Concert “Mazowsze to Niepodległa – 70 years of Mazowsze”
For the jubilee year of their 70th Anniversary, and for the 100th Anniversary of Regaining Independence by Poland, Mazowsze prepared several artistic projects. One of them was the concert on June 3, at Ergo Arena, on the border of Gdańsk and Sopot. It is one of the most modern performance halls in Poland, where important cultural and sports events take place. Many notable musical celebrities perform there. This time, it was Mazowsze’s turn to perform for an audience of 5,000 people, with their concert “Mazowsze to Niepodległa – 70 years of Mazowsze.” There were several generations of families in the audience. The older members wanted to show to the younger ones what Mazowsze is all about. The ensemble presented what is most beautiful and colorful in Polish folklore, to the music of the symphony orchestra. The concert program included folk songs Mazowsze is famous for, as well as patriotic songs, which appear on their latest CD. As director Jacek Boniecki emphasized, “the CD accentuates 2018 even more, which is so important to us.” But Mazowsze is not only wonderful music – it is also dance. The ballet showed the viewers complex choreographies based on Polish national and regional dances, for example from the region of Kaszuby. There were also elements of classic ballet and acrobatics.
Each concert is also a unique and often surprising encounter with our audiences. At this concert, there was a lady who had started working with Mazowsze back in 1948, almost 70 years ago. Director Jacek Boniecki asked the former ensemble member to share her memories from that time with the audience and the ensemble.
It is the director’s usual practice to introduce those members who come from the region where each concert takes place to the audience. There are many members who come from Pomorze, including conductor Jacek Boniecki himself.