Wawel Royal Castle at Dusk

Summer Music Festival

August 4 – 13, 2023
The Wawel at Dusk summer festival brings together music with a landmark historical site, which lends it a distinctive character and unforgettable setting. The concert venues – Wawel Castle’s illuminated Arcaded and Báthory Courtyards – also play an key role in the artistic spectacle. The changing lights and colors render the sound not only audible, but also seemingly visible. (Since 2008, the Báthory Courtyard has been open for musical events.)

16th Summer Music Festival

Culture in Nature
Wawel at Dusk is the largest open-air classical music festival in Krakow. As the music resounds in the open, historically and symbolically significant spaces, the hues of twilight inimitably enliven the architecture of Wawel Royal Castle, which takes on new culture-forming meanings.

Leading Ideas: Poland – The Generation of 1933 – Ukraine
The leading themes of the 16th festival are: various musical styles (classical music, the works of composers of the second half of the 20th century, folk music, film music, various performers), the meeting of Culture and Nature, and the music of members of the generation of 1933, Krzysztof Penderecki and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, to mark the 90th anniversary of the birth of the late composers. The emphasis is on Polish music, presented in a broad cultural context, and the promotion of Polish performers (CORda Cracovia, Elżbieta Stefańska, Piotr Lato, Chopin Piano Duo, Rafał Jacek Delekta). Also spotlighted are Ukrainian musicians, led by world-renowned pianist and friend of the Wawel at Dusk Festival Alexander Gavrylyuk and Polish-Ukrainian conductor Yaroslav Shemet.

The Cosmos of Sound and Spirituality
As 2023 is the Year of Nicolaus Copernicus, the spoken word (in Polish and English), which has been an integral part of the festival concerts (since the first edition in 2008), will include, among others, the golden thoughts of the man who “stopped the sun, moved the earth,” for example: “What indeed is more beautiful than heaven, which of course contains all things of beauty.” They will help to compose and direct the listeners’ perception towards a deeper sphere of spirituality, so much needed by in modern times.

For Audiences from Krakow, Poland, and the Whole World
The concerts of the 16th Wawel at Dusk Festival are addressed to audiences of many generations: from young people, through adults, to seniors. Wawel Royal Castle attracts audiences of all ages from Krakow, Poland, and all over the world, especially in the summer. The historical and cultural attractiveness of the architecturally unique places, such as the Arcaded and Báthory Courtyards, favors musical and aesthetic appreciation. Listeners not only hear the music, but they also take the surrounding views and the beauty of the castle architecture, amid changing colors in the specially lit courtyards.

Shaping Aesthetic Tastes
The Wawel at Dusk festival program, this year as every year, is designed to break down barriers to the reception of high musical culture and its various styles and repertoires. Six festival concerts (three chamber concerts in the Báthory Courtyard and three symphonic concerts in the Arcaded Courtyard) and a young pianists’ “marathon” (in the Arcaded Courtyard; admission to the marathon is free) will present the broadly defined the “classical” art of sound, bringing together the values of tradition (e.g. Frédéric Chopin) and modernity (Krzysztof Penderecki and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki), folk and film music (performed by the Representative Band of the Border Guard of Poland from Nowy Sącz). This type of programming strategy, which has proved itself in the fifteen editions of the Wawel at Dusk festival that have been held since 2008, is conducive to achieving a certain musical “unity” (the same – open-air concert venues in the courtyards of Royal Castle on Wawel Hill) in “diversity” (different sound worlds) serves to stimulate the appetite for “classical” music and shape aesthetic tastes.

In summer, Wawel Royal Castle is filled with sound. At dusk...
You are cordially invited!

Organizers of the festival

Wawel Royal Castle:
Hubert Piątkowski – Organizational Director
Cooperation – Martyna Tyksińska

Grupa Twórcza Castello:
Małgorzata Janicka-Słysz – Artistic Director
Artistic and organizational coordination – Krzysztof Sadłowski
A few words about the music: Małgorzata Janicka-Słysz
  • Doors open 45 minutes before concert begins.
  • Entrances for Arcaded Courtyard Concerts – Berrecci Gate and gate next to the Senators’ Tower.
  • In case of inclement weather, Báthory Courtyard concerts will be held in the Senators’ Hall.

