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Wrocław | 55th International Andrzej Markowski Festival Wratislavia Cantans

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The theme of the 55th International Andrzej Markowski Festival Wratislavia Cantans, which will be held on 11-13 September 2020 at the National Forum of Music and the Collegiate Church of the Holy Cross and St Bartholomew, is ‘Lights to the World’. 

'Sound and light are waves, differing in length. Sound waves need air to propagate. Music will not sound in a vacuum. Light and air are a living environment for people, plants and animals – music is a space for beauty. We think of all who help each other in these difficult times. Music supports such attitudes. It is a space in which people unite. It helps you look forward to the future. We want it to be better and more beautiful thanks to people who work for the good. They are lights to the world', emphasizes Andrzej Kosendiak, general director of the Festival.

The first concert of this year's International Festival Wratislavia Cantans will be a tribute to Krzysztof Penderecki, who is considered by many scholars to be the greatest Polish composer active in the last six decades. The programme of the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra will feature four captivating works of artists active in the 20th century: Andrzej Panufnik, Benjamin Britten and Edward Elgar. The concert featuring Giovanni Antonini, Julia Lezhneva and Il Giardino Armonico will be a meeting with outstanding Baroque composers. It has become a tradition of Wratislavia Cantans to present Polish early music. This time, Wrocław Baroque Ensemble under the direction of Andrzej Kosendiak will perform the works of Jacek Różycki, a composer active in the second half of the 17th century.

Full programme is available at: http://www.wratislaviacantans.pl/ 

Kraków | 4th Krakow Music Salon – chamber music in the salons!

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Recalling the memory of the tradition of music salons as a popular element of the cultural life of 19th-century Kraków is the goal of a unique festival organized for the fourth time by the Association of Polish Chamber Musicians. The 4th edition of the Kraków Music Salon will be held between 10 and 29 September 2020 at the Jan Matejko House.

The festival aims at popularizing chamber music, including works by Polish composers, not only 19th- century, but also by contemporary ones. This year's edition will feature six concerts and two lectures, introducing the concert customs, the works of underrated, forgotten composers and the profiles of forgotten figures of Kraków and European artistic life. The list of performers will include soloists and chamber ensembles: Dorota Szczepańska (soprano), Hanna Hipp (mezzo-soprano), Karol Kozłowski (tenor), Łukasz Hajduczenia (baritone), Zarębski Piano Duo, Bartosz Koziak (cello), Agnieszka Kozło (piano), Anna Maria Staśkiewicz (violin), Katarzyna Budnik (viola), Marcin Zdunik (cello), Michał Francuz (piano), Joanna Konarzewska (violin), Rafał Kwiatkowski (cello) and Herbert Trio. The concert programme will include works by Polish and European composers of the 19th and 20th centuries, among others, Władysław Żeleński, Karol Szymanowski and Grzegorz Fitelberg.

Admission to all events is free! Due to sanitary restrictions, the number of places is limited. Information on tickets will be posted on the Association of Polish Chamber Musicians website and Facebook page. The whole festival will be broadcast online on YouTube.

The project was co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Music" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: www.spmk.com.pl/salon 

"With classics through Poland": concert of Polish songs

IMiTNext concerts in the series "With classics through Poland" will take place on 9 September 2020 in Niemcza (Hotel Niemcza Wino & SPA), on 10 September at the Ziębice Cultural Centre and on 11 September at the Culture and Arts Municipal Centre in Bielawa.  We will hear songs by Polish composers.

The aim of the project, which began in the second half of 2019, is to bring music performed by the most outstanding Polish artists to smaller community centres, cities, towns and villages; to reach audiences who have difficult access to classical music. Through contact with the great art and artists, new audiences are being introduced to the world of classical chamber music, having a chance to become its new enthusiasts.

The upcoming concerts will feature Olga Pasiecznik (soprano), Zuzanna Nalewajek (mezzo-soprano) and Dagmara Barna-Kosowicz (soprano), accompanied on the piano by Paweł Sommer. The programme will include songs by Stanisław Moniuszko, Mieczysław Weinberg, Witold Lutosławski, as well as rarely performed works by Jan Karłowicz, Witold Friemann, Emil Młynarski, Jan and Franciszek Maklakiewicz.

The project is carried out by the Polish Music Management, operating at the Institute of Music and Dance, thanks to the support of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage Prof. Piotr Gliński and under his patronage.

