Two concerts in the Sinfonia Varsovia at Grochowska Street cycle, recitals by contestants in the 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments, Park-Opera, a trip to Budapest and organising the 9th edition of the La Folle Journée Festival – September is the most intensive time of the year in Sinfonia Varsovia’s calendar. Events scheduled for this month interlace summer’s fading sparks with concerts to open the new artistic season.
Organised by the National Fryderyk Chopin Institute, the 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments is underway. Thirty young pianists from all over the world vie for victory in a three-stage competition in the concert hall of the National Philharmonic in Warsaw. Preparing for subsequent stages of the competition, the pianists will also play recitals in Sinfonia Varsovia’s home at 272 Grochowska Street. Each evening on 5, 6, 8 & 9 September two pianists will perform in the Orchestra’s rehearsal hall. Their recitals will be enhanced by musicologists, who will tell the listeners about differences between modern pianos and 19th century instruments, as well as about the culture that has developed around pianos adorning the salons of 19th century bourgeoisie.
That weekend, musicians of Sinfonia Varsovia’s winds section will take part in performances of Wojtek Blecharz’ Park-Opera. Accompanying them will be Barbara Kinga Majewska (voice), Joanna Duda (toy piano), as well as Dorota Kozińska, Monika Pasiecznik, Anna Radziejewska and actors Karolina Adamczyk and Grzegorz Falkowski. The open form of the event allows for incidental on-lookers and passers-by to be involved in the performance of the work. Park-Opera will be presented twice, on Saturday and Sunday (8-9.09), starting each time at noon in front of Teatr Powszechny. From there, the performance will move to Skaryszewski Park. For details please visit www.powszechny.com.
The third concert in the Sinfonia Varsovia at Grochowska Street will take place on Friday, 7 September in the Orchestra’s home. This time, conducted by Krzysztof Herdzin, the musicians will perform favourite themes from Polish films and television series. The last concert in the cycle (21.09) will consist of Hungarian music performed by Roby Lakatos and his vivacious ensemble.
This, however, is not Sinfonia Varsovia’s only Hungarian adventure this month. Several days earlier (16.09), the Orchestra will perform in Budapest at the Bridging Europe 2018 Festival – The Baltics and Poland in focus. The soloist accompanying the Orchestra will be Piotr Anderszewski and the concert will be conducted by Andrzej Boreyko.
The end of September is taken up the most spectacular project in Sinfonia Varsovia’s calendar – the 9th edition of La Folle Journée. This year’s edition, titled “Towards a New World”, takes place on 28–30 September in Teatr Wielki – the National Opera. The Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra is not only the organiser of the Festival, but is also an active participant. In the course of 3 days the musicians of the Orchestra will play 7 concerts of widely varied repertoire. Overall, the Festival features 55 concerts with nearly 1000 performing artists.