August 4, 2023 (Friday) Chamber Concert

8:00 p.m. – Báthory Courtyard
Zuzanna Hwang-Cempla – soprano
Jakub Pawlik – tenor
Paweł Kubica – piano
Program: Fédéric Chopin, Maurice Ravel, and Romantic composers

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piano solo

Fédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Polonaise in A flat major Op. 53              
Mazurka in C sharp minor Op. 50 No. 3
Waltz in A flat Major Op. 42                     
15 Prelude in D flat major Op. 28 No. 15              
Fantaisie-Impromptu in C sharp minor Op. 66
Étude in C minor Op. 10 No. 12


Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Cinq mélodies populaires grecques
Chanson de la mariée. Modéré
Là-bas, vers l’église. Andante
Quel galant m’est comparable. Allegro
Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques. Lento
Tout gai!. Allegro
Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835), Malinconia, ninfa gentile from Quindici composizione de camera per canto e pianoforte
Jerzy Gablenz (1888-1937), Ty nie wiesz nawet, jak mi źle op. 5 nr 4
Richard Strauss (1864-1949), Zueignung op. 10 nr 1 (words: Hermann von Gilm)
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), Spanisches lied op. 6 nr 1 (words: Paul Heys)
Hugo Wolf (1860-1903), Die Bekehrte from Goethe Lieder
Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941), Piosnka dudarza op. 18 nr 2 (words: Adam Mickiewicz)

Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848), Don Pasquale – Tornami a dir che m’ami
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Così fan tutte – Fra gli amplessi
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), La Traviata – Parigi, o cara

August 5, 2023 (Saturday) Chamber Concert

8:00 p.m. – Báthory Courtyard
Chopin Piano Duo: Anna Boczar & Bartłomiej Kominek – Piano Four-Hands
Program: Johann Sebastian Bach, Edvard Grieg, Camille Saint-Saëns, Ignacy Jan Paderewski
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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Schafe können sicher weiden from Cantata BWV 208     
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme from Cantata BWV 140
Wohl mir, daß ich Jesum habe from Cantata BWV 147

Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941), Tatra Album Op. 12
W murowanej piwnicy
Dziewczyno, kocham cię
Za górami, za lasami
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907), Peer Gynt Suite Op. 46 No. 1
I Morning Mood
II Death of Åse
III Anitra’s Dance
IV In the Hall of the Mountain King
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921), Danse Macabre op. 40

August 6, 2023 (Sunday) Chamber Concert

8:00 p.m. – Báthory Courtyard
Mateusz Dubiel – piano
Program: Wolfgang Amadeusz Mozart, Fédéric Chopin, Karol Szymanowski
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Sonata in D major KV 311
I Allegro con spirito
II Andante con espressione
III Rondeau. Allegro
Fédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Barcarolle in F sharp minor Op. 60
Scherzo in E major Op. 54
4 Mazurkas Op. 41: E minor, B major, A flat major, C sharp minor
Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937), de Don Juan from Masques Op. 34
Fédéric Chopin (1810-1849), Polonaise in A flat major Op. 53    

August 11, 2023 (Friday) Young Pianists’ Marathon

Arcaded Courtyard
Program: Primarily Fédéric Chopin

Free admission!

11:00 a.m. Zuzanna Sejbuk – piano

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Prelude from English Suite in E minor BWV 810
Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941), Légende in A flat major Op. 16 No. 1
Fédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
4 Mazurkas Op. 41: E minor, B major, A flat major, C sharp minor
2 Nocturnes Op. 37: G minor, G major
Scherzo in E major Op. 54                          
Étude in F major Op. 10 No. 8
Étude in E minor Op. 25 No. 5
Polonaise in A flat major Op. 53
12:00 p.m. Julian Stanny – piano
Ignacy Friedman (1882-1948), Étude in A major Op. 63 No. 1
Maria Szymanowska (1789-1831), Nocturne in B flat major 
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Sonata in C major KV 309
I Allegro con spirito
II Andante un poco adagio
III Rondo. Allegretto grazioso
Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937), 4 Mazurkas Op. 50: 1-4
Sostenuto. Molto rubato
Allegramente. Poco vivace. „Rubasznie”
Allegramente, risoluto
Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941), Mélodie in G flat major Op. 16 No. 2; Cracovienne fantastique in B major  Op. 14 No. 6
Juliusz Zarębski (1854-1885), Grande Polonaise in F sharp major Op. 6
1:00 p.m. Mikołaj Ólafur Frach – piano

Fédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
4 Mazurkas Op. 30: C minor, B minor, D flat major, C sharp minor
Ballade in G minor Op. 23
2 Nocturne in F sharp minor Op. 48 No. 2
Étude in E minor Op. 25 No. 5
Étude in C minor Op. 10 No. 12
Ferenc Liszt (1811-1886), Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937), Étude in B flat minor Op. 4 No. 3; Étude in C major Op. 4 No. 4
Fédéric Chopin (1810-1849), Polonaise in A flat major Op. 53

