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Music and History
September 2, 2009 By M.H.    
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Wroc³aw and Lower Silesia will soon host the 44th International Wratislavia Cantans Festival, an event that celebrates the beauty of vocal and choral music and oratorio traditions. This year's festival comes with a slightly altered program-fewer concerts will be held on weekdays and instead more will be happening during the festival's three intensive weekends. The festival will last longer than usual, starting Sept. 5 and continuing until Sept. 20.

What remains unchanged is that the festival will feature the best music ensembles from Poland and abroad. This year marks 250 years since the death of George Frideric Handel and Wratislavia Cantans will pay homage to the composer with two of his finest oratorios. Sir John Eliot Gardiner with The Monteverdi Choir and The English Baroque Soloists will perform Israel in Egypt. Paul McCreesh, the artistic director of the festival, will perform Theodora together with his Gabrieli Consort & Players.

The Wroc³aw Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jacek Kaspszyk will play Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2.

The festival will also feature a number of recitals by respected artists, including Andreas Scholl, Bernarda Fink and, for the first time at Wratislavia Cantans, the Kronos Quartet.

The last festival weekend will be marked by Italian themes with guests such as Giovanni Antonini with Il Giardino Armonico. The festival will close with an outdoor concert featuring Aleksandra Kurzak.

For more information go to www.wratislaviacantans.pl
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