, Jolanta Szczepaniak-Przybylińska and Sinfonia Varsovia with Bassem Akiki keeping things under control on the conductor’s podium. Arrangements of the songs by Wiesław Świderski give these cult melodies additional expression. Tickets priced 15 and 10 zł are available on the Orchestra’s website, the Going. and at the box office one hour before the concert.
Smykofonia at Grochowska Street is our proposal for our youngest listeners. Concerts will take place on 11 and 12 August. The leading theme of the concerts will be “A Postcard from Far Away”. Music will be performed by Trio Wielbłądy, with Malina Sarnowska as host. The musicians will take our young listeners on a journey to the world of sounds, familiarize them with folk sounds from western Africa and Australia and present some unusual instruments. As always, there will be lots of time for dancing and fun. Tickets priced at 18 zł are available in Empik stores and on eBilet.pl
The summer holidays are a time of concerts and travels for the Orchestra – far abroad and close to home. Sinfonia Varsovia begins the month in France at the 38th Festival International de Piano de la Roque d’Anthéron. Playing six concerts, the Orchestra will perform works by, among others, Mozart, Bartók, Rossini, Dvořák, Brahms and Beethoven. The Orchestra will be accompanied by soloists: Nelson Goerner, Nicholas Angelich, Luis Fernando Pérez, Anne Queffélec and Nelson Freire, with Lio Kuokman conducting.
In the second part of the month Sinfonia Varsovia will play four times on the stage of Teatr Wielki – the National Opera during the 14th “Chopin and His Europe” International Music Festival. Concert programmes will feature works by Polish composers, including Ludomir Różycki, Zygmunt Noskowski, Witold Maliszewski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Maurycy Moszkowski. The Orchestra will be accompanied by a host of soloists, including Janusz Wawrowski, Michał Szymanowski, Olli Mustonen and Dang Thai Son. Tickets to all events of the Festival are available on the National Fryderyk Chopin Institute web site en.chopin.nifc.pl