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Warsaw | Meeting with Lady Camilla Panufnik


A meeting with Lady Camilla Panufnik, led by Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska, the author of the monograph of Sir Andrzej Panufnik (1914-1991), will be held on 18 November 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Eufonie Festival Office (17 Krakowskie Przedmieście St.).

On 17 November in the Warsaw Philharmonic, during the concert of the 2nd “Eufonie” Festival, we had a chance to listen to an excellent performance of Cello Concerto by Andrzej Panufnik, one of the most outstanding 20th-century Polish composers. The theme of the meeting with his wife will be the composer's life and work in the context of historical events that determined his fate. The meeting will be conducted in English, but the introduction and summary will be presented in Polish.

Lady Camilla Panufnik – English photographer, author of several books, including parental guides and photograph albums, wife of the deceased Andrzej Panufnik. She collaborated with many charitable organizations, and has for many years been engaged in the popularization of Polish music in the world. Camilla Jessel was the daughter of the English Navy’s commander emeritus. In her youth, she lived with her father in India, travelled through Africa and the United States, and studied in Paris at the Sorbonne. In April 2014, she was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit to Culture - Gloria Artis. Lady Camilla Panufnik sits on the most important advice on British cultural activities. She is considered one of the most influential people in the music world of Great Britain.

Admission to this unique event is free!

Warszaw | International Organ Concerts 2019


The Collegiate Church of the Evangelical Reformed Parish in Warsaw cordially invites you to the Evangelical Reformed Church for a cycle of organ recitals on the historic organs of the Schlag und Söhne company from 1900.

This wonderfully renovated historic instrument is used not only during the Sunday liturgy. Its beautiful and warm sound can be admired also during organ recitals, which are held on the fourth Sunday of every month of 2019 at 7.00 p.m. (exceptionally on the third Sunday of December). During the tenth jubilee edition, outstanding musicians from six European countries will perform: Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Greece, Italy and Poland. The artistic director of the festival is Michał Markuszewski.

Admission to all concerts is free,

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.festiwal.reformowani.pl

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Warsaw | Concert on the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Mieczysław Weinberg

WajnbergA symphony concert on the 100th anniversary of Mieczysław Wajnberg's birth will take place on 23 November 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Warsaw Philharmonic.

Written eighty years ago, Dmitry Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 6 is one of the most original pieces in this genre in the composer’s oeuvre. It is also one of the shortest. It lasts a mere half an hour and, similarly to the Second, the Third and subsequently the Ninth, it is blessed with an unusual architecture: a huge Largo followed by two fast movements: Allegro and Presto. The political situation was not conducive to a positive reception of the piece, and Shostakovich was accused of not being sufficiently “committed”. After all, the author of Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District had announced that he was working on a grand thanksgiving symphony in honour of Lenin, featuring solo singers and a choir, but of course, he never wrote it. Instead, he composed a monumental fresco in the spirit of Mahler with an almost vulgar and only superficially optimistic finale seemingly artificially tagged on to the end.

In the year that Shostakovich completed his Symphony No. 6, twenty-year-old Mieczysław Weinberg graduated in piano from the Warsaw Conservatoire and started composing his first pieces. It was then that he began his flight to the east – first to Minsk and then to Tashkent (where he met Dmitry Shostakovich) and finally to Moscow in 1943, where he settled for good. Of the dozen works he produced for solo instrument and orchestra, it is his Violin Concerto from 1960 that has recently won an influential group of admirers headed by Gidon Kremer keen to promote it in the concert world. One truly indefatigable champion of Weinberg’s music in Poland is Gabriel Chmura, who at this special concert will conduct the four-movement Sinfonietta No. 1 from 1948, a work suffused with Jewish folklore.

Piotr Maculewicz

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.pl/koncerty-i-bilety/repertuar/koncert-symfoniczny227 

Warsaw | Academic and Artistic Conference "Polish Cello Sonata"


The 1st National Academic and Artistic Conference devoted to Polish Cello Sonata will take place on 23 and 24 November 2019 at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music on the initiative of the Dean of the Instrumental Department, Professor Tomasz Strahl.

