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Tricity | 15th International Choir Festival "Mundus Cantat"

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Mundus Cantat celebrates the fifteenth anniversary! On May 22-25, 2019, international choirs will perform at the Tricity scenes. The star of this edition will be Paul Phenix, known from the King's Singers ensemble, who will perform in Poland for the first time.

One of the most recognizable choir festivals in the country will celebrate its jubilee not only in the Sopot but also in Tricity. As part of the festival, the "Mobile Mundus Cantat: Gdańsk accompanying concerts" project will be implemented this year. The festival will be attended by singers from Belarus, Great Britain, Georgia, France, Iceland, Lithuania, Colombia and, of course, a strong representation from Poland. The organizers invite adults, seniors, academics, children and youth choirs to compete in several musical categories: sacral music, secular music (including folklore) as well as gospel, jazz, and spirituals. The choirs will be judged by the international jury, whose chairman is prof. Marcin Tomczak.

The winners of this year's edition will be announced during the Final Concert, which will take place on May 25 at 5.00 p.m. in the lecture hall of the Faculty of Economics at the University of Gdansk (Sopot). The Festival Choir of the Sopot High School "Mundus Cantat|, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, will performe Cantemus nostrum canticum written by Beata Wróblewska, the ensemble's conductor.

The festival also includes other events: concerts of young artists, the Choir Parade at Sopot "Monciak" and various forms of artistic expression, such as performance at the train station and the Sopot pier.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme of the Festival is available at: http://munduscantat.pl/ 

Gdańsk | Composing Debuts

AM Gdańsk

A students' concert entitled "Composing debuts" will take place at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk on May 22, 2019 at 5.00 pm.

The concert will feature compositions for chamber ensembles written by the freshman year students of composition. We will listen to such works as: River Course and a cycle of three songs Memories by Anna Janowicz, Song from the heart...The Illusion variations for celesta solo and Fantasy for cello, harpsichord and bells by Krzysztof Tomasz Jurczak, Songs for Voice and Piano to words by Adam Mickiewicz and third part of String Quartet by Piotr Kasiłowski as well as first part of String Quartet No. 1 and Reed Trio by Milosz Kowalewski. The finale will feature pieces by Milena Słowikowska: Lullaby for solo vibraphone and Two Crosses for voice and instrumental ensemble.

The works will be performed by talented students of the Gdańsk university classes of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, tuba, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, harpsichord, harp, guitar, accordion, percussion instruments, and singing.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://www.amuz.gda.pl/events/kompozytorskie-debiuty-koncert-studentow-i-roku-studiow-licencjackich-specjalnosci-kompozycja/ 

Warszawa | Otwarcie nowej Sali audytoryjno-kinowej im. Karola Szymanowskiego w UMFC

UMFC20 maja 2019 roku o godz. 12.00 w Uniwersytecie Muzycznym Fryderyka Chopina nastąpi uroczyste otwarcie zmodernizowanej Sali kameralnej im. K. Szymanowskiego.

Zakończyła się właśnie modernizacja i nowa aranżacja kolejnej sali kameralnej Uniwersytetu Muzycznego Fryderyka Chopina. Uroczyste otwarcie wyremontowanej sali, która nosi imię Karola Szymanowskiego, uświetni występ Chopin University Big Band pod kierunkiem band leadera Piotra Kostrzewy.

Nowa sala będzie pełniła kilka funkcji: kinową, audytoryjną i wykładową. Projekt był dofinansowany w ramach Programu Operacyjnego Infrastruktura i Środowisko 2014-2020 VIII Oś priorytetowa – Ochrona Dziedzictwa Kulturowego i Rozwój Zasobów Kultury.

Patronat medialny nad sezonem koncertowym UMFC 2018/2019 objęło Polskie Centrum Informacji Muzycznej POLMIC.

Warsaw | Folk Songs Arranged for String Quartet

Czas sztuki

The "Czas Sztuki" Foundation invites you to the tenth concert ending the first edition of the cycle "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers". The final event will take place on May 19, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. in the Church of Saint Adalbert in Jeruzal.

The programme will be composed of folk songs in arrangement for string quartet and white voice as well as works by Weronika Ratusińska-Zamuszko: II string quartet "The Last Moments" and Agnus Dei for string quartet and white voice. Agnus Dei was premiered in October 2018 during the third concert of "Mazovian Musical Meetings Without Barriers" and was composed especially for this series of concerts. The works will be presented by Weronika Grozdew-Kołacińska and The Time Quartet.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Szczecin | Evening of Polish Ballets

Opera na Zamku

The premiere of "Evening of Polish ballets" will take place on May 18, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. in the Castle Opera in Szczecin.>

The spectacle will consist of two one-act ballets: On the Billet by Stanisław Moniuszko and Song of the Earth by Roman Palester. The premiere of Moniuszko's ballet in choreography by Robert Bondara, appreciated for his modern interpretations of Polish historical works, is the main event of the Moniuszko Year celebrations in the Castle Opera. The second ballet will be presented in the choreography by the Italian artist Paolo Mangiola, director of the national ballet in Malta, who will reinterpret the masterly orchestrated and energetic score by Palester.

