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Warsaw | 19th Music Gardens Festival

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The 19th Music Gardens Festival will be held on 30 June – 28 July 2019 in the Grand Courtyard of the Royal Castle in Warsaw, under a huge, air-conditioned tent, which can accommodate 1000 spectators.

The Music Gardens Festival has been taking place in Warsaw since 2001. Every year, the Festival programme is comprised of rebroadcasts of the best opera and ballet productions (from, among other houses, the Metropolitan Opera and the Bolshoi Theatre, as well as the Aix-en-Provence, Salzburg and Bregenz Festivals), live concerts – both symphonic and chamber music – as well as music films and film recordings of concerts. Also a special educational and artistic programme for children is organized as part of the festival: the Children’s Music Gardens.

The programme of the 19th Gardens will include 21 film screenings and 5 live concerts. The festival prologue will feature film music of Krzysztof Komeda, Henryk Kuźniak and Jerzy Matuszkiewicz. During the inauguration concert, Janusz Wawrowski, who plays the Stradivarius violin from 1685, together with the Warsaw Players' string orchestra will present, among others, works by Mieczysław Karłowicz and Mieczysław Weinberg. Songs from Moniuszko's Songbook for Home Use will be presented on 15 July in the original interpretation by Agata Zubel, Andrzej Bauer and Cezary Duchnowski.

Since 2008, another inspiration for successive editions of the Festival has been the culture and art of the countries taking over the leadership of the European Council on the day the festival begins, i.e. in the second half of each year. This year, no less than three countries will serve as the Guests of Honor: Finland, which begins its presidency at the European Council on 1 July 2019; Romania, which will lead the Council in the first half of 2019; and, for the second time, Austria. On 8 July, an evening devoted to Leonardo da Vinci will include a concert of Sławomir Zubrzycki on viola organista, an instrument invented by Leonardo da Vinci.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://www.ogrodymuzyczne.pl/ 

Kraków | 5th Sinfonietta Festival


"Stars and Strings" is the title of the fifth Sinfonietta Festival at the National Museum in Kraków which announces the unique, twenty-fifth season of Sinfonietta Cracovia. The Krakow Orchestra will celebrate with American grandeur on 30 June – 6 July 2019.

The festival will start with minimal music. The director of Sinfonietta – Jurek Dybał will present works of John Cage, Steve Reich, Philip Glass and John Adams. The famous In C by Terry Riley's will be performed under his baton by... the audience!

The "For Our Freedom and Yours" concert will be held in the beautiful interiors of the Krakow Cloth Hall – maintained in the spirit of the broadly understood American idea of ​​freedom and friendship between the nations. The world-famous tenor Stanley Jackson will sing for the first time in Polish! In addition to the songs by Ignacy Jan Paderewski to the words of Adam Mickiewicz, the American singer will perform spirituals songs. This concert will also premiere Jubilee Sinfonietta written by the winner of the 5th International Composers' Competition "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta" under the honorary patronage of Professor Krzysztof Penderecki.

On the 4th of July, the American Independence Day, Sinfonietta Cracovia chamber musicians and friends will present works by George Gershwin, Steve Reich and Paweł Szymański. The annniversary edition of the Festival will end on 6 July with the final concert in the Cloth Hall featuring unique guests associated with Sinfonietta Cracovia for many years – world-renowned American conductor John Axelrod and legendary clarinettist Michel Lethiec.

Among the non-standard proposals there will be barbecue clubbing and open-air jam sessions.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available atwww.sinfonietta.pl 

Warsaw | Sinfonia Iuventus: Gershwin & Bizet


The Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus under the baton of Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk will present works of George Gershwin and Georges Bizet on 29 June 2019 at 7pm at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio. The renowned Polish pianist Paweł Kowalski will perform as a soloist.

The life of a piece of incidental music is often ephemeral – it does not outlast the run of a specific theatrical play for which it was written. Yet there are some exceptions from this rule. L’Arlésienne (also known as The Girl from Arles) is a play based on a novel by an eminent French writer Alphonse Daudet, an eulogist of beauty and the culture of Provence. Bizet arranged four particularly impressive fragments for an orchestra, featuring, inter alia, themes from Provençal folk music. After Bizet’s premature death, his friend, Ernest Guiraud, collated the second suite on the basis of surviving drafts. In time, both spectacular and colourful cycles turned out to be a major success and built up fame of the author, who had died at 37 in poverty, grief-stricken and with a sense that he had been completely underrated…

With the American composer George Gershwin, Bizet shared both his first name and nearly the same age at which both authors, all too soon, died – yet the similarities end here. Gershwin rose quickly to fame and recognition as a composer who, in an original approach, introduced elements of jazz into his symphonic and operatic music. This is also a characteristic of his Concerto in F Major, composed (1925) right after the immensely successful Rhapsody in Blue. In the intervening period of just one year between the two works, Gershwin’s talent and skills developed remarkably – the new piece, orchestrated by the author himself, is also a proof of excellent knowledge of form and facture, which was appreciated by both the audience and the critics, but also by pianists, who often include it in their repertoires.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/gershwin-bizet/ 

Łowicz | Golden Jubilee – Inauguration Concert of the 20th "Colors of Poland" Festival

FŁThe inauguration concert of the 20th Touring Festial of the Łódź Philharmonic "Colors of Poland" will be held on 29 June 2019 at 7.30pm in the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Nicholas in Łowicz.

