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Warsaw | Peter and the Wolf – a Concert for Children’s Day


On 1 June 2019 at 12:00 and 2:00 p.m., all children age 7 and up and their parents are warmly invited to the Royal Castle in Warsaw to attend the Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra performance of Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf op. 67.

The protagonist of the work is the valiant pioneer Peter, who succeeds in capturing the wolf himself (despite the warnings of his grouchy grandfather) and takes him to the zoo in a joyful parade. The work written in 1936 still sparkles with grace, wit and melodic beauty and imparts a carefully concealed lesson – an ingenious presentation of individual instruments to young listeners (and ‘guiding motives’) corresponding to the heroes of the story. In the original score, the flute is assigned to the bird, the oboe to the duck, the clarinet to the cat and the bassoon to the grandfather, while the horns signal the part of the wolf and the strings of Peter. The hunters who want to catch the wolf are represented by percussion.

During the June concert dedicated especially to young audiences, the role of the narrator will be played by Paweł Królikowski, a popular film, TV, theatre and dubbing actor, as well as television producer and president of the Association of Polish Stage Artists. The arrangement will feature a quintet of woodwind and brass instruments.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/piotrus-i-wilk-koncert-z-okazji-dnia-dziecka/ 

Warsaw | Iuventus' Chamber Concert


The splendid soloists of the Jerzy Semkow Sinfonia Iuventus Polish Orchestra brass section invite you to a concert on May 31, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. in the Służew Cultural Centre (15 J. S. Bacha Street, Warsaw). The programme will feature transcriptions of repertoire from Baroque to contemporary popular music and jazz. 

At the beginning of the 1880s, emperor Joseph II appointed his own court band – Kaiserliche und königliche Harmonie, initially a sextet that soon expanded to an octet including pairs of oboes, clarinets, bassoons and horns. This ensemble was considered to be the noblest and most “classical”. The largest number of compositions was also written for this grouping by Mozart and other composers of this era. Beethoven’s charming and serene Octet in E flat major is actually a canonical example of so-called Harmoniemusik.

The nineteenth century, on the other hand, witnessed the development of the custom of transcribing well-known compositions into various arrangements for wind instruments, selected as needed, a trend that would accelerate in the following century. One special variation was the brass quintet (most commonly consisting of two trumpets, a horn, a trombone and a tuba, although other variations are possible), often accompanied by orchestral soloists who were given the opportunity to show off their dazzling virtuosity.

The programme of the May concert refers to these traditions and provides something for everyone – in addition to original compositions for wind ensembles, such as the above-mentioned Octet by Beethoven and Ewald’s Quintet, listeners will enjoy bold transcriptions of repertoire from Baroque to contemporary popular music and jazz. The splendid soloists of the wind instruments of the Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra cordially invite you to attend.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

Katowice | Vivat Academia!

IPiUM Silesia

The Institution for the Promotion and Dissemination of Music "Silesia" invites you to the next concert of the "Vivat Academia!" series of meetings with outstanding artists and professors of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. The concert will take place on 30 May 2019 at 6.00 p.m. at the Archdiocese Museum in Katowice (16 Wita Stwosza street).

The guest of the May meeting and concert at the Archdiocesan Museum will be Professor Jan Wincenty Hawel, who held the office of the rector of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music for 12 years. This musical evening as part of the "Vivat Academia" cycle will be an opportunity to recall its versatile and valued artistic activity related from the beginning to his alma mater. He graduated from the State High School of Music in Katowice with three diplomas: of the Department of Music Education (1960), Composition (1964, as a student of Bolesław Szabelski), and Conducting (1967, in the class of Karol Stryja). Immediately after finishing his musical education, he became a lecturer, led composition and conducting classes, served as the head of the Department of Composition and Music Theory and Research Team ("Music in Silesia – aspects, trends, activities, people"), and from 1975 managed the Academic Symphony Orchestra. In 1981, on his initiative and under his artistic direction, the Silesian Chamber Orchestra was formed, with whom he gave concerts in Poland and abroad.

Meeting at the Archdiocesan Museum will also be an opportunity to talk about Professor's ouvre. The programme of the concert will include selected works by Jan Wincenty Hawel performed by eminent artists and current pedagogues of the Katowice Academy of Music, Krzysztof Lasoń and Piotr Sałajczyk.

