The history of the Orchestra

Orchestra history, like a symphony

The Szczecin orchestra's fortunes resemble Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5: contrasting themes, an atmosphere of conflict, the suffering of individuals, a few dead end streets and gigantic triumph - a sunny C Major chord. This history dates back to post-war times, when musical life in Szczecin was full of enthusiasm, and an atmosphere of great reconstruction and spontaneity. There were several ensembles performing at various venues. Szczecin dwellers owe the beginnings of the symphony orchestra to the work of professionals and enthusiasts, professional musicians and amateurs. It was they who on November 23, 1945, performed works by Rachmaninov, Rubinstein and Tchaikovsky at a concert that took place ... at the Baltic Cinema. The next phases of symphonic music development are reminiscent of the rings of a young tree. This "cinematic" ensemble was accompanied by instrumental formations from the army and rail, and then strengthened by a 12-person radio orchestra. In 1947 the next musical ensemble to start in the city was the Polish Musicians’ Association Symphony Orchestra (like the contrasting theme in Beethoven's symphony). The need to regulate this dispersed musical activity slowly grew. With the help of collectivising tendencies of those times, the Workers’ Music Association (RTM) was established in 1948, with that year considered the official start of the state orchestra in Szczecin. Felicjan Lasota became the first director and conductor of the RTM Orchestra.

At that time, the Konzerthaus reconstruction in Małopolska Street was under intense discussion, the well preserved façade encouraging restoration. The dream of this location for a future philharmonic returned in the press of the 1950s. In 1960, a new concept was introduced, to put a theater room in the Konzerthaus building. Ultimately, the dream of reconstruction and artistic development of this place began in 1963, when a tender for demolition was announced. Immediately there was a parking lot created in this square.

In the meantime the ministry established the State Philharmonic in Szczecin. Musicians and administrators settled down, and as it later turned out, not at all temporarily in the left wing of the National City Council (today the City Hall building). At the new place and under the watchful eye of the city authorities, those who were in charge of the artistic development of the institution were: Józef Wilkomirski (1955-1971), Stefan Marczyk (1971-1990), Jarosław Lipke (1990-1994), Józef Radwan (1994-1996), Jerzy Salwarowski (1996-2003), Zygmunt Rychert (2003-2009) and Mykola Diadiura (2009-2012). For more than three decades (1951-1986) the Philharmonic also played under the baton of Walerian Pawłowski.

The list of soloists who guest-starred with the Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra is testament to the institution being a place of resonance of fame for both Polish and foreign artists. These included: Krystian Zimerman, Rafał Blechacz, Emmanuel Ax, Halina Czerny-Stefańska, Lidia Grychtołówna, Witold Małcużyński, Piotr Paleczny, Ewa Pobłocka, Adam Makowicz, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Kaja Danczowska, Bartłomiej Nizioł, Stefania Toczyska, Ewa Podleś, Urszula Kryger, Wiesław Ochman, Andrzej Hiolski, Edward Auer, Zakhar Bron, Eugen Indjic, Kevin Kenner, Natalia Gutman, Maurizio Pollini and Ivan Monighetti. The conductor’s podium has seen such great artists as i.a.: Witold Rowicki, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Antoni Wit, Krzysztof Penderecki, Tomasz Bugaj, Jerzy Katlewicz, Marek Pijarowski, Tadeusz Strugała, Karol Teutsch, Andrzej Markowski, Kazimierz Kord and Jerzy Maksymiuk.

Within a few decades the orchestra had been invited to travel by many excellent musical venues. They have performed at the Warsaw Philharmonic and on stages in Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Bulgaria, as well as in Italy, the Netherlands and France.

In 1995, the Szczecin orchestra took part in the 50th anniversary celebrations of Polish Radio Szczecin, and during the jubilee concert, Janusz Stalmierski's "Symphony of four dreams" was recorded. Four years later, in 1999, the philharmonic musicians celebrated their own anniversary: the 50th anniversary of the Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.

At the beginning of the new millennium the Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra together with the NOSPR orchestra, released a CD entitled "Brahms, Prokofiev - Piano Concertos", which in 2002 was nominated for a Fryderyk Award for album of the year in orchestra music (conductor: Jerzy Salwarowski). In 2005 they played in exceptional circumstances: the Symphony Orchestra together with the Castle Opera Orchestra and the Szczecin choirs performed "Polish Requiem" by Krzysztof Penderecki in the Szczecin Shipyard. The concert itself commemorating the victims of December 1970 was conducted by the composer himself.

In 2012 the position of managing director of the Philharmonic was taken over by Dorota Serwa, who entrusted direction of the orchestra to Michał Dworzyński (2012/2013) and in the following artistic seasons (2013/2014 and 2014/2015) to Ewa Strusińska. From the outset of Dorota Serwa’s tenure as managing director, the topic of the location of the Symphony Orchestra in Malopolska Street returned. It was to be the former location of the Konzerthaus. In this way, history had made a full circle. People returned to the interrupted symphony of history ...

