Buy Family Tickets for the concerts of the 49th International Festival Wratislavia Cantans! If you are going to attend a concert with your child or children (below 18 years of age), then up to four adults can buy tickets at reduced prices. We want entire families to enjoy the excellent concerts of Wratislavia Cantans. Therefore, alongside family tickets for the concerts of the National Forum of Music season, we extend our family offer to festival concerts and do hope to see all celebrate the September musical feast with us!
The overriding objective behind the Forum Musicum festival is to dispel stereotypical views about early music and create a programme of interest to a wider public. This year’s festival programme ‘Musica pro tabula’ is focused on early ‘light entertainment’ music associated with pleasures of the table. Like many other musical genres related to social events, such as wedding or civic revelries, music that accompany festivities in our days has a tendency for trivialization. However in times past great importance was attached to such events, which demanded music of the highest calibre.
‘Alta cappella’ is a loud brass ensemble, apart from loud reed and percussion instruments, comprising buisines – early brass instruments of a trumpet type. Music, to be performed by the well-known Les haulz et les bas ensemble, used to accompany medieval feasts in the form of so-called entremets – musical ‘interludes’ during important moments of a feast as well as during the serving of successive dishes.
An evening with wine and snacks enjoyed by 18th-century gentlemen while making music and listening to anecdotes will resound to Baroque flute duets and music for viola da gamba. With no clearly defined programme, the concert is conceived as a form of spontaneous event, designed to shed light on the role of music performed by the revelers themselves – a social pastime of well-educated people, true ‘dilettanti’, adept at music-making, but who are not professionals for whom performing music is their bread and butter.
It has become a tradition of successive Forum Musicum festivals to promote young talent of ensemble music-making that emerges from the annual Schola Cantorum Competition in Kalisz. Ensembles of young performer-amateurs have generated in Poland a movement that goes well beyond the simple pleasures of collective music-making. Thanks to their exceptionally serious approach these youth ensembles often reach a performance level equal to that of accomplished professional ensembles. Forum Musicum endeavours to create for them a challenging opportunity in concert and present their creativity to the public.