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Warsaw | 19th Franciszek Wybrańczyk Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City Festival


The 19th edition of the Franciszek Wybrańczyk Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City Festival will take place on 31 May – 7 June 2019. Four concerts have been scheduled in three locations in Warsaw on both sides of the river in the course of one week. The 19th edition of the Festival also celebrates the 85th birthday anniversary of Franciszek Wybrańczyk – founder of the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra and originator of the Festival.

The Festival kicks off with a concert titled “A Symphony of Dance” (31 May, 7:30 p.m.) in the Concert Pavilion at 272 Grochowska Street. The Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra will play Moniuszko’s Grand Mazurka from the opera Halka, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet fantasy-overture and Grieg’s Symphonic Dances. The virtuoso solo part in Saint-Saëns’ Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso will be performed by Anna Maria Staśkiewicz – laureate of the Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition and concert master of the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra. The conductor will be Australian Benjamin Bayl in his first appearance with the Orchestra.

On the second day of the Festival Sinfonia Varsovia Brass invites listeners to the intriguing interiors of Prochownia Żoliborz to a concert titled “Brass on the Grass” (2 June, 4:00 p.m.). Under the trees of Żeromski Park, the ensemble will play works originally written for brass ensemble, showcasing the merits of these instruments. The pieces are perfect to spend an afternoon listening to music on the grass and will provide an opportunity to become familiar with lively sounds combining jazz, Latin-American and film scores.

The third event of the Festival, a concert in Prom Kultury Saska Kępa will consist of classical repertoire. “Sextet in the Prom” (3 June, 7:00 p.m.) will be a musical meeting of talented, versatile pianist Krzysztof Książek and the Sinfonia Varsovia Wind Quintet. The musicians will tackle works written by Polish and French composers: Bacewicz, Paderewski, Poulenc, and Thuille.

The 19th Franciszek Wybrańczyk Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City Festival concludes in the Concert Pavilion. Dance rhythms and the enormous energy of classical music will be presented by the full cast of the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra under the direction of Adam Sztaba. In “Friday Night Fever” (7 June, 7:30 p.m.), the musicians will play some audience favourites, including Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Shostakovich's Waltz from Jazz Suite, Kilar’s Polonaise and Piazzolla’s Libertango.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available atwww.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Katowice | Accordion, clarinet and violin


On 5 June 2019 at 19.30pm, the Institution for the Promotion and Dissemination of Music Silesia invites you to a concert in "The Youth's Wednesday" series at the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra concert hall in Katowice. The event will feature works for accordion, violin and clarinet by Andrzej Tuchowski and Mikołaj Majkusiak.

The works by Polish artists, as well as compositions by Franck Angelis, Astor Piazzolla, Artem Nyzhnyk, Masayoshi Oishi, Richard Gallian, Horace Silver, Frank Churchil and Paul Jorge Ferreira will be performed by a group of talented students and alumnus of the Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice: accordionist Piotr Zarzyka, clarinettist Kamil Janas, and violinist Wojciech Barteczek.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: www.nospr.org.pl 

Kraków | Bogusław Schaeffer's 90th Birthday


On 6th June 2019 falls the 90th birthday of Bogusław Schaeffer, an extraordinary composer and playwright. On this occasion, on Sunday, 2nd June 2019 at 6.00 p.m., the Kraków Philharmonic will host a concert titled "Schaeffer Muzyka Centrum".

The title of the event refers to the composer's long-term relationship with the Muzyka Centrum ensemble, founded in 1977 by his student, Marek Chołoniewski. Bogusław Schaeffer from the very beginning was its spiritual father, authority, friend and member. Among the performers of the philharmonic concert there will be co-founders of the ensemble: Mariusz Pędziałek, Kazimierz Pyzik, Olga Szwajgier, Jan Pilch, Jan Cielecki, and also Dominika Peszko, who joined in 2015, and Artur Lis, who is strongly associated with the ensemble.

The programme of the jubilee concert consists of works from various periods of the composer's work, using unusual innovative formal and expressive solutions as well as intermedia elements. These pieces are also an important part of the repertoire of the 42-year activity of the Muzyka Centrum. Free Form I was premiered on January 13, 1978 in the Krzysztofory Gallery in Kraków, Bewegung was written especially for the Muzyka Centrum ensemble, while Proietto Simultaneo was premiered at the "Warsaw Autumn" Festival in 1982. A surprise of the evening will be the Creative Act, a composition in the form of a script that will be performed for the first time in front of an audience.

More information athttp://www.filharmonia.krakow.pl/Home/8401-SCHAEFFER_MUZYKI_CENTRUM.html

Warszawa | 40th General Assemby of the Polish Composers' Union


On 24-25 May 2019, the 40th General Assembly of the Members of the Polish Composers' Union was held in Warsaw, during which the new authorities were elected and a number of resolutions were adopted.

A prominent composer Juliusz Łuciuk was chosen the honorary member of the Polish Composers' Union. Mieczysław Kominek, musicologist and director of the Polish Music Information Center, was again elected as the Prisedent of Polish Composers' Union.

The following members were selected for the board:

Vice Presidents: Anna Zawadzka-Gołosz and Krzysztof Baculewski
Secretary General: Alicja Matracka-Kościelny
Treasurer: Jarosław Siwiński
Members of the Presidium: Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska and Alicja Gronau
Members of the Main Board: Marcel Chyrzyński, Wiesław Cienciała, Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska, Iwona Lindstedt, Tadeusz Wielecki and Wojciech Widłak.

On May 26, the Management Board of the Musicologists' Section of the Polish Composers' Union was also elected. The chairman of the Section is again Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska.

