47th Music in Old Cracow Festival

Monday, August 15, 2022, 8:00 PM

  • Monday, August 15, 2022, 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday, August 16, 2022, 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, August 17, 2022, 7:30 PM
  • Thursday, August 18, 2022, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, August 20, 2022, 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday, August 23, 2022, 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, August 24, 2022, 7:30 PM
  • Thursday, August 25, 2022, 7:30 PM
  • Friday, August 26, 2022, 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, August 27, 2022, 7:30 PM
  • Monday, August 29, 2022, 7:30 PM
  • Tuesday, August 30, 2022, 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, August 31, 2022, 7:30 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
Tempel Synagogue
Čiurlionis Quartet
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
Flores Rosarum
in programme: Gregorian chant

24 August 2022, Wednesday, 7:30pm
Wawel Cathedral
Royal Rorantists
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
Jesuit Basilica
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
Collegium Zieleński
Stanisław Krawczyński
– conductor
in programme: G.G. Gorczycki

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