Friday, 29th of June 2018


Mozart and Beethoven for a good start.
Beethoven and Mozart: two of the three composers of the First Viennese School will be featured in the programme of the inauguration concert of this year’s Arsenal Nights. Mozart’s piece, the magnificent youthful Divertimento in D Major KV136, will be only a mere starter of this sparkling night. The main theme will be weaved of the music of Beethoven in quite an unusual arrangement. A German pianist Hinrich Alpers together with the Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra directed by Jan Stanienda will present chamber versions of Beethoven’s two famous pieces: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major and Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major. Two well-known masterpieces in quite unknown arrangements, which may well give us moments of surprise and delight.


Sunday, 1st of July 2018


The Night of songs and arias.
The courtyard of the ancient City Arsenal is a place where human voice would sound particularly beautiful. The main characters of the evening will be two soprano singers: Paulina Horajska and Gabriela Gołaszewska, accompanied by Krzysztof Trzaskowski at the piano. The programme will be filled with songs and arias. We will be able to listen to such known and liked pieces as the aria of the Queen of the Night (Der Hölle Rache) of Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute”, the aria of Rosina of Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville”, the aria of Hanna of Moniuszko’s “The Haunted Manor”, as well as a number of songs by Chopin, Moniuszko and Nowowiejski. The pianist will also play several compositions of Frédéric Chopin.


Wednesday, 4th of July 2018


Rossini: the early glimmer of a genius
When Gioacchino Rossini was still a very young boy, long before he set to compose “The Barber of Seville”, he once decided to write several sonatas for four string instruments. As a result six pieces were created, all of them startling with mastery and invention. And all of them will be played during this concert. The sonatas of Rossini are like an innocent musical smile straight from under the Italian sun. Easy to listen for every audience, but hard to play for any performer. Best possible examples of artistic achievements of a wonderful child.


Friday, 6th of July 2018


The Tender Rule. Grzegorz Turnau and Dorota Miśkiewicz

This concert needs no long introductions. A short one will say it all: Grzegorz Turnau and Dorota Miśkiewicz. Two outstanding vocalists, singers, poets, who belong to musically most talented artists of Polish stage of the popular song. They embarked on a common musical journey over ten years ago and they continue it till now with great success. Their concert in Arsenal Nights will be a part of their musical project “The Tender Rule”. It will definitely be one of the highlights of this year’s Festival.


Saturday, 7th of July 2018


The Night of chamber gems.
Szymanowski: phenomenal, fantastic, impressionistic and elusive. Beethoven: imperious and impulsive. Liszt: breathtaking with his mastery. Poulenc: delightful with his light and poetic Paris touch. That’s an idea for a magnificent chamber music concert. And all that owing to a duet of Polish artists, the violinist Roksana Kwaśnikowska and the pianist Joanna Kacperek. They will play such famous compositions as the Kreutzer Sonata in A major by Beethoven or the piece “Dryads and Pan” of the chamber series “Mythes” by Karol Szymanowski, the greatest Polish composer right aside Frédéric Chopin.


Sunday, 8th of July 2018


The great finale with Vivaldi.
Does anyone need a special invitation to the Night filled with music of Antonio Vivaldi? Certainly not. Vivaldi, the Red Priest of Venice, invariably attracts crowds of listeners craving to enjoy his music. And it is so hard to believe that this music was once nearly forgotten… The finale of this year’s Arsenal Nights will flow with the music of this outstanding composer interpreted by soloists and the Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra. A tasteful choice of concertos of the Italian master will be played, for various instrumental constellations: three concertos for violin, one for cello, one for violin and cello, and one for two violins and a cello.