The meeting adopted twelve resolutions, the content of which was published on the website of the Polish Composers' Union.

Warsaw | 250th birth anniversary of Józef Elsner


An extraordinary concert to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Józef Elsner's birth will be held on 3rd June 2019 at 6.00 p.m. at the Palace on the Island in the Royal Łazienki Park in Warsaw.

Born on 1st June 1769, the composer, conductor, pedagogue and music culture activist represents in Polish music the classical style of the pre-Chopin period, based on a combination of the Viennese classics with elements of Polish folk music. An important place in Elsner's output occupies religious music (about 130 works) as well as various genres of opera music. The honorary place he has taken in the history of music as a teacher of Chopin cannot, however, overshadow his contribution to the development of national musical culture.

During the concert in the Łazienki Park, violinist Sławomir Tomasik and pianist Robert Morawski will perform. The programme will feature Polish music, including the works by Józef Elsner, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Grażyna Bacewicz and Karol Szymanowski. The concert will be led by Maxymilian Bylicki, Director of the Institute of Music and Dance.

Admission free, although prior reservation is required at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The organizer of the concert is the Institute of Music and Dance and the Tadeusz Wroński's Violin Foundation, supported from the funds of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

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More information athttp://imit.org.pl/programy/inne/2844

Legnica | Premiere of "Missa choralis" by Paweł Łukaszewski


Paweł Łukaszewski's Missa choralis for soloists, mixed choir and orchestra will be premiered on June 2, 2019 in Legnica, during the jubilee edition of the choral festival Legnica Cantat.

Paweł Łukaszewski (b. 1968) has a huge compositional output in the fields of ​​choral and vocal-instrumental music. His works are distinguished by a rare simplicity, but also a great sense of expression. They are appreciated and willingly performed in Poland and around the world, by such ensembles as Kings Singers, BBC Singers and Trinity College Choir.

Missa choralis, composed on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Legnica Cantat festival, will be premiered during a jubilee concert in the Evangelical Church of the Virgin Mary. The solo parts will be performed by: Aleksandra Turalska (S), Ewelina Wojewoda (A), Sebastian Mach (T), Michał Pytlewski (B). The N-Harmony Orchestra and the National Forum of Music Choir will be led by Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny. The concert will also feature Martin Palmieri's MisaTango  Misa a Buenos Aires, inspired by traditional Argentinian tango and Astor Piazzola's tango nuevo. In the finale, the organisers will announce the results and award the prizes in this year's edition of the Legnica Cantat competition.

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Warsaw | BASSO 3. International Biennale of Low Sounds


The 3rd International Biennale of Low Sounds BASSO will be held in Warsaw on June 2–30, 2019.

The idea of ​​the Biennale is to go beyond the framework of a festival of classical music. The core of the programme is music for bass instruments, particularly string instruments like cello or viola da gamba, electronic instruments (bass guitar, synthesizers), historical instruments (saz), and also human voice. The name BASSO refers to basso continuo, a partly improvised form of musical accompaniment popular in the Baroque period.

The festival will be inaugurated by the AUKSO orchestra under Marek Moś and bass-baritone Tomasz Konieczny who will perform works by Stanisław Moniuszko and Tadeusz Baird. The AUKSO orcehstra will also take part in the concert "Dominik Połoński in Memoriam" on June 20, along with vocalist Iza Połońska and cellists Ewa Kędzielska and Tomasz Strahl. The programme will include composistions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Jerzy Wasowki. The last musical event will feature Cezary Duchnowski's improvisations. The concerts will take place in three different venues: Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, Fryderyk Chopin University of Music and Edward Detkens Church in Bielany Forest. The festival will also include master classes, lectures, film screening, and events for children.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttp://basso.warszawa.pl/ 

Katowice | Master Chamber Concerts: Bomsori Kim and Rafał Blechacz


On June 2, 2019 at 7:30 p.m., the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice will host a concert of famous virtuosos. Bomsori Kim and Rafał Blechacz will perform violin sonatas of Mozart, Fauré, Debussy and Szymanowski.

The programme of the concert will be composed of: Sonata in F Major for violin and piano KV 376 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Sonata No. 1 in A Major for violin and piano, Op. 13 by Gabriel Fauré; Sonata in G Minor for violin and piano by Claude Debussy; andSonata in D Minor for violin and piano, Op. 9 by Karol Szymanowski.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/koncerty/1385/mistrzowskie-koncerty-kameralne-bomsori-kim-rafa-blechacz

Lower Silesia | 4th Schlag Organ Festival


The Christian Schlag International Organ Festival is the largest organ festival in the ​​Świdnica region. It's 4th edition will take place on June 2  – July 12, 2019, including 11 concerts in three different cities: Świdnica, Świebodzice and Wałbrzych.

In addition to chamber concerts and organ recitals, there will be meetings with musicians in the series "Musical Foyer" and two historical walks devoted to the Schlag family. These additional events are organised due to the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Schlag & Söhne company. All concerts will be performed in churches equipped with the organs of this company to show the stylistic diversity of the instruments built by the former Świdnik manufactory. The programme will include classical and sacred music of various eras with emphasis on the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century music. All the performances will be projected on the special screen so that the audience will be able to see the details of ogranists' work.

Polish contemporary and jazz music for trumpet and symphonic organ, composed especially for the Festival by Piotr Damasiewicz and Maciej Batora, will be performed by the authors on June 21, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Church of Peace in Świdnica.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: www.fundacjadobrejmuzyki.pl/christian-schlag/ and https://www.facebook.com/FestiwalSchlaga/