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Chopin Concerts at Royal Łazienki
14 May 2017 (Sunday) - 24 September 2017, 12:00 noon
Muzeum Łazienki Królewskie, ul. Agrykoli 1 (Pomnik Fryderyka Chopina) (map)
free admission

Organisers invite to the 58th season of the Chopin Concerts at the Royal Łazienki. Recitals by the Fryderyk Chopin Monument take place each Sunday at 12 noon and 4 pm, from the 14th of May until the 24th of September 2017.

Prominent artists, laureates of numerous piano competitions and of rich artistic experience perform by the Fryderyk Chopin Monument.

The recitals, which are organised by the Royal Łazienki in collaboration with the Stołeczna Estrada and the Fryderyk Chopin Society, are incredibly popular, among both tourists and Warsaw residents. Each year, 80 thousand listeners participate in the concerts, while pianists consider giving these performances an honour.

For the first time concerts were organised in 1959, soon after the reconstruction of the monument of prominent Polish composer. Since then, concerts have taken part ceaselessly, being a part of a cultural calendar of the capital.

The composer's monument

The statue itself had a turbulent story. The idea of setting up the monument was conceived in1889, on the 40th anniversary of composer's death. However, Poland was partitioned then and the Russian authorities effectively blocked the initiative. Only ten years later Warsaw artistic circle managed to organise a competition for a design of the monument. International jury acclaimed the innovative work by prominent Polish sculptor Wacław Szymanowski the most interesting. This decision evoked numerous protests and discussions, but finally on the 14th of November 1926 the statue was officially unveiled, being a monumental vision of the inspired Chopin seated beneath a broken willow tree.

In 1939, when Warsaw was under the Nazi occupation, playing music of Chopin was banned and the monument was blown up in 1940. After the end of the war, the head of the Chopin statue was found in the ruins of the Coach Factory in Wrocław and the Szymanowski's work was reconstructed based on the survived plaster model. In 1958, the Fryderyk Chopin statue was installed on its former site. A year later, his music emanated from this place.

Source: Organiser