Organ Music Days 2023

Tuesday, November 28, 2023, 7:30 PM

  • Tuesday, November 28, 2023, 7:30 PM
  • Friday, December 1, 2023, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, December 2, 2023, 6:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 3, 2023, 6:00 PM

How to combine Norwegian folk melodies, a tale of a snowman (extremely popular in the beginnings of the 20th century), a monumental tone poem bas on Nietsche’s writings and a jubilee of an outstanding Polish composer? It’s easy – play it all on organ! During the Organ Music Days at the Kraków Philharmonic, we will hear Petra Bjørkhaug, organist of the Gothic Nidaros Cathedral in far-away Norway, Michał Białko playing in Richard Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra, and Daniel Strządała who joins forces with the Kraków Philharmonic Choir in sacral songs by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (the beginning of December marks the 90th birth anniversary of the great Polish composer of the 30th century).

28 November 2023, 7:30pm
Petra Bjørkhaug
– organ 
Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude and Fugue in G major BWV 541
Jeanne Demessieux Rorate Caeli
Johann Sebastian Bach Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 659
Max Reger Gloria in excelsis Op. 59 No. 8, Benedictus Op. 59 No. 9
Edvard Grieg Gavotte from Holberg Suite
Ludvig Nielsen Passacaglia over Draumkvedet
Petra Bjørkhaug Draumkvedet (finale)
Min sjel, lov Herren
Norwegian folk melody arranged by Henning Sommerro
Alexandre Guilmant Sonata No. 1 in D minor Op. 42 

1 December 2023, 7:30pm
2 December 2023, 6pm
Michał Białko – organ
Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra
Łukasz Borowicz – conductor
Erich Korngold Der Schneemann (selection)
Félix Alexandre Guilmant Symphony No. 2 in A major Op. 91
Richard Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra Op. 30 

3 December 2023, 6pm
– soprano
Daniel Strządała – organ 
Kraków Philharmonic Choir
Piotr Piwko – choirmaster
Włodzimierz Siedlik – conductor
Henryk Mikołaj Górecki O Domina Nostra Op. 55 for soprano solo and organ
Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Cantata for organ Op. 26  
Henryk Mikołaj Górecki:
Pod Twoją obronę Op. 56 
Na Anioł Pański biją dzwony Op. 57 
Przybądź Duchu Święty Op. 61
Totus Tuus Op. 60
church songs (selection)

Other: acceptable for people with disabilities

Kraków Philharmonic Hall

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Besides their weekly symphony concerts, the Kraków Philharmonic also organises master recitals and educational concerts for children and young people.

The Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic Hall in Kraków was the first philharmonic to open in Poland after the Second World War. Besides the weekly symphony concerts, it organises master recitals and educational concerts for children and young people, while the summer meetings with music assume the form of chamber concerts of slightly lighter character. A hallmark of the Kraków Philharmonic repertoire is its programme of oratorios, which the Philharmonic can present thanks to its extensive and varied lineup: the orchestra, mixed choir, and boys choir. The Kraków Philharmonic has become recognised for its promotion of the works of Karol Szymanowski in Poland and abroad.

The Philharmonic Hall frequently hosts concerts by special guests, for example, at major festivals.

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