Migrations

This year’s Wratislavia Cantans is the twelfth edition that I have the pleasure of programming. We start with the work of the young Georg Friedrich Händel, whose grandfather was a cauldron maker in Breslau. This small fact from the biography of the Händel family is an example of the connections of the city of Wratislavia Cantans with many preeminent figures of the arts. One of Wrocław’s most important artists was Andrzej Markowski, founder and long-time director of Wratislavia Cantans and animator of musical life. We are dedicating a special concert to him on the occasion of his 100th anniversary.

We come to a concert to listen to music, but it is worth realising that it often has its sources in historical and social events. Migration has been the fate of humans since time immemorial but has also facilitated the spread of ideas. It sometimes explains the occurrence of similar elements in cultures thousands of kilometers away from each other. At the festival, we will hear numerous works created thanks to such journeys Whereas in music, migration also denotes transcription.

The finale of the 59th Wratislavia Cantans is a performance by an exceptional artist, a legend, a famed interpreter of great symphonic works. Maestro Christoph Eschenbach, a war emigrant, returns to the place of his childhood as the director of the local orchestra. We titled the concert New Beginnings. So we begin with a piece by Händel, whose grandfather hailed from Breslau, and we end with a performance by a conductor born here, who decades later returns to Wrocław as artistic director of the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic. But let the migration contexts be only a guide and an inspiration for reflection. What is most important is music and the people who create it: authors, composers, performers and audiences. Let’s meet at the festival in the city of coexistence of various cultures and religions, past and present. Let’s try to imagine a friendly future thanks to music.

Giovanni Antonini
Artistic Director
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans

Hot World. Exhibition of paintings from the collection of Zachęta
Accompanying Event – exhibition opening
05.09
Thu.
6:00 PM
NFM, foyer
Triumph of Time
Lezhneva / Antonini / Il Giardino Armonico
05.09
Thu.
7:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Avi Avital – Art of the Mandolin
Avi Avital / Sebastian Wienand
06.09
Fri.
6:00 PM
Wrocław, Pan Tadeusz Museum, Romantic Salon
Avi Avital – Art of the Mandolin
Avi Avital / Sebastian Wienand
06.09
Fri.
8:30 PM
Wrocław, Pan Tadeusz Museum, Romantic Salon
Transfer of Ideas
48th Oratorio and Cantata Music Interpretation Course
07.09
Sat.
12:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Kourou – towards Paradise
Pedro Memelsdorff / Arlequin Philosophe
07.09
Sat.
4:00 PM
Church of St Stanislaus, St Dorothy and St Venceslaus
Emigrants
Sułkowska-Migoń / Kubas-Kruk / Leopoldinum
07.09
Sat.
7:00 PM
Wrocław, Aula Leopoldina
Jean Rondeau – Follow Me
 
08.09
Sun.
3:00 PM
Wrocław, Pan Tadeusz Museum, Romantic Salon
Jean Rondeau – Follow Me
 
08.09
Sun.
5:00 PM
Wrocław, Pan Tadeusz Museum, Romantic Salon
Exodus
Václav Luks / Collegium 1704
08.09
Sun.
7:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Hommage à Markowski
Yaroslav Shemet / Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra
12.09
Thu.
7:00 PM
Church of St Mary Magdalene, Polish National Catholic Cathedral
The Voice of Change
Andrzej Kosendiak / Wrocław Baroque Ensemble
13.09
Fri.
6:00 PM
Orthodox Cathedral of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Voice of Change
Andrzej Kosendiak / Wrocław Baroque Ensemble
13.09
Fri.
8:30 PM
Orthodox Cathedral of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Gordon Concerts – Let’s Meet on the Musical Trail
 
14.09
Sat.
10:00 AM
NFM, Red Hall
Gordon Concerts – Let’s Meet on the Musical Trail
 
14.09
Sat.
11:00 AM
NFM, Red Hall
Noye’s Fludde – Children’s Opera
NFM Boys' Choir / NFM Girls' Choir
14.09
Sat.
12:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Gordon Concerts – Let’s Meet on the Musical Trail
 
14.09
Sat.
12:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Gordon Concerts – Let’s Meet on the Musical Trail
 
14.09
Sat.
1:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Gordon Concerts – Let’s Meet on the Musical Trail
 
14.09
Sat.
3:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Gordon Concerts – Let’s Meet on the Musical Trail
 
14.09
Sat.
4:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Travelling to the Source
Giorgi Donadze / Ensemble Basiani
14.09
Sat.
8:00 PM
Church of St Stanislaus, St Dorothy and St Venceslaus
Gordon Concerts – Let’s Meet on the Musical Trail
 
15.09
Sun.
10:00 AM
NFM, Red Hall
Gordon Concerts – Let’s Meet on the Musical Trail
 
15.09
Sun.
11:00 AM
NFM, Red Hall
Gordon Concerts – Let’s Meet on the Musical Trail
 
15.09
Sun.
12:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Gordon Concerts – Let’s Meet on the Musical Trail
 
15.09
Sun.
1:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Axis mundi
Música Temprana / Adrián Rodríguez Van der Spoel
15.09
Sun.
4:00 PM
Wrocław, White Stork Synagogue
New Beginnings
Christoph Eschenbach / NFM Wrocław Philharmonic
15.09
Sun.
7:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Andrzej Kosendiak
General Director

Prof Andrzej Kosendiak is a conductor and teacher, one of the most active musicians and organizers of musical life in Poland. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Composition, Conducting and Theory of Music at the Academy of Music in Wrocław. In the years 2001–2009 he was Head of the Interdepartmental Early Music Studio, and in 2013 he obtained a postdoctoral degree; in the years 2014–2016 he lectured at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk. In 2021, the President of the Republic of Poland awarded him the title of professor. He is currently working at his alma mater.

Giovanni Antonini
Artistic Director of Wratislavia Cantans

Born in Milan, Giovanni Antonini studied at the Civica Scuola di Musica and at the Centre de Musique Ancienne in Geneva. He is a founder member of the Baroque ensemble Il Giardino Armonico, which he has led since 1989. With this ensemble, he has appeared as conductor and soloist on the recorder and Baroque transverse flute in Europe, the United States, Canada, South America, Australia, Japan, and Malaysia. He is Artistic Director of the Wratislavia Cantans International Festival in Poland and Principal Guest Conductor of the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg and Kammerorchester Basel.

Contact
Jolanta Galary
Producer / Programme Coordinator of International Festival Wratislavia Cantans / Manager of LutosAir Quintet
Oliwia Kosendiak
Producer / Production Coordinator of International Festival Wratislavia Cantans / Chamber Concerts Coordinator
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Early Music Academy

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