Capella Cracoviensis: Nature Lovers

Friday, July 22, 2022, 6:00 PM

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  • Friday, July 22, 2022, 6:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 23, 2022, 11:00 AM
  • Sunday, July 24, 2022, 4:00 PM

Yes, it's back! This July, Capella Cracoviensis takes music to the great outdoors, again.

A spring night, green shade of lime trees, distant church bells, the lapping of waves on a lake, a skylark’s trill, autumn song, the sweet singing of a nightingale, wind in tree branches – all these sounds can be heard not just in nature. They will also resound in Songs to Sing in the Open (Lieder im Freien zu singen) by Felix Mendelssohn.

It was the composer’s way of putting into practice his concept predating the iPod by almost two centuries: “Music is natural only when four friends walking in the forest are able to take it with them and in them”. Singers from Capella Cracoviensis and Cezary Tomaszewski, author of the concept and director of Nature Lovers, decided to fulfil the composer’s dream: once again, the songs will be performed in the forest.

But taking the performers and audience into the great outdoors is just the start. The organisers are advertising Nature Lovers as a conglomerate project, combining song, outdoor theatre and traipsing through the woods. Arriving at the starting point armed with maps, the listeners will wander through the Wolski Forest in search of musical and theatrical surprises. Too many emotions? “Inspired by Mendelssohn’s beautiful idea, let’s allow ourselves a bit of madness and lose touch with daily urban reality. Let’s get inspired and dirty; let’s sweat, and let’s simply rest outdoors accompanied by great music,” say the organisers. Just reserve your ticket and turn up at the assembly point; while a compass, packed lunch, insect repellent and picnic blanket aren’t essential, they might come in handy. So if you fancy an exceptional artistic and musical adventure, this is a project just for you!

Felix Mendelssohn Lieder im Freien zu singen

Cezary Tomaszewski direction

Antonina Ruda Michalina Bienkiewicz Magdalena Łukawska soprano
Matylda Staśto-Kotuła Ilona Szczepańska Ewa Zeuner alto
Szczepan Kosior Piotr Szewczyk Dominik Czernik tenor
Marek Opaska Przemysław Józef Bałka Michał Dembiński bass

Lasek Wolski Forest

ul. Kasy Oszczędności Miasta Krakowa

The Lasek Wolski forest is Kraków’s largest wooded park and a popular destination for cyclists. It is situated in the western part of the city, between Wola Justowska and Bielany. It stretches over 422 ha (1042 acres) and includes Sowiniec Hill with the Piłsudski Mound, the baroque Camaldolese Monastery atop Srebrna Góra (the Silver Mountain), the zoological garden, and three rocky nature reserves: Skałki Bielańskie, Skałki Przegorzalskie, and Panieńskie Skały. Staked out in the forest are eight walking trails of a total length of 35 km (22 miles), a cycle path, a bridleway, and a trail for cross-country skiers.

western part of the city, between Wola Justowska and Bielany

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