The summer season with Sinfonia Varsovia is well underway! The Orchestra begins its summer activities in Radziejowice, where it will perform at the 10th Jerzy Waldorff Summer Festival. The 8th edition of Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street is in progress at the ensemble’s Warsaw home and Dance Parties with live music are coming back on 6 July.
Even though July is usually associated with the beginning of the silly season, the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra shows no signs of slowing down. There is a rich offering of attractions for all who want to spend the summer holiday with music and dance, with something for everyone.
If anyone is planning a trip to the countryside on the first weekend of July, it may be a great idea to visit the palace in Radziejowice, where the anniversary 10th Jerzy Waldorff Summer Festival starts on 30 June. The Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra will perform no fewer than three times in the festival tent. Each time, the Orchestra will be accompanied by great artists. On the first evening of the festival, the musicians under the direction of Andrzej Boreyko will play Fryderyk Chopin’s 2nd Piano Concerto in F minor with Janusz Olejniczak as soloist. On the second evening (1 July), the conductor’s podium will be taken up by Maestro Jerzy Maksymiuk, who will conduct compositions by Wojciech Kilar, Józef Świder and Józef Zeidler. The Orchestra will share the stage with the Camerata Silesia Singers’ Ensemble from Katowice and soloists Iwona Sobotka, Elżbieta Wróblewska, Tomasz Krzysica and Jarosław Bręk. To conclude their involvement in the Festival on 3 July, the Orchestra will perform one of the most important Polish compositions of the 20th century, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs. The soloist will be Iwona Sobotka, with Andrzej Boreyko conducting. Admission to all concerts at the Festival is free.
The programme of events taking place in the Orchestra’s home at 272 Grochowska Street promises to be equally interesting. The upcoming month will provide an opportunity to hear some exceptional musicians in the chamber music Summer Concert at Grochowska series. Krzysztof Jakowicz, the elder statesman of Polish violin, will perform on 8 July with a master recital. The programme will consist of works by, among others, Karol Szymanowski, Henryk Wieniawski and Ignacy Jan Paderewski. The violinist will be accompanied by pianist Robert Morawski. On 14 July Aleksander Dębicz and Marcin Zdunik will present their improvised variations on music and themes by Johann Sebastian Bach, romantic lieder and compositions of Fryderyk Chopin. Fans of unorthodox instrument combinations will certainly appreciate the concert by the HarSax Duet on 29 July. This unusual ensemble consists of Juliusz Wesołowski playing the harp and Daniel Kobielski on the saxophone. Their repertoire consists of works written for this pair of instruments, including the first performance of a composition by Maciej Małecki, Scherzo for alto saxophone and harp. Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street take place each Saturday and Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are priced at 2 zł.
The third edition of Dance Parties at Grochowska Street with live music also returns in July. This year, the dance parties will take place on Fridays at 7:00 p.m. in the Concert Pavilion, so there will be even more room for dancing and overall fun. This July’s themes include music from the Balkans, swing, folk music and music from Warsaw. Admission is free.
There is also a special treat for fans of the music of Fryderyk Chopin and period instruments. Preparations for the 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments will feature recitals by Polish candidates for the competition. The pianists will perform on 28 and 29 July in the Rehearsal Hall. Admission is free.
Our youngest listeners can look forward to two weekends with Smykofonia [the Toddler Philharmonic] – a special series of concerts for children aged 0 to five. On the first weekend, on 30 June and 1 July, the theme of the concerts will be “Adventure Ho!” , featuring melodies inspired by holiday trips and interesting places. On 14 and 15 July the musicians will invite everyone to take a trip to the countryside, with the theme of the concerts being “Meadows, Forests and Pastorales”. Tickets are available at the Empik chain of stores and at eBilet.pl.
For detailed information about all events taking place in July, please visit Calendar