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Kołobrzeg | 18th International Festival "Music in the Cathedral"


This year, the International Festival "Music in the Cathedral" reaches the age of majority. Its 18th edition will last until 23rd August 2018.

The festival refers to the musical traditions of Kolobrzeg, dating back to the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, when it was famous not only as a fortress and a resort attracting visitors and tourists, but also as a center of musical culture. As in the pre-war period, concerts in the Gothic Cathedral make the stay in the city more attractive.

The festival will be attended by two orchestras of international music workshops under the direction of Jan Miłosz Zarzycki and Jan Stanienda. In the finale we will hear Saint Martin's Orchestra from Poznań under the direction of Piotr Deptuch. Large musical forms will be interwoven with chamber music performed by: Alexander Gebert – cello, Maciej Frąckiewicz – accordion, Lucy Kay – soprano, Orbis Quartett, Paweł Zadrożniak – trumpet, Michał Kocot – organ. The participation of the latter is a prize of the Regional Cultural Center in Kołobrzeg for the winner of the 6th Feliks Nowowiejski International Organ Competition. We will listen to works from Bach and Mozart, to Karłowicz, Schnittke and Penderecki, as well as many surprises that artists will provide us with during the summer evenings.

Information on tickets at: http://rck.kolobrzeg.eu 

Warsaw | The Polish Royal Opera Festival


The Polish Royal Opera Festival will last until 27th July 2018, including sixteen artistic events in the most beautiful places in Warsaw – the Royal Łazienki Park and the temples at Krakowskie Przedmiescie.

Apart from the premiere of Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, directed by Ryszard Peryta, four premieres of the season will take place in the Royal Theater, which has been the main stage of the Opera since November last year.

For fans of chamber music, the Opera has prepared a series of concerts: "Polish lyric poetry at the Palace on the Island". In the interpretation of Marta Boberska, Olga Pasiecznik, Anna Radziejewska, and Andrzej Klimczak we will hear compositions by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski and works of nineteenth-century Polish composers. Moreover, Oratorium minorum – Song about God hidden by Włodek Pawlik will be presented in the Church of the Holy Cross. The first festival of the Polish Royal Opera will end with the premiere of Mozart's Thamos in the Amphitheater in Łazienki Park.

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

52. International Organ Festival in Koszalin and Region


The 52nd International Organ Festival in Koszalin and seven towns of Central Pomerania, one of the oldest music events in Poland, will last until 31st August 2018.

The festival will include 30 organ, chamber, choral, and oratory concerts in eight different venues in Central Pomerania. The  international character of the event is ensured by the participation of artists from all over Europe. The festival is an important complement to the region's summer cultural offer.

The concerts will take place every Friday at 7.15 p.m., nine of them in the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Koszalin. They will feature Polish organists, such as Roman Perucki and Marek Toporowski, as well as guests from Russia: Daniel Zaretsky and Taras Baginets. We will hear compositions by Grażyna Bacewicz, Wojciech Kilar, Juliusz Łucciuka, Feliks Nowowiejski, Marek Raczyński, Marian Sawa and Józef Świder.

The first part of the concerts will be filled with organ music, while in the second part we will hear works from diverse genres. Krakowskie Trio Stroikowe, "Canzona" female choir ensemble of the Koszalin University of Technology, "Pomerania Cantat" Choir of the Children's Choir Academy in Koszalin and Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra will take part in the final concert. The programme will include compositions by Krzesimir Dębski, who will perform as a conductor and violinist.

Additional information at: http://filharmoniakoszalinska.pl/ 

Krościenko nad Dunajcem | 9th "Pieniny – Culture – Sacrum" Summer Festival


The 9th "Pieniny – Culture – Sacrum" Summer Festival will be held between July 21 – August 18, 2018 in Krościenko nad Dunajcem (located in the Pieniny region).

This year's edition of the Festival will include six diversified concerts of organ, chamber, vocal, choral and electronic music. The organisers invited artists from Germany, Italy, Russia and the USA to perform at the event. The festival will begin with a musical prologue in the All Saints' Church on 21th July at 4:00 p.m. The official inauguration will take place a day after, on 22nd July at 4:00 p.m. in the Christ the Good Shepherd Church. It will feature Freedom is in us poetic texts and prose, presented by great actor Adam Woronowicz, and intertwined with organ improvisations by Marek Stefański. The program of the Festival will also include Polish music by 20th century composers: Wacław Geiger, Juliusz Łuciuk, Tadeusz Szeligowski and Władysław Żeleński.

For tourists visiting Pieniny in the summer, concert evenings are an additional opportunity to rest and contemplate beautiful music in a unique scenery of Pieniny landscapes. Admission is free to all concerts.

Additional information at: www.arsproarte.pl 

Warsaw | 11th New Town Summer Festival

Festiwal Nowego Miasta

The 11th New Town Summer Festival will be held between July 20 and August 5, 2018, including a series of chamber concerts in churches located in the Warsaw's New Town. As part of the finale, Clay Tablets II by Edward Sielicki will be premiered.

The festival will begin with the concert of Sonorus Quartet, composed of musicians of the MACV Warsaw Chamber Opera. The programme will include compositions by Radziwiłł, Elsner and Moniuszko. Another Friday evening (July 27) will feature excellent soprano Anna Mikołajczyk and pianist Robert Morawski, who will perform the songs of Chopin and Moniuszko. During the last chamber Friday (July 3) we will hear charismatic accordionist Maciej Frąckiewicz, who will interpret compositions by Przybylski, Majkusiak, Penderecki, Lutosławski, Tabakiernik, and Tuchowski.

