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Symphony Orchestra of the Marcin Józef Żebrowski Music Schools in Częstochowa

fot. Michał Szymczak

The history of the orchestra dates back to the early 1980s. The ensemble, consisting of students from the State General Music School and the State Secondary Music School, has been conducted by Bolesław Ocias, Krzysztof Pośpiech, Zygmunt Nitkiewicz, Tomasz Zwoliński, Paweł Szczepański, Miłosz Kula, and Marcin Mirowski, who currently works with the orchestra.

Each year, the group takes part in artistic events hosted by the school and collaborates with other institutions and organizations. These include concerts by students of the Music School Complex at the Częstochowa Philharmonic, December concerts at the Jasna Góra Basilica as part of Patron’s Days celebrations, symphonic and oratorio concerts dedicated to the memory of Jan, Edward, and Józefina Reszków, and concerts on the International Music Day at the Evangelical Church in Częstochowa. For several years, the orchestra has collaborated with the Film and Television Academy, making a series of recordings. The result of this cooperation is the 2015 recording of music from the film Pirates of the Caribbean conducted by Zygmunt Nitkiewicz, which had over 97 million views on YouTube.

In 2022, the orchestra was invited to participate in the international project “Golden Bridge.” The recording of traditional Jewish melodies arranged for a symphony orchestra was presented during a concert at the Jerusalem Philharmonic, which was part of a conference supporting the youth in war-torn Ukraine. The concert was broadcast to attendants in Warsaw and New York. On 1 June 2023, the orchestras of the Music Schools in Częstochowa and Lublin performed together under the baton of Marcin Mirowski during the “Children for Children” concert at the Lublin Philharmonic. The orchestra has been performing at the La Folle Journée festival in Warsaw since 2013.