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Gdansk | "Chopin at the Motława River"

PFBThe Polish Baltic Frédéric Chopin Philharmonic invites you to the next edition of the series of piano recitals "Chopin at the Motława River" which will be held on 12-26 July 2020. The concerts will take place at 8.30 p.m.

Pianists associated with the Tri-City will take part, performing works of our national composer, but also music of different eras and styles. Daniel Ziomko, Mikołaj Sikała, Maciej Gański, Bartosz Wiśniewski, Piotr Pawlak, Igor Torbicki, Patryk Morgaś, Maciej Frączek, Karol Garwoliński, Bartosz Skłodowski, Bogdan Czapiewski, Paweł Rydel, Sławomir Wilk and Natalia Zaleska will present their skills in a chamber repertoire. They will perform works by Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann and composers in the 20th century, including Karol Szymanowski, Sergiusz Bortkiewicz, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Grażyna Bacewicz and Romuald Twardowski.

Recitals in the foyer of the Philharmonic on the Motława will be held in the new sanitary regime. This time the Philharmonic will only receive a maximum of half the audience compared to previous years. The series of concerts, which last year enjoyed a huge turnout, today, despite the new situation in culture, will probably also attract numerous listeners from both the Tri-City and tourists.

Tickets are available online only at https://filharmonia.gda.pl/pl/ 

Miejsca wspólne. Virtual Festival of Polish Contemporary Music

Miejsca wspolneFrom the July 11th to September 2020 we will be able to experience equivalent of musical festival without leaving our homes. The festival is based on the idea of creating a “common place”, in which people will be able to listen to more or less known Polish contemporary composers, learn about the work of Polish composers and discover young Polish performers – all of this connected with the key of topoi, loci communes, common places such as: love, death, nature, ritual dream, labirynth, fairy tales, past and future.

The festival, which will consist of 9 virtual concerts, will be hosted on http://miejscawspolnefestiwal.pl/ for 3 months. The concerts will be created using existing – new and upcoming – pieces of contemporary compositions. Each of them will be accompanied by an original programme essay, touching upon the themes relevant to the selected works, which will help to understand and experience the music more deeply. The programme assumptions are "3x Poland": a cross-sectional view of Polish contemporary music creators – from the classics of the 20th century to the youngest generation of artists; bringing out the work of female composers and only Polish performers – ensembles and soloists specialising in the performance of contemporary music. The event will include Music Criticism Workshops.

Implemented as part of the scholarship program of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage “Kultura w sieci”.

Karolina Dąbek

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed information on the website: http://miejscawspolnefestiwal.pl/ 

Lublin | "Time is Love" – vocal recital by Małgorzata Grzegorzewicz-Rodek

FLA vocal recital by Małgorzata Grzegorzewicz-Rodek from the concert cycle "Time is Love" – a tribute to the Primate of the Millennium in the year of beatification, will take place on 11 July 2020 at 5.00 p.m. in the Zamoyski Museum in Kozłówka.

The concert will be filled with music of different eras, styles and genres in the interpretation of soprano Małgorzata Grzegorzewicz-Rodek and pianist Tomasz Krawczyk. We will hear, among others, sacred music by baroque-era composers, as Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, and Polish composers – Damian Stachowicz and Marcin Józef Żebrowski. The epoch of classicism will be represented by a fragment of the motet Exultate jubilate KV 165 of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The programme will include romantic compositions by Józef Wieniawski, Stanisław Moniuszko, César Franck but also Mieczysław Karłowicz, associated with the group of artists known as "Young Poland".

The concert will be complemented by Fryderyk Chopin's piano pieces, including the magnificent Polonaise in A flat major pp. 53 called "Heroic". The subtitle of the work comes from Chopin's muse – George Sand. The Polonaise composed in 1842 belongs to one of the most important works of the piano repertoire. The Polonaise was called by critics the most perfect work in the history of the genre. At the end of the concert, Paderevsky’s works will be performed.

Admission to the concerts in the "Time is love ..." series is free. According to the guidelines of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, audience participants are required to submit a special statement regarding the epidemiological status.

Concert cycle is co-financed by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund, under the “Muzyka” programme, implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

More information at: https://filharmonialubelska.pl/pl,0,s257,d812,recital_wokalny_malgorzata_grzegorzewicz-rodek.html 

Katowice | Online premiere of Paweł Mykietyn's new work


The first performance of Paweł Mykietyn's latest work Chorale and Canon will take place on 10 July 2020 at 7.30 p.m. during an online concert from the "Polish Radio Choir – Music Dedications" series at the headquarters of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Although the official ending of the 2019/2020 concert season is behind us, online holiday concerts will be held at the NOSPR concert hall. On 10 July Polish Radio Choir conducted by Maria Piotrowska-Bogalecka together with musicians of the New Music Orchestra will present Paweł Szymański's Lux Aeterna for 24 singers and instruments, Arnold Schönberg's Friede auf Erden, Op. 13, Arvo Pärt's Da pacem Domine and Herbert Howells' Requiem. The ensemble will also perform for the first time Paweł Mykietyn's Chorale and Canon to words by Leyla Daryoush.

The link to the live broadcast will be published on 10 July.

Co-financed by the City of Krakow and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme run by the Institute of Music and Dance.

More information at: https://nospr.org.pl/pl/kalendarz/koncert-online-chor-polskiego-radia 

7th Festival "Music in Warmia and Żuławy"


A good reason for music lovers to visit Warmia and Żuławy is the 7th edition of the "Music in Warmia and Żuławy" Festival, which will take place on 9-10 July 2020 in different Gothic churches of the region. Festival concerts will be performed by the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Michał Krężlewski.