Two succesive Sundays (July 22 and 29) will be filled with music by Chopin, Karłowicz, Stolpe and Jerzy Maksymiuk performed by Warsaw Camerata conducted by Paweł Kos-Nowicki with pianist Paweł Kowalski and Kamerata Vistula Chamber Musicians with cellist Anna Wróbel as soloist.

In the finale of the 11th New Town Summer Festival, Jerzy Maksymiuk will lead the Warsaw Camerata Orchestra, and Leszek Lorent will play percussion instruments. On August 5 in the Church of St. Francis musicians will perform the world premiere of Clay Tablets II by Edward Sielicki, which was written as part of the "Composition Commissions" programme, implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance. In addition, we will hear compositions by Lutosławski, Paderewski and Maksymiuk.

The festival is co-financed by the city Warsaw. Organizer: "New Chamber Orchestra" Foundation. Admission to all concerts is free!

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The Orchestra of the Americas w Warszawie

AmericasW letni czwartkowy wieczór 19 lipca 2018 o godz. 19.00 w Pawilonie Koncertowym Sinfonii Varsovii wystąpi niezwykła, żywiołowa i pełna kolorów The Orchestra of the Americas pod dyrekcją Hobarta Earle'a.

100 osobowa Orkiestra składająca się z muzyków z 25 krajów z Ameryki Północnej, Środkowej i Południowej w ramach europejskiego tournee wykona tylko jeden koncert w Polsce, w sercu Pragi Południe przy ulicy Grochowskiej. W programie znajdą się utwory Carlosa Chaveza – Sinfonia India, oraz Hectora Villi-Lobosa – Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2. Polskim akcentem koncertu będą Trzy utwory w dawnym stylu Krzysztofa Pendereckiego oraz I Koncert fortepianowy d-moll Brahmsa w wykonaniu polskiego pianisty Łukasza Krupińskiego, zwycięzcy Międzynarodowego Konkursu Pianistycznego w San Marino.

Doradcą artystycznym Orkiestry jest Placido Domingo, a w radzie artystycznej zasiadają prezydenci Ekwadoru, Meksyku, Paragwaju, Kostaryki, Stanów Zjednoczonych, Panamy. Koncert współorganizują: Stowarzyszenie im. Ludwiga van Beethovena, Polskie Radio S.A., Sinfonia Varsovia.

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Kraków | "Saint Luke Passion" under the baton of Kent Nagano


During the next concert of the "ICE Classic" cycle, the outstanding conductor Kent Nagano and Orchester Symphonique de Montréal will perform Saint Luke Passion by Krzysztof Penderecki. The event will take place on 18th July 2018 in the ICE Kraków Congress Center.

"In 2018 we celebrate the 85th birthday of Krzysztof Penderecki, one of the most prominent contemporary music composers. For this occasion, his monumental, avant-garde Saint Luke Passion will be performed by the famous Canadian Orchestra Symphonique de Montréal under the baton of Kent Nagano" – says Izabela Helbin, director of the Krakow Festival Office.

Krzysztof Penderecki wrote Saint Luke Passion for the 700th anniversary of the foundation of the cathedral in Münster. The work was premiered there on 30th March 1966, immediately arousing great interest in the music world. The piece combines modern musical means with a sacral form, including references to the works of J.S. Bach. Latin lyrics, quarter-tones arias and a huge group of performers strengthen the power of the work in an extraordinary way. The excellent international cast will be complemented by the participation of outstanding soloists – Sarah Wegener, Lucas Meachem, Matthew Rose – and singers of the Krakow Philharmonic Choir and the Warsaw Boys' Choir.

Tickets priced from PLN 80 to PLN 140 are available at Eventim.pl and different points of sale throughout Poland (including Empik, MediaMarkt, Saturn) and at the InfoKraków Tourist Information Network.

Warsaw | 18th Summer Music Evenings "Dziekanka"

18. DziekankaFryderyk Chopin University of Music invites all for the 18th edition of Summer Music Evenings Festival – "Dziekanka" 2018. The concerts will tbe held in July and August every Wednesday at 6.00 pm.

During the concerts we will hear students, graduates, teachers and guests of the FCUM. Concerts will be held in July (4, 11, 18, 25) and August (1, 8, 15, 22, 29) in the "Dziekanka" Dormitory, 56/50 Krakowskie Przedmieście St., in the Courtyard or Concert Hall (in case of inclement weather).

Artistic Director of this year’s edition: Rector of the FCUM, prof. dr hab. Klaudiusz Baran. Anchor (traditionally): Andrzej Krusiewicz. Free admission!

Więcej informacji – na stronie UMFC: http://www.chopin.edu.pl

Warsaw | 4. Chopin Evenings on Okólnik Street

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It is the fourth time that the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music invites all for the concert cycle entitled "Chopin Evenings on Okólnik Street" under the honorary patronage of His Magnificence Rector of the FCUM, prof. dr hab. Klaudiusz Baran.

This year’s festival is focused on the Polish music: “Around Fryderyk Chopin”. Each week we will hear representatives of one of the nine academies of music in Poland. Besides Chopin's music, we will hear works by Szymanowski, Niewiadomski, Nowowiejski, Paderewski, Tansman, Moniuszko, Ogiński, Kania, Zarębski, Friedman, and Zawadzki.

The concerts will be held in July (3, 10, 17, 24, 31) and August (7, 14, 21, 28) on each Tuesday at 6.00 pm. Artistic Director of the events: Rector of the FCUM, prof. dr hab. Klaudiusz Baran. Anchor: Piotr Wojciechowski.

The project is co-financed by the City of Warsaw. Free admission!

More information at: http://www.chopin.edu.pl/