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Łódź | Karol Rathaus in memoriam

Media Patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

On the 8th of May 2022 at 4.30 p.m the Museum of the City of Łódź and The Karol Rathaus Foundation have the pleasure to invite you to a unique concert devoted to Karol Rathaus, a Polish émigré composer. ‘Karol Rathaus im Memoriam’ concert under the patronage of Hanna Zdanowska President of Łódź will take place in the beautiful Mirror Room at the seat of The Museum of the City of Łódź – The Izrael Poznański's Palace.

The performing artists will be the members of The Karol Rathaus Ensemble, whose mission is restoring the remembrance of the forgotten Polish composer: Piotr Lato, Marcin Hałat, Aleksandra Hałat and their guests – Tomasz Daroch and Roksana Wardenga. In the 1920s, Karol Rathaus was a representative of the avant-garde, in Berlin and Paris he worked for film production companies and in the USA – in Hollywood.

On the 8th of May some of his works will be presented in Poland for the first time.

Additional information: https://muzeum-lodz.pl/event/w-holdzie-karolowi-rathausowi-koncert-z-cyklu-muzyka-lodzi/ 

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Katowice | 'Musical Carriages' at the NOSPR premises

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

This year's Katowice Kultura Natura Festival includes not only concerts but also interactive ‘Musical Carriages’, which will appear on the square in front of the NOSPR premises on the 7th of May. You can have fun with them every day until the 15th May 2022.
‘Musical Carriages’ are interactive sound toys invented by Erwin Stache - musician, composer and electronics engineer. They resemble strollers but they are not used for transporting people, but for creating music, experimenting with sound and outdoor activities. Each carriage plays pieces for piano, marimba or other instruments, but it only plays when it is in motion. And the faster you push it, the faster the music speeds up. You can experiment by playing the pieces from behind, looping selected fragments or juxtaposing the sounds of several carriages.

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More information: https://nospr.org.pl/pl/kalendarz/podroze-muzyczna-dorozka 

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Bydgoszcz | 10th nternational Festival of Contemporary Music 'New Music'

Between the 6th and 28th of May 2022 Bydgoszcz will host the 10th jubilee edition of the International Festival of Contemporary Music 'New Music', organized by the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Branch of the Polish Composers' Union in Bydgoszcz, the Municipal Cultural Center in Bydgoszcz and the Department of Music Education of the Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz.

The Festival will start with a concert entitled 'On the centenary of the birth of Kazimierz Serocki and the 90th anniversary of the birth of Franciszek Woźniak' at the Municipal Cultural Center in Bydgoszcz. Subsequent events - chamber concerts, a concert of Polish vocal lyrics and a concert "Bydgoszcz with Ukraine in the heart" - will take place in the Aula Copernicanum of the Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz.
Rafał Tworek, Piotr Beciński, Marcin Kopczyński, Aleksandra Brejza, Sławomir Czarnecki, Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, Szymon Godziemba-Trytek, Piotr A. Komorowski, Artur Kroschel and Marcin Gumiela will present their latest works.

Festival's programme: http://www.nowamuzyka.bydgoszcz.pl/ 
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Oskar Kolberg Award 2022 Laureates

For the forty-seventh time artists creating in the fields of fine arts, literature, singing, instrumental music and dance, as well as organizers promoting folklore and folk art will receive Oskar Kolberg's awards. The awards gala will be held on the 6th of July 2022 at the Royal Castle in Warsaw.

The Oskar Kolberg ‘For Merits to Folk Culture’ award is the oldest and most important distinction in the field of traditional culture in Poland, established in 1974. The organizer of the award is the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. The competition and the gala are organized by the National Institute of Music and Dance in cooperation with the Radom Village Museum in Radom and its branch - the Oskar Kolberg in Przysucha. The founders of the financial awards are: the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and the Self-government of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship.

Karolina Kupczyk, who plays the viola and is active in the bands Wałasi and Jaworzynczanki, received a special award.

More information: www.nagrodakolberg.pl 

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Milena Pioruńska - the winner of the Young Musician of the Year Competition 2022!

