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Warsaw | Concert on the 230th anniversary of the adoption of the May 3rd Constitution

JaxA concert on the occasion of the 230th anniversary of the adoption of the May 3rd Constitution, organised by the Jax Association and the Bemowo District of the Capital City of Warsaw, will be held on 6 June 2021 at 2.00 p.m. at the Church of the Mother of God in Warsaw.

The list of performers includes artists involved in national and international cultural life: Krzysztof Borysiewicz (bass) – collaborating with the Grand Theater – National Opera in Warsaw, Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, Salzburger Landestheater and Staatstheater Kassel, winner of the Grand Prix at the Francisco Vinas Vocal Competition in Barcelona; Róża Lorenc (violin) – winner of national and international violin competitions, multiple scholarship holder of the Mayor of Gdańsk; and Wiktor Brzuchacz (organ) – winner of the "Golden Laurel for Young Organist", graduate of the Conservatory in Saint-Germain-en-Laye and the Academy of Music in Poznań

The concert repertoire includes outstanding works of Polish and European music literature. In addition to compositions by Antonio Vivaldi, Edward Elgar, Gabriel Fauré, Cezar Cui and Camille Saint-Saëns, we will hear pieces by Emil Młynarski and Roman Statkowski, which impresses with compositional artistry, depth of expression and a variety of moods. Musical works will be intertwined with the historical outline of the adoption of the May 3rd Constitution and the presentation of the most important figures related to this event.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://www.bemowo.waw.pl/aktualnosc/koncert-z-okazji-230-rocznicy-uchwalenia-konstytucji-3-maja/ 

"Stave for the Pope" – the John Paul II in memoriam concert series

ZKPThe 17th composers' concert "Stave for the Pope" will be held on 2 June 2021 at 7.00 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Artus Court in Toruń. The series is organised by the Pomeranian Music Society and the Kuyavian-Pomeranian branch of the Polish Composers' Union to commemorate Saint John Paul II 's visit to Toruń and Bydgoszcz on 7 June 1999.

The evening will commemorate the Polish Pope as a great lover of art. Traditionally, the concert will feature contemporary solo and chamber music written by composers from the region: Aleksandra Brejza, Magdalena Cynk, Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, Aleksandra Garbal, Marcin Kopczyński, Rafał Kłoczko, Piotr Komorowski, Zuzanna Koziej, Dariusz Kubicki and Piotr Perkowski.

The works will be performerd by the composers themselves together with talented musicians: Maria Agacińska, Małgorzata Furche-Jurczyk, Katarzyna Jaracz, Witold Kawalec, Robert Matusiak, Magdalena Miszewska -orytna, Agnieszka Olszewska and Stanisław Oracz. The artists associated with the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, presenting their works in tribute to the Polish Pope, will at the same time celebrate the ongoing Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship Day.

More information: http://www.ptm.info.pl/ 

7th edition of the International Composition Competition "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta"

SCThe Director of the Orchestra of the Royal Capital City of Krakow Sinfonietta Cracovia has a pleasure to announce the 7th edition of the International Composition Competition "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta".

The subtitle of this year’s edition – Science & Fiction – alludes to the main theme of the 7th Sinfonietta Festival. The subject of the Competition is an original piece Sinfonietta per Sinfonieta for a string orchestra and theremin obbligato (max. ensemble formation: 6-5-4-4-1 / theremin; duration of the piece between 7 and 12 minutes).

The prize in the Competition is the premiere performance of the winning piece during the 7th Sinfonietta Festival (July 2021), subsequent performances in the 2021/2022 artistic season and professional audiovisual recording of the premiere performance.

As every year, recognized authorities in the field of composition were invited to the Competition’s Jury, including prof. Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa, prof. Eugeniusz Knapik and prof. Marcel Chyrzyński.

