Spring Opening Concert 2018

Spring Opening Concert in Botanic Garden. This year the weather delivered us an unexpected surprise. The Spring Concert of our School in the Botanic Garden of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Powsin which we hoped to do in the warm atmosphere at the outset of Spring, on 18.03.2018, was delivered in the beautiful winter surroundings. Frost looked through the windows into the concert hall of the Fangorówka manor, but inside the hall was a joyful spring- atmosphere of music. Spring is a time of renewal and a perfect time for music school students to showcase the talents.

Our school’s spring concert in the Botanical Garden of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Powsin was a celebration of nature’s renewal and the power of music. As I walked through the garden, traces of winter were still visible – delicate blossoms on cherry trees and daffodils pushing through the remnants of melting snow. The atmosphere was charged with anticipation as students from our music school tuned their instruments and adjusted their sheet music, ready to unleash an enchanting symphony that would resonate with the beauty around us.

As the first notes drifted through the air, it was as if all living things stopped to listen. Nature itself seemed to harmonise with each crescendo and diminuendo, responding to the melodies in its own mysterious way. The sound waves bounced off flower petals and reached even the tiniest insect buzzing nearby. It was as if music had transcended its human origins and become a language understood by all sentient beings.

In this idyllic setting, time ceased to exist as we embarked on a journey where past and future merged into an eternal present of musical enchantment. Each note carried emotions too deep for words; they painted pictures more vivid than any artist’s brushstroke could ever achieve. In those moments under a clear spring sky, it was clear that music knows no boundaries or languages – it is an ancient force that unites souls across time and space.

The Alicja Zdrojewska vocal class:

  • Henryk Wawrzyński  sang a well known song What a Wonderful World by Luis Armstrong;
  • Ola Kmiecik performed Lullaby of Birdland by Ella Fitzgerald;
  • KaiLin  Xing accompanying himself on guitar did Ed Sheern’s Castle on the Hill. ;
  • Weronika Gwardyś sang Nina Simone’s Feeling Good.

At the end of this part of the Concert Catarina Lindo performed Day RiseUp.

In the next part of the Concert we heard pupils representing instrumental classes:

Magda Lewandowska Class of Piano:

  • tiny Marysia Hanyga opened this part of the Concert with a song My jesteśmy krasnoludki  (We are the dwarfs); Marysia attends Magda Lewandowska class of piano where from we also heard
  • Jojo Yiang Yi who performed Friedrich Kuhlau’s Variations in g-Minor;
  • Arseni Voloshyn played Johann Sebastian Bach’s Minuet in g-Minor;
  • Franek Grygorczuk performed Cornelius Gurlit’s  Sonatina in F-Major.

Julia Lewiuk Class of Piano pupils were:

  • Basia Sobko who played two minatures of Agnieszka Lasko: Zmartwienie (Sorrow) dedicated her grandfather and Wróbelek (Little Sparrow) dedicated to her younger brother on his birthday;
  • Robin Shwagli performed Aria  in F-Major by Johann Sebastian Bach;
  • Jaś Piwoński executed miniature based on the musical motive from the opera Rogoletto by Giuseppe Verdi;
  • Leon Gryukovich did the French Song by Piotr Tchaikovsky  and a fragment from the Capriccio No. 24 by Nicolo Paganini;
  • Pola Rossokhina played Sarabande by Arcangelo Corelli;
  • Simona Proycheva performed Clown,  and Habanera from Carmen by George Bizet ;
  • Madlen Hojer played the Song  by Bin Kaneda.

Performers from Zofia Zwolińska Class of Violin:

  • Inez Chaviere, played the miniature Deszczyk  (Little Rain) from the violin pedagogic repertoire;
  • Cadhla Lindsay executed the miniature Koleżanki (Schoolmates) from the violin pedagogic repertoire;
  • Julia Jaworska performed Introduction,  and Polonaise by Carl Böhm;
  • Ella Bai performed Obertas (Polish folk dance) by Henryk Wieniawski.

The performers were announced by Berenika Zwolińska. After the musical part of the Concert Director, Zofia Zwolińska, congratulated all performers and their teachers well done job and invited all to next concerts of our School which will be done later this school year. At the end of the event, as usual, Berenika Zwolińska welcomed all to the table with chocolate candies.

Why attending and participating in Spring Opening Concert is beneficial

Music has been a part of human culture for centuries. It is a universal language that transcends geographical and cultural boundaries. The ability to create music is one of the most fundamental human traits. The benefits of classical music and the arts are not limited to just what we can see and hear. Spring Opening Concert music offers many benefits that are not immediately apparent in the moment, but have long-lasting effects on our lives.

