September 11, 2018 | 8.30pm. | Organum Academic Choir concert
Church of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, 7, Augustiańska Street (entrance from the Skałeczna street)
Respected as one of the most beautiful Gothic churches in Kraków. Most of its furnishings were lost in the 19th century though the Baroque high altar from 1634 survives. The cloister built in the time of Kazimierz the Great and decorated with Gothic murals and 17th century paintings is worth seeing, as is the south porch decorated with stonework and tracery.
Elżbieta Towarnicka - Polish opera singer (soprano). She graduated from the Academy of Music in Krakow at the age of 28. During her studies, she performed at the Krakow Opera. Her repertoire includes the main soprano parts in such operas as: "La Bohème" by Tosca G. Puccini, "The Pearl Fishers" by G. Bizet, "Traviata" by Rigoletto G. Verdi, "The Marksman" by C.M. Weber, "King Roger" by K. Szymanowski, "Dydon and Aeneas" by H. Purcell, "Orpheus and Eurydice" by Ch.W. Gluck. (...) She has performed in Greece, Germany, Spain, England, Russia, Italy (La Scala), Sweden, Belgium, France, Lithuania, Ukraine, Argentina, the United States, Japan, China and Croatia , Macedonia or Canada. He works with the majority of philharmonics in the country. She specializes in oratorial performances. Currently lives in Krakow.
The Organum Academic Choir is a leading institution in the music life of Krakow. (...) The ensemble was established in 1969 as an initiative of a Krakow music teacher and organ master, Bogusław Grzybek, who has remained the Choir's conductor and artistic director. From its earliest days, the Choir operated under the auspices of the Club of Catholic Intelligentsia which automatically indicated the general course in the operation of the Choir, aligning it powerfully with the Church as well as Polish and Christian traditions. (...) The Choir cooperates with Polish philharmonic institutions, Lvov Philharmonic, Krakow Opera, Warsaw Chamber Opera, and Krakow theatres. It is a regular participant and laureate of choir contests, festivals, and competitions. It is strongly involved in recording, continuously expanding and enriching its repertoire which, side by side with early music includes the works by contemporary artists: Górecki, Koszewski, Krenz, Nikodemowicz, Penderecki, Szeligowski, and Twardowski. Annually, the choir performs around 50 concerts. For the last six years it has performed together with the Ricecar Instrumental Ensemble, adding to its repertoire oratory music (Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Mozart, Vivaldi.) The concerts of the Choir were highly successful in nearly all European countries and in the USA. Especially memorable are the performances in Vatican.
|Concert Programme | Start: 8.30pm.|
|1. Polonez||Grzegorz G. Gorczycki||(1665-1734)|
|2. Nunc dimittis||Grzegorz G. Gorczycki||(1665-1734)|
|3. Gloria (fragment of the part IV, V, VI)||Antonio Vivaldi||(1678-1741)|
|4. Panis Angelicus||Cesar Franck||(1822-1890)|
|5. Choral from the 147. Cantata||Johann S. Bach||(1685-1750)|
|6. Alleluja (fragment of Exultate Jubilate)||Georg F. Haendel||(1685-1759)|
|7. I. Litania Ostrobramska (fragment of the part 3, 4)||Stanisław Moniuszko||(1819-1872)|
|8. Hallelujah||Georg F. Haendel||(1685-1759)|