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Kraków | 54th Organ Music Days

KrakowThe 54th Organ Music Days –  one of the oldest organ festivals in Poland, established at the Krakow Philharmonic in 1966 on the initiative of prof. Eugenia Umińska and Henryk Czyż – will be held in Krakow on 1-5 December 2021. The concerts of this year's edition, due to the conservation of the philharmonic organ, will be held primarily in Krakow's churches.

The first concert will take place on Wednesday, 1 December at 8.00 p.m. in the Saint Michael the Archangel and Saint Stanislaus the Bishop and Martyr Basilica. The Italian organist Eugenio Maria Fagiani will perform works from Johann Sebastian and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, to Wilhelm Rust, Gaetano Donizetti and Johann Christian Heinrich Rinck. The second concert will be held on Friday, 3 December at 7.30 p.m. in the Church of Of Our Lady Queen of Poland. Julian Gembalski, an outstanding Polish organist, will present works by Georg Muffat, Piotr Drusiński and Johann Sebastian Bach and his own pieces –Two Advent Hymn Preludes, as well as improvisations on Advent songs.

A day later, on Saturday, 4 December at 6.00 p.m., the Krakow Philharmonic will host a special oratorio concert to celebrate the 625th anniversary of the establishment of the Faculty of Theology and the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Krakow. The Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir under the direction of Tomasz Tokarczyk will perform works by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki – Beatus Vir, Wojciech Kilar – Victoria, and fragments of the opera about John Paul II – Totus Tuus by Paweł Sydor. Stanislav Kuflyuk (baritone), Adrian Domarecki (tenor), Sylwia Ziółkowska (soprano), Dawid Roy (baritone), Grzegorz Królak (bass), mezzo-sopranos – Agnieszka Karpińska and Klaudyna Nitkiewicz and Karol Bonawentura Mieliński (baritone) will perform as soloists.

The last concert of the 54th Organ Music Days will be held on Sunday, 5 December at 6.00 p.m. at the Sanctuary of Saint John Paul II. Bogdan Narloch on the organ and Roman Gryń on the trumpet will present compositions by Clarke, Stanley, Bach, Chopin, Wawiłow, Czerniewicz, Dubois and Bédard. Admission to all concerts outside the Krakow Philharmonic is free!

More information: www.filharmonia.krakow.pl