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The second edition of the “Song – The Theatre of the Word” will commence soon!

This new incarnation of the series of encounters with poetry and music, initiated by the Krakow Opera in December 2016, will premiere in the magnificent and exquisitely acoustic Jan Haluszka Chamber at the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine on 25 February at 5 p.m. The theme of this new edition of evenings of lyric vocals this artistic season will be the presentation of Polish artistic song.

It’s no accident that the programme of the first evening, entitled “SONGBOOK FOR HOME USE. SONGS AND BALLADS BY STANISŁAW MONIUSZKO” will consist of songs and ballads by Stanisław Moniuszko, the author of nearly 300 songs and the father of Polish national opera. The concert will feature soloists: Wioletta Chodowicz, Robert Gierlach, Michał Kutnik and Olga Tsymbaluk on the piano. Vocalists making their first forays into professional  stages, i.e. Justyna Bluj, Daria Proszek, and Jarosław Bielecki, will have the uncommon chance to tackle the challenging genre of song.

Despite the fact that all of the repertoire was penned by one author, the listeners are bound to be moved by its variety of moods, its beauty of poetic expression, the multitude of tones of the soloists’ voices, and the masterful narration of word and melody  in truly virtuosic Moniuszko fashion. The entire proceedings of this exceptional event, in which music blends and merges with the word so closely that it creates a THEATRE of sorts, will be overseen dramatically and visually by the artistic duo of Laco Adamik and Barbara Kędzierska.

There is no doubt that “Song – The Theatre of the Word” is an art project which, with its theatrical formula, selection of music pieces, and venue, is wholly unprecedented among the repertoires of philharmonics and music theatres in Poland.

The best testament to the multi-dimensionality and uniqueness of this series of concerts may be the “song gala” under the meaningful title “GREAT POLISH COMPOSERS IN SONG.” On 10 March 2018 (at 6:30 p.m.), at the Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow, we will be able to hear masterpieces of vocal lyrical music in a... symphonic arrangement; the evening’s programme will comprise outstanding works for voice and symphony orchestra by some of the most acclaimed composers of Polish music of the 20th and 21st c. The event’s rich repertoire includes “Chantefleurs et chantefables” by Witold Lutosławski for soprano and orchestra, Tadeusz Baird’s “Four Love Sonnets” to texts by William Shakespeare for baritone and orchestra, “Abschied” from Symphony No. 8 “Songs of Transience” by Krzysztof Penderecki. The audience will hear Krakow Opera’s brilliant soloists: Monika Korybalska, Katarzyna Oleś-Blacha, Adam Szerszeń, and the Orchestra of the Krakow Opera conducted by Tomasz Tokarczyk.

Join us for the concerts of the “Song –The Theatre of the Word” series, for “The song lives in each of us…” and a visit to the wonderful world of emotions and feelings that these songs contain is a must this season. 

The March concert ECCE LIGNUM CRUCIS… (BEHOLD THE WOOD OF THE CROSS) within the “Song – The Theatre of the Word” series will be performed at St. Kinga’s Chapel at the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine (28 March 2018, 6 p.m.). Subsequent concerts will take place in April, May, and June 2018.