Friday, 24th of June 2022
The opening night of the “Arsenal Nights” will be very important for all the artists and staff of the Festival. After the premature death of an outstanding violinist Jan Stanienda, creator and artistic director of the Festival, we pay tribute to the memory of our Chief and Friend. The concert will be full of affection and sadness, but also filled with hope for the future of the “Arsenal Nights”. From now on the Festival will bear Jan Stanienda’s name and the memorial plaque will be unveiled at the Arsenal courtyard. The program will be filled with works that were important for Jan Stanienda, including the famous “Adagio for strings” by Samuel Barber and suite “From Holberg’s Time” by Edvard Grieg. The Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra will be conducted by Stanienda’s student, an excellent violinist Roksana Kwaśnikowska. We believe that the memory of Jan Stanienda will persist.
Saturday, 25th of June 2022
An outstanding Polish chamber ensemble, the Chopin Piano Quintet, founded in 2013, is formed by five instrumentalists, graduates of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. This year, young musicians will perform well-recognized chamber music compositions. Romantic music enthusiasts will be delighted to hear Johannes Brahms monumental Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34. For those who enjoy musical modernism, artists prepared Piano Quintet in C Major by prominent Hungarian composer, Béla Bartók.
Sunday, 26th of June 2022
|Mozart’s grand piano
Sunday’s “Arsenal Night” will be an opportunity to listen to the star of our festival – Piotr Alexewicz from Wrocław, one of the greatest young pianists in Poland. His performance during last year’s Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw gained him great recognition as well as critics and audience’s affection. Alexewicz will play the solo part of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A Major K.414 and will be accompanied by the Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra conducted by Daniel Stabrawa. The Orchestra will dazzle the audience with Dvořák’s “Serenade for Strings” and Mieczysław Karłowicz’s “Romance” from “Serenade for Strings”.
Monday, 27th of June 2022
|The Flamenco Night
Guitar sounds and energetic rhythms from sunny Spain – Flamenco is loved all over the world and we could have heard it several times during previous editions of the “Arsenal Nights”. This time, Carlos Piñana and his band invited us to experience together the rhythms and melodies of Andalusia. Piñana is not only an outstanding guitarist but also a director of the School of Flamenco Art of the Cante de las Minas Foundation.
Wednesday, 29th of June 2022
|A Night in Madrid
This concert will show you the variety of chamber music performances. Artists from the Wratislavia Orchestra will change in individual pieces – we will hear quartets, quintets and octets. The excellent Polish violinist Jakub Jakowicz will perform both as a soloist and a conductor. Extensive repertoire includes classical music (Boccherini, Hoffstetter / Haydn), Romanticism (Mendelssohn-Bartholdy) and compositions from the 20th century (Lutosławski). The musical curiosity of the program will be Boccherini’s Quintet, inspired by the nightlife of the streets of Madrid.
Friday, 1st of July 2022
During the orchestral concert the excellent Polish violinist Jakub Jakowicz will play a double role: we’ll see and hear him as the virtuoso and the conductor who will lead the Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra. The artists will perform romantic and neo-romantic compositions. We will hear Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s String Symphony in D Major No. 8 and Ignacy Jan Paderewski’s Suite in G Major for string orchestra. The brilliant style will be represented by Wieniawski’s Variations On An Original Theme, Op. 15, and “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28” by Saint-Saëns.
Saturday, 2nd of July 2022
|The Night Full of Jazz
The star of this year’s “Arsenal Nights”, remarkable singer Anna Maria Jopek, will perform together with Piotr Wojtasik Quintet, lead by an excellent jazz trumpetist. They will invite us on “an extraordinary jazz journey”. The concert is an outcome of the successful artistic cooperation, which has been ongoing since 2019. The programme includes Zbigniew Wodecki’s songs arranged by Piotr Wojtasik and includes several musical surprises.
Sunday, 3rd of July 2022
Traditionally, for the big finale of “Arsenal Nights”, artists will dazzle the audience with baroque music. This year the programme will be dominated by one of the greatest composers of that epoch – George Frederick Händel. The Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra conducted by Daniel Stabrawa will play his famous works – suites “Water Music” and “Music for the Royal Fireworks”, written for an outdoor performance.