Zbliżenie Dominika Haufa skrzypaczka
Zbliżenie Tomasz Opaliński
Sinfonia Varsovia Swojemu Miastu Grochowska 272
Sinfonia Varsovia Swojemu Miastu amfiteatr

Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City Festival

Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City Festival

The Franciszek Wybrańczyk Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City Festival is the Orchestra’s musical gift to the people of Warsaw. The Festival was initiated in 2001 by Franciszek Wybrańczyk, the long-time director of Sinfonia Varsovia.  His Orchestra was homeless for a long time, with the musicians performing abroad much more than in their hometown. That is how the idea of the Festival came about – Sinfonia Varsovia would go on a special tour across the city, performing for Warsaw audiences. Since Sinfonia Varsovia moved to its new headquarters at 272 Grochowska Street, it has hosted many Festival events, thus enriching the musical life of the South Praga district.

Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City features chamber and symphonic music concerts with performances by renowned guest conductors and soloists. Beyond the largest concert halls in Warsaw, the Festival brings concerts to non-mainstream venues such as community centers, churches, and museums, as well as to open-air locations such as amphitheaters and a purpose-built stage at Parade Square. All this aims to provide greater access to and foster engagement with music.

In 2020, the Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with an entire artistic season taking place at Sinfonia Varsovia’s headquarters.  A series of symphonic and chamber concerts, including a new series of contemporary music concerts, will be held from July through September at 272 Grochowska Street. A varied program offers something for every taste and provides a great opportunity to spend a pleasant holiday afternoon listening to music.

For the second year in a row, the Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City Festival will take place in the shadow of the pandemic. With 21 concerts grouped into the following series: orchestral (Thursdays), family (Saturdays), and chamber (Sundays), this year’s edition will revolve around geographical diversity and musical dialogue with various folk traditions and styles from past centuries. The Experimental Tuesdays series will explore how contemporary composers respond to the challenges we are facing today.

As Tadeusz Baird, a composer from the nearby Saska Kępa neighborhood, whose 40th anniversary of death falls on the day of the Festival finale, said: “We’ve been shaped by the past and the present and that’s the reason behind our interest in history and art from the past centuries. Artists need to learn about what preceded us: literature, theatre, visual arts, and architecture, as these things not only form our artistic worldview, but also affect our ability to experience and understand beauty, expand our imagination, make us wiser and more aware of ourselves and our actions.

We believe that in addition to some much-needed rest and relaxation, the diverse program of this year’s edition will provide a space for reflection and give the audience a sense of community. This will be possible thanks to the Sinfonia Varsovia’s Concert Pavilion, green areas at 272 Grochowska Street, and the Sinfonia Varsovia in scale exhibit, which is on view through 1 October.

  1. July
    29
    Thursday
    19:00 / Sinfonia Varsovia, 272 Grochowska Str. Warsaw
    Orchestral concerts | Festival
  2. July
    31
    Saturday
    11:00 / Sinfonia Varsovia, 272 Grochowska Str. Warsaw
    Festival | For kids
  3. August
    01
    Sunday
    16:00 / Sinfonia Varsovia, 272 Grochowska Str. Warsaw
    Chamber concert | Festival
  4. August
    03
    Tuesday
    20:00 / Sinfonia Varsovia, 272 Grochowska Str. Warsaw
    Chamber concert | Festival
  5. August
    05
    Thursday
    19:00 / Sinfonia Varsovia, 272 Grochowska Str. Warsaw
    Orchestral concerts | Festival
  6. August
    07
    Saturday
    11:00 / Sinfonia Varsovia, 272 Grochowska Str. Warsaw
    Festival | For kids
  7. August
    08
    Sunday
    16:00 / Sinfonia Varsovia, 272 Grochowska Str. Warsaw
    Chamber concert | Festival
  8. August
    10
    Tuesday
    20:00 / Sinfonia Varsovia, 272 Grochowska Str. Warsaw
    Chamber concert | Festival
  9. August
    12
    Thursday
    19:00 / Sinfonia Varsovia, 272 Grochowska Str. Warsaw
    Orchestral concerts | Festival
  10. August
    14
    Saturday
    11:00 / Sinfonia Varsovia, 272 Grochowska Str. Warsaw
    Festival | For kids
  11. August
    15
    Sunday
    16:00 / Sinfonia Varsovia, 272 Grochowska Str. Warsaw
    Chamber concert | Festival
  12. August
    17
    Tuesday
    20:00 / Sinfonia Varsovia, 272 Grochowska Str. Warsaw
    Chamber concert | Festival
  13. August
    19
    Thursday
    19:00 / Sinfonia Varsovia, 272 Grochowska Str. Warsaw
    Orchestral concerts | Festival
  14. August
    21
    Saturday
    11:00 / Sinfonia Varsovia, 272 Grochowska Str. Warsaw
    Festival | For kids
  15. August
    22
    Sunday
    16:00 / Sinfonia Varsovia, 272 Grochowska Str. Warsaw
    Chamber concert | Festival
  16. August
    24
    Tuesday
    20:00 / Sinfonia Varsovia, 272 Grochowska Str. Warsaw
    Chamber concert | Festival
  17. August
    26
    Thursday
    19:00 / Sinfonia Varsovia, 272 Grochowska Str. Warsaw
    Orchestral concerts | Festival
  18. August
    28
    Saturday
    11:00 / Sinfonia Varsovia, 272 Grochowska Str. Warsaw
    Festival | For kids
  19. August
    29
    Sunday
    16:00 / Sinfonia Varsovia, 272 Grochowska Str. Warsaw
    Chamber concert | Festival
  20. August
    31
    Tuesday
    20:00 / Sinfonia Varsovia, 272 Grochowska Str. Warsaw
    Chamber concert | Festival
  21. September
    02
    Thursday
    19:00 / Sinfonia Varsovia, 272 Grochowska Str. Warsaw
    Orchestral concerts | Festival