Mazowsze in concert at the festival in Busko-Zdrój

– the closing of the artistic season 2018/2019

Mazowsze closed the artistic season 2018/2019 with the Sunday concert “Kaleidoscope of Polish Colors.” The final concert of the season took place at the Krystyna Jamroz International Music Festival in Busko-Zdrój. It is one of the biggest and most important cultural events in the Świętokrzyskie region.  This year's event was its 25th edition. Mazowsze joined such prominent artists as Krzysztof Penderecki, the tenor Wiesłas Ochman, the violinist Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, and the soprano Grażyna Brodzińska, who had performed there.

The festival's patron, Krystyna Jamroz, needs to be mentioned, too. She was born in 1923 in Busko-Zdrój. She was a remarkable opera singer, a soloist of The Grand Theatre in Warsaw. She performed all over Europe.

Mazowsze, with its exceptional vocal artists, perfectly fits in with the concept of the festival and its program. During the concert, the ensemble's new first soloist, Łukasz Karauda, had his debut performance of “The Carter” [“Furman”]. Until recently, he had performed on the stages of the greatest opera houses in Europe, including The Great Theatre-National Opera in Warsaw. The concert program also included “Two Little Hearts” [“Dwa serduszka”] sung by soloists Katarzyna Miąsik and Anna Łukawska. Since the premiere of the movie Cold War [Zimna Wojna], audiences have loved this Mazowsze song even more.

Apart from the singing, Mazowsze is also dancing – the ensemble's ballet presented the most beautiful choreographies. The concert program is versatile, so that the audience, through music, dance and song, can encounter several regions of Poland. The artists wonderfully presented the differences between various regions of Poland. Watching the kujawiak, oberek, or highland dances, listening to the songs and chants, the audience learns about the richness of Polish folklore. Mazowsze is a fully professional ensemble, and it presents the stylized version of folklore, which allows the audience to see a beautiful performance, filled with perfect musical, vocal, and dance sequences. There are elements of classical ballet and acrobatics, as well as interesting musical arrangements by the ensemble's orchestra.

The concert in Busko-Zdrój was the last one for Norbert Kurdziel, Mazowsze's ballet artist. After fifteen years in the ensemble, he decided to end his stage career. Norbert is a very valued artist among his friends from the ensemble, which was confirmed by a loud choral anniversary chant “Sto lat” that sounded from backstage. There was applause, gifts, and flowers. They thanked him for working together, because good co-operation in the ensemble and the professionalism of each of the artists on stage gives Mazowsze the ability to constantly delight the audience.

Mazowsze's next concerts will take place in August. We are happy to invite you to be with us there, and we also thank you for being with us in such large numbers during the events of the previous season.

Katarzyna Łacheta

Photography by Piotr Pasieczny/FOTOBUENO

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