Applications should be submitted using the online form available on the orchestra's website no later than 20 June 2021, 11:59 pm (CEST).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: http://en.sinfonietta.pl/international-composition-competition/

Warsaw, Katowice | "Chain XVIII" Witold Lutosławski Festival

LancuchThis year's "Chain XVIII" Witold Lutosławski Festival includes three symphonic and two chamber concerts, which will be held from 25 May to 1 July 2021.

The programme will feature selected compositions by Witold Lutosławski and related masterpieces of 19th and 20th-century Polish and foreign music – including works rarely performed on national stages, e.g. Autograph for chamber orchestra by Konstanty Regamey. The list of performers will include outstanding artists from Poland and abroad: orchestras – Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Chain Ensemble – as well as soloists and chamber musicians: Karol Kozłowski, Roksana Kwaśnikowska, Agnieszka Kozło, Magdalena Bojanowicz, Radosław Kurek, Joanna Freszel and Jakub Jakowicz.

In May, two concerts will be broadcast on the Polish Radio Channel 2 and streamed online on its Facebook page and YouTube channel, and in June and July, three concerts will be held with the participation of the audience.

The festival is financed under the "Music" programme, carried out by the Institute of Music and Dance, and from the funds of the Society of Authors ZAiKS and the Union of Performing Artists STOART.

Full programme is available at: http://www.lutoslawski.org.pl/ 

Katowice | Children's Day in a fairyland of music

FSOn 30 May 2021 at 11.00 a.m. the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic invites you to a concert on the occasion of Children's Day with the participation of the Philharmonic Choir under the baton of Jarosław Wolanin.

Is there a world where the adventures of fairy-tale characters intertwine: the Lion King in the African savannah, or Dorothy and her friend Toto in the wonderful land of Oz? Where does the woodpecker turn out to be a great doctor and the cockroach quite an agile dancer? Is there a world where you don't travel by plane, ship or train, but with music and your own imagination? Of course! It is a fairy-tale land of music, into which the concert hall of the Silesian Philharmonic will change on 30 May. The programme performed by the Choir of the Silesian Philharmonic under the direction of Jarosław Wolanin will include, among others, Witold Rudziński's song The Woodpecker and the Pine to the words of Stanisław Karaczyński.

The musical guides in this fairy-tale journey will be Barbara Badura and Adam Żaak, who will provide a lot of good musical fun and a lot of smile on the faces of children. Let this musical event be a nice gift for all the youngest on the occasion of the upcoming Children's Day.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://filharmonia-slaska.eu/ 

Łódź | Choral Concert – Orthodox Church Music

FLThe Łódź Philharmonic Choir under the direction of Dawid Ber will perform works by Dmytry Bortniansky, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Aleksandr Grechaninov and Sławomir Kaczorowski on 30 May 2021 at 7.00 p.m. in the Evangelical-Augsburg Church of St Matthew (279/283 Piotrkowska St.).

Dmytry Bortniansky is a composer, singer and conductor of Lemko origin, whose national and cultural affiliation is argued by Russian and Ukrainian researchers. The Bortniansky family comes from the Lemko region, from the village of Bartne (Lemko: Bortne, now within the Polish borders). Bortniansky is considered to be the greatest composer of the 18th-century Russian cultural circle. His choral concerts were popular in Russia throughout the 19th century and are performed to this day. Hector Berlioz admired the composer's mastery of the polyphonic technique.

However, Pyotr Tchaikovsky did not like this music – he was critical of the domination of the Italian style introduced to church music by Bortniansky. The concert will feature Tchaikovsky's Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, a work written in a different style than the previously created church music, marking a new path for its development. The programme will also include a prayer Blagoslavi, dushe moya, Gospoda by Aleksandr Grechaninov, a student of Mikołaj Rimski-Korsakov, and a contemporary work – Otcze Nasz by Sławomir Kaczorowski.

Information about tickets: https://filharmonia.lodz.pl/pl 

Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra Online: Penderecki, Shostakovich, Stravinsky

POSIMichał Dworzyński is considered by critics as the most interesting conducting talents of his generation in Europe. On 29 May 2021 at 8.00 p.m., the Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra under his baton will perform works by Krzysztof Penderecki, Dmitri Shostakovich and Igor Stravinsky.

