Capella Cracoviensis: Music for Royal Occasions

Thursday, April 11, 2024, 7:00 PM

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  • Thursday, April 11, 2024, 7:00 PM

Biblical strongman Samson, an anthem composed for the royal wedding of the Prince of Wales in 1736, triumphant trumpets and timpani, and Handel… This concert by  surely deserved Capella Cracoviensisits title: Music for Royal Occasions.

Georg Friedrich Händel Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth
Georg Friedrich Händel Samson (oratorio, selection)

Jolanta Kowalska Magdalena Łukawska Antonina Ruda soprano
Łukasz Dulewicz Matylda Staśto-Kotuła Ilona Szczepańska alto
Dominik Czernik Bartosz Gorzkowski Szczepan Kosior Piotr Szewczyk tenor
Przemysław Józef Bałka Marek Opaska Sebastian Szumski bass

Paweł Gajewski Marian Magiera trumpet
Tomasz Sobaniec timpani
Maciej Czepielowski Agnieszka Krawczyk Robert Bachara Zofia Wojniakiewicz violin I
Agnieszka Świątkowska Tomasz Góra Jadwiga Czepielowska violin II
Jacek Dumanowski Mariusz Grochowski Natalia Reichert viola
Monika Hartmann Konrad Górka cello
Anna Bator double bass
Jan Tomasz Adamus conductor

Cricoteka Centre for Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor

ul. Nadwiślańska 2

Successive rounds of the permanent exhibition in the former power plant present the ideas central to the work of Tadeusz Kantor.

Tadeusz Kantor (1915–90) – one of the most important theatrical artists and reformers of the 20th century – chose Kraków as the place both to work and live in. Although the premieres of the legendary Cricot 2 Theatre were held in various European cities and the productions travelled the whole world, their director always returned to the city in the shadow of Wawel. Conscious of the significance of his artistic legacy, he set up “a living archive” here: the Cricoteka. After the death of the artist, the operations of the Cricot 2 might have been suspended, yet the Cricoteka continues to organise exhibitions, symposia, performances, workshops, and meetings, at the same time publishing materials devoted to Kantor’s art. Its home is the former power plant of Podgórze “wrapped” in a modern construction. The exhibition halls are suspended over the roof of the historical building, and the café situated on the top floor commands a panorama of the city, extending over the other side of the Vistula. One by one, the mutations of the permanent exhibition present the crucial ideas in the art of Tadeusz Kantor. Objects used in the theatre, props, sketches, photographs from the Cricoteka collection, and videos and recordings of productions accompanying them portray the successive stages in the development of his theatre. The temporary exhibitions of contemporary art organised here are references to the artist’s oeuvre.

The Gallery – Studio of Tadeusz Kantor at ul. Sienna 7, where the artist spent the last years of his life, is also part of Cricoteka. Visitors are welcome to the room that the artist made his home and place of work, and a gallery presenting the cycles of his drawings.

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