Home » 13.08. – WATER MUSIC – a concert for the Year of the River Vistula – Bulwar Filadelfijski
13th August (Sunday), 8:30pm – Bulwar Filadelfijski
WATER MUSIC – a concert for the Year of the River Vistula
The year 1467 was the first year of the toll-free rafting on the Vistula river. This is when the over 300-year-long “Golden Age” of transport on inland waterways in the Vistula river basin, which was one of the factors contributing to the economic, cultural and military ascendancy of the Kingdom of Poland.
The Vistula, a symbol of Polish identity, has been particularly important for Toruń. It was owing to the river that our town could thrive as an important trade centre. Today, following a series of investments in infrastructure, the inhabitants of Toruń as well as numerous tourists can savour the beauty of the longest of all Poland’s rivers and the opportunities provided by it. The Polish Sejm has decided that the year 2017 is celebrated as the Year of the Vistula River on the occasion of the 550th anniversary of the first toll-free rafting on the river.
The Festival cannot do without artistic events related to these celebrations.
The artists of the Pomeranian Philharmonic, conducted by Mariusz Smolij, will perform the most popular work by Georg Friedrich Handel, “Water Music”. The orchestra will be set on a special barge moored to the bank of the river on Bulwar Filadelfijski. The Baroque style musical piece to be performed there is an example of entertainment music played in the open air and composed to satisfy a variety of musical tastes.
In addition to Handel’s masterpiece, we will also hear some modern music in historical arrangements: the programme includes adaptations of The Beatles’ greatest hits in Baroque style.