Mozartiana Mozart Festival
Gdańsk Festival of Mozart's music always brings a great portion of classical music, as well as jazz and folk. 7 festival days, about 200 artists and 12 concerts traditionally take place in a beautiful scenery of Oliwski Park, Oliwa Cathedral and the Uphagen House. XIV International MOZARTIANA Festival lasts from 18th to 24th of August.
The 14th edition of the Mozartiana Mozart Festival begins with a series of chamber concerts in Uphagen’s House on 18th August. The opening act is the VanEthos Ensemble – an Italian violin quartet and part of the Venice Baroque Orchestra.
The second day of the festival (19th Aug) belongs to Trombastic – a small-bore trombone ensemble from Warsaw. On Tuesday, you can hear the old burgher interiors ring with the music of the female Dena Piano Duo. On Wednesday (21st Aug), the Festival moves to the historic Oliwa Park. The opening concert on the main stage features the Symphonic Orchestra of the Lodz Philharmonic, conducted by Pawel Przytocki, with French horn player Pawel Cal as the soloist.
The next day (Thursday, 22nd Aug), listeners can witness a premiere performance combining two works of art – W. A. Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte and A. Fredro’s Maidens' Vows, directed by Natalia Babinska. On Friday (23rd Aug), the Abbot’s Palace fills with the sounds of the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Juha Kangas. The Gdansk Mozartiana festival is an opportunity to listen to more than just classic arrangements of compositions by the master from Salzburg – there is also jazz (Leszek Kulakowski Jazz Orchestra), Cuban music (Klazz Brothers & Cuba Percussion) and klezmer (Bester Quartet) – which can be enjoyed on the evenings of 21st, 22nd and 23rd August.
The little ones can enjoy two performances of The Abduction from the Seraglio by the Marionette Theater in Schönbrunn Palace from Vienna. The final concert (Saturday, 24th Aug) in the Oliwa Archcathedral features Requiem KV 621, with solo performances by Talia Or, Ewa Marciniec, Thomas Elwin and Darren Jeffery. They are accompanied by the Polish Chamber Choir, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and Schola Gregoriana Cardinalis Stephani Wyszynski. The event is hosted by Jan Lukaszewski – the Festival’s managing and artistic director.
More info at www.mozartiana.pl/en/