In August 2014, the musicians moved into their very modern architectural premises. The inaugural concert of the first artistic season in the impressive “Sun Hall” was performed by the Symphony Orchestra under the baton of maestro Jacek Kaspszyk on September 5, 2014. This was the first event in the inaugural cycle - ƒorte. ƒortissimo. ƒilharmonia.

2018 will mark 70 years from the founding of the Workers’ Music Association. In continuing the rich musical tradition of Szczecin, the current artistic director of the philharmonic, the Norwegian conductor with the world reputation Rune Bergmann, will introduce music lovers to this year's jubilee year. Today the orchestra is an ensemble consisting of 90 exquisite musicians. One of the advantages of their concerts is undoubtedly the great acoustics of the golden Symphony Hall in Małopolska Street. This architecturally beautiful building, awarded many a time in prestigious architectural competitions, became an impulse to the ensemble for dynamic artistic development. In the 2016/17 artistic season, many well-known artists performed together with the orchestra: i.a. Gábor Boldoczki, Tabea Zimmermann, Christian Tetzlaff, Francesco Tristano, Terence Blanchard and Matthew Herbert. While on the conductor’s podium we have seen such personalities as Jerzy Maksymiuk, Eugene Tzigane, Łukasz Borowicz, José Luis Gomez and Ainārs Rubikis. On the occasion of the 140th anniversary of the Philharmonic Patron’s birthday - Mieczysław Karłowicz, the orchestra recorded and produced, with Bartłomiej Nizioł as soloist, an album which was nominated for a Polish Music Industry “Fryderyk” Award for album of the year in symphonic and concert music.

This is not the end of the story of the orchestra, which in addition to Beethoven’s “Fifth” will go on to play many more symphonies ...

