Poland

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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.

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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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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!

Krakow

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.

Krakow City view

Warsaw

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.

Warsaw

Wroclaw

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.

Wrocaw Old Town

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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.

Krakow Philharmonic

Krakow

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.

Wawel Castle Cathedral

Krakow

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.

St. Catherines Church

Krakow

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.

Karol Lipinski Academy of Music

Wroclaw

The Karol Lipiski Academy of Music is a significant hub for musical culture where education, research, and artistic endeavors come together. At any given moment, the Academy trains roughly 600 students who become instrumentalists, singers, conductors, composers, music educators, church musicians, and so much more. At the Academy, ensembles have access to fantastic venues with top notch acoustics.

St. Andrew’s Church

Krakow

St. Andrew’s Church is a historic Romanesque church that was constructed between 1079 and 1098 by Palatine Sieciech in Krakow’s Old Town neighborhood. It is a rare surviving illustration of a fortified church used for defense in Europe. One of the oldest structures in Krakow and one of the best-preserved in all of Poland, it was constructed in the Romanesque architectural style. When the Mongols attacked Krakow in 1241, it was the only church that managed to survive. The structure has undergone numerous renovations, but the current Baroque interiors include beautiful golden altars, artwork by Karol Dankwart, and Baltazar Fontana-designed ornamentation. A wonderful option for ensembles who want to play in a historic venue.

St. John the Baptist Cathedral

Warsaw

Within Warsaw’s Old Town district is St. John the Baptist Cathedral, a Roman Catholic church in the Brick Gothic style. Although there are several significant cathedrals in Warsaw, only St. John’s is recognized as an archcathedral. It serves as the mother church for the Warsaw Archdiocese and is a revered part of Polish culture. Originally built in the 14th century in Masovian Gothic style, the church is currently listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Holy Cross Church

Warsaw

The Church of the Holy Cross is a Roman Catholic house of worship in Warsaw. Located opposite the main Warsaw University campus, it is one of the most notable Baroque churches in Poland’s capital. The church was initially built in the 15th century, but has been renovated and refurbished many times over the year. Oddly enough, although composer Frederic Chopin is buried in France, his heart is actually buried in the crypt at Holy Cross! A truly historic venue that would make an excellent option for any Polish performance tour.

Polish Radio Hall

Warsaw

Polish Radio Hall (or Witold Lutoslawsko Concert Studio of Polish Radio) is considered to be one of the top recording studios in the region. Opened in 1991, it is also regarded among Poland’s top concert halls in terms of acoustics. Witold Lutosawski, one of the great composers of the 20th century, inspired the naming of the studio even though he never actually conducted in this venue. After the National Philharmonic, it is likely the most important concert hall in Warsaw, and a worthy addition to any Polish performance tour.

St. Anne’s Church

Warsaw

Near the Castle Square in the heart of Warsaw, you will find St. Anne’s Church. One of Warsaw’s oldest structures, it is a prominent church with a Neoclassical facade. It has undergone numerous reconstructions since it was originally built in 1454, however, it has been effectively untouched since the late 1700’s. The surprisingly lavish interior is covered in lovely frescores and has a Baroque design with multiple chapels. There is also a viewing terrace with panoramic views of Warsaw’s Old Town, making it an excellent option for any touring ensemble.

Concert Hall of Radio Wroclaw

Wroclaw

In an area several miles south of the city center, the Wrocaw Radio, a division of the Polish Radio, has its own concert venue. Built in 1942, this venue is a renowned cultural hall with a seating capacity of 500. The facility occasionally hosts some big names, and offers fantastic acoustics despite its age. This is a wonderful option for ensembles who want something a bit off the beaten path, but still place a lot of importance of good sound quality.

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