In the jubilee year of the Łódź Philharmonic Choir, the programme of the "Colors of Poland" festival has to include a performance of this experienced ensemble. The choir has been enriching the repertoire of the Philharmonic since 1969. Previously, it operated as an amateur band.

The celebration of the golden jubilee began on 17 February 2019 and it will last until March 2020. During this time, there will be over a dozen concerts presenting diverse repertoire. "The philharmonic choir is composed of talented, fully engaged artists - professional enthusiasts whose skills have been appreciated not only by music lovers from Łódź – emphasizes Tomasz Bęben, the general director of the Łódź Philharmonic. – I'm glad that from season to season the choir becomes more and more recognizable as an ensemble of our institution".

The concert in Łowicz will feature works from various eras, from Baroque, through Classicism, to the 20th and 21st centuries. We will listen to, among others, the premiere of Glosa for trumpet and mixed choir by Krzysztof Grzeszczak, a composer associated with Łódź. The work is dedicated to: "Dawid Ber and the A. Rubinstein Łódź Philharmonic Choir on the occasion of the 50th Jubilee". Gloria by Sławomir Kaczorowski will also be performed for the first time. The programme will also include Missa Brevis by Krzysztof Penderecki and Bibi Synku, bi by Anna Rocławska.

More information athttps://filharmonia.lodz.pl/

Radziejowice | XI Letni Festiwal im. Jerzego Waldorffa

WaldorffXI edycja Letniego Festiwalu im. Jerzego Waldorffa w Radziejowicach rozpocznie się w piątek 28 czerwca, a ostatnie akordy Festiwalu wybrzmią w sobotę 6 lipca 2019.

Zgodnie z uchwałą Sejmu RP rok 2019 został ustanowiony Rokiem Stanisława Moniuszki. Dom Pracy Twórczej w Radziejowicach włącza się w rocznicowe obchody poświęcając temu wybitnemu kompozytorowi trzy spośród dziewięciu festiwalowych koncertów. Festiwal zainaugurują Dziady-Widma z tekstem II części Dziadów Adama Mickiewicza oraz muzyką z Widm Stanisława Moniuszki. Spektakl dramatyczny w inscenizacji i reżyserii Ryszarda Peryta wykona Polska Opera Królewska.

W programie festiwalowych koncertów znajdą się ponadto utwory Adama Jarzębskiego, Zygmunta Noskowskiego, Karola Szymanowskiego, Grażyny Bacewicz oraz Krzysztofa Komedy. Wśród wykonawców m.in. Orkiestra Symfoniczna Filharmonii Świętokrzyskiej im. Oskara Kolberga w Kielcach, Elbląska Orkiestra Kameralna, Royal String Qurtet, Polska Orkiestra Sinfonia Iuventus im. Jerzego Semkowa oraz znakomici soliści. Gospodarzem wieczorów będzie, jak co roku, Jerzy Kisielewski. Wszystkie koncerty odbędą się w Namiocie Festiwalowym, wstęp bezpłatny!

Szczegółowy program – na stroniehttp://palacradziejowice.pl/xi-letni-festiwal-im-jerzego-waldorffa-w-radziejowicach/

Toruń | 23d International Festival "Nova Music and Architecture"


The 23rd edition of the "Nova Music and Architecture" Festival will take place between 28 June and 7 August 2019. Many historic and modern architectural spaces of Toruń will be filled with an extremely rich range of musical presentations.

At the invitation of the organizers, the Toruń Symphony Orchestra, performers from many countries and different continents will come to the festival. There will be special programmes for children and entire families as well as unique meetings with organ, vocal, chamber and symphonic music.

The festival will start with Marek Napiórkowski's and Artur Lesicki's concert with the Toruń Symphony Orchestra, during which the musicians will present the most beautiful melodies of Polish film music released on the Celuloid album, nominated for the "Fyderyk" award. We will listen to works by Andrzej Kurylewicz, Tomasz Stańko, Marek Napiórkowski, Jerzy "Duduś" Matuszkiewicz, Krzysztof Komeda, Artur Lesicki, Andrzej Korzyński and Wojciech Kilar.

On 13 July at the Artus Court, the Ãtma Quartet string quartet will present a programme composed entirely of works by Polish composers: The String Quartet No. 3 "Paper-cuts" by Andrzej Panufnik, String Quartet "Pages of an Unwritten Diary" No. 3 by Krzysztof Penderecki and String Quartet op. 56 No. 2 by Karol Szymanowski. On August 10 in the Old Town Hall, tenor Piotr Buszewski accompanied by Aleksandra Seredyńska will perform, among others, Four songs op.11 by Karol Szymanowski and selected songs by Stanisław Moniuszko.