Developed on the basis of archival materials of the Szczecin Philharmonic and the book by Mikołaj Szczęsny "Szczecin Philharmonic Musicians 1948-1998" (Szczecin 1999).
September 2018
01SEPsa, 16:00
International Lutosławski Youth Orchestra - ILYO 2018International Lutoslawski Youth Orchestrakoncert wyjazdowy
06SEPth, 18:00
IV Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2018Oskar Kolbergwernisaż
06SEPth, 19:00
IV Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2018KapelMistrzefilm screening
07SEPfr, 10:00
IV Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2018Przesłuchania zespołów i solistówprzesłuchania
07SEPfr, 19:00
IV Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2018Janosik 21Symphonic concert
07SEPfr, 21:00
IV Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2018Tutejsi. Spotkanie z pieśniąspotkanie
08SEPsa, 10:00
IV Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2018Przesłuchania zespołów i solistówprzesłuchania
08SEPsa, 10:00
IV Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2018Warsztaty muzyki ludowejWorkshops
08SEPsa, 17:00
IV Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2018Turniej Tańca
08SEPsa, 19:00
IV Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2018Gawędaspotkanie
08SEPsa, 20:00
IV Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2018Dom Tańcazabawa taneczna
09SEPsn, 12:00
IV Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2018Kusy JanekTheatrical performance
09SEPsn, 17:00
IV Turniej Muzyków Prawdziwych - TMP 2018Koncert finałowyTraditional concert
10SEPmn, 10:00
MDF Festival 2018Series of DJ workshopsWorkshops
11SEPtu, 17:00
12 SEP, wd, 18:00 - DEBATA: ROK NIEPODLEGŁOŚCI W SZCZECINIEkoncert zewnętrzny
14SEPfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
14SEPfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
14SEPfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
14SEPfr, 19:00
GRANDIOSO 2018/2019Elgar | StraussSymphonic concert
17SEPmn, 19:00
Alentejo Cantado (Portugalia)Traditional concert
18SEPtu, 10:00
MDF Festival 2018Series of DJ workshopsWorkshops
19SEPwd, 18:00
19SEPwd, 18:00
19SEPwd, 18:00
MDF Festival 2018Exhibition – Apparatjikexhibition
19SEPwd, 18:00
19SEPwd, 18:00
20SEPth, 19:00
TODAY21 SEPfr, 19:00
TODAY21 SEPfr, 21:00
MDF Festival 2018Beardymanconcert
TOMORROW22 SEPsa, 10:00
TOMORROW22 SEPsa, 11:00
TOMORROW22 SEPsa, 16:00
MDF Festival 2018Navigator - musical logos of the cityscapeconcertod 6. roku życia z opiekunami
TOMORROW22 SEPsa, 18:00
MDF Festival 2018Navigator - musical logos of the cityscapeconcertod 6. roku życia z opiekunami
TOMORROW22 SEPsa, 22:00
MDF Festival 2018Afterpartydancing party
23SEPsn, 17:00
Salonik wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami FilharmoniiWorkshops for children aged 3–6 years, without the participation of carers
23SEPsn, 19:00
MDF Festival 2018BUIKA | Apparatjik | Dimensions of Music FormSymphonic concert
26SEPwd, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje 2018/2019DoNuta taktuje - Na razChamber Concert
26SEPwd, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje 2018/2019DoNuta taktuje - Na razChamber Concert
26SEPwd, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje 2018/2019DoNuta taktuje - Na razChamber Concert
26SEPwd, 19:00
MISTERIOSO 2018/2019TchaikovskyChamber Concert
27SEPth, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje 2018/2019DoNuta taktuje - Na razChamber Concert
27SEPth, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje 2018/2019DoNuta taktuje - Na razChamber Concert
27SEPth, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje 2018/2019DoNuta taktuje - Na razChamber Concert
27 SEP, th, 20:00 - MEISINGER MUSIC FESTIVAL: MARIZAkoncert zewnętrzny
28SEPfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
28SEPfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
28SEPfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
28SEPfr, 19:00
Meisinger Music FestivalSymphonic concert
29SEPsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
29SEPsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
29SEPsa, 12:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
30 SEP, sn, 20:00 - MEISINGER MUSIC FESTIVAL: L`ARPEGGIATA, CHRISTINA PLUHARkoncert zewnętrzny
October 2018
02OCTtu, 19:00
RUBATO 2018/2019A filettaTraditional concert
03OCTwd, 19:00
MISTERIOSO 2018/2019Roman Padlewski artist - hero Chamber Concert
05OCTfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
05OCTfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
05OCTfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
05OCTfr, 19:00
PIANOFORTE 2018/2019Lemba | SzymanowskiSymphonic concert
06OCTsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
06OCTsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
06OCTsa, 12:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
07OCTsn, 17:00
Salonik wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami FilharmoniiWorkshops for children aged 3–6 years, without the participation of carers
07OCTsn, 19:00
BRILLANTE 2018/2019Monika Borzym – I am Spaceconcert
08OCTmn, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje 2018/2019DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concert
08OCTmn, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje 2018/2019DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concert
08OCTmn, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje 2018/2019DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concert
09OCTtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje 2018/2019DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concert
09OCTtu, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje 2018/2019DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concert
09OCTtu, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje 2018/2019DoNuta taktuje - Na dwaChamber Concert
10OCTwd, 19:00
12OCTfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
12OCTfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
12OCTfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
12OCTfr, 19:00
PIANOFORTE 2018/2019Ravel | de Falla | LutosławskiSymphonic concert
13OCTsa, 12:00
Salonik wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami FilharmoniiWorkshops for children aged 3–6 years, without the participation of carers
15OCTmn, 19:00
ESPRESSIVO 2018/2019Vein Trio & Norbotten Big BandJazz concert
19OCTfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
19OCTfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
19OCTfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
19OCTfr, 19:00
21OCTsn, 17:00
Koncerty rodzinne 2018/2018Góra-dół – być jak Karłowiczspektakl muzyczny / premiera audiobookafor children aged 6+ with guardians
21OCTsn, 17:00
Salonik wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami FilharmoniiWorkshops for children aged 3–6 years, without the participation of carers
22OCTmn, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje 2018/2019DoNuta taktuje - Na razChamber Concert
22OCTmn, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje 2018/2019DoNuta taktuje - Na razChamber Concert
22OCTmn, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje 2018/2019DoNuta taktuje - Na razChamber Concert
23OCTtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje 2018/2019DoNuta taktuje - W trasieChamber Concert
23OCTtu, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje 2018/2019DoNuta taktuje - W trasieChamber Concert
24OCTwd, 19:00
MISTERIOSO 2018/2019Philharmonics play chamber | Polish musicChamber Concert
25OCTth, 19:00
Arhythmic Perfection Plan vol. 3Sudnik | Haticoncert
25OCTth, 20:00
Arhythmic Perfection Plan vol. 3Mazzoll | Król | Sroczyński concert
25OCTth, 21:00
Arhythmic Perfection Plan vol. 3Malediwyconcert
26OCTfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
26OCTfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
26OCTfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
26OCTfr, 19:00
SONORO 2018/2019Finals of the ZAIKS composition competitionSymphonic concert
27OCTsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
27OCTsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
27OCTsa, 12:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
27OCTsa, 19:00
SOUNDLAB 2018/2019Andy Stott | LAB_1: El-deconstructionelectronic music concert
29OCTmn, 10:00
Orkiestra na językachSchool concert
29OCTmn, 12:00
Orkiestra na językachSchool concert
30OCTtu, 19:00
INTERMEZZO 2018/2019Szczecin Artists | Tomasz JoczChamber Concert
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