Welcome to the forthcoming edition of the Festival Arsenal Nights. This time the Festival runs under a subtitle How about some jazz…, thus presenting projects both of strictly jazz nature, as well as concepts which are classical but enriched with pieces of precursors of jazz. The two notable exceptions are the opening and the final concerts, filled solely with creations of the magnificent Wolfgang Amadeus, and this is because of a somewhat mystical 222nd anniversary of his death occurring this year.
We will host some genuine celebrities amongst the Festival’s jazz performers. Numerous musical critics consider Adam Bałdych a rising star of world’s jazz violin, and we will see him together with his quartet on Friday, 5 July. Two days later, on Sunday, 7 July, we will listen to the only Polish jazz string quartet, the Atom String Quartet recently awarded with Polish prestigious FRYDERYK. They will play with Nika Lubowicz, a winner of many international competitions and festivals. On Friday after that, 12 July, we will be invited to a jazz evening by Filip Wojciechowski’s Trio, renown pianist; the winner of the special award of the 13th International Chopin Competition; he will play his own arrangement of Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Gershwin and others.
The first Sunday of the festival, the 30 June, looks very promising. A remarkable saxophonist Paweł Gusnar will perform, accompanied by The Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra directed by Jan Stanienda. He will present his interpretation of Chopin in arrangement by none other than Krzysztof Herdzin, as well a Piazzola, Gershwin, Nino Rota or Ennio and Andreas Morricone.
We will also have the joy to host in the Festival again the eminent German pianist Hinrich Alpers. Since his previous visit in Wroclaw he has won the prestigious 3rd International Beethoven Festival TELEKOM in Bonn, where he was awarded not just the main prize, but also special prizes in categories of chamber music (duet with Misha Maisky) and for interpretation of modern music. In the Arsenal Nights he is going to play two refined piano quintets and Three Preludes by Gershwin.
Mozart concerts which will open and close his year’s Festival will illustrate two distinct threads in his career: the chamber one and symphonic one. The first concert consists exclusively of divertimentos (including the most famous one – Eine kleine Nachtmusik…). And the last is made up solely of symphonies: rarely performed Symphony No. 1, brilliant Symphony in A Major KV 201, and the beautiful Sinfonia Concertante interpreted by Jan Stanienda (violin) and Wiesław Kwaśny (viola).
The concert which we have planned for Wednesday 3rd July will by ruled by the youth. Two talented musicians are going to perform: Marta Kowalczyk and Łukasz Chrzęszczyk, for whom this concert is a prize offered by the Festival to the winners of the 1st All-Poland Competition of Duos with Piano in Warsaw. On the menu we shall have Sonata by Maurice Ravel (its 2nd part is called Blues…) and a sparkling fantasia on a theme of Gershwin’s opera ”Porgy and Bess”, arranged by the great Jascha Heifetz.
We will be pleased to have you with us!