Choral Music Concert Filharmonia Narodowa

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Choral Music Concert
Bartosz Michałowski, photo: Weronika Kosińska

The requiem is an exceptional musical genre, almost every example of which is linked to the mourning of a particular individual or collectivity. Initially the name requiem meant a setting of the texts of the funeral mass, strictly defined by liturgical books. Over time, the genre became more independent, thanks to composers who chose the words of the cycle with increasing freedom. For many years, the reason behind the composing of the moving Requiem by Herbert Howells, one of the leading representatives of twentieth-century English choral music, was believed to have been the painful loss of his son. However, archive research has shown that this composition was written a few years earlier. Only later did the work acquire an overwhelmingly personal significance for the composer, who waited almost 40 years before publishing it. Howells’s Requiem will be performed by the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir, conducted by its director, Bartosz Michałowski, in an exceptional concert of sacred choral music from different parts of twentieth-century Europe related largely to the theme of passing. The programme will conclude with the Missa brevis by the Swedish composer Sven-David Sandström, who died a few years ago and would have turned 80 this year.

Bartłomiej Gembicki



Wojciech Rasiak

Born on 15 October 1993. Began his music education in 2000 in Jerzy Kurczewski Poznań Choir School, since 2004 he has been a member of the choir and a soloist of Poznań Boys’ Choir, with which he went on a numerous concert tours across Bolivia, Japan, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Czech Republic. In 2012, he enrolled in Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań at the Department of Vocals and Acting, where he studied under artistic supervision of Andrzej Ogórkiewicz, later obtaining bachelor’s degree with a ‘very good’ grade and master’s degree with honours.

Wojciech Rasiak received prizes in both national and international competitions: in 2014 was awarded 3rd place at the Iuventus Canti – Imrich Godin International Vocal Competition in Vrablé and was also given honorable mention at the 1st Polish National Vocal Competition in Drezdenko, in 2016 – 3rd place at the 1st International Solo Vocal Sacred Music Competition “Ars et gloria”, in 2017 – 1st place at the Polish National Vocal Competition “Vocal populi” in Jelenia Góra.

In October 2014, Wojciech Rasiak made his debut in Grand Theatre in Poznań, performing role of Jean Maugier in Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern’s Comedy of the Dumb Wife, he also sang the part of Figaro in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Medico in Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth. He is continuously engaged with Poznań Philharmonic and Opole Philharmonic, where he performed Jesus part from Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. John’s Passion. Since September 2016, he is a member of Opera Academy by the Grand Theatre in Warsaw, where he perfects his vocal technique under supervision of Eytan Pessen, Izabela Kłosińska, Matthias Rexroth, Neil Shicoff and Olga Pasiecznik. In 2018–2020 Wojciech Rasiak was a member of the International Opera Studio IOS in Zurich and during that affiliation he performed on the main stage of Opernhaus Zürich performing roles of Basilio in Gioacchino Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia and Medico in Verdi’s Macbeth. He took part in the masterclasses of Matjaž Robavs, Piotr Miciński, Helena Zubanovich, Eva Blahová, Hedwig Fassbender.