12th Felix Mendelssohn Music Days

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  • Friday, May 12, 2017 - Sunday, May 21, 2017

World Music

He was a genius with many varied talents. As a child of a wealthy family of Jewish intellectuals he spoke several languages, painted and he was a violin and piano virtuoso. He rose to fame as a composer whose acclaimed march resounds during wedding ceremonies around the globe – all of which makes him the perfect subject of Felix Mendelssohn Music Days, a cosmopolitan event held in Kraków’s Kazimierz district.

The 12th festival features nine chamber concerts at the Center for Jewish Culture and an organ recital at the Dominican Church. The diverse programme of the event held between 12 and 21 May includes performances by musicians from Europe and the US. We will hear the acclaimed flautist Łukasz Długosz alongside the harpist Florence Sitruk, the Silesian Quartet expanded by a further two artists, the American pianist Genevieve Lee and the Spanish guitarist María E. Guzmán.

Don’t forget: global music in Kazimierz is full of classics!

Igor Kuranda, Karnet magazine

PROGRAMME

12 May 2017, 7pm
Łukasz Długosz (flute), Florence Sitruk (harp)
In programme: J.S. Bach, D. Scarlatti, G. Fauré, C. Debussy, F. Mendelssohn, B. Bartók, J. Ibert

13 May 2017, 7pm
Monika Urbaniak (violin), Paweł Mazurkiewicz (piano)
In programme: W.A. Mozart Sonata in D major KV 306, G. Gershwin Porgy and Bess (excerpts, arr. for violin and piano by J. Heifetz), F. Mendelssohn Sonata No. 3 in F major

14 May 2017, 7pm
Silesian Quartet: Szymon Krzeszowiec (1st violin), Arkadiusz Kubica (2nd violin), Łukasz Syrnicki (viola), Piotr Janosik (cello)
Elżbieta Mrożek-Loska (viola), Adam Krzeszowiec (cello)
In programme: A. Dvořák String Sextet in A major, A. Schönberg Verklärte Nacht

15 May 2017, 7pm
Carla Trynchuk (violin), Elena Braslavsky (piano)
In programme: J. Brahms Sonata in G major Op. 78, L. Janáček Sonata for violin and piano, C. Debussy Sonata in G minor L 140, M. Ravel Sonata in G major for violin and piano

16 May 2017, 7pm
Genevieve Lee (piano)
In programme: F. Mendelssohn, F. Liszt/R. Schumann, L. van Beethoven, C. Debussy, M. Joyce, T. Flaherty

17 May 2017, 8:30pm
Witold Zalewski (organ)
In programme: J.S. Bach Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV 543, F. Mendelssohn Sonata in F minor Op. 65 No. 1, Sonata in C minor Op. 65 No. 2, Sonata in A major Op. 65 No. 3, Sonata in D minor Op. 65 No. 6, C. Franck Chorale No. 3 in A minor

18 May 2017, 7pm
Radosław Szarek (marimba)
In programme: F. Mendelssohn, T. Goliński, C. Debussy, J.S. Bach, A. Ignatowicz-Glińska, A. Piazzolla

19 May 2017, 7pm
Concert of the scholars of the Pro Musica Bona Foundation

20 May 2017, 7pm
Ewelina Nowicka (violin), Marek Szlezer (piano), Jan Kalinowski (cello)
In programme: F. Mendelssohn-Hensel Piano Trio in D minor Op. 11, D. Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor Op. 8, M. Weinberg Piano Trio Op. 24

21 May 2017, 7pm
María E. Guzmán (guitar)
In programme: L. de Narváez, E. Granados, A.P. Barrios, A. Lauro, S. Delgado Llopart, A. Yupanqui, M.M. Ponce, I. Albéniz, J. Rodrigo

All concerts except on the organ recital take place at the Center for Jewish Culture

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