Krakow FMF 2020 – Cinema Chorale

UPADTE (31/1/2020): Added a second concert at 22:00h.


The Krakow Film Music Festival, which will be celebrating its 13th edition from Tuesday, 26th of May to Monday, 1st of June, 2020, unveiled yesterday, Dec 18th, the third concert of this edition: Cinema Chorale, that will be celebrated on Tuesday, 26/05/2020 – 20:00h, at the Stanisław Kostka Church.


Following last year’s successful concert, this new show will open the festival with a performance of film music transcribed for voices and piano, and will be performed by the Pro Musica Mundi Choir led by Wiesław Delimat, with the participation of Aleksander Dębicz (piano, arrangements), Jolanta Kowalska-Pawlikowska (soprano), Filip Presseisen (organ), having the following program:

  • John McCarthy (arr.) – Suo Gân from Empire of the Sun (trad.)
  • Oscar Fogelström – Suite from Aurora
  • Hans Zimmer, Benjamin Wallfisch – Themes from Blade Runner 2049*
  • Howard Shore – Evenstar from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Martin Phipps – Alleluia from Victoria
  • Danny Elfman – Ice Dance from Edward Scissorhands
  • Hildur Guðnadóttir (arr.) – Vichnaya Pamyat from Chernobyl (trad.)
  • Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz – Requiem from 1983
  • Zbigniew Preisner – Do Not Take Another Man’s Wife I from Three Colours: Red
  • Nicholas Britell – Themes from If Beale Street Could Talk*
  • Hans Zimmer – Themes from Interstellar*

*adaptation: Aleksander Dębicz

*Running time: 1 h 10 min (no intermission)


Special guests: Hildur Guðnadóttir, Oscar Fogelström, Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz


In the words of the organization:

Film music transcribed for voices and piano – Cinema Chorale returns with a new formula.

After this year’s inauguration of the cycle devoted entirely to choral music we decided to expand the original idea. The opening evening of the 13 FMF is marked not only by the compositions that were intended to highlight the vocal performance from the get-go, but also by the themes initially created for an instrumental ensemble or with the use of electronic instruments – reimagined and arranged to fit the occasion.

Aleksander Dębicz is an outstanding Polish pianist of the new generation. He was first presented to the festival audience during his very own Cinematic Piano concert in 2016. The composer is actually the one to whom the festival owes the name of the cycle, which since then has been continued yearly at FMF. During the Cinema Chorale concert, Dębicz, together with the choir, is going to present his compositions, inspired by the soundtracks to Blade Runner 2049, If Beale Street Could Talk and Interstellar.

We have created a direct link between the programmes of this concert and the TV Series Gala: the presentation of a moving Ukrainian piece Vichnaya Pamyat, arranged by Hildur Guðnadóttir for the use in the soundtrack of Chernobyl, as well as Martin Phipps’ composition Alleluia, known from the intro to Victoria.

The Church of St Stanislaus Kostka, the interior of which is being used by FMF for the very first time, is a modernist construction from the 1930s located in Dębniki district. During the concert, the venue will resound with renowned vocal pieces from such films as The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers or Edward Scissorhands. We will hear the world premiere of a suite from Aurora arranged especially for FMF by a Swedish composer Oscar Fogelström as well as a traditional Welsh lullaby Suo Gân used in Empire of the Sun. The programme of Cinema Chorale will be complemented with piano improvisations by Aleksander Dębicz.”


Tickets for the show at 20:00h sold out shortly after being available, so on 31/1/20, the organization announced the celebration of a second concert at 22:00h, with tickets with prices between 10-90 PLN (2-21 €), that can be found at the Eventim ticket portal and at InfoKraków Tourist Information Points:


The rest of the main program of the festival will be revealed in the following weeks, with announcements on 20, 23, and 31 December 2019, and 2 and 7 January 2020. SoundTrackFest will keep track of these announcements, and will give you additional information as soon as it is available.


Below is the list of concerts announced so far:


All the information about Krakow FMF:


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