The moving Chaconne per archi in memoria del Giovanni Paolo II, a styling of Baroque variations on a bass ostinato referring to a chromatic “lamentation”, was composed in 2005, following the death of the Pope. The composer later incorporated the piece into his Polish Requiem, a unique work created throughout a quarter of a century, individual elements of which are monuments commemorating crucial events in Poland’s contemporary history.

Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto in E flat major was one of over a hundred (!) pieces dedicated to the charismatic master of the instrument, Mstislav Rostropovich, and premiered by him. In this extremely difficult piece, Shostakovich pays particular attention to cello’s cantilena possibilities, used masterfully in Rostropovich’s art of performing. In the solo part – Magdalena Bojanowicz, winner of numerous prestigious awards and grants, particularly valued as a performer of the music from the 20th and 21st century, also in chamber ensembles. Igor Stravinsky’s three-part Concerto en Ré was also inspired by a famous musician – Swiss conductor and impresario Paul Sacher and his excellent Basler Kammerorchester; this classicising piece is a part of a collection of concertos for orchestra without a solo instrument, which allows highlighting the exquisite skills of the entire ensemble.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Broadcast on YouTube channel and www.sinfoniaiuventus.pl 

Katowice | Mozart among the giants

NOSPRThe Silesian Quartet and pianist Paweł Wakarecy will present works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Witold Szalonek on 29 May 2021 at 6.00 p.m. as part of the "Mozart among the giants" concert series at the seat of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

In 1782, Mozart was keen to create new rituals. His Viennese career was blossoming: not only was he successful as a composer, but as a virtuoso as well. KV 413 is the first of the piano concertos he wrote with his own subscription performances in Vienna in mind. Anticipating the popularity of the piece, he also prepared an a quattro version, intended ‘for home use’, himself.

Szalonek’s Symphony of Rituals might initially remind one of a rehearsal by a quartet of the aforementioned type. This late work of Szalonek’s, however, is a sum of all musical rituals – beginning with tuning of the instruments, through interpretation of the creative concept, to the final ‘dance’ which will find its form in the listener’s imagination. Music does not tolerate routine, yet rituals are necessary.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information about ticketshttps://nospr.org.pl/pl 

Warsaw | Sinfonia Varsovia Plays Chamber Music: "In Dialogue with Penderecki"

svThe summer edition of the "Sinfonia Varsovia Plays Chamber Music" series will start on 29 May 2021. The first concert with the audience will be performed by Jakub Haufa, Dominika Haufa, Karol Sikora, Piotr Kostrzewa and Łukasz Chrzęszczyk. The artists will enter into a dialogue with Krzysztof Penderecki's music. The event will be hosted by Agata Kwiecińska.

Krzysztof Penderecki is a special figure for the Warsaw orchestra. As a long-time musical and then artistic director, he has accompanied Sinfonia Varsovia on stage many times as a conductor and as a mentor and friend. Over the years, the performance of Penderecki's music has become an important part of the orchestra's identity.

The concert on 29 May will start with Penderecki's Three Miniatures for clarinet and piano. The cycle, written for the clarinetist Władysław Kosieradzki, is composed of texturally diverse pieces, evoking different moods. Then we will hear Penderecki's Tanz for solo violin and Vivace for bass clarinet and roto-toms, based on a surprising virtuoso dialogue between the relentless bass line and sudden entrances of roto-toms. The concert will end with Penderecki's Sonata No. 1 for violin, which was written in 1953, when Penderecki studied with his first teacher, Stanisław Skołyszewski.

The programme will also include Sergei Prokofiev's Sonata for two violins and Mitchell Peters's four pieces for timpani: Tribal serenade, Scherzo, The Storm, and Rondino. All compositions were selected in such a way as to enter into a non-obvious dialogue with the works of Krzysztof Penderecki.

More information: www.sinfoniavarsovia.org