Sacrum Profanum 2008


The scope of the festival is focused on presenting the masterpieces of instrumental and vocal-instrumental 20th century music that refers to the fundamental role of the intertwined motifs of sacrum and profanum, the geographical location is also important. The subsequent editions of the festival have focused around these axes and featured music from: Vienna, France, Russia and the USA. A trend to feature contemporary music emerged during the previous 2007 edition of the festival, devoted to American music. Works of George Gershwin, Charles Ives, Steve Reich, Eliott Carter, John Adams, Philip Glass, Jon Cage, Miles Davis, and Leonard Bernstein were featured in the outstanding festival performances.

The sixth edition of the festival will be dedicated in its entirety to the most important artists and musical trends of 20th century Germany. It is the largest event promoting contemporary German music both in Poland and in Europe, ranging from Kurt Weill, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Hans Werner Henze, Helmut Lachenmann, Heiner Goebbels, and Wolfgang Rihm, to the most prominent genres of electronic music. Festival will be a large-scale presentation of the 20th century German composers’ repertoire, exposing the pivotal moments and the debatability of terms such as “classics” and “classical music”. Using the post-industrial buildings of Nowa Huta and the historic old town as concert halls is unprecedented. It is an extensive promotion of music played in post-industrial venues: factory floors, rolling mills, galvanizing mills, or the famed Oskar Schindler Factory.


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