47th Music in Old Cracow Festival
Monday, August 15, 2022, 8:00 PM
“THE FESTIVAL IS COMING!!!” announced the organisers on Facebook. The event was finally confirmed quite recently, at the end of July, so if you couldn’t have imagined August evenings without Music in Old Cracow you can breathe easily!
The acclaimed event, now in its 47th edition, kicks off as usual on 15 August with a concert by the Silesian Chamber Orchestra, performing works by Grieg, Penderecki and Dvořák under the baton of Stanisław Krawczyński. The festival’s traditions are confirmed by two concerts: the performance by the veteran concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Daniel Stabrawa joined by Mirosław Herbowski on piano to present Beethoven’s violin sonatas, and a recital by the young guitarist Dmytro Holovenko. In spite of the difference in age and experience, both artists are making a welcome return to Music in Old Cracow – the event’s strength lies in the loyal festival family fostered by Stanisław Gałoński, founder and artistic director since the very start.
For the last decade, this family has also comprised the “L’viv Virtuosos” Chamber Orchestra and conductor Serhij Burko, organisers of a sister event held under the banner Music in Old L’viv. The brutal attack by Russia on Ukraine has given this artistic and social community another, extremely important dimension. The L’viv musicians bring a fascinating programme featuring sounds from Salzburg via Vienna to L’viv, all from the extraordinary Mozart family: the timeless Wolfgang Amadeus (perhaps the greatest Classicist from Vienna), his father Leopold from Salzburg and his son Franz Xaver who started off in L’viv.
We will also welcome guests from beyond our north-eastern border: the Lithuanian Čiurlionis Quartet performs works by Haydn and Mendelssohn alongside compositions by their compatriot Faustas Latėnas who passed away in 2020.
An important element of the programme is early sacral music, starting from mediaeval Gregorian chants performed by ensembles Flores Rosarum and Triplum; the latter sing music from antiphonaries from the archives of the Cistercian Abbey in Mogiła, celebrating its 800th anniversary this year. We will also hear Baroque works written for Wawel Cathedral: compositions by Gorczycki and Gołąbek are presented by the Royal Rorantists and Collegium Zieleński ensembles, both under the baton of Stanisław Krawczyński.
How about instrumental Baroque? Polish music by Mielczewski and Jarząbek comes courtesy of ClaveDuo, while works by English composers Dowland and Hume is performed by the Cracovian Viola da Gamba Consort. Andrzej Białko’s organ recital and an evening of Baroque violin and harpsichord (Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch and Elżbieta Stefańska) resound with masterpieces by J.S. Bach.
Festival concerts are presented at the Baroque Church of Sts Peter and Paul, among the colourful stained-glass windows of the Tempel Synagogue, under the star-studded ceiling of the Basilica of St Mary (recital on the recently restored organ!), in the cloisters of the Cistercian and Franciscan abbeys, and at the Norbertine Convent once located on the outskirts of the city. Music always sounds special in old Kraków!
15 August 2022, Monday, 8pm
Church of Sts Peter and Paul
Silesian Chamber Orchestra
Stanisław Krawczyński – conductor
in programme: E. Grieg, K. Penderecki, A. Dvořák
16 August 2022, Tuesday, 7:30pm
Hall of Bl. Jacob
Dmytro Holovenko – guitar
in programme: H. Villa-Lobos, D. Reinhard, D. Gillespie
17 August 2022, Wednesday, 7:30pm
in programme: J. Haydn, F. Latėnas, F. Mendelssohn
18 August 2022, Thursday, 7:30pm
Florianka Recital Hall
Daniel Stabrawa – violin
Mirosław Herbowski – piano
in programme: L. van Beethoven’s violin sonatas
20 August 2022, Saturday, 8pm
St Mary’s Church
Andrzej Białko – organy
in programme: J.S. Bach
23 August 2022, Tuesday, 7:30pm
Corpus Christi Church
in programme: Gregorian chant
24 August 2022, Wednesday, 7:30pm
Stanisław Krawczyński – musical direction
in programme: J. Gołąbek, G.G. Gorczycki
25 August 2022, Thursday, 7:30pm
Cistercian Abbey n Mogiła, cloisters
Triplum Male Vocal Quartet
in programme: Gregorian chant
26 August 2022, Friday, 8pm
Lviv Virtuosos Chamber Orchestra
Sofia Sołowij – soprano
Serhij Burko – conductor
in programme: L. Mozart, W.A. Mozart, F.X. Mozart
27 August 2022, Saturday, 7:30pm
Franciscan Monastery, cloisters
Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch – Baroque violin
Elżbieta Stefańska – harpsichord
in programme: J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart
29 August 2022, Monday, 7:30pm
Norbertine Sisters Church
Viola da Gamba Kraków Consort
in programme: J. Dowland, T. Hume
30 August 2022, Tuesday, 7:30pm
St Martin’s Church
ClaveDuo: Joanna Solecka, Anna Huszczo – harpsichord
in programme: M. Mielczewski, A. Jarzębski
31 August 2022, Wednesday, 7:30pm
St Catherine’s Church
Stanisław Krawczyński – conductor
in programme: G.G. Gorczycki
ul. Miodowa 24The Tempel Synagogue is worth a visit for at least two reasons. Firstly, the stained glass windows,...
Church of Corpus Christi
ul. Bożego Ciała 26For Kazimierz, this church was to be what St Mary’s was for Kraków. After six...
Wawel 3The most important house of worship in Poland, whose imposing interior symbolically testifies to...
The Cistercian Church and Monastery in Mogiła
ul. Klasztorna 11The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Wenceslas in Mogiła, together with the adjacent...
Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Jesuit)
ul. Kopernika 26Built early in the 20th century to the design of Franciszek Mączyński, in its external guise the...
ul. Franciszkańska 2Austere Gothic architecture on the outside conceals gentle arches and an explosion of colours in...
Premonstratensian (Norbertine) Church
ul. Kościuszki 88The Premonstratensian Sisters, locally known rather as Norbertines, and in popular speech as the...
St Martin's Church
ul. Grodzka 58With its plain facade and austere, unornamented interior, this particular church inclines one to...
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ul. Konopnickiej 17A modern venue hosting concerts, theatrical performances, exhibitions, congresses, conferences, and...
Rynek Główny 1-3One of the symbols of city, a pearl of renaissance architecture, Kraków’s oldest...
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WawelThe cave that the legendary dragon inhabited leads down from Wawel Hill to the bank of the Vistula....