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Classical Music Concert
MONDAY September 9 

The con­cert performed by Academic Choir ORGANUM

Location: St. Mary’s Basi­li­ca, Main Square, Kraków
Admission: For all registered participants with the congress badge.


about St. Mary's Basilica

After the Wawel Cathedral, St. Mary’s Basilica is the most important church in Kraków.

The con­struc­tion of St. Mary’s Basi­li­ca was star­ted in late 13th cen­tu­ry on the foun­da­tions of a for­mer Roma­ne­sque church.(...) Over the cen­tu­ries, the church under­went nume­ro­us recon­struc­tions of both its exte­rior and inte­rior.(...)

The years 1477–1489 bro­ught the main altar to the tem­ple. It was sculp­ted [in wood] by Veit Stoss and is con­si­de­red a late Gothic master­pie­ce. It is com­po­sed of the cen­tre part with sculp­tu­res, a pair of ope­ning inter­nal wings, and a pair of fixed exter­nal wings.

The light comes insi­de thro­ugh the high sta­ined glass win­dows. Only three win­dows have been pre­se­rved from the ori­gi­nal medie­val sta­ined glass. The rest is from the 19th cen­tu­ry and was cre­ated by indi­vi­du­als such as Sta­ni­sław Wyspiań­ski and Józef Mehof­fer.

St. Mary’s Basilica has two characteristic towers of various height and architecture. The higher one called Bugle Call Tower – is the only tower in the world from which a trumpeter has played the Heynal (bugle call) to the four quarters of the globe every hour throughout the whole day for over six hundred years.

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about Academic Choir ORGANUM

(...) the Organum Academic Choir is a leading institution in the music life of Krakow. (...)

The ensemble was established in 1969 as an initiative of a Krakow music teacher and organ master, Bogusław Grzybek, who has remained the Choir's conductor and artistic director.

From its earliest days, the Choir operated under the auspices of the Club of Catholic Intelligentsia which automatically indicated the general course in the operation of the Choir, aligning it powerfully with the Church as well as Polish and Christian traditions. (...)

The Choir cooperates with Polish philharmonic institutions, Lvov Philharmonic, Krakow Opera, Warsaw Chamber Opera, and Krakow theatres. It is a regular participant and laureate of choir contests, festivals, and competitions. It is strongly involved in recording, continuously expanding and enriching its repertoire which, side by side with early music includes the works by contemporary artists: Górecki, Koszewski, Krenz, Nikodemowicz, Penderecki, Szeligowski, and Twardowski.

Annually, the choir performs around 50 concerts. For the last six years it has performed together with the Ricecar Instrumental Ensemble, adding to its repertoire oratory music (Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Mozart, Vivaldi.) The concerts of the Choir were highly successful in nearly all European countries and in the USA. Especially memorable are the performances in Vatican.



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Cracovia walking tour 
TUESDAY September 10

Gala Dinner
WEDNESDAY September 11