2020 WarszeMuzik Festival

WarszeMuzik 2020
fot. Fundacja Strefa Harmonii

It is already the fourth edition of a series of micro-concerts known as WarszeMuzik Festival. From 1 till 29 August, seven concerts and two urban walks will be held in the former Northern Quarter district of Warsaw, in the courtyards of the surviving pre-war tenement houses and in the Umschlagplatz Monument area.

  • 1-29 August 2020 (Saturdays, Sundays), free admission

Music of Franz Schubert, Mieczysław Wajnberg and Szymon Laks will fill up these spaces, as well as compositions by eminent Israeli composer Yair Klartag. The festival finale will take place at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. All concerts are open to the public.

On Saturday evenings, music will resound in the courtyards of pre-war tenements—at 20 Chłodna Street (Under the Clock tenement house), at 66 Żelazna Street (Mieczysław Wajnberg’s home), and at 41 Chłodna Street. The opening concert will take place on 1 August at 6 PM and will feature Hashtag Strings under the baton of Lilianna Krych, performing the music of Mieczysław Wajnberg, Aleksander Tansman, Józef Koffler and Yair Klartag.

On Sundays, WarszeMuzik concerts will be held in the area of Umschlagplatz Monument on Stawki Street. Four concerts, during which a grand piano will be accompanied by, consecutively: cello, violin, viola and flute, will feature duets: Jan Kalinowski and Marek Szlezer, Maria Sławek and Mischa Kozłowski, Aleksandra Demowska-Madejska and Wojciech Pyrć as well as WarszeMuzik curators—Ania Karpowicz and Marek Bracha.

2020 WarszeMuzik finale will take place at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews on Saturday, 29 August. Program of the concert titled Murano: A Dream Island includes pieces by Salomone Rossi, Annie Gosfield and Paweł Szymański. The audience will also have a chance to listen to the first performance of a piece „No: e non vorrei” by the festival’s resident Yair Klartag. In this composition, commissioned by Hashtag Ensemble, the artist raises the question of “memory at work,” referring to the history of his own grandfather who used to be a member of the choir at the Great Synagogue on Tłomackie. It will be a fascinating journey in time, and into the origins of one’s identity.

Aside from concerts, participants of the 4th edition of WarszeMuzik will also have an opportunity to join one of the two historical walks. The first one, titled In the Footsteps of Wajnberg, will take place on 8 August at 3PM and will take us to the places where pre-war artists and people related to culture lived and worked. During the second walk, to be held on 29 August at 5PM, setting off from the Krasiński Garden Gate, we will stroll across the former Northern Quarter which is where the very heart of pre-war Jewish life was beating—back in the time when Warsaw was the home of the largest Jewish diaspora in Europe. The COVID-19 pandemic rules pertaining to artistic events organized outdoors will be in force in the course of the entire WarszeMuzik Festival. 

2020 WarszeMuzik Festiwal is organized by the Sfera Harmonii Foundation. The project is co-financed by the City of Warsaw. Festival partners are: PZU Foundation, ZAiKS Association of Artists, StoArt Association of Artists and Performers, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and Wola District of Warsaw Culture Centre.

The first performance of Yair Klartag’s piece has been co-founded from the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, part of the Promotion of Culture Fund, obtained from subsidies established in the games covered by state monopoly, in concordance with the article no. 80, part 1 of the Act of 19 November 2009 on hazard games, part of the “Composers’ commissions” program realized by the Music and Dance Institute.


Program of 2020 WarszeMuzik Festival

  • 1 August (Saturday), 6PM, 41 Chłodna Street
    Kamila Wąsik-Janiak – violin
    Aleksandra Demowska-Madejska – viola
    Agnieszka Guz – violin
    Marta Piórkowska – violin
    Anna Loska – viola
    Dominik Płociński – cello
    Mateusz Loska – bass
    Lilianna Krych – conductor


    Yair Klartag – Half Tiger, Half Poet
    Mieczysław Wajnberg – Sonata for Two Violins
    Józef Koffler – Strings Trio
    Aleksander Tansman – Concerto for Viola
    Mieczysław Wajnberg – Concertino for Violin  

  • 2 August (Sunday), 6PM, Umschlagplatz Monument, Stawki Street

    Jan Kalinowski – cello
    Marek Szlezer – grand piano

    Maurycy Moszkowski – Berceuse op.29 nr 3
    Aleksander Tansman – Sonata no. 2 for cello and grand piano
    Jan Radzynski – Mazurka
    Ludomir Różycki – Sonata for cello and grand piano op.10

  • 8 August (Saturday), 4PM, 20 Chłodna Street

    Ania Karpowicz – flute
    Marek Bracha – grand piano

    Franz Schubert – Sonata Arppeggione
    Mieczysław Wajnberg – 12 Miniatures
    Władysław Szpilman – Mazurka

  • 9 August (Sunday), 6PM, Umschlagplatz Monument, Stawki Street

    Maria Sławek – violin
    Mischa Kozłowski – grand piano

    Artur Gelbrun – Nigun&Dance
    Jan Radzynski – Mazurka
    Szymon Laks – Suite polonaise
    Mieczysław Weinberg – 3 pieces
    J.S. Bach – Largo from 4th Sonata in C-minor BWV

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  • 16 August (Sunday), 6PM, Umschlagplatz Monument, Stawki Street

    Aleksandra Demowska-Madejska – viola
    Wojciech Pyrć – grand piano

    Aleksander Weprik – Kaddish op.6
    Ignacy Friedman – Romance op.32
    Jerzy Fitelberg – Serenade 
    Mieczysław Wajnberg – Sonata op.28
    Karol Rathaus – Rapsodia Notturna op.66

  • 22 August (Saturday), 6PM, 66 Żelazna St.

    Ania Karpowicz – flute
    Marek Bracha – grand piano

    Aleksander Tansman – Sonatina for flute and grand piano
    Mieczysław Wajnberg – 5 piece
    Tadeusz Kassern – Sonatina for flute and grand piano 
    Mieczysław Wajnberg – Lullaby

  • 23 August (Sunday), 6PM, Umschlagplatz Monument, Stawki Stawki

    Ania Karpowicz – flute
    Marek Bracha – grand piano

    Aleksander Tansman – Sonatina for flute and grand piano
    Tadeusz Kassern – Sonatina for flute and grand piano
    Erwin Schulhoff – Sonata for flute and grand piano
    Mieczysław Wajnberg – Lullaby

  • 29 August (Saturday), 6PM, POLIN Museum

    Hashtag Ensemble
    Lilianna Krych – conductor

    Salomone Rossi – selection of pieces
    Annie Gosfield – Phantom Shakedown
    Paweł Szymański – Recalling a Serenade
    Yair Klartag – No: vorrei e non

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