Classical music for crowds
September 18, 2013
Warsaw’s Wielki Theater will hosts Sept. 27-29 its fourth La Folle Journée festival – the world’s largest event promoting classical music.
The festival, which this year is focusing on great French and Spanish composers such as Debussy, Bizet, Ravel, Albeniz, Faure, Poulenc, De Falla and Rodrigo, aims to deconstruct the stereotype that classical music has to be difficult and inaccessible.
Sixty concerts by more than 1,000 musicians from all over the world are planned. Concerts will be held for three days at the Wielki Theater/National Opera and in a concert tent on Teatralny Square. Each concert lasts about an hour and tickets cost zl. 7 and 10.
The low prices and the relatively short performances are meant to encourage large audiences to attend.
The international La Folle Journée festival has been held for years in France, Spain, Japan and Brazil. It was launched in Poland in 2010. The local organizers are the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, the Music Gardens Foundation, the Wielki Theater/National Opera and the French Institute in Warsaw.
For details go to www.follejournee.pl, www.szalonednimuzyki.pl