Admission free!.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://www.silesia.art.pl/strona-glowna/koncerty/407_vivat-academia-koncert-i-spotkaniebrz-prof-janem-wincentym-hawelem

Kraków | Rafał Blechacz & Bomsori Kim


More than thirteen years have passed since the last performance of Rafał Blechacz in the Krakow Philharmonic Hall. On May 29, 2019 at 7.30 p.m. the pianist will perform there again, this time in a duet with the outstanding South Korean violinist Bomsori Kim.

Rafał Blechacz, the Grand Prix Winner of the Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in 2005, is a pianist recognised all over the world and each of his albums released by Deutsche Grammophon is very much appreciated by music lovers as well as critics. In 2016, Bomsori Kim won the second prize at the Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Poznań. Similar musical sensitivity of both musicians contributed to the creation of an extraordinary album, whose musical material is at the core of the Krakow concert programme.

The concert will begin with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Sonata in F major KV 376. Then, we will listen to the three sonatas recorded by the artists: Sonata in A major Op. 13 No. 1 by Gabriel Fauré, Sonata in G minor by Claude Debussy and Sonata in D minor Op. 9 by Karol Szymanowski.

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.krakow.pl/Home/7902-KONCERT_KAMERALNY.html 

Warsaw | Premiere of Krzysztof Meyer's „Quasi una Sonata” at the Warsaw Philharmonic


Krzysztof Meyer's Quasi una Sonata for guitar and accordion will be premiered on May 28, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Warsaw Philharmonic. The work was commissioned by the Institute of Music and Dance as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme.

The accordion’s history is not long as compared with that of other instruments. It properly begins in the 1820s. In 1821 Christian Friedrich Ludwig Buschmann built a prototype, later developed by another instrument builder – the Austrian Cyril Demian, who in 1829 obtained a patent for an ‘accordion’. This one of the most interesting musical tools ever built by man can truly kindle the imagination (what is it that ‘plays’ in this machine?). On the outside we in fact only see the bellows with (usually button) keyboards on both sides. But the secret is concealed inside. In terms of sound production, the accordion is in fact a wind instrument, like the flute, bassoon, clarinet, oboe, or horn. One could attempt to describe the accordion as a quite powerful‑ sounding wind ensemble enclosed in a structure that can easily be operated by just one musician.

The accordion has its own recognisable, original sound. In the hands of an expert player, its palette of sound is enormous – from delicate melodic lines to sharp brutal tones. It can be slow and lazy, but also very lively. It has an attractive ability to collaborate, but also to oppose other instruments. At the concert it will play with stringed instruments (the violin, guitar and piano) which differ again in the technique of sound production: bowing the strings (the violin), striking them with hammers (the piano), and plucking (the guitar). Inexhaustible potential for sound combinations, surprising colours and textural diversity. The works in thr programme, written over a period of more than 150 years (from Molique’s Sonata of 1857 to the premiere of Krzysztof Meyer’s Quasi una Sonata for guitar and accordion) will enhance this multiplicity.

The concert is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the “Composing Commissions” programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

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

Bielsko-Biała | Beskidy Festival of Classics "Cavatina Classics"


TheBeskidy Festival of Classics "Cavatina Classics" will take place on May 28 – June 8, 2019, as part of the 20th Beskidy Festival of Science and Art.

The festival was founded on the initiative of artists active in the music industry for 25 years in cooperation with the largest university in Podbeskidzie region, the Academy of Technology and Humanities, and the representatives of Polish business. The organizers of the new event on the cultural map of the southern Poland aimed to bring to Bielsko-Biała both Polish and foreign acclaimed musicians.

The concerts in Bielsko-Biała – beautifully situated among the green Beskid hills, and called a "Little Vienna" – will feature such performers as Duo del Gesu, Paweł Kotla, Valentina Igoshina, Charlie Siem and Caroline Jaya-Ratnam. The inauguration concert will premiere A due (2019) by Kamil Cieślik.

