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Elbląg | Musical Spring According to EOK


"Vive la Gioacchino Rossini!" – under this slogan a spring concert of the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra will take place on and April 28, 2019 in the Concert Hall of the Elbląg City Hall.

Although Gioacchino Rossini is known primarily as the author of operas, his sonatas are no less worthy of interest. Elbląg Chamber Orchestra along with the conductor and violinist Jan Stanienda will perform a special concerts of Rossini's sonatas for the Elbląg music lovers. The programme of the evenieng will be complemented by chamber music of Mieczysław Karłowicz and Andrzej Panufnik. The concert will be hosted by Jarosław Praszczałek.

The concert is held under the patronage of the PWM Edition as part of the TUTTI.pl project promoting performances of Polish music.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.eok.elblag.eu/pl/news/dwa-akty-sonatowej-maestrii 

Warsaw | The Young to the Younger! A concert by the most talented young artists


During the concert on April 27, 2019 at 7.00 p.m., young talnted musicians of the secondary music schools will present themselves in the concert hall of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. The performance with also a young but fully professional orchestra of graduates of music academies is a proof of recognition for their talent and work, but also a test of their skills.

It is worth coming to this concert and supporting the virtuosos, soon to be invited to perform on prestigious Polish and foreign stages! An additional incentive is a very attractive and diverse programme. Two bassoon concerts – Concerto B Major KV 191 written by 18-years-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Basson Concrto by Michał Spisak, popular among Polish bassonists – will be performed by young musicians. We will also listen to Concerto for trombone and orchestra by French composer Henri Tomasi, and the last of Antonín Dvořák's solo concerts – Concerto for cello and orchestra in B minor, Op. 4.

The concert will be led by Marek Wroniszewski, a talented conductor of the young generation, judged by the jury of the 10th Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition in Katowice (2017) to be the best Polish participant of the contest. He is currently a deputy director of the Jerzy Semkow Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

Ada Sari International Vocal Artistry 20th Festival and 18th Competition


Representatives of musical institutions, prominent and well-known artists, pedagogues and, above all, entrants of the vocal arts will visit a charming, little town in the South of Poland called Nowy Sącz to attend the jubilee edition of the Ada Sari International Vocal Artistry 20th Festival and 18th Competition, the oldest vocal competition in Poland, starting on April 27th, 2019.

The Festival and the Competition, held cyclically every two years, incessantly since 1985, quickly became something more than just a rivalry of singers on stage, promoting the opera art locally, in Małopolska, at a national and international level. From April 27th to May 5th, gifted young vocalists from 14 countries (Poland, Austria, Brazil, Croatia, China, Georgia, the Netherlands, Ireland, Israel, Russia, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine, Italy) will present their skills in front of a jury of artists, opera agents, pedagogues and representatives of music institutions from around the world

Jubilee 20th Ada Sari International Vocal Artistry Festival will start on April 27th, 2019, at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławice. In an extraordinary event, we will hear a concert performance of Giacomo Puccini’s opera Suor Angelica and Ludomir Różycki’s symphonic poem Anhelli op. 22. It is no coincidence that the works of these two composers are combined: writing the one-act opera Suor Angelica, Puccini was inspired by the cloister act from Różycki’s opera Eros and Psyche. The solo parts will be performed by finalists of previous editions of the Competition, as well as Małgorzata Walewska. The Beethoven Academy Orchestra and the Polish Radio Choir in Krakow will be conducted, for the second time in the Festival’s history, by José Cura, world-famous singer and conductor. The Winners Gala Concert will take place on May 4th, 2019. The soloists will be accompanied by the Orchestra of the Silesian Opera conducted by Maestro Sebastian Perłowski. A day later, on May 5th, the concert of the best singers will be repeated at the Silesian Opera in Bytom.

Detailed programme available at: http://www.adasari.pl/ 

Rzeszów | Symphonic concert


Artur Malawski Philharmonic in Rzeszów invites you on April 26, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. for a symphonic featuring works by Stanisław Moniuszko and Karol Szymanowski.

The Moniuszko's Year will be celebrated with one of the most frequently performed instrumental works of Stanisław Moniuszko – Overture to the opera Halka. The programme wiill also include Symphony No. 4 'Symphonie Concertante' by Karol Szymanowski, which he premiered as pianist-soloist and composer, having achieved great success. We will also listen to Rhapsody on the theme of Paganini by Sergei Rachmaninov, which is a series of variations based on the famous Caprice No. 24 in A minor by Niccolò Paganini.

The works will be performed by the Symphony Orchestra of the Artur Malawski Philharmonic conducted by Bartosz Staniszewski. The pianists Andrzej Pikul and Marharyta Kozlovska will perform as soloists.

Information on tickets at: http://www.filharmonia.rzeszow.pl/repertuar/art,695.html 

Szczecin | Sibelius, Lutosławski and Czajkowski


Witold Lutosławski's Livre pour orchestre will be performed on April 26, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. at the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin.

The title of the work literally means a "Book for orchestra", and refers to the old ideas of combining a collection of miniatures for one instrument into one volume, for example Livres pour clavesin by François Couperin and Orgelbüchlein by Bach. The composition date from 1968, from the aleatoric period in Lutosławski's work. Apart from the last one, the piece was divided into conducted Chapitres (Chapters) and Intermèdes (Intermedia), which, like the last Chapter, are played by musicians independently (ad libitum).

The Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jerzy Salwarowski will also perform Jean Sibelius' Violin Concerto in D minor, the most frequently performed and recorded 20th-century concerto, and the Fantasy Overture ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piotr Pławnem will perform as a soloist.

