In the season 2016/ 2017, Camerata Silesia will present a broad repertoire, ranging from popular songs by the group Skaldowie, Andrzej Zaucha and ABBA, through Christmas carols arranged by Polish composers, Paco Peña’s Requiem for the Earth and choral pieces of the 18th to 20th centuries, to works by Andrzej Panufnik and Sofia Gubaidulina.
In October, contemplative works by twentieth-century composers (Barber, Whitbourn, Messiaen and Nikodemowicz) will introduce the spirit of autumn reverie (October 15th). November, the most gloomy of the months, will witness the mystic marriage between the East and the West as presented in the supersensuous music by Sofia Gubaidulina (November 5th). The December concert will lead the audience from the darkness of the death in Max Reger’s Lieder, to the joy of Christmas time in pieces by Francis Poulenc and Johann Sebastian Bach (December 3rd). January is the time of carnival and traditional Polish carolling. This year’s carolling night will feature Christmas carols arranged by Krzysztof Baculewski and Józef Świder (January 7th). In February, on Valentine’s Day, the hearts of the audience will be warmed up by choral versions of Andrzej Zaucha and ABBA songs (February 14th). In March, the season of Lent, Camerata Silesia will not perform at the NOSPR, but music lovers will enjoy a special treat in April. As nature is beginning to wake up from its winter lethargy, exactly on Earth Day, Paco Peña and Flamenco Dance Company with Camerata Silesia will present Requiem for the Earth (April 22nd). The May concert will combine two popular themes connected with this month: love and the veneration of Virgin Mary (May 27th). Thus, the love theme (Five Hebrew Love Songs by Eric Whitacre) will intertwine with Marian motifs (Song to the Virgin Mary by Andrzej Panufnik) and with angels (Tarik O’Regan’s The Ecstasies Above). This concert will also feature Messages Quartet, which will perform String Quartet No. 2 by Andrzej Panufnik. In the holiday time, Camerata Silesia will give its last concert this season, consisting of popular songs by Skaldowie arranged for a choir, electric guitars and drums (July 1st). The Valetine’s Day and July concerts will feature musicians of the Myrczek &Tomaszewski band. [Wojciech Stępień]