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Festival: Music in Old Cracow

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© © Marek and Ewa Wojciechowscy / Trips over Poland, via Wikimedia Commons
© © Marek and Ewa Wojciechowscy / Trips over Poland, via Wikimedia Commons

15 - 31 August 2017

“Music in Old Cracow” is one of the oldest Polish festivals. This year is the 42nd Festival. Cultural tradition in Cracow creates a special aura that conduces to music. Many outstanding European composers such as H. Finck, L. Marenzio and D. Cato worked here; G. Palestrina, G. Ph. Telemann and J. S. Bach dedicated their works to Polish kings. Liszt, Brahms, Paderewski and Rubinstein played here their concerts. The festival “Music in Old Cracow” refers to these great cards of Cracow cultural history.

We have hosted, so far, such artists as Henryk Szeryng, Ida Haendel, Jordi Savall, Shlomo Mintz, Krystian Zimerman, Krzysztof Penderecki, Emma Kirkby, Grigory Sokolov, Rafael Puyana or Igor Kipnis, ensembles: Quartets – Philharmonia, Melos, Borodin, Leipziger, Academy of Ancient Music, Europa Galante, Sequentia, Hesperion XX, Canadian Brass, Israel Chamber Orchestra, National Philharmonic, The Hilliard Ensemble, Chanticleer and many many others. Next to the famous artists, young talented musicians at the beginning of their careers are invited to the festival too. The program of the festival “Music in Old Cracow” includes wide range of music – from the oldest to contemporary.

The concerts take place in various historical venues, what allows to see the most beautiful places in Cracow, in addition to musical impressions – churches, courtyards, cloisters, the historic Juliusz Słowacki Theatre and the very attractive underground (one hundred meters) salt rock hewn chapel in ancient salt mine “Wieliczka”.

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