Organ concerts in the Kazimierz Parish Church Fara
For over 40 years, in July and August evenings, organ concerts have been organised in the Kazimierz Parish Church. The first one was performed in 1972, inspired by Krystyna Pielak, the former director of the Kazimierz Culture Centre and an outstanding organ player, Professor Feliks Rączkowski. The late Rev. Zdzisław Maćkowiak, the then Parson of the Kazimierz Parish gave his support to the event. The tradition of holding the concerts in the Kazimierz Parish Church is linked with the fact that the church boasts the unique organs, dating back to the beginning of the 17th century. The instrument has preserved 35 out of 40 original baroque sounds and has over 1.400 organ pipes, two manuals and one pedal board. All this, additionally accompanied by excellent acoustics and outstanding organ masters, attracts thousands of visitors. The organisers of these events have changed, as well as their names. Until 2013, the Summer Music Evenings were conducted under the artistic supervision of Robert Grudzień, with Małgorzata Walewska as one of the stars. In 2013, the concert cycle was known under the name “Organ evenings”, and it was organised by the Roman-Catholic St. John the Baptist and St. Bartholomew the Apostle Parish and by the Association of Cultural Heritage Preservation – The Kazimierz Parish Church “Fara”.