On the 2nd of May 2022 during a gala at the Warsaw Philharmonic five finalists of this year's edition of the Young Musician of the Year competition organized by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, TVP Kultura and the National Institute of Music and Dance presented themselves. The winner will represent Poland in July at the jubilee 20th Eurovision Competition for Young Musicians in Montpellier, France.

The event is a nationwide competition organized every two years and its aim is to promote the best young classical musicians. It is a major media event that promotes the most talented students of secondary music schools and encourages young people to improve their musical skills.

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Gdańsk | Laboratory of New Sacred Music Festival

Between the 6th and 7th of May 2022 in the Church of St. Catherine in Gdańsk the Laboratory of New Sacred Music Festival 2022 organized by the Polish Chamber Choir will take place. Thanks to the ‘Composing Commissions’ programme implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance, a piece Regina Coeli of Aleksandra Chmielewska will be performed for the first time.

On the first day of the Festival Stanisław Moryto's Carmina Crucis to the words of 14 poems by Ernest Bryl from the Golgota Jasnogórska volume will be performed. In the first part of the concert on the 7th of May, the Polish Chamber Choir conducted by Jan Łukaszewski will perform a selection of a cappella pieces by Andrzej Koszewski, who will be celebrating his 100th birthday this year. In the second part of the concert a piece Regina Coeli by Aleksandra Chmielewska for choir, two violins, viola, percussion and oboe will be performed. The piece was commissioned by the Festival.

More information: https://www.polskichorkameralny.pl/pl/ 

Opole | Metropolis Piano Quartet

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

On the 6th of May 2022 at 7.00 p.m. the Metropolis Piano Quartet will perform at the Opole Philharmonic.

Four friends associated with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice and the Academy of Music in Katowice have been linked by their love of chamber music and the need to take up new, artistic challenges. In their interpretation, we will hear works by Alexander Tansman and Johannes Brahms.

Suite-Divertissement for piano quartet of Aleksander Tansman and his Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 2 will be performed at the concert.

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Ticket information: www.filharmonia.opole.pl 

Pabianice, Wiaderno and Krośniewice | 'With classics through Poland': Krzysztof Jakowicz and Robert Morawski

The next three concerts from the series ‘With classics through Poland’ will be held on the 6th of May at 6.00 p.m. at the Zbigniew Herbert Municipal Cultural Center in Pabianice, on the 7th of May 7 at 5.00 p.m. at the Municipal Cultural Center in Wiaderna and on the 8th of May 2022 at 7.00 p.m. at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Krośniewice. Violinist Krzysztof Jakowicz and pianist Robert Morawski will perform.

The aim of the project, which began in the second half of 2019, is to reach smaller centers, cities, towns and villages with music programmes performed by recognized Polish artists: to those audiences who have difficult access to direct contact with classical music. The project ‘With classics through Poland’ is an initiative organized by the Polish Music Management operating as part of the National Institute of Music and Dance with the support of Prof. Piotr Gliński, the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

During the upcoming concerts Pieść Roxany (Roxana's Song) from Karol Szymanowski's King Roger opera, Pieśń polska (Polish Song), Dudziarz (Piper), Obertas and Polonez koncertowy (Concert Polonaise) by Henryk Wieniawski as well as works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Fritz Kreisler, Astor Piazzolla and Pablo de Sarasate will be presented to the audience.

Invitations information: https://nimit.pl/wydarzenia/ 

Warsaw | Honorary Doctorate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music awarded to Maestro Piotr Paleczny

The world-famous pianist - Maestro Piotr Paleczny will receive an honorary doctorate from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. The ceremony will take place on the 5th of May 2022 at 12.00 in the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music concert hall at Okólnik 2.

Laudation will be given by Maestro Krystian Zimerman and the dean of the Faculty of Instrumental Studies at the University, Prof. Tomasz Strahl. A performance of Professor Paleczny's student, the winner of the 2nd prize in the last Chopin Competition, Kyōhei Sorita will also take place during the event.

Programme of the concert will include Fryderyk Chopin’s Largo in E flat Major ‘Boże, coś Polskę’ Op. posth, Rondo à la Mazur in F Major Op. 5 and Polonaise in A flat Major Op. 53.

 

Additional information: https://chopin.edu.pl/ 

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