Serenades of Lubomirski. Lubomirski Festival

Thursday 02.11.2023 / 19:00

S.Lyudkevych Concert Hall



He gave his country the talents of geniuses, the future of twentieth-century Polish music: Artur Rubinstein, Karol Szymanowski, Mieczysław Karłowicz. This was the contribution of the philanthropist Władysław Lubomirski, to whom the festival is dedicated.

History ruthlessly forgets the names of those who contributed to the formation of both individual artists and entire schools. For a long time, the support of the aristocrat Lyubomyrsky was not mentioned because it contradicted Soviet views. Now we have the opportunity to restore historical justice and return the name of Prince Lubomirski to the list of the most prominent figures in Poland, and to thank him for discovering the talents of world-famous composers.

Traditionally, Lubomirski Festival takes place in autumn in concert halls in Poland and Ukraine. This year, the Lubomirski Festival will feature three concerts at the Lviv National Philharmonic, which will not only bring together music by composers supported by the festival patron, but also open the curtain on the life of the patron himself.


The first event of the festival will immerse you in the mood of exquisite musical evenings of the Lubomirski family, with serenades for string orchestra. As you know, music has always accompanied the Lubomirski, and Prince Władysław himself also played music and even composed his own works. He was very interested in the music of his contemporaries, so it is likely that he was also familiar with the works of Edward Elgar and Antonin Dvořák, whose serenades for strings will be performed along with the serenade of the composer whom the world knows thanks to the support of Władysław Lubomirski.

The concert will start with one of the best classical instrumental serenades – Serenade Op. 20 by the English composer Edward Elgar, which has become not only a landmark work in the composer’s oeuvre, but also one of the gems of British music. Researchers argue that Edward Elgar was also inspired by the Orchestral Serenade to create this romantic, enchanting music.

The concert will conclude with a serenade by the Polish composer Mieczysław Karłowicz, who, despite his short life, managed to write key works for Polish music on the brink of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His Serenade is also a song of the night, but this music is so sublime that it seems to be pierced by the rays of the first morning light.



  • Academic Chamber Orchestra “Lviv Virtuosos”
  • Taras Verhun, conductor



  • Edward Elgar. “Serenade for Strings in E minor, op. 20
  • Antonin Dvořák. “Serenade for Strings” in E major, op. 22
  • Mieczysław Karłowicz. “Serenade for Strings” in C major, Op. 2