The conference’s aim is to familiarize participants with the repertoire of cello sonatas written by Polish composers through the lectures given by outstanding cellists, representing the largest music centers in Poland: Tomasz Strahl, Andrzej Wróbel, Piotr Hausenplas, Tadeusz Samerek, Renata Marzec, Stanisław Firlej, Urszula Marciniec-Mazur. The presentations will be held on Saturday (23 November) from 11 am. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday (24 November) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The second day of the conference will feature a concert at the Henryk Melcer Chamber Hall at 6 p.m. The programme will include the discussed cello sonatas by Fryderyk Chopin, Mieczysław Weinberg, Halina Krzyżanowska and Ludomir Różycki.

Full programme available athttp://www.chopin.edu.pl/pl/2019/10/polska-sonata-wiolonczelowa 

Kraków | Premiere of Marta Ptaszyńska's "Double Concerto"


Marta Ptaszyńska's Double Concerto for piano, cello and orchestra will be premiered on 22 November 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at the Polish Aviation Museum in Kraków.

Double concerto for piano, cello and orchestra is a new four-part piece by Marta Ptaszyńska, Polish composer and percussionist. The solo parts during its premiere will be performed by pianist Marek Szlezer and cellist Jan Kalinowski, who perform as the Cracow Duo. The Strad magazine wrote about the ensemble: “Kalinowski and Szlezer, friends since childhood, have a wonderfully natural rapport and there is an arresting quality to their playing that gives life to the music”. The fascination with Polish music makes them actively engaged in promoting native culture in the country and abroad, presenting to the audience works for cello and piano, including a number of contemporary pieces, written especially for the duo by Polish and foreign artists. A great example is the new work by Marta Ptaszyńska, which was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme, implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

This evening, the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Paweł Kapuła will also perform Polish Melodies, Op. 47 Mieczysław Weinberg, a suite inspired by Polish dances, and Symphony No. 5 by Antonín Dvořák.

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.krakow.pl/Home/8525-KONCERT_SYMFONICZNY.html 

Nowa Ruda | The final of the free improvisation workshops for children "Tell me a story" 2019


This year's last edition of workshops for children oragnised by the Polish Society for Contemporary Music, during which the youngest participants will learn, play and improvise in the company of great musicians and unusual books, will be held on 22 and 23 November 2019 in Nowa Ruda.

The main idea of ​​the project is to trigger graphic-inspired improvisations. Children will create their own stories based on picture books. The improvised fairy tales will be then "translated" into musical language under the guidance of the class leaders. Improvisation is the most basic, primary and joyful form of music performance, which is why the workshops combine children's creativity and imagination with books and contemporary music.In addition to playing with improvisations and books, children will learn various techniques of sound extraction, which expose its color and dynamic values, and will also be able to play drums on their own. The musical guests of the upcoming workshops will be: Izabela Buchowska (cello), Bartosz Smorągiewicz (saxophone) and Jarosław Siwiński (composer). Adventure through improvisation with artists will be led by double-bassist Małgorzata Kołcz.

Participation in the workshops is free, although it requires previous reservation. The workshops for kindergartens and schools will take place on 22 November (groups can be registered by phone 74 872 44 85 or by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The workshops for children with parents will take place at the Municipal Culture Centre in Nowa Ruda on 23 November: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – children aged 3-5; h. 12:00 p.m. – 13:30 p.m. – children aged 6-8 years (registration of participants by phone 790 395 228 and by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://ptmw.art.pl/warsztaty-improwizacji-dla-dzieci-opowiedz-mi-bajke-2/final-warsztatow-improwizacji-dla-dzieci-opowiedz-mi-bajke-2019-nowa-ruda/ 

Kraków | Marek Stachowski – Zbigniew Bujarski. Masters and students

Stachowski Bujarski

A concert "Marek Stachowski – Zbigniew Bujarski" in the "Master and their students" series, organized by the Academy of Music in Kraków and the Board of the Polish Composers' Union – Kraków Branch, will take place on 21 November 2019 at 6 p.m. in the chamber hall of the Academy of Music in Kraków.

