The Academic Symphonic Orchestra
The Academic Symphonic Orchestra of the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław is made up of undergraduate students and first-year second-cycle students. In addition to individual instrument playing classes, the work in the orchestra is one of the major areas of education for young instrumentalists. The substantive and organisational supervision over the orchestra is exercised by the authorities of the Instrumental Faculty, entrusting the tutelage over the orchestra to selected conductors employed at the Academy of Music in Wrocław. Since its foundation, the orchestra has been run by: doc. Marek Tracz, prof. Stanisław Lech, prof. dr hab. Mieczysław Gawroński, dr Wojciech Rodek and prof. dr hab. Alan Urbanek. The orchestra's concerts are supervised not only by conductors affiliated with the Wrocław Academy, but also by guest conductors invited from various Polish and foreign institutions. The renowned conductors cooperating with the orchestra include Gabriel Chmura, Jacek Kaspszyk, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Kurt Masur, Marek Pijarowski and Tadeusz Strugała.
Every year, the Academic Symphonic Orchestra carries out several major projects, presenting great vocal-and-instrumental and instrumental pieces on various music stages in Wrocław. Since 2002 the orchestra has been cooperating with the University of Wrocław, performing at university celebrations and during major events of the Wrocław academic community, such as the Science Day. With its performances, the orchestra also lends distinction to honoris causa doctorate award ceremonies at Wrocław's higher education institutions and to music festivals. In addition to Wrocław’s artists, quite many of them affiliated with the Academy of Music, the following guest artists have performed with the orchestra: Józef Frakstein, Wiesław Ochman, Jadwiga Rappé, Krzysztof Szmyt, Stefania Toczyska, Adam Makowicz and Philippe Giusiano. The extensive accomplishments of the orchestra include the major music masterpieces of the world, including Symphony No. 5 in C-minor and Symphony No. 9 in D-minor by Ludwig van Beethoven, The Creation by Joseph Haydn, Requiem by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Symphony in C-minor by Johannes Brahms, The Bells by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Carmina burana by Carl Orff, and works by Polish composers: Stabat Mater by Karol Szymanowski, Missa pro Pace by Wojciech Kilar and Nieszpory ludźmierskie (The Ludźmierz Vespers) by Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicz. The Academic Symphonic Orchestra is not only the largest music group of the Academy, but also serves as its show-piece. The orchestra is gaining an ever-growing, dedicated audience, and its wide-ranging artistic activities are putting it on a prominent place on Wrocław's music scene.