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Katowice | Closing of the 76th season of the Silesian Philharmonic: Tauron Eko Koncert

FSThe last Tauron Eko Concert in the 76th artistic season of the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic will take place on 2 July 2021 at 7.00 p.m. The Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra will perform under the baton of Yaroslav Shemet together with a wonderful soloist – pianist Anna Górecka.

The concert will take the audience to different corners of the world. We will hear the echoes of America, energetic Hungarian dances, and – thanks to Strauss' Don Juan – we will find ourselves in sunny Spain. Before this happens, however, we will discover the beauty of the Historic Silver Mine in Tarnowskie Góry.

The concert will open with Adam Wesołowski's Silver concerto, combining piano solo, string orchestra and multimedia with sounds and images of the Historic Silver Mine in Tarnowskie Góry. The work is full of symbols, such as the reference to the element of silver (Ag) by using the notes A and G and chords in A major and G major. In the melody line, we will also hear sounds describing this element: Ag (symbol), 47 (atomic number), 11 (group), 5 (period), d (block). Then we will hear Mikołaj Piotr Górecki's Capriccio for piano and orchestra, inspired by the works of the composer's father, Patron of the Silesian Philharmonic – Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. The composition was premiered in 1998 by none other than Anna Górecka and the Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, conducted that day by Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More informationhttps://filharmonia-slaska.eu/

Kraków | 7th Sinfonietta Festival at the National Museum

SCOn 1 July 2021, Sinfonietta Cracovia will inaugurate the 7th Sinfonietta Festival with an interdisciplinary concert "Musical antibodies – music and immunology", which will be graced by a multimedia lecture by distinguished guests associated with the Medical University of Vienna: Prof. Maria Sibilia and Prof. Manfred Hecking, co-authors of the very popular Viennese series of "science concerts" Sounds and Science.

Together with the excellent guests of the Festival, the audience will have the opportunity to go on a musical journey through immunology and learn the medical history of some of the greatest composers. The concert programme will also include the most outstanding compositions inspired by mathematics and other sciences, including works by Aleksander Borodin, Anton Webern, Witold Lutosławski and Krzysztof Penderecki.

"Chamber clubbing" in the branches and gardens of the National Museum in Kraków is a proposal that combines the form of a traditional concert with the spirit of clubbing: five concerts by outstanding Polish chamber ensembles held simultaneously in various locations will end with the open-air finale with the participation of Massimo Mercelli – an outstanding Italian flutist, who will perform the Polish premiere of Michael Nyman's Two pieces dedicated to him.

During the final concert of the Sinfonietta Festival in Sukiennice, entitled "Density. The Physical Phenomenon of Sound" Massimo Mercelli will perform the famous piece Density 21.5 for solo flute by Edgar Varèse – composed for the concert premiere of his platinum flute. In addition, Sinfonietta Cracovia will premiere the winning piece of the 7th International Composition Competition "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta" for string orchestra and theremin obbligato.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information about tickets: http://sinfonietta.pl 

Krakow | Inauguration of the "Sacrum Profanum: Canon" series – premiere of a piece by Piotr Tabakiernik

Sacrum ProfanumNavigatio Desiderium, a concert heralding the new "Sacrum Profanum: Canon" series, will take place on 30 June 2021 at ICE Krakow. The Theatre Hall will host a performance of Lemelki, a new composition by Piotr Tabakiernik commissioned by the Polish Radio Choir to mark the Year of Stanisław Lem, and a piece by Italian composer Francesco Filidei, which will be performed by instrumentalists of the New Music Orchestra.

Piotr Tabakiernik's new composition for actor, choir, violin, viola, cello, double bass and percussion, based on Stanisław Lem's writings, goes far beyond the musical framework, being in fact a paratheatrical performative piece. As explained by the composer himself: "Despite its funny-sounding name and a good dose of humor written into the score, it touches on issues fundamental to our existence. Lem’s desire to know is constantly present, both in the youthful poem that begins the piece, and in the personal conversations of the mature artist with Stanisław Beres, on the basis of which the final part was written. At the same time, as if between the lines, there appears a desire that goes one step further: to see. One can guess that the more conscious we are of the fact that our life is passing by and we are approaching an inevitable end, the more burning this desire becomes, even when – like Lem – we declare ourselves believers only in what is tangible and verifiable. The tension between ignorance and knowledge, between the darkness of faith and the light of eyes, and finally, between Lem’s and my own, gave rise to Lemelki".

Co-financed under the "Music" programme implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance .

