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Krakow | "Marathon of Serenades": a sprint towards normality

SCTwo days, two programmes, four concerts – this is the musical sprint of Jurek Dybał and Sinfonietta Cracovia towards normality. After months of training, it is finally time to take off without sparing your strength and make up the remaining distance! On 23 and 24 June 2021, the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology in Krakow will be filled with live music, and two separate programmes will feature the most beautiful serenades – from Tchaikovsky to Penderecki.

Each day, the programme will be repeated at 6.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m., so that the Krakow audience, thirsty for sensations, could enjoy the music while maintaining the required physical "distance" and without having to race for seats in the concert hall.

The orchestra will perform Mieczysław Karłowicz's Serenade for string orchestra, Op. 2, Leoš Janáček's Suite for string orchestra, Edward Elgar's Serenade in E minor, Op. 20, Krzysztof Penderecki's Serenade as well as Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Souvenir d'un lieu cher for violin and orchestra, Op. 42, and Méditation and Serenade for string orchestra, Op. 48. Violinist Maciej Lulek will perform as the soloist.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: www.sinfonietta.pl 

Radziejowice | 12th Jerzy Waldorff Summer Festival in Radziejowice

Festiwal WaldorffaNearly one hundred outstanding artists will perform during the 12th Jerzy Waldorff Summer Festival, which will take place in Radziejowice near Warsaw between 27 June and 4 July 2021.

Among the performers will be Roby Lakatos (violin), Jenö Lisztes (cymbals), Paolo Pandolfo (viola da gamba), Paweł Kowalski (piano), Jarosław Żołnierczyk (violin) and Ewa Leszczyńska (singing, piano), Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio, Subcarpathian Philharmonic Orchestra, Warsaw Harmony, Piotr Baron Quintet and Jagodziński Trio.

The eight days long festival will be filled with extremely diverse music. The programme will include works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Henryk Wieniawski, Stanisław Moniuszko, Emil Młynarski, Vincenzo Bellini, Szymon Laks and Mikołaj Górecki as well as well-known pieces in completely new arrangements, e.g. Zbigniew Wodecki's songs in a jazz version. We will also hear talented artists of the young generation, who have performed at the concerts organised in cooperation with the National Institute of Music and Dance and the Opera Academy of the Grand Theater – National Opera. This year's edition of the Festival will be accompanied by the exhibition The Life of One Musician – Stanisław Wisłocki on the occasion of the artist's centenary.

Full programme: https://www.palacradziejowice.pl/ 

4th National Competition of Sacred Music "Hope in the Choir"

NadziejaThe fourth edition of the Sacred Music Competition "Nadzieja w chórze" ["Hope in the Choir"] will be held on 8 May 2021 in the Church of the Holy Trinity in Tykocin, popularly known as "the pearl in the Crown of Podlasie".

The competition will be divided into 7 categories, including male, female, mixed and parish choirs. The jury composed of experienced choirmasters will evaluate the quality of sound, interpretation, selection of the repertoire, agogic, diction and general artistic expression. A number of prizes have been prepared for the best performers. It is enough to mention that the winner will receive the Grand Prix and a cash prize of 5,000 PLN. There is also a special award of the Mayor of the City of Tykocin for the best performance of a work by Polish composer. The director of Radio Nadzieja will also give an honourable mention to the best conductor.

The 4th National Competition of Sacred Music is a great offer not only for lovers of sacred music. The event will be a great opportunity to visit Tykocin with friends and family, listening to the world's finest choral compositions. Free admission!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Rules and regulations are available at: http://konkurschoralny.radionadzieja.pl/ 

Szczecin and West Pomerania are the official hosts of the Fryderyk Festival 2021

ZPAVThe most important Polish music awards for last year's phonographic achievements – "Fryderyki" – will come to Szczecin. This summer, West Pomerania will host stars of the Polish music scene. The Classical Music Gala will be held on 25 June 2021 at the Castle Opera in Szczecin. Popular music and jazz artists will be awarded on 5 August.

The list of this year's nominees includes, among others, singers Aleksandra Kurzak, Agata Zubel and Agnieszka Rehlis, violinist Jakub Jakowicz in a duet with pianist Bartosz Bednarczyk, the "Camerata Silesia" Katowice City Singers' Ensemble, the Wrocław Baroque Ensemble, and the Polish "Sinfonia Iuventus" Orchestra.

