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9th December 2013
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Actus Humanus Festival

December 9-15

Gdańsk, various locations

The biggest names in early music will visit Gdańsk for the third time for the Actus Humanus festival. Early music, according to “The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians,” includes “any music for which a historically appropriate style of performance must be reconstructed on the basis of surviving scores, treatises, instruments and other contemporary evidence,” which usually means any music that was composed between 500-1760 (the end of the baroque era). 

Actus Humanum
Courtesy of Actus Humanum Festival

The festival’s intention is to present musical pieces with a Christmas theme performed and interpreted by the biggest names of the genre. This year’s edition includes: Italian and German Christmas masterpieces interpreted by Maria Cristina Kiehr and Concerto Soave, medieval Franco-Flemish songs performed by Marcel Peres and Ensemble Organum, Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Renaissance and Baroque carols interpreted by Huelgas Ensemble.

Organizers have planned seven concerts for seven straight days in some of the most appropriate venues for this genre of music – two 15th century churches and the 14th century Artus Court, a former home of the Brotherhood of St. George and a meeting place for nobles and a seat of courts.

Jacek Ciesnowski

Ticket prices vary depending on the concert


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