More information at: http://muzycznyimpresariat.pl/ 

Łódź | Symphonic concert on the 150th birth anniversary of Emil Młynarski

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A symphonic concert on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Emil Młynarski's birth will take place on 11 September 2020 at 7.00 p.m. at the Arthur Rubinstein Łódź Philharmonic. 

The excellent violinist Piotr Pławner, together with the Łódź Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Paweł Przytocki, will perform Emil Młynarski's Violin Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 11. This work, together with the composer's Violin Concerto No. 2 in D major, Op. 16, was included in the album which received this year's "Fryderyk" award of the Polish Phonographic Academy in the category "Classical Music / Album of the Year – Concert Music" (DUX).

Emil Młynarski is most often associated with his huge commitment and contribution to the dynamic development of Warsaw's musical life at the turn of the 20th century. What is more, the number of honorable and responsible functions he would hold for years ensured him the position of an undisputed authority. Today, unfortunately, hardly anyone remembers that during his lifetime the artist was also valued for his compositional output, which is confirmed by, for example, a prestigious award he received for the Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 11. The present album perfectly fits into promotional activities of unjustly forgotten Polish music. Piotr Pławner, as the first instrumentalist in the world, decided to present Emil Młynarski's two violin concertos, which are among the most representative examples of Polish music at the turn of the 20th century

The programme of the concert will also feature Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60.

Information on tickets at: https://filharmonia.lodz.pl/pl 

Lublin | "Time is Love": a tribute to the Primate of the Millennium in the year of beatification

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The Henryk Wieniawski Philharmonic in Lublin invites you on 11 September 2020 at 7.00 p.m. to a symphonic concert in the "Time is Love: a tribute to the Primate of the Millennium in the year of beatification" series. The concert will feature Krzysztof Jakowicz, this year's winner of the Golden Fryderyk Award in the classical music category.

On 3 October 2019, Pope Francis approved a decree that opens the way to the beatification of the Primate of the Millennium. The ceremony was to take place in June this year, but due to the threat of the epidemic, the event was postponed to an unspecified date, so that many of the faithful from all over the world could join the celebration on the spot. The common experience of the Primate's beatification is currently continued in the spiritual dimension, through the art of music.

The September concert at the Lublin Philharmonic will begin with the Etude in B flat minor, Op. 4 No. 3 by Karol Szymanowski, arranged for symphony orchestra by Grzegorz Fitelberg. It is a piece from a collection of etudes written between 1900 and 1902, dedicated to the composer's cousin and pianist Natalia Neuhaus, one of Grzegorz Fitelberg's muses. The work shows clear influence of Fryderyk Chopin's style. Performed by the Lublin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Marek Pijarowski, we will also hear Joseph Haydn's Symphony in D major No. 104 and W. A. ​​Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major KV 219 – the most frequently performed and recorded composition of this genre in the repertoire of Krzysztof Jakowicz.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Music" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.

More information at: https://filharmonialubelska.pl/pl,0,s257,d839,czas_to_milosc_koncert_symfoniczny_k_jakowicz__m_pijarowski.html 

Poznań | 'Contemporary chamber miniature in the times of pandemic. First performances': Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska

FabianskaA presentation of new work by Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska in the series “Contemporary chamber miniature in the times of pandemic. First performances” will take place on 10 September 2020 at 12.00 p.m. on the Academy of Music in Poznań's websiteFacebook profile and YouTube channel.

As Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska points out, 'A Piece Do A.S. [To G.A.] for viola and harpsichord, or Do Anioła Stróża [To the Guardian Angel], is a musical reflection on the presence of the Guardian Angel in our lives. In particular phases of the miniature of variable character, from motor and figurative to lyrical, calm and muted, various sounds are presented – through single notes to extended chords – sometimes referring to tonality, and sometimes in the form of clusters'. As Padre Pio said: 'The light of the sun was paler than the glow of my Guardian Angel. The whole form of this good spirit shone like lightning, because by nature and grace all heavenly spirits were God's mighty and holy angels'. The piece will be presented by outstanding professors of the Academy: violist Lech Bałaban and harpsichordist Maria Banaszkiewicz-Bryła, head of the Department of Historical Instruments.

The series “Contemporary chamber miniature in the times of pandemic. First performances ” presents premieres of works by composers associated with the Academy of Music in Poznań. On subsequent Thursdays we will hear miniatures composed by the Academy's teachers: Michał Janocha, PhD (17 September), Prof. Artur Kroschel (24 September), and Prof. Zbigniew Kozub (1 October) – the cycle will end on the International Music Day.