This year, the Council of the Phonographic Academy (Classical Music Section) will award the "Golden Fryderyk" awards to two outstanding figures of Polish musical culture: Jadwiga Rappé – a singer and teacher, whose career includes thousands of recitals, symphonic concerts and opera performances in the most famous halls of the world, and Jan Łukaszewski – a conductor, general and artistic director of the Polish Chamber Choir "Schola Cantorum Gedanensis".

The presentation of the statuettes in the historic walls of the Pomeranian Dukes' Castle in Szczecin will be accompanied by concerts performed by outstanding Polish artists, including flautist Ania Karpowicz, winner of this year's Polityka's Passport, promoter of Mieczysław Weinberg's music. The Silesian Quartet, nominated for Fryderyk 2021 in the category "Album of the year – chamber music", will honour the memory of Krzysztof Penderecki. The pianist Piotr Sałajczyk will perform Karol Szymanowski's mazurkas from Op. 50.

The full list of nominees is available at: http://fryderyki.pl/fryderyk-2021/ 

Gdańsk | 10th Euro Chamber Music Festival

Euro ChamberThe 10th Euro Chamber Music Festival will be held in Gdańsk on 21 June – 23 July 2021. The festival received the international prestigious EFFE (Europe For Festivals Festivals For Europe) label for 2019-2021, awarded by the European Festival Association to the most interesting art festivals in Europe.

From the first edition, the festival hosted renowned foreign chamber musicians, as well as winners of international music competitions at the beginning of their careers and outstanding instrumentalists of the young generation associated with Gdańsk. The 10th anniversary edition will feature performances by, among others, The Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Jan Lewtak, Split Guitar Quartet, Cracow Duo, Franck Leblois, Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf, Arnaud Kaminski, Arthashes and Sarah Stamboltsyan. The programme will be composed of musical masterpieces of various eras, including works by Fryderyk Chopin, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Ludomir Różycki and Feliks Nowowiejski.

On 29 June, there will be an evening of poetry by Cyprian Kamil Norwid and Charles Baudelaire on the occasion of their 200th birth anniversary. The performance of one of the greatest Polish actors, Jan Englert, will be accompanied by the French-Polish string ensemble Duo del Gesù.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More informationwww.eurochambermusicfestival.com 

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Łańcut | 60th Music Festival in Łańcut

FRzFor the sixtieth time, outstanding artists will share their work with the audience at the Music Festival in Łańcut. From 20 June to 2 July 2021, eight festival concerts will be held both in the Ballroom of the Łańcut Castle Museum and in the Concert Hall of the Subcarpathian Philharmonic, as well as outdoors, at the Municipal Cultural Center in Łańcut.

Artists of international renown will present mainly Romantic repertoire. However, there will also be music of contemporary artists, including Krzysztof Penderecki, and the masters of early and classical music.

The highlight of the Festival will be Ivo Pogorelic's recital. The concert of the Jussen Brothers piano duo and the performance of the opera Siła małżeństwa (The Power of Marriage) composed by Marcello di Capua, who lived in the castle in Łańcut, also promises to be interesting. An hour before most of the concerts, the "Da Camera" Wind Instrument Group will perform promenade concerts. The ensemble is made up of members of the Subcarphatian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, and the repertoire prepared for this year's musical celebration can be included in the category of garden music, perfect for hot summer evenings.

As emphasized by Marta Wierzbieniec (director of the Subcarpathian Philharmonic in Rzeszów and the Music Festival in Łańcut), the musical feast will "turn the time of anxiety and uncertainty into evenings filled with the joy of spending time together in spaces of art, which is also created to make the world better and more beautiful".

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programmehttp://festiwallancut.pl/ 

Poznań | New music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Around the sound-colour melody and the idea of painting music

Painting The Music School Complex in Poznań has decided to end the school year with a panache worthy of the largest cultural institutions. The premiere of a unique concert of the 20th and 21st century music performed by students will be held on 19 June 2021 at 6.30 p.m. on the Music School Complex's YouTube channel. The concert will be a kind of musical journey around the idea of Klangfarbenmelodie (sound-colour melody) and painting music.

The project is an original concept of the teachers of the Music School Complex in Poznań – Jakub Dera and Małgorzata Kwaśnik-Chmielewska. It was realized in cooperation with their students: Hugo Przybylski was responsible for the video and editing, and Zofia Jarząbek and Wojciech Śmierzchalski for the sound.

