Extraordinary Dominican Music Workshop in Krakow

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Gregorian chant? Contemporary polyphony? Add Byzantine choirs and traditional semi-improvised Corsican music, and imagine making all this joyful noise in the heart of the ancient capital of Poland, beautiful Kraków. The friars from the Dominican Liturgical Center invite you to an international week-long liturgical music workshop held this August, 16-22, at the Kraków priory, titled Extraordinary Music Workshop.

“Being aware that music is a vital element of the liturgy, we care both about its traditions and setting new directions for its organic development”, says Fr. Łukasz Miśko, OP, the Center’s president. He and his team have hosted this iconic event for over a decade now, gathering well over 300 music lovers each time. This year they decided to run a program in English along with the Polish event, addressed to international participants. Every day of the conference the attendees will have a chance to pray Liturgy of the Hours and Mass, hear talks on liturgical theology, and spend hours learning from masters of chant. Our international faculty includes Dominican friars, Fr. Lawrence Lew, OP (London), and Fr. Robert Mehlhart, OP (Munich),

a Ukrainian choir director and cantor Andrii Shkriabiuk (Lviv), a French singer Jean-Étienne Langianni (Corsica), and a Polish composer Paweł Bębenek (Kraków).

This year’s edition, the first ever in English, has a motto: Song of Hope. “It’s happening in the obvious shadow of the Coronavirus pandemic that has left our world shaken”, explains Fr. Łukasz. “We all need hope. As Christians, we believe the strongest source of hope can be found in Jesus Christ, living and active in His Church. There is something uniquely powerful in the universal experience of singing which, when coupled with the Church’s liturgy, allows the body of believers to experience the beauty of Christ’s life even more fully.” You can find all the information regarding this year’s workshop here: https://dlc.foundation/emw

This summer, when Europe is trying to recover from the tragic COVID-19 pandemic, you are invited to sing the song of hope together with hundreds of music lovers gathered in Krakow for Extraordinary Music Workshop 2021 Edition: The Song of Hope.

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