More informationhttp://sacrumprofanum.com/aktualnosci/sacrum-profanum-kanon 

Ignacy Paderewski. Patriot and Philanthropist: online concert premiere

PaderewskiThe Culture and Art Foundation invites you to a free online concert in memory of Ignacy Paderewski which will premiere on 29 June 2021 at 8.00 p.m. at: www.paderewski.fkis.org. The programme of the event, organised to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the death of the Great Pole, will include works by Chopin and Paderewski performed by international artists.

Ignacy Paderewski was a citizen of the world, a statesman, diplomat, virtuoso, composer, advocate of independent Poland, and above all a great patriot. The planned concert will bring closer the insufficiently known ethos of charity and philanthropy of the Great Pole, who distributed most of his fortune, especially supporting those who fought for Poland's freedom. There will also be interesting facts and little-known archival materials provided, among others, by the Piłsudski Institute in New York, the Polish Museum of America, the Polish Music Center, and USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles.

We will hear classical pieces by Fryderyk Chopin and Ignacy Paderewski as well as jazz arrangements by Krzysztof Herdzin. The concert will be performed by: Russian pianist Julianna Awdiejewa – the winner of the 16th International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, American pianist Eric Lu – the 4th prize winner of the 17th International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Krzysztof Herdzin, Magdalena Idzik, Marek Bracha and Kamil Pacholec. We will also see the Wrocław Opera Ballet Soloists: Hannah Ho and Robert Kędziński.

Detailed information: https://paderewski.fkis.org/

Korzkiew | Summer Music Festival „Muzyczna Korzkiew”

Muzyczna KorzkiewThe Summer Music Festival „Muzyczna Korzkiew” is a series of artistic events that play an important role in the cultural life in the region of Kraków-Częstochowa Jura. Weekly concerts, as well as meetings with artists and culture animators, will take place every Sunday between 27 June and 29 Autust 2021 at 5:15 p.m. in the historic Nativity of St. John the Baptist Church in Korzkiew, which is famous for its unique acoustics.

After a break in 2020, when cultural life was practically stopped, the Festival returns in 2021 with hope for the better. The festival has been organized since 2011 by the "Muzyczna Korzkiew" Association, whose activity is based on enabling closer contact with high-class music, as well as the promotion of young artists and music and cultural animation in the nearby area.

This year's edition of the Festival will feature outstanding works by world-class composers, including those from Poland: Ludwig van Beethoven's Violin Sonatas, selected piano works by Fryderyk Chopin – including the Piano Concerto in E minor with the accompaniment of a string quartet, Piano Trios by Józef Haydn, Franciszek Lessel, Andrzej Panufnik, Sergiusz Rachmaninow and Ludomir Różycki, works for wind quintet by Wojciech Kilar, Jacques Ibert and Malcolm Arnold, song cycles by Modest Musorgski and Ralph Vaughan-Williams, as well as original compositions for solo piano by Dominik Wania.

During the upcoming edition of the Festival, there will be performances by artsists such as: Cracow Golden Quintet, Farve Ensemble, Daniel Stabrawa, Mirosław Herbowski and Jacek Ozimkowski, Mariola Cieniawa Puchała with Ewa Miecznikowska and Kazimierz Olechowski, Aleksandra Dąbek and Mateusz Dubiel, Sławomir Cierpik and Piotr Bylica, Katarzyna Vernet with Krzysztof Katana and Krzysztof Sadłowski, as well as young Polish winners of significant music competitions.

Admission to all concerts is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Center POLMIC.

Detailed programme of the Festival is available at: www.festiwalkorzkiew.pl 

Radziejowice | 12th Jerzy Waldorff Summer Festival in Radziejowice

Festiwal WaldorffaNearly one hundred outstanding artists will perform during the 12th Jerzy Waldorff Summer Festival, which will take place in Radziejowice near Warsaw between 27 June and 4 July 2021.

Among the performers will be Roby Lakatos (violin), Jenö Lisztes (cymbals), Paolo Pandolfo (viola da gamba), Paweł Kowalski (piano), Jarosław Żołnierczyk (violin) and Ewa Leszczyńska (singing, piano), Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio, Subcarpathian Philharmonic Orchestra, Warsaw Harmony, Piotr Baron Quintet and Jagodziński Trio.

The eight days long festival will be filled with extremely diverse music. The programme will include works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Henryk Wieniawski, Stanisław Moniuszko, Emil Młynarski, Vincenzo Bellini, Szymon Laks and Mikołaj Górecki as well as well-known pieces in completely new arrangements, e.g. Zbigniew Wodecki's songs in a jazz version. We will also hear talented artists of the young generation, who have performed at the concerts organised in cooperation with the National Institute of Music and Dance and the Opera Academy of the Grand Theater – National Opera. This year's edition of the Festival will be accompanied by the exhibition The Life of One Musician – Stanisław Wisłocki on the occasion of the artist's centenary.