On May 19, the spectacle will be played at 6.00 p.m.as part of the fifth edition of the Public Theater Day and the accompanying event – "Theatre ticket for 350 groszy". Ticket sales will only take place at the box office of the Castle Opera, starting from May 18, 2019 at 12.00 p.m. (it is not possible to book or buy them through the website). One person will be able to buy a maximum of 2 tickets.

The event coordinated by the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

More information at: http://www.opera.szczecin.pl/ 

Warsaw | Retro Night of Museums

UMFC

On May 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music will host a Retro Night of Museums.

Retro Night of Museums at the FCUMc is an authorial project by the artistic circle of Warsaw-based musicians, prepared in collaboration with the Warsaw Film School. It is a concert presenting Polish songs with lyrics by Wojciech Młynarski, in jazz-dance arrangements. Both the arrangers and performers are FCUM students (of faculties: symphony and opera conducting, choral conducting, composition, instrumental studies, solo opera singing, musical, sound engineering).

The Retro Night's continuation will be a swing evening on the UMFC patio featuring live music and a jazz jam session.

Entry cards are available from May 9 at: http://www.efryderyk.pl/73-bilety 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/Artystyczna.NocMuzeow/

Katowice | Moniuszko at the Osiedle Tysiąclecia

Silesia

The Institution for the Promotion and Dissemination of Music "Silesia" invites you to a concert from the series "Moniuszko from the heart" which will take place on May 18, 2019 at 5.00. p.m. in the Katowice Youth Cultural Center (5 Tysiąclecia Street).

The concert will be performed by Justyna Bujak and Karolina Borodziuk, students of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice and participants of the 10th Stanisław Moniuszko International Vocal Competition in Warsaw. Aleksander Chodacki will accompany on the piano. The programme will include the most famous songs from Moniuszko'sHome Songbooks and selected arias from Halka and The Haunted Manoroperas.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://www.silesia.art.pl/ 

Warsaw | Sinfornia Varsovia at Grochowska Street – Arias at dusk

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In mid-May, the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra will inaugurate a series of concerts which will be held on spring and summer weekends (May 17 – September 22, 2019) in the Concert Pavilion at Grochowska Street.

From May to September, more than seventy events will be held at 272 Grochowska Street. Most of them will take place, like last year, in the Concert Pavilion for over 400 people. Besides the usual afternoon concerts, there will be the 19th Franciszek Wybrańczyk Festival "Sinfonia Varsovia to its City", "Sinfonia Varsovia at Grochowska Street" concert seies, Museum Night, Dance Evenings, and special events dedicated to children: Children's Day with many musical attractions, "Smykofonie at Grochowska Street" concert series, as well as newly inaugurated "Mornings for Entire Families".

During four symphonic concerts from the cycle "Sinfonia Varsovia at Grochowska Street", which will be held between May 17 and September 6 (7:30 p.m.), the orchestra's musicians along with recognized soloists will present a vast repertoire from operatic arias, through the works of Polish composers, to Russian or American music. The first concert of the series will be an opportunity to listen to the most beautiful arias from the operas of Stanisław Moniuszko, Piotr Czajkowski and Giacomo Puccini. In addition to vocal works, the programme will feature instrumental pieces performed by the orchestra under the baton of Gaetano d'Espinosa.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information about the concerts at: www.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Wrocław | 9th International Festival Musica Electronica Nova

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The upcoming edition of the Musica Electronica Nova festival, which will take place on May 17-25, 2019, is entitled ‘Signs’.

As the festival's artistic director Pierre Jodlowski put it: "Because humanity has organized itself into societies, signs occupy a very important place in our lives: from prehistoric images to the banners of the Middle Ages, from signs spreading in the streets to the abundance of digital signals. What do these signs say about ourselves? What role do they play in the space of music, whose language has been based on specific signs and notations? What are the trajectories that contemporary composers indicate to us? Where do they want to lead us?".

This theme will be emphasized at the opening of the festival with a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001. A Space Odyssey accompanied by live music performed by the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic and the NFM Choir. This inauguration will also define Musica Electronica Nova as an interdisciplinary festival, in which genres and aesthetics intersect. This year, the programme will include premieres of works by Polish composers commissioned by the festival, including are there hidden figures? for string quartet, electronics and video by Monika Szpyrka. The "Reverse Simultaneous" concert will feature premieres of compositions by the composers of the Wroclaw Branch of the Polish Composers' Union, as well as collective compositions with violin part written by Anna Zielińska. The Akusma Forum will present the profiles of young composers from Italy, Poland and Mexico, and a special session dedicated to Elżbieta Sikora, the former artistic director of the festival. The Mini Akusma Forum electroacoustic sessions have been specially designed for our young audience – they will be a great opportunity to discover new sounds and new signs with your family!

Musica Electronica Nova is not only concerts. It also includes short meetings with composers, during which there will be an opportunity to talk about their daily work, and accompanying events prepared specially for this edition of the festival.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/musica-electronica-nova-2019