Festival of Music in Old Cracow
We all remember the painful experience of listening to our childhood schoolmates attempting to play something pretty on the piano at the end of term concert. Those forays into classical music were enough to put anyone off attending a concert for life. But it's time to throw away your preconceptions as Cracow is about to revel in a cacophany of superb music. The 30th Festival of Music in Old Cracow is about to commence, and as always, some fantastic international acts are set to perform.
The basic gist of the festival is to lure venerable names on the world scene to perform in Cracow, largely at their own expense... The organizers of the event then seek out the most evocative historic venues in the city, and after some friendly cajoling, they invade the aforesaid venues with a crew of shockingly talented musicians.
This year there will be concerts in such inspirational venues at the courtyard of the Collegium Maius, the Tempel Synagogue, Wawel Castle, the Cloth Hall and a smattering of the city's finest churches. The guru of the festival remains the redoubtable Stanislaw Galonski, director of Capella Cracoviensis, Cracow's pre-eminent orchestra. Capella - always a treat to hear - will also be performing alongside the international guests.
So what's in store in this year's programme? Well, special guests include Germany's Landesjugendorchester, Hungary's Ferenc Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Georgia's distinguished Rustavi Choir and Italy's Concerto Italiano, amongst many others. They'll be joined by trusty Polish acts such as Irena Urbanska and the National Radio Symphonic Orchestra.
You can snap up your tickets from the Cracow Cultural Office at ul. Sw. Jana 2. The office's hideout is just off the square on the street that leads north from the Cloth Hall. Make sure you grab those tickets fast though as there's always competition for the top events. Enjoy the festival!