Emanations Festival 2013
The summer edition of the Emanations Festival 2013, as part of which 80 concerts and opera performances are planned in celebration of Krzysztof Penderecki’s 80th birthday, began on 5 July.
Krzysztof Penderecki’s career began in 1959 when he won first three awards at the 2nd National Young Composers Competition, organized by the Polish Composers’ Union. Among the three winning compositions were “Emanations”, a work for 2 string orchestras by the composer who was 25 years old at that time. The name of the festival – EMANATIONS – makes a direct reference to the beginnings of the Maestro’s creative path. The festival repertoire includes solo recitals, chamber concerts, ensemble presentations, as well as symphony and opera music presented at the Kraków Opera and Philharmonic and at the Centre’s concert hall in Lusławice. The event showcases Krzysztof Penderecki’s chamber, symphony and opera work, both in the context of the classical works of his great predecessors, and with the participation of the Maestro’s successors – the next generation of young Polish and European composers. The performers are excellent orchestras and choirs, soloists and chamber musicians, as well as talented and recognized artists of the younger generation.
The concerts are held in the halls familiar to all music lovers and at venues that are completely new to the concert circuit of Małopolska.
EMANATIONS are also two series of events organized this autumn in Kraków. As a result of collaboration between the European Centre for Music, the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy Association, the Kraków Opera and the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic in Kraków, four performances of the composer’s operas and symphony concerts at the Kraków Philharmonic will take place as part of the festival.