The International Festival of Organ, Choral, and Chamber Music is a cycle of events which has become a permanent element in the musical tradition of Gdańsk. It is one of the oldest festivals in Pomerania and attracts unfailing interest among both the residents of Gdańsk, and the visitors coming to the capital of Pomerania in the summer.
In this years’ 45th edition of the event the festival concerts will be held each Friday of July and August at 8.15 p.m. at St. Mary’s Basilica in Gdańsk, with an additional ceremonious concert planned for 15th August (Monday), 8.30 p.m., to mark the Feast of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The festival offers the unfailing benefit of experiencing music in the unique interior of the Basilica of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary, one of the most beautiful churches of Gdańsk called the ‘Crown of the City of Gdańsk’ dating back to 14th century.
Starting from 1st July and the opening concert given by the astonishing Choir 441 Hz and excellent organist Patryk Dopke, each Friday up to 26th August you will have a unique occasion to hear both music of the old times, and contemporary works, including many first performances of the most recent compositions. In the unique aura of St. Mary’s Basilica the music can be experienced deeper, its metaphysical nature explored, human sensitivity to beauty awakened, and human nature refined. Zygmunt Krasiński wrote in his letter to his dear friend Konstanty Gaszyński: ‘[...] music is the most perfect human language, a link to the other world, it expresses all the feelings which we are unable to express with words, feelings which come to us be we do not why. In music, we take out our most divine part from within ourselves and display it for others to see’. Elaborating on the poet’s thought, the music which will sound within the Basilica walls will create a perfect environment for contemplation and individual contact with the divine element.
Apart from the organ music, the repertoire of the ten festival concerts will also include music played on the saxophone and outstanding vocal performances, given by both soloists, and choirs. The renowned ensembles which will appear at St. Mary’s Basilica include e.g. the Minimus Vocal Ensemble linked to the musical circles of Poznań, Choir 441 Hz already mentioned above under the baton of Anna Wilczewska and Jing Luo, acclaimed one of the best choirs in the world at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod 2018, and the Art’n’Voices ensemble which in 2021 won the phonographic Fryderyk award in the category ‘CD of the Year – Contemporary Music’ for its Midnight Stories CD.
Following suit of the previous years, the cycle of Friday meetings with music will be expanded with the additional concert on 15th August, 8.30 p.m., related to the celebrations of the feast of greatest importance for St. Mary’s Basilica, i.e. the Feast of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This exceptional concert will be an occasion to hear Polish Chamber Choir Schola Cantorum Gedanensis under the direction of Maestro Jan Łukaszewski. The choir is unmatched in Poland in terms of the number of awards won, and its repertoire ranges from Renaissance works to contemporary compositions. Apart from the choral music, you will also hear the outstanding improvisations by saxophonist Maciej Sikała and Bogusław Grabowski, the chief organist at St. Mary’s Basilica.
The 45th edition of the International Festival of Organ, Choral, and Chamber music will be crowned with an organ recital given by the special guest to the festival, exquisite artist Michael Unger, Associate Professor of Organ and Harpsichord at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in Canada.
We are looking forward to seeing you!
Tickets (PLN 45/30*) available online at http://interticket.pl/festiwalorganowy or at the Basilica one hour before the concert.
*Detailed information on the festival available from the website: www.festiwalorganowy.pl and official fanpage at: www.facebook.com/bazylikamariacka.
Organisers: Gdańsk Organ Centre, NOVA ARTE Foundation, St. Mary’s Basilica in Gdańsk, the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk Co-financed from the funds of the City of Gdańsk
Honorary patronage: His Excellency Metropolitan Archbishop Tadeusz Wojda, Pomeranian Voivod Dariusz Drelich
Media patronage: TVP Kultura, TVP Gdańsk, Radio Gdańsk, Dziennik Bałtycki, Gość Niedzielny, trojmiasto.pl
Just like in the previous years, the music in the repertoire of the International Festival of Organ, Choir, and Chamber Music will reverberate in a splendid acoustic setting. In the exceptional interior of St. Mary’s Basilica called the ‘Crown of Gdańsk’ each concert played within the Basilica’s walls will shine with the full spectrum of its aesthetic qualities, giving the audiences an opportunity to experience moments of deep contemplation of music.
The last concert closing the 45 th International Festival of Organ, Choir, and Chamber Music will be held on 26 th August 2022; the special concert to mark the Indulgence Feast of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on 15 th August will be held at 8:30 p.m