For couple of years, together with my friends gathered under the aegis of o.to.ja foundation we have been organising concerts such as Haendel’s Messiah and Bach’s St. John’s and St. Matthew’s Passion to celebrate those specific periods of preparation: Advents and Lents.
Because we believe
1) that pieces of music serve not (only) as exhibits in the museum – they might inspire even better, if played in a certain moment of the year,
2) people not accustomed to listening to the classical music could be more encouraged to attend concerts not particularly played in big, prestigious concert halls,
3) an innovative way of funding a cultural event can activate the potential audience and in a long-term perspective can build tight relations between the artists and their audience.
4) introducing and maintaining certain regularity in organising such concerts can create a demand for more classical music in the public sphere – which is and should be one of most important aims for every classical artist aware of the decrease in this area.
We fight the best we can, this time by organising Bach’s St. John’s Passion in Warsaw, using only crowdfunding way of sponsorship. We have to collect the whole sum, only than we’ll be able to perform.
So do not hesitate to check out how are we doing on bit.ly/pasja17 (it’s in polish but easily translatable).
If you’d like to help us, please contact me, I’d be glad to guide you!