Full programme available at: https://klasyka.eu/ 

Warsaw | Open lecture “Warsaw Autumn – new musical perspective for the countries under the Iron Curtain (on the example of Georgian composition school)”

Nana Sharikadze

The Department of Musicology of the PAN Institute of Art cordially invites you to the open lecture by Professor Nana Sharikadze from the State Conservatory of Music in Tbilisi, which will take place on May 28, 2019 (Tuesday) at 11:00 a.m. in the Sobieski Hall at the Polish Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Art.

Cultural policy of the Soviet Union played an essential role in musical life of Soviet Georgia. The country's politically driven culture often defined the relation between national music and global musical processes. This situation was evident in the 60's, when Georgian music underwent radical changes, both in terms of style and musical language. Festival "Warsaw Autumn", as a musical expression of a thaw in politics, encouraged Georgian composers to experiment and incorporate new ideas. Thus, the lecture will discuss the following issues: the Georgian compositional school before the thaw, the "Warsaw Autumn" as the emodiment of modernism for Soviet compositional schools, a possibility to revive the lost connection with the West, and the means of influence.

Professor Nana Sharikadze's research is focused on 20th-century musical avant-garde, musical theatre, music in totalitarian regimes, and American music. She has introduced a new MA course devoted to “20th Century Musical Theatre” at TSC. Her projects have been supported by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst DAAD (2012) and Georgian President's Scholarship (2002-2004). She has published in such journals as GESJ "Musicology and Culturology", Bulletin of the Georgian Academy of Science, or Bulletin of Tbilisi Conservatoire. She is a member of the Georgian Composers' and Musicologists' Union.

Admission free!

Gdańsk | 7th "Gdańsk Pianists for the City" Festival

Gdańscy pianiści

On May 27 – June 2, 2019, the Baltic Sea Cultural Center invites you to the 7th "Gdańsk Pianists for the City" Festival, which enables Gdańsk pianists, mainly students of the Gdańsk piano school, to perform in front of a wide audience.

Among the performers are former and present students as well as pedagogues of the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, graduates of music schools in ithe city and Gdańsk artists who continue their education and career in various institutions in the country and abroad. The idea of ​​the festival is to promote and support musicians in their creative endeavours.

This year's edition will include five spectacular piano concerts in the Gdańsk Old Town Hall: "Great Russian composers", "Around Romanticism", "Youth on the Gdańsk stage", "Around Polish Music". The latter concert will feature works by Fryderyk Chopin, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski and Artur Malawski. The culmination of the festival will be a recital of an outstanding piano virtuoso – Bogdan Czapiewski, professor of the Gdańsk Academy of Music. The festival will also include popular science lectures on classical music and piano performance practice.

Full programme available at: http://www.nck.org.pl/pl/wydarzenie/3538/vii-festiwal-gdanscy-pianisci-miastu 

Kraków | Percussion Music at the Philharmonic


On May 26, 2019 at 6.00 p.m. the Krakow Philharmonic will turn into a temple of percussion music. The 11th edition of "Meetings with Music for Percussion" received the subtitle "Abstract sounds" primarily due to the use of a group of unpitched percussion instruments, specially designed for the needs of this event, such as tuned gas cylinders, wooden drums and many more.

The idea behind the meetings is to popularize percussion music, try to present new ideas and involve the young generation of drummers to pursue joint projects. This is due to Ryszard Haba – an excellent drummer, and at the same time the originator and main performer of the "Meetings with Percussion Music". The main protagonist of this year's concert will be the Haba Percussion Group led by a young conductor, Joanna Natalia Ślusarczyk. The guests invited to the project are: the concertmaster of the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra – Paweł Wajrak, oboist Mariusz Pędziałek, organist Michał Białko and marimba player Adam Wygoda. The spiritus movens of the whole series, Ryszard Haba, will play marimba, vibraphone and drums.

The premiere attractions of the concert include the premiere of Cadenza and Toccata for marimba, bells, timpani and organ, specially written for the occasion by Lech Skoczylas, and Hayren by Vache Sharafyan, based on the Armenian medieval form of the poem with a specific rhythm of 7,8,7,8. The programme will also include Dmaathen for oboe and percussion by Iannis Xenakis and Polish premiere of the Concerto for organ and percussion by American composer Lou Harrison.

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.krakow.pl/Home/7910-XI_SPOTKANIA_Z_MUZYK%C4%84_PERKUSYJN%C4%84.html