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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/ 

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

ZKPPolish 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.

Katowice | Are you waiting for the Chopin Competition? Listen to the young pianists before they take part in the big tournament

NOSPRThe qualifying rounds for the long-awaited 18th International Chopin Piano Competition will start soon. Therefore, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra invites you to "Saturday with Chopin"! A concert of four outstanding Polish pianists, who will compete for participation in the great competition in just a few weeks, will be held on 12 June 2021 between 3.30 and 9.30 p.m. The programme will also include interactive events for the whole family.

Who knows if this group of four promising pianists does not include the future laureate of the Competition? The chances are high as the artists, despite their young age, have already won numerous competitions. Aleksandra Świgut received, among others, the second place award at the 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments. Andrzej Wierciński missed only three tenths of a point during the previous edition of the Chopin Competition to reach the final. The youngest participants, Mateusz Tomica and Joanna Goranko, are both students of the Academy of Music in Katowice, which has educated many competition winners.

The pianists will perform during the two-part concert, which will last from 6.00 to 9.00 p.m. For those who want to watch only the second part of the concert marathon, tickets will be available during the break, scheduled for around 7.30 p.m. Before the concert, at 5.00 p.m., the journalist Andrzej Sułek will talk about the Competition in the PNRSO foyer. Before the evening series of recitals begins, at 3.30 p.m., families with children will be able to take part in an interactive concert performed by Michał Dziewior. After the concert, around 4:45-5:30 pm, children are invited to participate in the workshops “Painting with sound. Around Chopin”. From 5.45 to 7.30 p.m., a common room will be available for children whose parents are at the concert.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: www.nospr.org.pl 

Kraków | Feliks Nowowiejski's "The Return of the Prodigal Son" at the Kraków Philharmonic

FWMOn 12 June 2021 at 6.00 p.m., the Orchestra of the Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic in Olsztyn under the direction of Piotr Sulkowski, accompanied by the Mixed Choir of the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic in Kraków, will perform Feliks Nowowiejski's oratorio The Return of the Prodigal Son.

Nowowiejski wrote his oratorio The Return of the Prodigal Son in 1901 during his stay in Berlin, where he studied with the outstanding composer and conductor Max Bruch. His influence as well as that of other late Romantics, especially Antonín Dvořák, are heard in this youthful oratorio based on a biblical story. The German librettist Theobald Rehbaum removed the figure of the righteous brother and added the figure of a mother who immediately forgives her lost son. However, the father's heart turns out to be much more hardened than in the parable described by Jesus. The addition of a female voice and a conflict – the wife must persuade her strict husband to forgive their son – gave the composer the opportunity to use a wider range of means of musical expression.

Nowowiejski enchants the listeners with rich, sensual instrumentation: the symphony orchestra has been extended with an enlarged percussion set, including, among others, lyra, a kind of bells, as well as celesta, harp and organ (beloved by the composer). Each of the three parts of the work, entitled Son, Mother and Father, is preceded by a short a cappella motet for four-voice choir. Three solo voices: mezzo-soprano (Mother), tenor (Son) and bass (Father) speak one by one, only to intertwine in the finale, in the trio of a reconciled family. The solo parts during the ucpoming concert will be performed by Agnieszka Rehlis (mezzo-soprano), Arnold Rutkowski (tenor) and Łukasz Konieczny (bass).

More information: https://filharmonia.olsztyn.pl/koncert/powrot-syna-marnotrawnego-f-nowowiejskiego-w-krakowie/ 

Toruń | Piano weekend with TOS – 50th death anniversary of Igor Stravinsky

TOSAs part of this year's long-term project "Great Composers – Great Anniversaries", the idea of ​​which is to honour the memory of brilliant artists, the second weekend of June will be devoted to Igor Stravinsky.

This year marks the 50th death anniversary of the Russian composer, author of such groundbreaking works as The Rite of Spring and Firebird. On this occasion, the Toruń Symphony Orchestra has prepared four different events. You will be able to attend a symphonic concert preceded by an introductory meeting led by Andrzej Sułek, piano recitals, meetings with artists as well as to watch Michał Szymanowski's lecture on Piano Work by Igor Stravinsky on the orchestra's YouTube channel.

The programme of the events on 11-13 June 2021 includes not only the works of the "composer of a thousand and one styles". We will also hear pieces by Fryderyk Chopin, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Zygmunt Stojowski, Karol Szymanowski and Marek Tomaszewski. They will be perfromed by outstanding soloists, winners of prestigious music competitions – piano virtuosos Krzysztof Książek and Michał Szymanowski. Fragments of Stravinsky's ballets and Mike Oldfield's film music will be presented in extremely interesting arrangements by Marek Tomaszewski. The concert on 11 June, "Fireworks," will also mark the end of the 42nd artistic season of the Toruń Symphony Orchestra, which will perform under the baton of maestro Dainius Pavilionis.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme: https://tos.art.pl 

Warsaw | Closing of the 2020/2021 Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Season. In memory of Maestro Kazimierz Kord

KordThe upcoming symphonic concerts on 11 and 12 June 2021, which closes the 2020/2021 Concert Season of the Warsaw Philharmonic, will be dedicated to the memory of Maestro Kazimierz Kord.

