Big Inauguration – Main Stage

BY John Biweekly

The Inauguration of Polish Presidency in the EU was an all‑day musical performance on 1 July, 2011. See the artists of the main stage

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Between 1 July and 31 December 2011, Poland will preside over the works of the Council of the EU. The Cultural Programme of the Inauguration of Presidency, an all‑day musical performance on 1 July, 2011, took place on four stages set up especially for this event, each dedicated to a different music genre. The programme of the Inauguration also comprised of a premiere performance of a 50‑minute piece by Paweł Mykietyn, Symphony No 3, specially composed for the Inauguration of the Polish Presidency of the EU Council.

WARSAW TALKING – main stage

Fireworks, photo Michał Lepecki

Works by Frederic Chopin, Andrzej Kurylewicz, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, Krzysztof Komeda and Wojciech Kilar were performed by distinguished pianists: Janusz Olejniczak, Leszek Możdżer, orchestra: Sinfonia Varsovia, bands: Tomasz Stańko Quintet, Me, Myself and I and violinist Sebastian Karpiel-Bułecka.

Tomasz Stańko, photo Michał Lepecki

Leszek Możdżer, photo Michał Lepecki

Me Myself and I, photo Michał Lepecki

Sinfonia Varsovia, photo Michał Lepecki

American trumpet player Chris Botti performed as a special guest.

Chris Botti, photo Michał Lepecki

In the second part, which aimed at reminding us of the milestones of Polish pop music, we saw performances by Perfekt, Myslovitz, Lech Janerka and Kapela ze Wsi Warszawa.

Kapela ze Wsi Warszawa, photo Michał Lepecki_9.jpg.jpg

Lech Janerka, photo Michał Lepecki

The programme also covered surprising interpretations by the following artists: vocal group Manhattan Transfer, singer Michael Bolton, saxophonist Kenny G. as well as singers Angie Stone and Dolores O’Riordan (The Cranberries).

Angie Stone, photo Michał Lepecki

The evening ended with the third part – a one-hour performance by British trip-hop legend Tricky.

Tricky, photo Michał Lepecki