August 11, 2023 (Friday) Orchestra Concert

8:00 p.m. – Arcaded Courtyard
CORda Cracovia Orkiestra (strings)
Elżbieta Stefańska – harpsichord
Piotr Lato – clarinet
Rafał Jacek Delekta – conductor
Program: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (The Generation of 1933), Krzysztof Penderecki (The Generation of 1933)
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Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847), Symphony for strings in C major No. 1
I Allegro
II Andante
III Allegro
Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (1933-2010); Concerto for harpsichord and strings
I Allegro molto
II Vivace marcatissimo
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847), Symphony for strings in D major No. 2
I Allegro
II Andante
III Allegro vivace
Krzysztof Penderecki (1933-2020), Sinfonietta for clarinet and strings No. 2 
I Notturno. Adagio
II Scherzo. Vivacissimo
III Serenade. Tempo di Valse
IV Abschied. Larghetto
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847), Symphony for string in B flat major No. 5
I Allegro vivace
II Andante
III Presto

August 12, 2023 (Saturday) Band Concert

8:00 p.m. – Arcaded Courtyard
Representative Band of the Border Guard of Poland from Nowy Sącz
Soloists (voice): Natalia Zabrzeska-Borowiec, Iwona Chruślicka, Hania Sitko, Tomasz Jarosz, Wacław Wacławiak
Leszek Mieczkowski – Conductor
Program: Polish film music and folk music in new arrangements
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Młoda Uroda – folk melody
Na wojaka wzieni miłego – folk melody
Dwie tęsknoty – folk melody
Benedykt Konowalski (1928-2021), Taniec Podhalańczyków
Strzelec Podhalański
Byłem w karcmie – folk melody
Obcasy – folk melody
Banowanie –  folk melody
Heroic overture  ar. Hadrian Filip Tabęcki
Henryk Wars (1902-1977), Na pierwszy znak
Wojciech Kilar (1932-2013), Polonaise from movie“Pan Tadeusz”
Krzysztof Komeda (1931-1969), Nim wstanie dzień
Wojciech Kilar (1932-2013), Waltz from movie “Trędowata”
Przemysław Gintrowski (1951-2012), Modlitwa o wschodzie słońca
Andrzej Korzyński (1940-2022), Meluzyna
Akademia Pana Kleksa

August 13, 2023 (Sunday) Orchestra Concert

8:00 p.m. – Arcaded Courtyard
CORda Cracovia Orkiestra (Symhony)
Alexander Gavrylyuk – Piano
Yaroslav Shemet – Conductor
Program:  Edvard Grieg, Anton Dvořák, Fédéric Chopin
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Fédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Fantasy in F minor Op. 49
Étude in E flat minor Op. 10 No. 6
Étude in E major Op. 10 No. 3
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907), Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16
I Allegro molto moderato
II Adagio
III Allegro moderato molto e marcato – Andante – Quasi presto – Andante maestoso
Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904), Symphony No. 9 in E minor Op. 95 “New World Symphony”
I Adagio – Allegro molto
II Largo
III Scherzo: Molto vivace – Poco sostenuto
IV Allegro con fuoco

CORda Cracovia Orkiestra Orchestra

Agnieszka Bugla-Bylica | concertmaster

Violin I:  Magdalena Odrzywołek, Anna Korczyńska, Zuzanna Dulęba, Paulina Bujok, Natalia Orszak, Aleksandra Kmiotek, Aleksandra Czajor-Kowalska
Violin II: Natalia Miś, Leszek Dzierżęga, Sandra Hejnowska, Monika Worek, Emilia Herbowska, Małgorzata Perlik
Violas: Justyna Poprawska, Natalia Warzecha-Karkus, Wiktoria Chorobik, Beata Tasarz, Aleksander Frankiewicz,
Cellos: Krzysztof Sadłowski, Jakub Gajownik, Patrycja Noszka, Piotr Bylica, Maria Czaplińska
Double Basses: Krzysztof Bylica, Samuel Piękoś
Flutes: Wioletta Strączek, Michalina Piotrowicz
Oboes: Emilia Troia, Jakub Koch
Clarinets: Barbara Borowicz, Dmytro Pylypchak
Bassoons: Dominik Tekielak, Agnieszka Marzec
French horns: Natalia Kawecka, Kamila Maniecka, Paweł Nasuta, Marek Gumiela
Trumpets: Konrad Pisera, Marek Drescher
Trombones: Justyna Chmielek-Korbut, Szymon Klimański, Marcin Kukla
Tuba: Jakub Antonkiewicz
Percussion: Bartosz Sałdan, Władysław Płachciński

Honorary patronage

The honorary patronage of the
Minister of Culture and National Heritage,
Professor Piotr Glinski

The honorary patronage of the
Mayor of the City of Krakow,
Professor Jacek Majchrowski

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