There is a number of reasons why the first month of each year is very important for the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra. First, 3 January marks the start of a new concert cycle – Sinfonia Varsovia Kameralnie (Sinfonia Varsovia Chamber Music). 7 scheduled concerts will feature ensembles made up of the orchestra’s musicians discovering Polish chamber music composed after 1918. The first concert featured works by Krzysztof Penderecki, Andrzej Kwieciński and Jan Stokłosa. It has shown the genre to be highly varied, where everyone will find something to their liking.
However January is noted mainly for the carnival season, so the majority of Sinfonia Varsovia’s repertoire during this time is full of positive energy. On 5 January in the Podkarpacka Philharmonic, the orchestra performed together with Krzysztof Meisinger, accompanying the renowned guitarist in works written by Spanish composers. The musicians also played a suite from the film “Cinema Paradiso” composed by Ennio Morricone and the Argentinian tango nuevo by Astor Piazzolla.
We will find out that tango by the Vistula works as well as in Argentina on 13 and 14 January, during Smykofonia at Grochowska Street. A series of meetings called “Tango with Grandpa” are an invitation for whole families to sing and dance together – children, parents, grandmothers and grandfathers on the eve of their holiday. These events will be hosted by Ada Wdziękońska, featuring Szymon Łukowski, Natan Kosętka, Piotr Frąś and Marcin Grabowski.
During this time the Orchestra will be a guest at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławice. Conducted by Bassem Akiki, Sinfonia Varsovia will record works by Elżbieta Sikora, Roman Palester and Ludomir Różycki as part of the “100 at 100. Musical Decades of Freedom” project delivered by the PWM music publishing house.
After completing the recording sessions, Sinfonia Varsovia and the Lebanese-Polish conductor would like to invite you to a Concert on 14 January, featuring works by Krzysztof Penderecki and dances by Antonin Dvořák, Johannes Brahms and Edvard Grieg.
The carnival would not be complete without a concert by Sinfonia Varsovia Brass. This rocking ensemble will play on 19 January at the Szczecin Philharmonic, with the programme featuring arrangements of film and Latin-American music, well known from the ensemble’s extremely well-received debut album.
At the end of January the Orchestra will travel to France, to take part in this year’s edition of the La Folle Journée festival. The theme of this year’s edition is “Vers un Monde Nouveau” (Towards a New World). Sinfonia Varsovia will play works by, among others, Chopin, Bartók and Schoenberg – composers who, for various reasons, had to emigrate from their homelands to search for new, better worlds.