During the concert, music lovers will encounter a huge variety of music composed in the 20th and 21st centuries. The programme will include works by Olivier Messiaen (Hugo Przybylski – piano), Arnold Schönberg (Wojciech Śmierzchalski – piano), Witold Lutosławski (Estera Kędzierska – piano), Andrej Pushkarev (Jakub Jeżak – vibraphone), John O'Reilly (Aleksandra Patrzykont – xylophone, Arnold Dąbrowski – piano), Alice Gomez (Mateusz Haczyk – marimba), Barbara Kaszuba (Zosia Olesik – violin, Oliwia Nowak – cello, Eryk Legoń – accordion), Mikołaj Majkusiak (Eryk Legoń – accordion), Otto Ketting (Karol Łopiński – trumpet), Marek Pasieczny (Adam Struzik – guitar), Astor Piazzolla (Antoni Woźniak – saxophone), Bartosz Kowalski (Cecylia Szczech – harp), Krzysztof Penderecki (Feliks Kucharski – clarinet), Tadeusz Baird (Michał Pokrzywa – clarinet, Aleksander Kistowski – piano) and Folke Rabe (Music School Complex Choir).

Jakub Dera will also present the main ideas of music created in the 20th and 21st centuries and its relationship with painting in search of extramusical content encoded in works of art. Most of the concert material was recorded in the Gallery of Polish Painting and in the Spanish Hall of the National Museum.

More information: https://www.zsm.poznan.pl/index.html 

Poznań | 31st Malta Festival

MaltaThe 31st edition of Malta Festival Poznań will be held on 18-29 June 2021 under the motto “Back to the Ground”. After months of confinement and living primarily in the virtual world, the artists are returning to the roots. We will once again come together to celebrate art in real life, in urban space, outdoors and in the comfortable seats in theatre halls.

The organisers focus on presenting the work of outstanding artists from the contemporary culture scene. As always, there will be diversity and consistency: over the course of twelve days, we will see 143 events (136 admission-free) created by 612 artists, staged in 24 venues. Resistance, involvement, solidarity and responsibility are the thematic denominator for this year’s international programme. The events scheduled in the main programme of the festival will be held primarily in the Wieniawski and Moniuszko Parks.

A major highlight of this year’s edition will be the world premiere of the Krynicki Project concert by three outstanding composers of Polish classical music, namely Paweł Mykietyn, Alek Nowak, and Paweł Szymański. Each of the artists was commissioned by the Malta Festival to compose musical pieces to illustrate the poems of Ryszard Krynicki, one of the most important Polish contemporary poets. Although the artist currently lives in Kraków, he had spent most of his life in Poznań. In 2018, he was awarded the title of Honorary Citizen of the City of Poznań. Each of the pieces composed differs in form and was written with a different set of instruments in mind. Paweł Mykietyn will present an audial installation titled Miasto (City). Paweł Szymański has composed a short piece called Dwa wiersze Krynickiego (Two Poems by Krynicki) for vocal and instrumental trio to the poems That’s Your Problem and Cats, featuring Krzysztof Materna, Justyna Wójcińska and Magdalena Pikuła. Aleksander Nowak has created I Symfonia – Prawda? (Symphony No. 1 – Truth?), which will be performed by Sinfonia Varsovia conducted by Bassem Akiki.

Full programme is available at: https://malta-festival.pl/pl 

Warsaw | Final Concert of the 62nd Tadeusz Baird Competition for Young Composers

ZKPThe Polish Composers' Union invites you to the final concert of the 62nd Tadeusz Baird Competition for Young Composers, which will take place on 18 June 2021 at 8.00 p.m. at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

Tadeusz Baird Competition for Young Composers (formerly known as the Youth Competition of the Polish Composers' Union) has been organized annually since 1958. Its aim is to help young Polish composers launch their careers and to encourage their independent activity. Until 2008, the main prize – the Tadeusz Baird Award of USD 2500 for further composition studies – had been funded by Alina Sawicka-Baird, the Composer's wife. Currently, the main prize is sponsored by the PZU Foundation. Honourable mentions are financed by the Polish Composers' Union Management Board. Since 2003, the Competition has been divided into two stages. The pieces qualified by the jury for the 2nd stage are performed during a public concert, after which the final verdict is announced.

On 18 June, such concert will be held for the eighteenth time. We will hear 6 pieces: Isomorphic Reflection for 4 clarinets (Coal2 emblem), ...Breathe for 4 violins (D.502 emblem), Grand Père for 4 trumpets (Lavage de cerveaux emblem), Kanchendzong for 4 trumpets (Perseus emblem), Secco for 4 clarinets (emblem TotoXro), Co w lesie piszczy for 4 clarinets (emblem XXX12321). The final results of the Competition will be announced on 19 June in the evening.

The concert is organized as part of the "Music" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.