The culture passed down from generation to generation is mainly based on the master-student relationship. Hence the series of autumn concerts, entitled "Masters and their students", presenting outstanding composers – educators and their pupils, who are now mature artists. In connection with this year's celebration of the 15th anniversary of the death of Prof. Marek Stachowski and the anniversary of the death of Prof. Zbigniew Bujarski, the fifth edition of the series will be devoted to these composers. The concert will also feature compositions of the students of both Masters – Wojciech Widłak and Marcel Chyrzyński (from the class of Prof. Stachowski) as well as Michael Gatonska and Mendi Mengjiqi (from the class of Prof. Bujarski).

The special guest of the event will be Mendi Mengjiqi – Albanian composer, who currently teaches composition at the University of Music in Pristina (Kosovo). His works are performed in many countries around the world. In 2008, his composition was chosen in the International Competition as the National Anthem of the Republic of Kosovo. The meeting with Mengjiqi will be led by Marcin Strzelecki, PHD – music theorist and composer associated with the Krakow Academy of Music.

Admission to the event is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Katowice | 7th International Days of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki

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The 7th International Days of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, devoted to an outstanding visionary, mystic and one of the greatest world artists of the 20th century, will be held from 11 November to 6 December 2019 in Katowice under the slogan "ReGenerations".

The title of the edition introduces the idea of ​​combining different music generations among creators, performers and recipients, as well as the regeneration of music reception in various age groups. The Silesian Philharmonic Community in a special way cares about propagating the achievements of its Patron, through concerts, recordings and publications. As part of this edition of the event, we will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Poland and Italy, which will solemnly emphasize the performance of Górecki's Concerto-Cantata, Op. 65 for flute and orchestra by the Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Italian conductor, Massimiliano Caldi and with the Italian soloist Raffaele Trevisani.

On 11 November, two concerts of sacred music will be held as a prelude to the festival. The inaugural concert will take place in the concert hall of the Silesian Philharmonic on 15 November with the participation of the Silesian Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Robert Kabara. The programme will include two premieres: Industrial Concerto for harpsichord, string Orchestra and multimedia by Adam Wesołowski and Spindles for harpsichord, electronic effects and chamber orchesta by Jerzy Kornowicz. The soloist will be an outstanding harpsichord player, Aleksandra Gajecka-Antosiewicz.

The 9 festival concerts will feature works by Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz, Marek Jasiński, Andrzej Koszewski, Józef Świder, Adrian Robak, Piotr Pudełko, Wojciech Kilar, Mieczysław Weinberg, Paweł Mykietyn, Jaroław Mamczarski, Aleksander Nowak, Aleksander Lasoń and Krzysztof Meyer. The list of performers will include Marcin Zdunik, Chikara Imamura, Władysław Szymański, Piotr Sałajczyk, Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, Ewa Tracz, Stanisław Kuflyuk, and Emilia Stańczyk (granddaughter of the patron). The festival programme will be complemented by a number of fringe events in the form of educational concerts, film screenings, city games or screenplay games.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Music", "Musical Trace" and "Composing Commissions" programmes implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available athttps://filharmonia-slaska.eu/7-mdhmg/

Lublin | Stanisław Moniuszko and sacred music


The next concert in the "Fonie Lublina" series will take place on 17 November 2019 at 4 p.m. in the Basilica of the Dominican Friars in Lublin. The programme will be filled with sacred music.

This time the Moniuszko's music will be presented in the context of a wide cross-section of Polish religious works. We will listen to Moniuszko's religious songs and fragments of his operas with references to religious music as well as his organ preludes, performed much less frequently than vocal-instrumental music. The programme will be complemented by organ and choral compositions by other composers of sacred music, including Mieczysław Surzyński. The pieces will be performed by soprano Dorota Szostak-Gąska, tenor Jakub Gąska, organist Elżbieta Charlińska and Boys' Choir The Lublin Nightingales under the direction of Irena Sołtan-Wąsik. The concert will be hosted by Ewa Kuszewska.

The concert is held under the honorary patronage of the Mayor of Lublin Krzysztof Żuk and the Voivode of Lublin Przemysław Czarnek. Admission to the event is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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