The City Council of Katowice has decided that the square situated in the junction of Roździeńskiego Av. and Olimpijska St. will be named after Wojciech Kilar. The square was officially opened on Friday.
It was built as the integral part of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra’s new venue and is located in front of the building’s main entrance. Wojciech Kilar, an esteemed Polish composer and pianist, died on 29th of December 2013 in Katowice. Kilar was born in Lvov (a former Polish city now in Ukraine), however he made Katowice his hometown. The composer wrote music for many films, including Roman Polanski’s Oscar-winning The Pianist and Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula. He graduated from the State Music Academy in Katowice (present-day the Academy of Music in Katowice) with top honors.
On Friday, the square was named in honor of the composer. The orchestra played Kilar’s masterpiece „Krzesany”, a symphonic poem, inspired by highlander music of the Tatra mountains.
„From now on, the official address of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra’s seat is 1 Wojciecha Kilara Sq.” – Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa, director of PNRSO, said during the ceremony.
In the upcoming 2014/2015 season, the PRNSO will be celebrating the opening of its new venue. The inauguration was scheduled for 1st of October 2014.