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.

24 February, 3 and 10 March 2017 – Four hands concert

Music by Maurice Ravel is like an amazing travel to the child’s imagination. Ideas for single parts of the Suite “Mother goose” are said to be inspired by an old collection of fairy tales. Actually, during upcoming Concert Under the Stars, artists from the Ravel Piano Duo will take us to the magic land, where Sleeping Beauty and Little Tom Thumb still have their adventures. The transcriptions of Johann Sebastian Bach works written by a Hungarian composer György Kurtága and the “Sonatina for piano for 4 hands” by Roman Palester (composition meant to be performed at secret concerts during the occupation period) would awake us and bring to reality.

Johann Sebastian Bach /György Kurtág – transcriptions:
„Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit” BWV 106
„Aus tiefer Not schrei’ ich zu dir” BWV 687
„O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig” BWV DEEST
„Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Ehr” BWV 711

Maurice Ravel - Suite „Ma mére l’oye” (Mother Goose)
I Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant (Sleeping Beauty)
II Petit Poucet (Little Tom Thumb)
III Laideronette - Impératrice des Pagodes (Little Ugly Girl, Empress of the Pagodas)
IV Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête (Conversations of Beauty and the Beast)
V Le jardin féerique (The Fairy Garden)

Roman Palester – Sonatina for piano for 4 hands
I Allegro giusto
II Andante con moto e molto espressivo
III Allegro vivace

RAVEL PIANO DUO - Agnieszka Kozło & Katarzyna Ewa Sokołowska
The Ravel Piano Duo is one of Poland’s leading piano duos. Its members studied under the supervision of Professor Maja Nosowska at the Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw. They developed their skills at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Rostock, Germany, as postgraduate students of the duo Hans-Peter Stenzl and Volker Stenzl, gaining a diploma with the highest honours (2005). They have also worked under the guidance of such outstanding musicians as Jan Ekier, Alexander Tamir, Bracha Eden, Berndt Goetzke, Leonard Hokanson, Tomasz Herbut, and members of the Camerata Quartet.
The Ravel Piano Duo has received awards at numer­ous competitions, including the International Piano Competition in Marcopoulo, Greece (Third Prize, the first two prizes were not awarded), the 11th International Franz Schubert Competition in Jesenik, the Czech Republic (First Prize and a special award for the best performance of a work by Schubert) and the Valentino Bucchi International Competition of 20th and 21st‑Cen­tury Music in Rome (Second Prize).
The duo has developed a fine concert career, appearing across Poland and in most European coun­tries. It has a vast repertoire which includes composi­tions both for four hands and for two pianos, from the Baroque period to the present. A special interest in French music resulted in a CD featuring works by Fauré, Debussy, Ravel and Poulenc. The duo also participated in the recording of a CD with Brahms’s works for cham­ber choir and piano duo (the Fryderyk Prize of the Pol­ish recording industry, 2005) and of a CD with Paweł Łukaszewski’s Symphony No.2 (2012). Recently released CD A Polish Kaleidoscope with four- hands Polish music was awarded with prestigious Prize Fryderyk 2016.
The Ravel Piano Duo has held grants from the Min­ister of Culture and National Heritage and the Zonta International Foundation.
Agnieszka Kozło and Katarzyna Ewa Sokołowska also pursue a teaching career as faculty members of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, the State Fryderyk Chopin School of Music in Warsaw and numerous music courses.
Both artists has been awarded the Doctor of Art degree in 2011.

17, 24 and 31 March 2017 – Operations on a set of notes

“Operations on a set of notes” is a sophisticated combination of music and maths, of which the latter has been used by artists for hundreds of years. One famous example is Musikalisches Würfelspiel, a game created by Mozart, which allowed to compose music with the use of dice rolls.

During the concert under the stars we will explore maths both in music and in visualisations. On the dome of the Heavens of Copernicus we will display images created by Lech Nowicki, who works using his unique method of inequality visualisation. Another mathematical curiosity will be 3D fractals combined into mysterious, monumental structures. Finally, of course, we will take the audience in the Planetarium on a live journey into space.

The concert will be performed by Jakub Sokołowski, who is also the author of the repertoire in which mathematics plays the key role. The programme includes:
* Pierre Boulez, 12 Notations — a piece using the serial technique; it consists of 12 miniatures combining 12-measure and 12-note series.
* Szábolcs Esztényi, Enigma — a piece created live, in which music has its tonal centre around which new centres appear based on the mathematical key.
* Johann Sebastian Bach, Kunst Der Fuge, Contrapunctus I — a single-subject fugue based on symmetrical movement of voices in parallel harmony and inversion.
* Béla Bartók, Mikrokosmos I — an educational piece for children and teenagers that illustrates tonal and atonal symmetry.
* Morton Feldman, Piano piece 1952 — a miniature based on abstract reception of sounds, which is contrasted with the sense of symmetry.

Kuba Sokołowski – a pianist, graduated from the class of Professor Elżbieta Tarnawska at The Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Since 2009 he has performed with his own group Magnolia Acoustic Quartet (MAQ), with which he prepared two concert albums released then by For Tune Records. His major interests consist of contemporary and jazz music. He is the laureate of Polish Television Prize ‘Dolina Kreatywna’ for young talents in the category of music. Together with MAQ he has been awarded 2nd prize during international young jazz groups competition ‘Jazz Juniors’ in Cracow and 1st prize during Europejskie Integracje Muzyczne in Żyrardów (the prize awarded by Włodek Pawlik). MAQ took also part in the finals of International Competition Jazz On The Odra. During his career, Kuba Sokołowski cooperated also with Juliusz Machulski and Kordian Piwowarski. In 2014 he took part in prestigious master course at School for Improvisational Music in New York. Being the only one Pole there, he worked under supervision of such great musicians as Ralph Alessi, Tim Berne and Gerald Cleaver. Currently, he works as a lecturer and an accompanist at The Faculty of Choir Conducting, Music Education, Church Music, Rhythmics and Dance at The Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.


Ticket price: 25 PLN 

Heavens of Copernicus

How to get there

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