More information at: https://filharmonia.szczecin.pl/wydarzenia/1025-Sibelius__Lutoslawski__Czajkowski 

Gorzów | Third Time Lucky

Filharmonia Gorzowska

The Gorzów Philharmonic invites you on April 26, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. to a chamber concert featuring works for reed trio (d'anches).

The programme includes works for oboe, clarinet and bassoon which differ in terms of style, character and mood. Divertimento No. 3 KV 439b (c. 1783) comes from a set of 5 Divertimentos, which authorship, though completely unconfirmed, due to the elements typical of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's style, is attributed to the composer. Three-voice inventions (1722) by Johann Sebastian Bach are part of a collection of short works composed for a keyboard instrument, but we will listen to them in the arrangement for reed trio. The programme will be complemented by Cinq Pieces en Trio (1935) by French composer Jacques Ibert and Suite pour trio d'anches (1949) by Alexander Tansman.

More information at: https://filharmoniagorzowska.pl/pl/calendar/event/1414/2019-04-26/19:00 

Wrocław | The Triumph of Love


On April 25, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław, members of the Lutosławski Quartet together with their guests will present works by Ernest Chausson, an artist sometimes called the precursor of the French impressionism, and Marcin Markowicz.

Marcin Markowicz is a concertmaster of the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic and a founding member of the Lutosławski Quartet. He is not only an excellent chamber musician but also a composer writing solely for chamber ensembles. During the concert, we will listen to his String Quartet No. 1.

Ernest Chausson graduated from the Paris Conservatoire, where he studed under Jules Massenet and César Franck. In the fascinating output of this French composer, the most popular work is the atmospheric Poème for violin and orchestra. It was written in 1896, during the artist's holiday in a sunny Florence, and was commissioned by the famous Belgian violin virtuoso and composer, Eugène Ysaÿe. The author later transcribed it for a smaller ensemble, i. e. for violin and piano with string quartet. Chausson’s most often performed piece is a slightly younger Concerto in D major Op. 21, written in 1891. The premiere performance of this thoroughly virtuosic composition was also given by Ysaÿe, who decided to present the Concerto with his quartet and pianist Auguste Pierret. The key figure of the premiere was undoubtedly Pierret. He was the second piano virtuoso asked to perform the concerto – his predecessor resigned, considering his part to be too difficult.

More information at: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/6753 

3rd Kwidzyn Music Spring International Festival

Kwidzynska Wiosna

On April 24-28, 2019, the Kwidzyn Castle will host the third edition of the Kwidzyn Music Spring International Festival. All concerts will take place in the dormitory, famous for its excellent acoustics.

The festival was founded on the initiative of Dr Iwona Glinka, a flutist and educator from Kwidzyn who works with various European music schools. One of the aspects of her activity is the promotion of classical music among the residents of Kwidzyn city and county. The main idea of ​​the Kwidzyn Music Spring is the presentation of the most interesting interpretations of music from different periods, as well as portaying artistic phenomena inspired by music.

The programme will feature Kwartet Gdański and Bartosz Paprot in exquisite works for guitar. The Whoop Group will present popular classical music pieces and new compositions for saxophone quartet. We will also listen to the Evolution of classical music written by saxophonist and composer Krzysztof Koszowski. The festival will end on April 28 with a performance of the Progress Chamber Orchestra and soloists Iwona Glinka and Mirosław Pachowicz under the baton of Szymon Morus. It will also feature a premiere of new transcriptions of Fryderyk Chopin's works for flute and string orchestra, written by the founder of the Phasma-Music foundation and an award-winning composer Michail Travlos.

The "Kwidzyn has talent" Music and Children Competition and the "Blind for the Blind" charity concert for Magdalena Mucha will be held as part of the festival.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://www.phasma-music.com/projects/kwidzyn-music-spring/iii-kwidzyn-music-spring-international-festival-iii-miedzynarodowy-festiwal-kwidzynska-wiosna-muzyczna?pli=1

Kraków | 3rd International Piano Duo Festival"Duettissimo!"


The Academy of Music in Kraków invites you to the 3rd International Piano Duos Festival "Duettissimo!" which will take place on April 23-27, 2019, featuring nine concert and an academic session.

Piano duos are often perceived as a non-demanding offshoot of chamber music, even though the truth is that playing as a duet – whether for four hands or on two pianos – is incredibly challenging: the performers must come together to create a single musical entity to achieve perfect sound. The diversity and beauty of the form will be explored during the 3rd International Piano Duo Festival “Duettissimo!”, organised by the Academy of Music in Kraków and hosted at the Academy and the Kraków Philharmonic. The initiator of the event is dr hab. Bartlomiej Kominek – the Artistic Director of the Festival.

The programme will include classical works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Maurice Ravel and Sergei Rachmaninov, contemporary compositions by Charles Camilleri, Derek Charke and Anne Louise-Turgeon as well as works by Polish composers. Ravel Piano Duo (Agnieszka Kozło and Katarzyna Ewa Sokołowska) will perform Five Waltzes by Ignacy Friedman, Sonatina by Roman Palester, Lullaby by Roman Maciejewski and Divertimento in Three Pieces by Jerzy Bauer. Chopin Piano Duo (Anna Boczar and Bartłomiej Kominek) will present Album form the Tatra Mountains by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Negro Spirituals by Roman Maciejewski and the Grand Duo Concertant by Fryderyk Chopin. Among the performers there will also be acclaimed Duo Turgeon, lecturers and students of the Academy of Music in Kraków and winners of the International Piano Duo Competition in Białystok. The festival will be accompanied by an academic session discussing the role of piano duet repertoire in music education.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

SEE: Festival Website