Only 7 days left until the 9th edition of La Folle Journée “Towards a New World” kicks off! The Polish edition of the largest classical music festival in returns to Teatr Wielki – the National Opera on the last weekend in September. Tickets to many exceptional concerts are still available.
3 days, 55 concerts, 1000 artists and, above all, tens of thousands of listeners – La Folle Journée is an international phenomenon which shows that classical music is capable of drawing huge crowds. According to René Martin, the artistic director of the Festival, the idea was born when he went to a U2 concert with his children. It was then that he decided to set up an event that would bridge the world of classical music and the public at large. It turned out that his idea set off a revolution that has been changing the world of music since. Short concerts, low ticket prices and an attractive repertoire became a recognised and much-loved format all around the world.
The Polish edition, organised since its inception 9 years ago by the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra also enjoys immense interest all over Poland. More than ten thousand tickets were sold during the first weekend of sales! Even though tickets are available on-line, a line of several hundred people forms each year at the box office. “Some concerts sold out in a matter of minutes. To satisfy this enormous demand for classical music, we are happy to invite you to American Dream Hall where concerts are free and account for more than one fifth of everything the Festival has to offer. Apart from symphony orchestras, our concert tent will feature some excellent jazz groups headed by Marcin Masecki and Adam Bałdych” – says Janusz Marynowski, director of the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra.
Tickets are still available to most concerts taking place in the New World Hall, better known as the Moniuszko Auditorium. Especially interesting is the concert of the Amadeus Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Agnieszka Duczmal. The orchestra celebrates 50 years of its existence this year. On Saturday at 3:00 p.m. it will present a diverse programme of English and Spanish music, as well as music inspired by the culture of the Middle East. On the other hand, Sinfonia Varsovia invites everyone to attend an unusual concert titled “The Duel of the Strings”. On Sunday at 6:00 p.m. the musicians will split up into two “teams” to perform works written for two string orchestras, all under the direction of Jurek Dybał.
Among the many special concerts for our younger listeners, tickets are still available for two symphonic concerts in the morning. The music at these concerts will be illustrated by colourful tales told by the hosts and by graphic animations. On Saturday at 11:00 a.m. the orchestra of Teatr Wielki – the National Opera invites everyone to an encounter with ballet music, while on Sunday, also at 11:00 a.m. Sinfonia Varsovia will take its listeners on a fantastic voyage to the world of elves from the Shakespearean comedy "A Midsummer Night’s Dream".