On 2 December 2018, the atrium of the FOCUS building turned into a classical music concert hall for the “Power of Classics”. This year’s concert began with Gustav Holst’s orchestral suite The Planets, illustrated by animations and photographs of the cosmos projected on a cinema screen, and with fragments of a symphonic poem Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Richard Strauss. Cushman & Wakefield, a global real estate services firm, is the property manager of the FOCUS building.
The musical event “To Hear the Universe” was conducted by Michał Klauza, who was joined by 170 artists of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the University of Warsaw Choir, the Choir of the Warsaw University Physics Faculty, the Tibi Domine Choir and the Choir Team of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. During the concert, the audience set off on a voyage to the edge of the universe with brief stopovers at all the planets of the Solar System. The musical event was attended by well-known astronomy popularisers from Toruń: Jerzy Rafalski and Piotr Majewski, who provided the narrative, whilst Magdalena Miśka-Jackowska told the audience the story behind the music.
The Planets by Gustav Holst is one of the most often played British compositions. The concert lasts around 50 minutes with the accompaniment of a symphonic orchestra and a female choir. It consists of seven self-contained parts: Mars, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, corresponding to the planets’ meaning in astrology.
FOCUS is located at 26 Armii Ludowej Avenue in downtown Warsaw, close to the Łazienkowska Thoroughfare and in the vicinity of the Pole Mokotowskie park. It enjoys easy access to the Pole Mokotowskie metro station, trams and many bus stops. FOCUS offers 32,000 sq m of Class A office space spread across its twelve storeys, and approximately 400 parking spaces on three underground levels. The building was designed by APA Kuryłowicz & Associates.