Spring Meeting 2019

Our member from Poland Michał Szostak writes:

Dear AGO Friends,,

Although we are closer and closer to the cold European Winter, we should think about coming to Poland for the Spring Meeting 2019 during the week after Easter, April 22-27. After a few months of preparation we are able now to show you the outline of an agenda for these days.

The Spring Meeting will be held in Warsaw mainly. You can look for convenient flights to two Warsaw airports: Chopin Airport or Modlin Airport.

Our Meeting will begin, as usual, with the Opening dinner on Easter Monday evening.

Tuesday will be a day when we will visit three church organs in Warsaw: Baroque-style organ in St. Anna's church (Pflüger, 1992, 30/2M+P), universal organ in the Cathedral (Eule, 1987, 60/3M+P) and symphonic organ of the Military Cathedral (Mentzel-Schlag&Söhne-Sauer-Kamińscy, 1729-1882-1905-2005, 52/3M+P). At the end of the day we will visit The Vodka Museum and will be able to taste the best Polish vodkas ever created.

Wednesday will begin with a coach ride to the largest organ in Poland (4th in Europe, 13th in the world) in Licheń (Zych, 157, 6M+P) and afterwards to The Rubinstein Philharmonic in Łódź where we will meet two interesting concert organs: one in Baroque (Wegscheider, 2014, 37/2M+P) and one in symphonic style (Rieger, 2015, 66/4M+P).

Thursday we will visit the instrument in The Warsaw Philharmonic (Schuke, 2001, 71/3M+P) and one of the oldest Polish organs in a beautiful city Kazimierz Dolny (Liliusz, 1620, 35/2M+P) and for dessert, the newly restored organ in the Protestant Church in Warsaw (Schlag und Söhne, 1900, 24/2M+P).

Kazimierz-Dolny

Friday Morning we will spend in the workshop of the largest Polish organ builder Zych in Wołomin and afterwards we will visit one of the first instruments in Poland made in French symphonic style located in All Saints Church in Warsaw (Zych, 2002, 65/3M+P). After lunch we will go to The Jewish Museum 'Polin', where we will be able to see the complex history of the Polish country.

The official agenda of The Spring Meeting will conclude with the Closing dinner on Friday evening, April 26th.

If you will able to stay in Warsaw for Saturday we will see the view from 31st floor of the highest communistic building in the city and attend in the evening a ballet prepared by The Polish National Ballet and Orchestra of The Polish National Opera where the music will be the two Piano Concertos by Frederic Chopin, e minor and f minor.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. My e-mail:

michal.szostak.organy@gmail.com 

All the best to each and every one of you! 

Michał Szostak 

 HOTEL

The selected hotel is the 'Hotel GROMADA Warszawa Centrum' in Warsaw (Warszawa), Poland.
Address: Plac Powstańców Warszawy 2, 00-030 Warszawa, Poland
Phone: +48 22 58 29 900 (24h)
Email: warszawahotel.centrum@gromada.pl
Website: www.gromada.pl/hotel-warszawa-centrum

Special room rates for participants of the 'AGO Spring Meeting 2019' (the currency in Poland is PLN 'Polish Zloty'; 1 EUR = approx. 4,3 PLN):
- Single bedroom 1 person = 300,00 PLN (approx. 69 EUR)
- Double bedroom 2 persons = 340,00 PLN (approx. 79 EUR)
- Twin bedroom 2 persons = 340,00 PLN (approx. 79 EUR)

Full buffet breakfast included. TVA and service included.

Please make your hotel reservation as soon as possible.
After you have made your reservation, write and tell Michał michal.szostak.organy@gmail.com and 
Judy judith.riefel-lindel@outlook.com.

They will then place your name on our "official" Participant's List. The sooner you do this the better, in order to help us and the hotel in our planning.

Room Reservations and Payments to be made prior to January 31st, 2019! by email:

with referenc to the code 'AGO Spring Meeting 2019' which will guarantee the above mentioned rates. Always clearly mention the type of room you want.
- After reservation, the above mentioned rates will show up on the confirmation notice.
- To guarantee the reservation the hotel will send you an email with a pro forma invoice which should be paid by bank transfer or by a credit card by February 10th, 2019.
- Cancellation free of costs is possible until February 10th, 2019.
- Participants wishing to extend their stay from April 19th until May 2nd, 2019, can book the additional nights under the same conditions as mentioned above.
Luggage at departure: For participants who want to spend Saturday, April 27th, 2019 in Warsaw, the hotel will arrange a secured room to hold the luggage after check-out until leaving.

Questions? Please contact: Michał Szostak.