The St. Bartholomew Church in Pasłęk and St. Nicholas Cathedral in Elbląg will be filled with music from different countries and periods. The programme will include, among others, Romance No. 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Concerto for Two Violins in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, Navarra, Op. 33 by Pablo Sarasate as well as Hombark Concerto by Sławomir Czarnecki. The musicians of the Elbląg orchestra will perform both together and as soloists.

Admission to all festival concerts, held in accordance with the directions of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate, is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: https://eok.elblag.eu/ 

Warsaw | XXVII International Organ Music Festival "Arch Cathedral Organ"

OAThe International Organ Music Festival "Arch Cathedral Organ"is – one of the most important Warsaw festivals and the most important organ festivals in Europe – will last until 20 September 2020. Festival concerts take place every year in three summer months (July, August and September) on Sundays at 16.00 in the Arch Cathedral of St. John (Świętojańska Street).

Festival was established in 1994 on the initiative of the Polish organist Przemysław Kapituła, who is the artistic director of the festival.

The Warsaw Arch Cathedral is one of the most important places of Polish culture and tradition. It is also a dream place for the presentation of organ music. In 1987, one of Germany’s most prominent organ builders, Eule, built the new Warsaw Arch Cathedral mechanical organ. This great 60-voice instrument is an example of the excellent organ craftsmanship. A highly suitable design, excellent workmanship, high artistic standards and universality which allows for performing music of all ages make it an example of top organ-making mastery and a world-league instrument.

Among the performers of this year's festival will be ogranists Piotr Rachoń, Przemysław Kapituła, Ignacio Ribas Taléns, Donato Giupponi, Fabio Ciofini, Józef Kotowicz, Jean-Christophe Geiser, Ennio Cominetti, Hans Ole Thers, Stefan Kagl i Andrea Trovato presenting the repertoire they have proposed. This event helps to promote music by Polish composers, notably Karol Kurpiński, Mieczyslaw Surzynski and Feliks Nowowiejski.

This year, the prize of the Chairman of the Polish Episcopal Conference (formerly the Primate of Poland award) "Silver Pipe" will be handed out on 13 September during a concert by Stefan Kagel from Germany. Every year, this award was granted during the International Festival of Sacred Music. This year, the event did not take place because of the epidemic. Therefore, the award for outstanding achievements and contribution to the development of sacred music in Poland will be exceptionally hand during the Festival.

Detailed programme – at http://kapitula.org/ 

Krakow | Contert series of the concert series by the Academy of Music in Krakow at the ICE Krakow Congress Center

ICE"Playing the classical music" is a new concert series by the Academy of Music in Krakow and the Krakow Festival Office, which will last until 13 September 2020. Talented young artists and academic teachers at The Academy of Music in Krakow. The modern space of the ICE Kraków Auditorium, and in the virtuoso repertoire of Chopin, Schubert, Szymanowski, Rachmaninow and Prokofiew, among others.

In the Krzysztof Penderecki Auditorium Hall at the ICE Kraków Congress Center musicians will perform who will lead us into the most beautiful world of sounds, where music becomes the highest value of beauty. As part of the "Playing the classical music" series we will hear soloists and chamber ensembles composed of students, PhD students and academic teachers of the Academy of Music in Krakow, who will perform works from the Baroque era to the present day. The program of the concert series will include works by Fryderyk Chopin, Henryk Wieniawski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Wanda Landowska, Karol Szymanowski, Roman Statkowski, Ludomir Różycki, Grażyna Bacewicz, Mieczysław Wajnberg, Witold Lutosławski, Roman Palester, Józef Świder and Wojciech Kilar.

Events will available online for a long time on the event organizers' Facebook profiles.

Detailed programme – at http://icekrakow.pl/ 

The position of the Polish Composers' Union on the reprographic fee for smartphones

Warsaw, 3 July 2020

Karta wolności w sieciIn connection with the announcement by the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda of the "Freedom Card on the Web", the Polish Composers' Union presents its position on the fifth point of this Card "Not for smartphone tax".

1. Financial resources obtained from the reprographic fee, which includes a fee for smartphones, are intended to compensate authors for their works downloaded to smartphones by their users. These financial resources will partly contribute to the pension fund for artists who are not covered by the Social Security Association pension system. It is worth adding that these are usually people with low and usually sporadic incomes.

2. Artistic environment is struggling to add smartphones to the existing list of devices covered by the reprographic fee for years. Recently, work on the preparation of relevant regulations has been successfully completed. These works were carried out in close cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, which for years has been declaring full support for the implementation of postulates of artistic environment regarding the introduction of smartphones on the list of devices covered by the reprographic fee.

The Polish Composers' Union appeals to the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda to withdraw the possible intention to block the relevant regulations regarding the case discussed.

Mieczysław Kominek, President of the Polish Composers' Union

The ZKP – POLMIC library has been awarded the status of a scientific library!

POLMICThe Music Library of the Polish Composers' Union – Polish Music Information Center POLMIC received the status of a scientific library.

Vice President of the Council of Ministers, Minister of Culture and National Heritage prof. Piotr Gliński on the basis of the regulation of April 2, 2012 on the method and procedure for classifying libraries as part of some scientific libraries and determining their list (Dz. U. z 2016 r. poz. 137, z późn. zm.) awarded the Music Library of the Polish Composers' Union – Polish Music Information Center POLMIC the status of a scientific library.

The application for inclusion in the scientific libraries previously was positively assessed by the National Library Council.

At present, 33 libraries classified as scientific libraries in the whole country have been included in the list constituting an attachment to the Ministry's regulation.

The list of libraries is available on the website https://www.bn.org.pl/index.php/aktualnosci/4025-polskie-centrum-informacji-muzycznej-polmic-biblioteka-fonoteka-zwiazku-kompozytorow-polskich-zaliczona-do-bibliotek-naukowych.html