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Warsaw | 19th Music Gardens Festival

Ogrody muzyczne

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/ 

7th International Copernicus Choir Festival and Competition „Per Musicam ad Astra”

Per musicam

7th International Copernicus Choir Festival and Competition "Per Musicam ad Astra" will be held on 29 June – 3 July 2019 in Toruń and Chełmża. The event is organized by the "Astrolabium" Choral Music Enthusiasts Society in Toruń and co-organized by the German agency Meeting Music and the Tumska 14 Association in Chełmża.

This year's edition will feature ensembles from the Philippines, Indonesia, Lithuania, Latvia, Malaysia, Poland, South Africa, Taiwan and the USA. The programme of the 7th edition of "Per Musicam ad Astra" will include competition auditions and festival concerts with the participation of the contending choirs top out with a competition for the Nicolaus Copernicus Grand Prix in the amount of 5,000 EUR. Two of the the festival events, the aim of which is to present the broad spectrum of choral music, support the work of young composers and promote Polish culture, deserve special attention.

On 1 July in the Main Hall of the Artus Court, the proMODERN ensemble will present the proMODERN shakespired programme featuring music of Polish composers inspired by the works of Shakespeare. The concert is organized in cooperation with the Marshal's Office of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship as part of the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the Local Government. A special concert entitled Swinging chimes – the spinner in distress will feature jazz arrangements of nineteenth-century music, including Stanisław Moniuszko's compositions, made by Jarek Kostka.

For all concerts and auditions the entrance is free. Only for the inauguration concert and 2 special concerts there will be free tickets available to collect at the box office of the Artus Court on weekdays between 12-18pm and, subject to availability, before the concert.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/PerMusicamAdAstra/ and http://pmaa.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 | 11th Jerzy Waldorff Summer Festival


The 11th edition of the Jerzy Waldorf Summer Festival in Radziejowice will be held between 28 June and 6 July 2019.

The year 2019 sees the 200th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko. The House of Creative Work in Radziejowice joins the anniversary celebrations by devoting three of the nine festival concerts to this outstanding composer. The festival will be inaugurated by Dziady-Widma with the text of the second part of Dziady by Adam Mickiewicz and music from the Widma by Stanisław Moniuszko. The dramatic spectacle in the staging and direction of Ryszard Peryt will be performed by the Polish Royal Opera.

The programme of festival concerts will also include works by Adam Jarzębski, Zygmunt Noskowski, Karol Szymanowski, Grażyna Bacewicz and Krzysztof Komeda. Among the performers we will find the Symphony Orchestra of the Oskar Kolberg Świętokrzyska Philharmonicin Kielce, Elbląg Chamber Orchestra, Royal String Qurtet, Jerzy Semkow Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus and renowned soloists. The host of the festival evenings will be, as every year, Jerzy Kisielewski. All concerts will take place in the Festival Tent. Admission free!

Full programme available athttp://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

Warsaw | The Solo Flute Project

Serhii Vilka

A concert titled "The Solo Flute Project" will take place on 27 June 2019 at 6pm in the Ukrainian House in Warsaw (1 Zamenhofa St.), featuring premieres of the works by Polish and Ukrainian composers dedicated to the composer, multiinstrumentalist and conductor Serhiy Vilce.

Serhi Vilka is a graduate of the P. Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine in Kiev (flute class of Serhiy Neugodnikov and composition class of Yevhen Stankowycz). He is a co-founder of Sed Contra Ensemble in Kiev. His orchestral and chamber works were performed in Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, the USA, Austria, Moldova and Armenia. Currently, as a scholarship holder of the "Gaude Polonia" in Warsaw, under the supervision of the director of the "Warsaw Autumn" Festival, Jerzy Kornowicz, he is working on new compositions. He was also admitted to the Youth Circle of the Polish Composers' Union.

Serhii Vilka has made over 100 world and Ukrainian premieres of musical works as a soloist and member of chamber ensembles. The upcoming concert will feature Polish premieres of the works dedicated to the artist: Zub' by Oleg Bezborodka, Virus by Andriy Merkel and Breath by Lubawa Sydorenko. The flutist will also perform the world premiere of Insomnia at Dawn composed especially for him by the president of the Youth Circle of the Polish Composers' Union, Aleksandra Chmielewska. For the first time in Poland, the audienco will also listen to Together with light air by Serhija Pilyutikova and A (i) rietta by Serhiy Vilka.

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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 

Polanica Zdrój | 28th International Organ and Chamber Concerts

Polanica Zdroj

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