Link to the online premierehttps://youtu.be/gTbpfE6E388 

3rd "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers" in Kałuszyn and Cegłów

MMSThe "Czas Sztuki" Foundation invites you to the next events of this year's "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers". The concerts entitled "Great Polish composers" and "Nature painted with a bow" will take place on 9 September 2020 in Kałuszyn and Cegłów.

MMSBThe "Czas Sztuki" Foundation was established in November 2017 and one of its main goals is to organise free artistic events for poor people from small rural towns, who are excluded from participating in cultural life. The organization has already conducted two series of concerts "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers" in 2018 and 2019. The third edition of the series will feature 8 concerts, which will take place in very small towns in the counties of Mińsk, Siedlce and Węgrów, where residents are deprived of cultural offer and access to cultural goods.

The concert "Great Polish Composers" will take place next Wednesday at 4.00 p.m. at the Cultural Centre in Kałuszyn. The Time Quartet will perform the most famous works of Polish composers: Stanisław Moniuszko, Fryderyk Chopin, Grażyna Bacewicz, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, as well as Polish folk songs arranged for string quartet.

The concert "Nature painted with a bow", dedicated to seniors, will take place on 9 September at 7.00 p.m. at the Centre for Sustainable Development and Environment Protection in Cegłów. The Time Quartet will perform pieces imitating the sounds of nature composed by Antonio Vivaldi, Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Saens, Modest Mussorgski and Edvard Grieg.

The project is co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund. Free admission!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/fundacjaczassztuki/ 

63rd "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music

WJThe "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music has been organised by the Polish Composers' Union since 1956. It is a festival of a non-governmental association, but it is international and organised pro publico bono. Each edition has its main theme and all elements of the event gather around it. The theme of this year's Festival, which will run from 18 to 26 September 2020, is "Music and Language".

Music is a language, but language carries its own music. In the Festival’s programme, these two elements will intertwine in various ways, touching upon issues such as: the role of words in music; words embedded in music and music embedded in words; the language of music, the music of language; common elements between music and language; the specificity of structures; the grammar of music, the architecture of text; similar functions; music and information; communication through music; means of transmission; the “speech” of music from the social perspective; art of the time of the plague: home music.

The programme of this year’s Warsaw Autumn includes concerts, performances, sound theatre, various opera formulas, intermedia, improvisations, internet and radio forms (on the 95th anniversary of the Polish Radio), meetings, composer workshops – over 50 festival events. We will listen to music by 50 composers, including 22 making their Warsaw Autumn debut, with 18 world premieres, including Warsaw Autumn commissions. Five orchestras, one choir, ten ensembles, and soloists will perform in the main Festival lineup as well as Warsaw Autumn Hits the Club, Little Warsaw Autumn, Warsaw Autumn Contexts and fringe events. 

Jerzy Kornowicz

More information at: http://www.warszawska-jesien.art.pl/ 

Chamber music in Subcarpathian manor houses

Podkarpackie“Subcarphatian Chamber Recitals” is a series of chamber concerts and workshops that will be held between 7 and 26 September 2020 in valuable cultural heritage sites. The idea behind the project is to popularize chamber music, broaden the knowledge of Polish music, support young artists, as well as promote the sights of Subcarpathia – Hupki Manor in Niwiska and Błotnicki Manor in Dzikowiec.

The proposed programme, performed by brilliant artists of the Association of Polish Chamber Musicians, refers to the tradition of manor houses of Polish nobility. The works of outstanding composers, created and performed at the landowners' residences, remind us the beautiful tradition of salon concerts. These are the origins that the project refers to. The assumption is that the repertoire should be ambitious and attractive at the same time, engaging for a multigenerational audience, and presented by the best performers.

Polish music plays an important role in the programme of the event. During the concerts we will hear works by Fryderyk Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, Władysław Żeleński, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Karol Szymanowski and Maciej Zimka.

Before the concert of the Zarębski Piano Duo band (19 September in the Błotnicki Manor), which will present popular piano duets for children, there will be an instrument building workshop. The instruments will then be used during the concert to create a musical illustration. The final piano recital "Seeing Music" will be combined with a lecture on synesthesia and a presentation of the author's method of music visualization. The host and performer, Marta Mołodyńska-Wheeler, is a synesthetic herself. She defended her doctoral thesis on this phenomenon at the Academy of Music in Kraków. She was also a star of the Polsat TV programme "Beautiful Brain".

The project is co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture – Interventions 2020" programme. Admission to all concerts is free.

Detailed programme: https://www.facebook.com/stowarzyszeniekameralistow/