Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
like in every year when June turns to July, the Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra and their artistic director Jan Stanienda open the consecutive Chamber Music Festival “Arsenal Nights”. From 28 June till 7 July 2019 in Wrocław, the audience will be entertained by numerous open-air concerts at the courtyard of the antique Arsenal.
This year’s Nights will comprise seven exceptional concerts. The programme ranges from pieces of the magnificent Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (in the inauguration on 28 June) to solo concertos by Joseph Haydn performed by two very young and very talented musicians, 11 years old cellist Fryderyk Midor and 17 years old violinist Marcel Groblewski (5 July). There are two other interesting pieces in the latter concert as well: The Movie Suite by Jacek Zamecki, and Emotions in Motion, a piece that was written especially for Wratislavia Orchestra by acknowledged Mexican film music composer, Rodrigo Flores López. The musicians of Wratislavia Orchestra will perform also in the finale concert of the Festival (7 July), when amongst other pieces the programme will include the beloved solo concertos by Vivaldi and the ingenious Concerto for 2 Violins in D Minor by Bach, on this occasion transcribed for a violin and a cello. This is to maintain the tradition of the festival, as year by year similar concerts close the event the great enjoyment of the audience.
On the first Sunday of the festival (30 June) the stage will belong to The Penderecki Piano Trio with a programme packed with moody chamber pieces by Haydn, Debussy and Rachmaninoff. On 3 July somewhat larger ensembles will perform – we will listen to Moniuszko’s string quartet (as a mark of the Moniuszko Year in Poland) and Johannes Brahms’s string quintet and sextet. And so, a night awaits us that will be full of poetry spoken just with sounds of music.
It has become the tradition of the Arsenal Nights, that there is a room for lighter repertoire as well, that steps out of the formal zone of classical music. There will be two such occasions this year. On 1 July (Monday) we will be entertained by the Portuguese musician Telmo Pires, introducing us to the world of fado, the genre of nostalgic songs originating in harbour districts of Lisbon, expressing nostalgia and longing for love and the lost youth that is forever gone. Fado has become so much a symbol of Portugal that it found its way to the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The one but last night of the festival will teleport us to the pre-war Poland. The Młynarski-Masecki Jazz Band will present some bravado interpretations of such giants of Polish pre-war jazz as Henryk Wars, Jerzy Petersburski and brothers Artur and Henryk Gold. These are the creators of hundreds of hits written in the 20-ies and 30-ties of the 20th century for movies, cabarets, theatres and musical scenes. The programme will treat us with gems of the swing, but we will hear some tangos as well. Arrangements by Marcin and the voice of Jan fill the whole idea with completely new breath, thus making this music up to today’s time, and suitable both for listening and for fun at a dance floor. Our musical time machine is waiting for you!
All performances start at 8 p.m.
Looking forward to meet you at Arsenal Nights!!