The Great Conductor and charismatic Artist held the position of the General and Artistic Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic in 1977-2001. He introduced the Philharmonic to the year of its 100th anniversary, preparing a series of wonderful concerts with the participation of the greatest stars of concert halls around the world. Under his baton, the Philharmonic ensembles have also recorded many CDs, mainly with Polish music (especially contemporary), of which Maestro has always been a great admirer and promoter. Kazimierz Kord's funeral will take place on 12 June at 1.00 p.m. in the Church of Saint Martin of Tours in Krzeszowice (1 Grunwaldzka St.).

During the June concerts, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir under the baton of Andrzej Boreyko will perform Witold Lutosławski's Funeral Music as well as works by Gustav Mahler and Pyotr Tchaikovsky. The Friday concert will be broadcast on the Polish Radio Channel 2.

The Condolence Book, which will be given to the Artist's Family, is available on the Warsaw Philharmonic's webstie.

Information about tickets: http://filharmonia.pl/ 

Antonin | 3rd Polish Radio Chopin Festival – in Antonin and on the air

PRCThe 3rd Festival of Polish Radio Chopin will take place on 8-13 June 2021 in the Hunting Palace of the Radziwiłł Princes in Antonin, where Chopin stayed in 1829. The concerts of this year's edition entitled "Around Chopin, Paderewski and Żeleński" and the preceding lectures will be broadcast on Polish Radio Chopin.

The programme of the 3rd Festival was built around two important anniversaries in 2021: the 100th anniversary of the death of Władysław Żeleński and the 80th anniversary of the death of Ignacy Jan Paderewski. The piano works and song of these composers alongside the works of Fryderyk Chopin will constitute the repertoire of all concerts and lectures.

This year's edition will consist of 3 vocal and instrumental concerts (performed by: soprano Bożena Bujnicka with pianist Marek Szlezer, bass-baritone Stanisław Kierner and pianist Michał Rot, and singing actor Jacek Kotlarski with the band of jazz pianist Kuba Stankiewicz), 2 piano recitals (of Karol Radziwonowicz, considered to be the most outstanding performer of Paderewski's works, and Mateusz Dubiel) as well as a chamber concert (with the participation of the famous Polish cellist Marcin Zdunek and Paweł Wakarecy, finalist of the 16th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw).

The lectures will be delivered by professors from the universities in Kraków (Prof. Małgorzata Sokalska), Poznań (Prof. Justyna Humięcka-Jakubowska) and Wrocław (Dr Agnieszka Drożdżewska) and journalists from Polish Radio Chopin: Magdalena Sawicka, Marcin Gmys and Jakub Puchalski.

The current edition will continue the tradition of world premieres of piano compositions written on a special commission from the Polish Radio Chopin. During the inaugural concert, Marek Szlezer will perform the monumental Fantasie by Krzysztof Meyer. We will also hear Władysław Żeleński's Roma – a piece written for the 100th anniversary of Chopin's birth in 1910, which has never been recorded so far.

More information: https://www.polskieradio.pl/326 

Kuyavia full of musical turmoil!

TOS13 events will take place between 31 May and 28 August 2021 as part of the Toruń Symphony Orchestra project "Kujawy pełne muzycznej wrzawy!" [Kuyavia full of musical turmoil!] : 12 chamber concerts carried out in 6 educational and care institutions and the final symphonic concert. The aim of the project is to popularize the cultural heritage of the region and strengthen durability of folk traditions among the local community with limited access to cultural events.

A mini-series of two concerts with Kuyavian music performed by a folk band and dancers, and with pieces by Polish composers referring to native folklore, will take place in Świecie, Steklinek, Kikół, Obrów, Wąbrzeźno and Kowalewo Pomorskie. The events will be hosted by experienced announcers.

Concerts "A dzień dobry Kujawy!" [Good Morning Kuyavia!] on 31 May – 15 June will be devoted to folk music from the Kuyavia region. The folk band Toruniacy and a dance couple will present songs from the Kuyavia region arranged by their own ensemble. The "Muzyka Polska" [Polish Music] concerts on 15-30 June will feature works by Polish composers interpreted by outstanding artists of the young generation. Piano trio composed of students of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz will perform pieces by Andrzej Panufnik, Henryk Wieniawski, Oskar Kolberg, Fryderyk Chopin, Feliks Rybicki, Kazimierz Wiłkomirski and Wojciech Kilar. The final concert "Kujawy symfonicznie" [Kuyavia Symphonically] on 28 August at the CKK Jordanki Concert Hall in Toruń will be hosted by musicologist Piotr Matwiejczuk. The works by Fryderyk Chopin, Michał Kleofas Ogiński, Władysław Żeleński, Magdalena Cynk, Wojciech Kilar and Romuald Twardowski will be performed by the Toruń Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the Lithuanian conductor Dainius Pavilionis.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://tos.art.pl