Greater cognitive development:

There is evidence that children who study an instrument or take lessons in an art discipline have greater cognitive development than their peers who do not participate in these activities.

Healthier brain:

Participating in classical music or arts also helps keep your brain healthy by reducing stress, improving mood, maintaining mental sharpness, and slowing age-related decline in motor skills like balance and coordination.

Why Spring Concerts Are Special?

Classical spring concerts can be a beautiful and uplifting experience for many people. One of the things that makes them particularly special is the opportunity to hear a wide variety of classical music performed live by talented musicians. Immersed in the flamboyant explosion of colour and texture, Spring Concerts offer a unique sensory experience that blends the unfolding splendour of nature with soulful symphonies. Bathed in the warmth of longer days, their melodies reverberate against a lush backdrop teeming with life, each note a tribute to growth and rejuvenation.

These concerts weave together visual experience and musical storytelling to create an unbeatable illusion of the essence of spring. As music students bring various compositions to life, they mimic spring itself – a season synonymous with new beginnings and renewal.

Classical music has a reputation for being elegant and refined, and this is often reflected in the way it is performed during a spring concert. The musicians may be dressed in formal attire, and the atmosphere may be more formal and refined than at other types of concerts.

As the seasons change and once-dormant trees burst into bloom, classrooms teem with music students eager to fill the fresh spring air with harmonious melodies. Spring concerts often serve a dual purpose, heralding renewal after a long winter and providing a platform for young musicians to showcase their talents. Classical music, renowned for its elegance and refinement, reigns supreme at these events – it’s as if these compositions are coming back to life like vibrant tulips opening after a frosty slumber.

The profound complexity that characterises classical music is perfectly suited to the dramatic rebirth of spring. Beethoven’s symphonies echo among the budding trees, while Vivaldi’s concertos vibrate with the hum of bees at work. For audience and performer alike, this complex score ironically serves as an invitation to luxurious simplicity – akin to quietly watching cherry blossoms sway in the breezy twilight. The grandeur of the classical arrangements, performed by skilled music students, is not only a feast for the ears; it essentially captures nature’s symphony – ever-present but rarely acknowledged.

Another aspect of classical spring concerts that can be beautiful is the opportunity to hear music that is not frequently performed. Many classical concerts feature a mix of well-known and lesser-known pieces, and this can be a great opportunity to discover new music and expand your musical horizons.

Finally, the setting of a classical spring concert can also add to its beauty. Many classical concerts are held in beautiful, ornate concert halls or churches, which can add to the sense of grandeur and elegance of the event.

Overall, classical spring concerts can be a beautiful and uplifting experience for anyone who enjoys classical music or simply wants to experience something special and refined.

Spring is beautiful

Spring is a season of renewal and growth.

As the chill of winter finally fades, nature awakens from its slumber and embraces spring with open arms. It’s a vibrant season that paints the world in vivid hues and brings life to every corner. From delicate blossoms adorning trees to blankets of colourful wildflowers blanketing fields, the beauty of spring is a feast for the senses. But beyond its visual appeal lies a deeper connection to rebirth and renewal.

Spring has an undeniable charm that draws us in and reminds us of the constant cycle of change. With each passing day, we witness nature evolving before our eyes – barren branches sprouting fresh green leaves and animals emerging from hibernation to embrace a new beginning. In this symphony of change, spring serves as a powerful reminder that even after long periods of darkness and stillness, bursts of colour can emerge when we least expect them.

While we often associate beauty with grand gestures or meticulously crafted masterpieces, spring shows us that beauty can also be found in simplicity and imperfection. The scattered petals on the ground remind us that there is a time for everything; flowers bloom only to eventually shed their petals to make way for new blooms. This cycle teaches us to appreciate fleeting moments and to find beauty in impermanence – for it is these transient elements that contribute to the richness and depth of life itself.

It is a time when the weather starts to warm up and the days get longer. The trees and flowers start to bloom, and the world becomes a more vibrant and colorful place. Many people enjoy the warmer weather and the opportunity to spend more time outdoors. The spring season is often associated with feelings of hope and optimism, as it marks the end of winter and the beginning of a new season. Whether it’s taking a walk in the park, planting a garden, or simply spending time with friends and loved ones, there are many ways to appreciate and celebrate the arrival of spring.