When you think about Poland music might not be the first thing that comes to mind, but this nation has a long and rich musical tradition. There are magnificent operatic arrangements, the incredibly popular Chopin polonaises, wonderful folk songs from the Tatra Mountains' foothills, many tremendous jazz performers, and many great composers and musicians.
In addition to the many fantastic performance venues, this country has a rich history to learn about. From countless ancient castles to the notorious Auschwitz-Birkenau camp to the many great museums, your tour of Poland is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
Poland is not typically at the top of most people's lists of must-see places when arranging a performance tour, but believe us when we say that you should make Poland a top priority. Not only does Poland have done of the most beautiful town squares and old town areas, but they also have a rich history of classical music (highlighted by Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin) and a wonderful tradition of folk music. This is a historic destination with fascinating architecture, delicious food, and breathtaking natural scenery.
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Perform in three of Poland's most iconic cities on this classic itinerary. Learn about the life of composer Frederik Chopin and enjoy a concert performance by the Warsaw Philharmonic, all while exploring many of Poland's most picturesque cities.Full Itinerary
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Poland is one destination that may not be circled on every tourist map, but is quickly developing into a fantastic destination for savvy travelers. From cuisine and customs to views and venues, Poland has something for everybody. Learn more about why this destination is a perfect inclusion on any European performance tour!
It's easy to fall in love with Krakow. It has a long, illustrious history seeped in tragedy and triumph. This is a great place to unwind, enjoy a bustling nightlife, see monuments and museums, and experience incredible outdoor adventures in scenic locations. Walking around Krakow is an adventure in and of itself, with its charming streets and ancient structures. There's no shortage of fantastic venues for your ensemble so if you're planning a performance tour through Eastern Europe, this is a can't-miss destination.
Warsaw has everything you could possibly want in a city: amazing landmarks, charming old town streets and squares, beautiful parks and gardens, more than 50 museums, delicious local cuisine, and a thriving nightlife. It's a surprisingly modern city that still pays homage to it's painful history. More than three-quarters of this city was destroyed during World War II, but many historical structures have survived the conflict including the Wilanow Palace. Additionally, you can visit the museum devoted to composer and pianist Frédéric Chopin there and take in the local music.
While Krakow and Warsaw are the two most popular tourist attractions in Poland, Wrocaw is an under-the-radar destination that provides travelers with a unique musical travel experience. Despite being the biggest city in western Poland, Wrocaw has a distinctive charm with spectacular architecture, brilliant colors, and one of the most beautiful market squares in all of Europe. Wrocaw is also one of Poland's top academic hubs and the location of several universities, making it an deal destination for student groups.
Over the course of history, Polish musicians have created and popularized a wide range of musical styles, folk dances, and literary forms. There are also many great composers who have come from Poland including Frederic Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, Władysław Szpilman and many others. Experience this vast music history while taking in the countries many historic cathedrals and impressive concert halls.
The Krakow Philharmonic is the city's main concert venue. One of the biggest auditoriums in the region, it contains two smaller rooms for chamber music events (the Golden Auditorium and the Blue Hall) in addition to the main hall, which has 693 seats for orchestral performances. A new 50-pipe organ was installed in 1996, helping to ensure that your ensemble will enjoy a world-class performance.
Located in Krakow, Poland on top of Wawel Hill is the Wawel Cathedral. Built over 900 years ago, this Cathedral has held Coronations for Polish Monarch's and is a sanctuary to the Polish national. A mass was even given by Pope John Paul II in the Cathedrals crypt. It was his first mass. The Cathedral is home to a beautiful gold altar that was built in 1650 and a crypt that houses Polish Kings and saints.
Regarded as one of Krakow's most exquisite Gothic cathedrals, St. Catherine's Church is a terrific option for ensembles visiting Poland. The beautiful Baroque high altar from 1634 still stands, and you can't miss the cloister embellished with Gothic murals and paintings from the 17th century. This church is immaculately maintained, beautifully decorated, and is guaranteed to make for a memorable performance.