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).
March 2019
01MARfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
01MARfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
01MARfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
01MARfr, 19:00
PIANOFORTE 2018/2019Beethoven's foursSymphonic concert
02 MAR, sa, 18:00 - GRUPA MoCarta I PRZYJACIELEkoncert zewnętrzny
02 MAR, sa, 20:30 - GRUPA MoCarta I PRZYJACIELEkoncert zewnętrzny
03 MAR, sn, 16:00 - MUZYKA ZESPOŁU QUEEN SYMFONICZNIEkoncert zewnętrzny
03 MAR, sn, 19:30 - MUZYKA ZESPOŁU QUEEN SYMFONICZNIEkoncert zewnętrzny
04MARmn, 19:00
ESPRESSIVO 2018/2019Kaczmarczyk Trio | Vars & Kaper DeconstructionJazz concert
05MARtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
05MARtu, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
05MARtu, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
05MARtu, 19:00
RUBATO 2018/2019Robert Bisha & Albanian Iso-Polyphonic ChoirTraditional concert
06MARwd, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
06MARwd, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
06MARwd, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na razChamber Concertdla przedszkoli
07MARth, 19:00
SOUNDLAB 2018/2019Stravinsky | Lab 6: El-recompositioSymphonic concert
08MARfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
08MARfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
08MARfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
08MARfr, 19:00
VIRTUOSO 2018/2019Bashmet I Schnittke I RachmaninoffSymphonic concert
09MARsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
09MARsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
09MARsa, 12:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
10MARsn, 17:00
Czy jedzie z nami Mozart?Family concertfor children aged 6+ with guardians
10MARsn, 17:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami FilharmoniiWorkshops for children aged 3–6 years, without the participation of carers
11 MAR, mn, 19:00 - MICHAŁ BAJOR - OD KOFTY... DO KORCZAkoncert zewnętrzny
12MARtu, 10:00
Droga do Oza School concert dla klas IV-VIII
12MARtu, 12:00
Droga do Oza School concert dla klas IV-VIII
12 MAR, tu, 19:00 - SŁAWEK UNIATOWSKI - "METAMORPHOSIS"koncert zewnętrzny
13MARwd, 19:00
PIANOFORTE 2018/2019Competition Laureates | Dmitry Masleevrecital
14MARth, 19:00
15MARfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
15MARfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
15MARfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
15MARfr, 19:00
DECISO 2018/2019Staatskapelle Weimar | KarabitsSymphonic concert
16MARsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
16MARsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
16MARsa, 12:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
16 MAR, sa, 17:00 - SZCZECIN JAZZ 2019 MAJKA JEŻOWSKA & SZCZECIN JAZZkoncert zewnętrzny
16 MAR, sa, 19:00 - SZCZECIN JAZZ 2019 MAJKA JEŻOWSKA & SZCZECIN JAZZkoncert zewnętrzny
17MARsn, 19:00
BRILLANTE 2018/2019Anna Jurksztowicz | Krzesimir Dębskiconcert
18 MAR, mn, 20:00 - SZCZECIN JAZZ 2019 KENNY GARRETTkoncert zewnętrzny
19MARtu, 19:00
20 MAR, wd, 19:00 - 10 TENOROWkoncert zewnętrzny
21MARth, 10:00
akcja społeczna Słyszę Dobre DźwiękiGra o tongra edukacyjnadla klas V-VI szkół podstawowych
22MARfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
22MARfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
22MARfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
22MARfr, 19:00
VIRTUOSO 2018/2019 | Preludium Talentów Waarts plays ProkofievSymphonic concert
23 MAR, sa, 17:00 - SYMPHONICAkoncert zewnętrzny
23 MAR, sa, 20:00 - SYMPHONICAkoncert zewnętrzny
24 MAR, sn, 16:30 - NIEMEN INACZEJkoncert zewnętrzny
24 MAR, sn, 20:00 - NIEMEN INACZEJkoncert zewnętrzny
25MARmn, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
25MARmn, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
25MARmn, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
TODAY26 MARtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
TODAY26 MARtu, 10:30
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
TODAY26 MARtu, 12:00
DoNuta taktuje – Na dwaChamber Concertdla klas I-III
26 MAR, tu, 20:00 - SZCZECIN JAZZ 2019 SZCZECIN DAYkoncert zewnętrzny
27 MAR, wd, 19:00 - ŻYCIE JEST PIOSENKĄ - JACEK CYGAN I GOŚCIEkoncert zewnętrzny
29MARfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
29MARfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
29MARfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
29MARfr, 19:00
GRANDIOSO 2018/2019Mahler 2Symphonic concert
30 MAR, sa, 18:00 - STARE DOBRE MAŁŻEŃSTWOkoncert zewnętrzny
31MARsn, 19:00
MISTERIOSO 2018/2019Buxtehude | Membra Jesu Nostri koncert muzyki dawnej
April 2019
01APRmn, 10:00
Droga do Oza School concert dla klas IV-VIII
01APRmn, 12:00
Droga do Oza School concert dla klas IV-VIII
02APRtu, 19:00
INTERMEZZO 2018/2019Straight from Szczecin | Michał FrancuzChamber Concert
04APRth, 19:00
SOUNDLAB 2018/2019Shiva Feshareki | Lab 7: El-vinylelectronic music concert
05APRfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
05APRfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
05APRfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
05APRfr, 19:00
SONORO 2018/2019Mozart | Haydn Symphonic concert
07APRsn, 17:00
Czy mnie jeszcze pamiętasz? Seniorita w FilharmoniiFamily concertfor children aged 6+ with guardians
07APRsn, 17:00
Salonik Wiolinowy, czyli dziecko pod skrzydłami FilharmoniiWorkshops for children aged 3–6 years, without the participation of carers
09APRtu, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – W trasiekoncert wyjazdowydla przedszkoli
09APRtu, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje – W trasiekoncert wyjazdowydla przedszkoli
09APRtu, 19:00
RUBATO 2018/2019Alentejo Cantado (Portugalia)Traditional concert
10APRwd, 09:00
DoNuta taktuje – W trasiekoncert wyjazdowydla przedszkoli
10APRwd, 11:00
DoNuta taktuje – W trasiekoncert wyjazdowydla przedszkoli
12APRfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
12APRfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
12APRfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
12APRfr, 19:00
SONORO 2018/2019Walewska | Songs by KarłowiczSymphonic concert
13APRsa, 09:00
Raniutto - LegatoWorkshops dla dzieci do 2. roku życia
13APRsa, 10:30
Raniutto - PortatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 2. do 4. roku życia
13APRsa, 12:00
Raniutto - StaccatoWorkshops dla dzieci w wieku od 4. do 6. roku życia
13APRsa, 19:00
ENERGICO 2018/2019Mitch & Mitch | ENERGICOconcert
17APRwd, 19:00
PIANOFORTE 2018/2019Competition Laureates | Boris Giltburgrecital
24APRwd, 19:00
26APRfr, 13:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
26APRfr, 14:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmonii w języku angielskimsight-seeing the Philharmonic
26APRfr, 15:00
Zwiedzanie Filharmoniisight-seeing the Philharmonic
26APRfr, 19:00
SONORO 2018/2019Sibelius | Lutosławski | CzajkowskiSymphonic concert
28APRsn, 19:00
BRILLANTE 2018/2019Grażyna Auguścik | Jazz | Orchestraconcert
30APRtu, 19:00
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