Starry Night Concerts

The Heavens of Copernicus Planetarium is proud to invite both music and astronomy enthusiasts for our magnificent "Starry Night Concerts". Every Friday at 19.00 we’re holding a classical music concert, enhanced with visualisations on the planetarium dome.

You’ll have a chance to listen to music pieces by F. Chopin, J. S. Bach, L. van Beethoven, performed by Maria Gabryś, Monika Quinn, Ryszard Alzin, Jakub Sokołowski and Rafał Grząka.

23 and 30 December, 6 January – New Year’s concert

The last days of December and January’s first days are calendar closure and opening of the new year at once. During those cold days brightened by Venus – known as a first star in the winter sky - we want to invite you for contemplation of skies accompanied with a music. We will hear compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Aleksander Arutunian and Leonard Cohen arranged by Tomasz Wozniak (trumpet, flugelhorn) and Aldona Nawrocka (piano). Concert will be opened by her “Preludes de lumiere”, created especially for this unusual occasion.

ALDONA NAWROCKA – a composer, a pianist, a pedagogue and Doctor of Arts. After graduation from The Frederic Chopin University of Music she became an assistant professor there. She’s been a scholarship programme participant at Musik Hochschule in Lucerne, Switzerland and the laureate of numerous prizes. Her pieces have been presented during many music festivals, both in Poland and abroad, e.g. in Switzerland, Spain, Germany, France and Latvia. She performs both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. She composes instrumental and vocal music, as well as electronic one, she arranges music for theatre and TV and is an author of many children songs.

TOMASZ WOŹNIAK – a trumpeter and Doctor of Arts, graduated from The Frederic Chopin University of Music. Thanks to The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage scholarship programme he developed his skills during postgraduate studies in Conservatoire Supérieur in Paris in the class of Guy Touvron. The laureate of numerous competitions, e.g. 1st Prize, Grand Prix and The Ministry of Culture and Arts Special Prize at 1st Polish Trumpeters’ Festival in Kalisz, 1st Prize at YAMAHA Competition for brass instruments in Poznan, Kammermusikpreis at 7th International Competition Klassik- Festival Ruhr 2004 in Marl, Germany and twice semi-finalist of M. André Competition in Paris. He performs both as a soloist and as a chamber musician, playing music of different styles and genres, from Baroque to 21st-century one. In his everyday life he works as a Polish Radio Orchestra member in Warsaw.

13, 20, 27 January and 2 February 2017 – The colors of music, the colors of the Universe

Mistaken is, who think that Frederic Chopin was the only king of mazurkas. Some of his piano pieces are said to come out of romantic music of his times and became inspiration for composers from the end of 19th and the beginnings of 20th century – Juliusz Janotha, Roman Statkowki or Raul Koczalski. Also in music by Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis, Chopin sounds from time to time. The unique thing in Ciurlionis works is its visual aspect – composer was a printer simultaneously, so he tried to connect those both arts. Was he succeed? The moment we hear his preludes or nocturnes we will answer ourselves.

Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis:
Nocturne C-sharp minor VL 183
Prelude D-flat major VL 187 „Pastorale”
Prelude A minor VL 175 „Mirage”
Prelude B minor VL 182

Juliusz Janotha: Mazurka op. 1 no. 1
Roman Statkowski: Mazurka op. 2 no. 1
Raul Koczalski: Mazurka op. 60

Frederic Chopin: Nocturne B-flat minor op. 9 no. 1
Nocturne E-flat major op. 9 no. 2
Nocturne C-sharp minor op. posth.
Waltz D-flat major op. 64 no. 1
Berceuse D-flat major op. 57
Haxameron Var. 6
Prelude D-flat major op. 28 no. 15

Aleksandra Hurkała – has begun to play at the age of 7. She is a graduate of The Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music (class of professor Jarosław Drzewiecki). Artist took part in a piano master workshops with outstanding musicians as Kevin Kenner, Viera Nosina, Aleksandra Zvirblyte, Monika Sikorska-Wojtacha. She is also a laureate of the 2nd prize in the International Piano Competition in Druskininkai (2012) and International Piano Competition in Copenhagen (2014) , 1st prize in the International Master for Music Teachers (Warsaw, 2014), she has been awarded also as a Musical Individuality of the Forum in Sanok (2013) and during Polish Festival of Art (2016). Aleksandra Hurkała’s performances of Sonata op. 1 by Witold Lutosławski and “The Great Sonata” op. 8 by Franciszek Lessel were first performances of those compositions. Musician cooperated with artists from Lvov National Music Academy, from 2013th she has been one of organizers and directors of the cycle “Koncert 5-kultur”.

10 February 2017 – Polish-Japanese Music

Thanks to the Emiko Hasegawa (piano), the next Concert Under the Stars will consist two parts. One of them will show us piano pieces by the most popular Japanese film music composers: Ryuichi Sakamoto – well-known for his outstanding debut in Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence (1983) and Joe Hisaishi, composer of over 100 soundtracks (also anime films, in collaboration with a director Hayao Miyazaki). During the second part, we will hear Frederic Chopin’s piano movements – familiar but always appealing, especially in the context of film music.

In programme:

1. Ryuichi Sakamoto - "Merry Christmas Mr Laurence"
2. F.Chopin - Noktrune cis-moll opus post LENTO CON GRAN ESPRESSIONE
3. Joe Hisaishi - Resphonia
4. F.Chopin - Prelude Des-dur op 28-15
5. Joe Hisaishi - The Twilight Shoe
6. F.Chopin - Waltz a-moll  op 34-2
7. Ryuichi Sakamoto - energy flow
8. F.Chopin - Noktrune Es-dur op 9-2
9. Joe Hisaishi - Green Requiem
10.  F.Chopin - Waltz cis-moll op 64-2
11.  Joe Hisaishi - Tunnel of wind

Emiko Hasegawa – a Japanese pianist and educator; born in 1977 in Nagano (Japan). Thanks to her extraordinary musical talents, Emiko started learning to play the piano at the age of three, under the supervision of Professor Ikuko Nomura. In 2004 Emiko graduated at the College of Music Nagoya in the piano class taught by Professor Irina Zaritzka and Professor Keiko Hirose. After graduation Emiko worked as an assistant at a college and as a music teacher at YAMAHA. In 2007 Emiko completed her postgraduate studies at the Frederic Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw under the supervision of Professor Teresa Manasterska. Emiko took part in numerous festivals and concerts around the world. Her musical interests focus around the works of Chopin, Debussy, Bach, and Mozart.


Ticket price: 25 PLN 

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Thursday 9.30–20
Friday 9.30-21.30 
Saturday 10.30–20.30 
Sunday 10.30–19.30 
Monday closed