La Folle Journée in France, a chamber music concert and two symphonic music concerts – these are Sinfonia Varsovia’s plans for the upcoming month. Then, there will be two more Smykofonia [Toddler Philharmonic] at Grochowska Street events – concerts for our youngest listeners in Warsaw’s Praga-Południe district .
Sinfonia Varsovia kicks off the month of February in France, where the 24th edition of the La Folle Journée festival is now in progress. Following this year’s theme of the Festival – “Towards a New World” (in French: “Vers un Monde nouveau”), the Orchestra will perform works by artists who, for various reasons, had to leave their homeland to look for a new place to live and to compose. In this context, Sinfonia Varsovia will devote much of their attention to music written by Polish composers, including Chopin and Paderewski.
In the year of the 100th anniversary of Poland’s regaining of its independence, the Orchestra will be actively promoting Polish music not only abroad, but also present to domestic audiences lesser known works by Polish composers. On 7 February, during the second concert in the Sinfonia Varsovia Chamber Music series, the Orchestra’s wind quintet will play works written by Tadeusz Szeligowski, Andrzej Panufnik and Wojciech Kilar. The concert will take place in the Orchestra’s home at 272 Grochowska Street in Warsaw. Admission to the concert is free.
Two events in the Smykofonia na Grochowskiej cycle will also take place in the Orchestra’s home . These are special concerts intended for children aged 0 to 5 years. On 3 and 4 February we will listen to songs by Witold Lutosławski, and on 24 and 25 February we will have an opportunity to hear “Home Music” – crackles, knocks and creaking furniture will transform into fascinating musical fairy tales.
The full Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra will present itself to Warsaw’s audiences at two extraordinary concerts. On 11 February the Orchestra will perform during the Witold Lutosławski Chain XV Festival in the Concert Studio of Polish Radio. Conducted by Andrey Boreyko, the musicians will play works by Jerzy Fitelberg, Krzysztof Meyer, as well as the Concerto for Orchestra composed by the patron of the Festival and Karol Szymanowski’s 1st Violin Concerto with Agata Szymczewska as soloist.
Less than one week later, on 16 February, Sinfonia Varsovia will appear at yet another festival, the POLIN Music Festival: Roots 'n' Fruits, organised by the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. The inaugural concert will be conducted by the Israel-born Bar Avni, laureate of the 2nd prize in the latest Grzegorz Fitelberg International Conductors’ Competition in Katowice. We will hear soloists David Krakauer (clarinet), Michael Guttman (violin) and Jing Zhao (cello). The programme entails music by composers with Jewish origins and inspired by traditional Jewish music. Especially worthy of note is the Concerto for Klezmer Clarinet by Wlad Marhulets, a Polish composer born in Mińsk and living in Los Angeles, where he is gaining increased recognition as composer of film music written for Hollywood blockbusters.