Sinfonia Varsovia’s March concerts will consist largely of sacred music. As each year in March, the Orchestra invites Warsaw’s residents to attend its Passion concert in Praga Południe’s Kamionek district. This year, we will hear Gabriel Fauré’s lofty Requiem. Then, during the 22nd Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, the Orchestra will perform Krzysztof Penderecki’s monumental Polish Requiem, conducted by the composer himself. The Requiem is a work of epochal significance to music and Polish culture.
Before concert programmes are filled with sacred music, however, the third concert in the Sinfonia Varsovia Chamber Music series will take place on the first Wednesday in March (07.03). A string trio with Adam Siebiers violin, Dariusz Kisieliński viola and Katarzyna Drzewiecka-Szlachcikowska cello, will perform works by Paweł Szymański, Józef Koffler, Roman Maciejewski and Krzysztof Penderecki. This concert will take place in the Orchestra’s home at 272 Grochowska Street in Warsaw. Admission to the concert is free.
Several days later, on 11 March, fans of the sound of Sinfonia Varsovia’s string quintet are invited to attend a STRINGS ONLY! Sinfonia Varsovia chamber ensemble concert in the concert hall of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. The ensemble will play Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quintet arrangement of String Quartet No. 8 in C minor Op. 110, Krzysztof Penderecki’s Quintetto per archi and the contemporary reimagining of Antonio Vivaldi’s famous Four Seasons, recomposed by Max Richter. Admission to the concert is free, but free tickets must be picked up at the entrance.
Sinfonia Varsovia’s Passion Concerts in Kamionek have always been exceptional opportunities to hear some of the most moving sacred music within the walls of the Sanctuary Of St. Mary the Victorious, located next to the Orchestra’s home at 365 Grochowska Street. This year, on 15 March, Sinfonia Varsovia will play Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem in D minor Op.48 and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 in E-flat KV 543. The Orchestra will be accompanied by soloists: Aleksandra Szafir-Makowska and Sebastian Gabryś, and by the Camerata Silesia. The concert will be conducted by maestro Marek Moś. Admission is free.
The Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra is also a mainstay of the programme of one of the most important music festivals in Poland. During the 22nd Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival the Orchestra will perform two masterpieces of Polish 20th century music: Henryk Mikołaj Górecki’s Symphony No. 2 Op. 31 “Copernican” and Krzysztof Penderecki’s Polish Requiem. Górecki’s work will be conducted by Maciej Tworek, while the Polish Requiem will be directed by the composer himself. Other performers of this extraordinary concert include the National Philharmonic Orchestra Choir and a host of renowned soloists, including Iwona Hossa and Mariusz Godlewski. This concert will take place on 21 March in the National Philharmonic Concert Hall. Tickets are available at www.beethoven.org.pl.
One week before Easter, on 24 March, Sinfonia Varsovia will play in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in the city of Siedlce, performing Prince Józef Michał Ksawery Poniatowski’s Mass in F major. Poniatowski was a 19th century composer and politician. His operas were staged in Paris, London and Rome. The Orchestra will be accompanied by soloists Ewa Biegas, Anna Radziejowska, Tomasz Krzysica and Robert Gierlach with Sebastian Perłowski conducting.
In March there will also be two Smykofonia [Toddler Philharmonic] at Grochowska events. These are special concerts for children and babies. The themes of meetings on 10 & 11 March are legends about kings, castles and knights. A fairy-tale atmosphere will be created with the sounds of harps, shepherds’ pipes and viola da gambas. Two weeks later, on 24 & 25 March, we will hear sounds to illustrate the weather in March, a time when the last days of winter give in to the oncoming spring.