Full programme available athttp://muz-arch.pl

Polanica Zdrój | 28th International Organ and Chamber Concerts

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The 28th edition of the International Concerts of Organ and Chamber Music in Polanica-Zdrój will take place on 27 June – 5 September 2019.

International Concerts of Organ and Chamber Music in Polanica-Zdrój is a festival presenting great works of classical and contemporary music performed by renowned artists from Poland and abroad. In addition to important artistic goals, the concerts play a significant educational role through lectures on the history of music as well as socio-cultural role by cultivating the centuries-old tradition of concertising in the Lower Silesian temples, raising the cultural and tourist attractiveness of the region and promoting Polish musical culture among tourists from abroad.

The programme of this year's edition of the Festival will include works by outstanding organ music composers (J.S. Bach, F. Mendelsohn-Bartholdy, J. Pachelbel, G.F. Handel et al.) as well as organ transcriptions of classical and contemporary instrumental music. We will listen to, among others, works by Marian Sawa, Zbigniew Kruczek and Janusz Bielecki.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

DOWNLOAD: program Festiwalu

Katowice | Vivat Academia! Concert and meeting with prof. Joachim Pichura


The Institute for the Promotion and Dissemination of Music "Silesia" invites you to the next concert of the series "Vivat Academia!", which precedes the 90th anniversary of the Academy of Music in Katowice. The concert will take place on 27 June 2019 at 6pm at the Archdiocesan Museum in Katowice (16 Wita Stwosza St.).

Accordion music and the Silesian accordion school will be the main topic of a meeting with Professor Joachim Pichura in the Archdiocesan Museum. It is prof. Pichura who founded the accordion class at the State High School of Music in Katowice. Since the establishment of the Accordion Department in 1983, he has been its head. In the years 1982-87 he was a vice-rector, and in 1987-90 he held the office of the rector of the Katowice Music Academy. The June meeting and concert will be an opportunity to recall Professor's artistic activity as well as his competition successes, including the Grand Prix d'Europe in Saint-Etienne in 1985, and the Premio Internationale Citta di Castelfidardo in 1986. For many years he has been invited to the jury of well-known European competitions, he has also conducted master classes in Poland, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine and Slovakia. His pedagogical achievements are equally significant. Among his students were Franciszek Prus, Bogdan Precz, Marek Andrysek and Marcin Wyrostek.

The musical part of the evening will feature Symetrio – the ensemble of prominent young accordionists and pupils of prof. Joachim Pichury already known to the Silesian audience – Krystian Saciłowski, Marcin Jabłoński and Adam Potera. The programme will include: Franck Angelis – Étude sur le thème "Chiquilín de Bachín" by Astor Piazzolla, Václav Trojan – Tarantella for two accordions, Georgij Szenderiow – Concert suite, Marcin Jabłoński - Better together, Maria Kalaniemi – Ahma. The concert and meeting will be hosted by Grażyna Brewińska.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.silesia.art.pl/

Warsaw | 60th Baird Competition Final Concert


The final concert of the 60th Tadeusz Baird Young Composers' Competition will be held on 25 June 2019 (Tuesday) at 7pm in the PWM Edition Concert Hall at 8 Aleksandra Fredry Street in Warsaw.

Tadeusz Baird Young Composers' Competition (formerly called the Youth Competition of the Polish Composers' Union) has been organized annually since 1958. Its aim is to enable young Polish composers to start their professional life and encourage them to work independently. The main prize – the Tadeusz Baird Award – in the amount of $ 2,500 for further compositional studies is funded by Alina Sawicka-Baird, wife of the Composer. In this edition, the main prize was funded by Marta Ptaszyńska. Honorable mentions are funded by the Main Board of the Polish Composers' Union. Since 1990, the Tadeusz Baird Competition is open to all Polish composers who has not turned 35 years (previously it was intended only for graduates of the composition classes of the state music high schools). The subject of the competition is different each year.

Since 2003, the competition has two stages. The works that have been qualified to the 2nd stage are performed during a public concert, after which the final verdict is announced and the names of the winners are revealed. Such a concert will take place for the sixteenth time. The programme will include: Magic Squares (emblem Triangle), Une saison dans rêve (emblem Rimarth), Singing at the end of the day (emblem Chestnut 12), Sublimation (emblem TBQ), String Quartet Shapes (emblem Maple leave). The works will be performed by POLONIKA string quartet: Paulina Kusa – I violin, Anna Szalińska-Zaziębło – II violin, Magdalena Małecka-Wippich – viola, Krystyna Wiśniewska – cello.

The jury of this year's competition is composed of: Eugeniusz Knapik – chairman, Krzysztof Baculewski, Miłosz Bembinow, Arkadiusz Kubica and Hanna Kulenty.

The concert is organized by the Polish Composers' Union in cooperation with the PWM Edition and ZAiKS Authors' Association with funds from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Music" programme.