Ladies and Gentlemen
It is with great joy that I invite you to the 4th Actus Humanus Festival, whose overarching idea is to introduce you to early music, including works associated with Christmas and interpreted by leading period performers from all around the world. The event’s carefully selected repertoire and the unquestioned authorities among the invited musicians have helped turn the City of Gdańsk into one of the focal points on the map of cultural events involving early music.
Actus Humanus has been steadily expanding its scope and has consolidated into one of the most important festivals of period performance. Within the first three years of its history, the city of Hevelius has hosted such eminent personalities, as Jordi Savall, Ottavio Dantone, Fabio Biondi, Pierre Hantaï, Pedro Memelsdorff, Antonio Florio, Federico Maria Sardelli, Dominique Visse, Claudio Cavina, Patrizia Bovi, Pino de Vittorio, María Cristina Kiehr, Marcel Pérès, Paul van Nevel, Sonia Prina, Roberta Invernizzi, Alan Curtis, as well as the world’s most famous ensembles: Le Concert des Nations, Europa Galante, I Turchini, Modo Antiquo, Ensemble Clément Janequin, La Venexiana, Ensemble Micrologus, Akadêmia, Mala Punica, Concerto Soave, Ensemble Organum, Fretwork, Huelgas Ensemble and Il Complesso Barocco.
This year, this line-up will be joined by new greats: Christina Pluhar with her L’Arpeggiata in a wonderful programme featuring Claudio Monteverdi, the sophisticated Le Poème Harmonique under Vincente Dumestre, the precise and focused Vox Luminis with Lionel Meunier, the impeccable Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca promising a repertoire of folias, the venerable Hilliard Ensemble in a farewell concert of Renaissance Christmas music, Rinaldo Alessandrini with J.S. Bach and for the finale – on their debut in Poland – the Il Pomo d’Oro under Riccardo Minasi and with Max Emanuel Cencic will bring a tour de force programme of Venetian Baroque arias to Gdańsk.
We are proud to see how the Actus Humanus Festival has put the city of Hevelius at the centre of attention of early music enthusiasts as Gdańsk has joined the prestigious elite of European capitals of early music. We hope you will be part of this fantastic event and I personally invite you all to come to Gdańsk.