The Summer Organ Concerts have been an important feature of Cracow's rich and varied music offering since 1991. Run by the Culture Centre "Dworek Bialopradnicki", the festival boasts a long tradition and a devoted group of fans who appreciate top quality organ music.
The Summer Organ Concerts have been an important feature of Cracow's rich and varied music offering since 1991. Run by the Culture Centre "Dworek Bialopradnicki", the festival boasts a long tradition and a devoted group of fans who appreciate top quality organ music. World-famous organists offer their superb interpretations of organ music from classics to modern, playing works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Franck, Dupré, Piutti, Händel, Brahms, Schumann, Liszt and others in the interiors of Cracow's most beautiful churches (Carmelite Friars' "Na Piasku", Pauline Friars' "Na Skałce", Salesian Friars, Holy Cross, St Florian Basilica and Virgin Mary Basilica).
Initially only Polish organists took part, yet over time the festival has acquired an international status and attracted musicians from Europe, Japan, USA and South Africa. Performances have been given by Christoph Lorens (Germany), Frederik Albertsson (Sweden), Józef Serafin (Poland), Anne Schneider (Brasil), Marek Kudlicki (Poland), Wieland Meinhold (Germany), Roman Perucki (Poland), Wlodimir Koszuba (Ukraine), Kaoru Dobashi (Osaka), Juan Paradell Sole (Italy), Karol Gołębiowski (Brussels), Cristina Garcia Banegas (Uruguay) and many others. Professors and chancellors of conservatories have performed, too, notably Andrzej Chorosiński, Józef Serafin, Joachim Grubich and Julian Gembalski.One of the festival's objectives is to promote young talent. Marcin Szelest, Łukasz Mateja, Marek Stefański and Urszula Dereń are among the young organists who could be heard in concerts.
The inclusion of the Summer Organ Concerts in the programme of the Cracow 2000 Festival helped to promote it among foreign musicians and, in effect, to promote Cracow as a European cultural city. The promotion of organ playing, the use of old Polish instruments and the concerts held in the most beautiful interiors of the Cracow churches are the particular strengths of the festival which combines experiencing music with experiencing architecture, sculpture and painting. This particular value is appreciated by musicians - they find playing in front of the Wit Stwosz's [Weit Stoss's]
altar rather special - as well as music fans, with every concert boasting an audience of more than 200.
The artistic director of the festival is Professor Mirosława Semeniuk-Podraza. The Cracow City Commune helps to organize the event within the project of Cultural Patronage of the City of Cracow; the Department of Organ of the Cracow Academy of Music is involved, too.
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