Szczecin Opens New Philharmonic

Szczecin Shines

Szczecin Shines

Szczecin can boast a new cultural landmark on its map. The new philharmonic orchestra building, designed by Spanish architects Fabrizio Barozzi and Alberto Veiga, was recently opened. During the inaugural concert, the orchestra played “Fanfare”, a piece by Krzysztof Penderecki, specially composed for the occasion; “In principio” by Marek Jasiński; a native of Szczecin; “Returning waves” by Mieczysław Karłowicz, a 19th century Polish composer, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. President of Poland Bronisław Komorowski and the architects of the building were in attendance at the opening concert. President Komorowski arrived in Szczecin straight from the NATO Summit in Wales. He said that the new philharmonic orchestra is a symbol of Polish freedom and independence. “We know how to use favourable conditions, such as peace, freedom and our membership in the EU, to create great and beautiful things which will serve the lofty goals of the local community,” the President added. The modern white building of the new philharmonic orchestra was inspired by medieval architecture. It replaces the old concert house, which was the musical centre of pre-war Szczecin. The new philharmonic orchestra has two concert halls, which can seat 1,200 people in total. The construction of the building took a little over three years and cost PLN 120m, of which PLN 40m has been provided by the EU. and

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