Full programme: https://www.palacradziejowice.pl/ 

Gdańsk | 64th International Organ Music Festival in Oliwa

MykietynThe Polish Baltic Philharmonic invites you on 25 June – 24 August 2021 to the 64th edition of the International Festival of Organ Music in Oliwa. 18 concerts of outstanding Polish and foreign organists will be held in the Cathedral of Oliwa in Gdańsk.

The city of Gdańsk has a rich organ tradition. The Festival in Oliwa aims at presenting organ music in virtuso performances. As the event is organised in the holiday period and the concerts take place in the vicinity of the Oliwa Park, it attracts both the inhabitants of the Tri-City and the surrounding area, as well as tourists visiting Gdańsk. Famous organists of various generations from European and world music centres will present their repertoire during festival concerts.

The opening concert will feature the world premiere of Paweł Mykietyn's Spa(s)m for flute piccolo, organ and orchestra. The piece commissioned by the Polish Baltic Philharmonic will be performed by flutist Łukasz Długosz, organist Roman Perucki and the Polish Baltic Philhramonic Orchestra under the direction of Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk.

Co-financed under the "Music" programme implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

More information: www.filharmonia.gda.pl 

Świdnica | 6th International Christian Schlag Organ Festival

SchlagaThe Good Music Foundation invites you to the 6th International Christian Schlag Organ Festival, which will take place in Świdnica in Lower Silesia on 25 June – 16 July 2021 under the slogan "On Schlag's trail – let's outplay the organ!".

All lovers of organ music will once again have the opportunity to hear the more than 110-year-old symphonic pipe organ by Schlag & Söhne. One of the largest organ festivals in the region will feature five concerts, presenting the possibilities of the instrument from the Church of Peace in Świdnica. The programme will include Polish and foreign music with an emphasis on the works of Władysław Żeleński and Camille Saint-Saëns as this year marks the hundredth anniversary of their deaths. We will also hear pieces by Fryderyk Chopin, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Jacek Rabiński, Krzysztof Olczak and Stanisław Moryto.

The concerts will be performed not only by renowned organists, but also by great accordionists Maciej Zimka and Wiesław Ochwat, violinist Maksymilian Grzesiak and Maciej Afanasjew, who will play the electric violin.

The 6th Schlag Festival will be held both live at the Church of Peace in Świdnica and online on the Foundation's Facebook page in the form of a live broadcast. Free tickets are available to download from the Foundation's website.

Co-financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund and by the Świdnica City Commune.

Full programme: https://fundacjadobrejmuzyki.pl/ 

Winners of the "Fryderyk" 2021 awards!

Fryderyk 2021The most important Polish music awards for last year's phonographic achievements in the categories of classical music – "Fryderyk" – were presented on 25 June 2021 at the Castle Opera in Szczecin. Winners have been announced in ten categories, representing a variety of styles and genres. The award in the Album of the Year – Contemporary Music category went to Art'n'Voices's Midnight Stories (DUX) – a project under the media patronage of the Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Album of the Year Early and Baroque Music: Mikołaj Zieleński. Offertoria et communionestotius anni (Witold Lutosławski National Forum of Music, CD Accord),

Album of the Year Oratorio and Opera Music: Aleksander Nowak, Olga Tokarczuk. Ahat-ilī. Siostra bogów (PWM Edition, Anaklasis),

Album of the Year Choral Music: Roman Padlewski, Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa. Tearfully (DUX Recording Producers),

Album of the Year Chamber MusicHenryk Mikołaj Górecki. Songs (DUX Recording Producers),

Album of the Year  Symphonic MusicSemkow – NOSPR – Brahms: Symphonies 1-4 (Polish Radio Music Agency),

Album of the Year  Concert Music: Penderecki. Concerto per fisarmonica ed orchestra, Concerto per flauto (sassofono) ed orchestra da camera (DUX Recording Producers),

Album of the Year  Solo Music: Moniuszko. Complete Solo Piano Works (Chopin University Press),

Best Recording of Polish Music: Grażyna Bacewicz. Sonatas for violin and piano (Polish Radio Music Agency),

Best Polish Album Abroad: Desire. Aleksandra Kurzak (Sont Classical),

Lifetime Achievement ‘Golden Fryderyk’ Award: Jadwiga Rappé, Jana Łukaszewski.

Full list of winners and nominees: http://fryderyki.pl/fryderyk-2021/