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Żabia Wola | The Academy of Chamber Music in the Ojrzanów Palace

Przyjaciele MuzykiThe Foundation for Cultural Promotion „Friends of Music” („Przyjaciele Muzyki”) invites duos as well as individual singers and pianists to participate in the Masterclass “The art of classical song for duos” that will take place in the Ojrzanów Palace (Tarczyńska 1, Żabia Wola) between 6-10 September 2021.

The Masterclass aims to deepen the art song interpretation skills, the understanding of chamber music making and the singer-pianist cooperation in a voice and piano duo. The classes will be led by respected artists – prof. Urszula Kryger i prof. Katarzyna Jankowska-Borzykowska.

The Masterclass is for singers and pianists, both students and graduates, without the upper age limit. The Masterclass can be attended by both existing duets as well as individual singers and pianists who will be paired with other participants. The Organizer guarantees 5 classes for each duo between 6 and 10 Sept in accordance with the schedule arranged by the teachers. All classes will be open to all interested Masterclass participants. The Organizer provides full-board accommodation in single or twin rooms in the Ojrzanów Palace. The Masterclass will end in a concert performed by the participants.

Please send your applications with an artistic CV by 20 August 2021 at the latest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

MORE INFORMATION: Masterclass Rules and Regulations

Minsk County's Art Festival 2021

Czas SztukiThe "Czas Sztuki" Foundation invites you to the second concert as part of the Minsk County's Art Festival. Baroque music as well as 20th and 21st centuries works will be performed by an extraordinary violin-accordion trio at the parish square in Dębe Wielkie on 5 September 2021 at 6.00 p.m.

The Minsk County's Art Festival features 13 artistic events in each of the thirteen municipalities of the Minsk County. The festival combines many fields of art: classical music concerts, educational music workshops for seniors and children, as well as music and poetry meetings commemorating outstanding Polish poets and their work. The scheduled events will feature excellent artists: Mateusz Szemraj, Adeb Chamoun, Olga Bończyk, Mischa Kozłowski, Agata Barwinek-Bembinow, Tango Fuerte, Reed Connection, Maciej Bator, Katarzyna Wiwer, Maksymilian Grzesiak, Katarzyna Boniecka, Rafał Łuc, The Time Quartet.

The next concert will present the music of Antonio Vivaldi, Jean-Marie Leclair, Alfred Schittke, and Arvo Pärt as interpreted by violinists Katarzyna Boniecka and Maksymilian Grzesiak and accordionist Rafał Łuc.

Admission to all festival events is free! Co-financed from the budget of the Minsk Poviat, Mazowieckie Voivodeship and the PZU Foundation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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To Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński – the Primate of the Millennium

TWThe Grand Theater in Łódź organises a series of concerts in the Łódź region dedicated "To Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, the Primate of the Millennium". The events will take place on 5, 7 and 26 September 2021 at 6.00 p.m. in the Church of St. Florian in Uniejów, in the Municipal Cultural Centre in Lututów and in the Tkacz Municipal Cultural Centre in Tomaszów Mazowiecki. Admission to all concerts is free!

This year marks the 120th anniversary of the birth of Poland's 'Primate of the Millenium' and the 40th anniversary of his death. In February 2001, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński's beatification process was completed and on 12 September 2021, we will celebrate his long-awaited beatification. The artists of the Grand Theater in Łódź want to commemorate this Great Man with beautiful music. The programme of the planned concerts will include works by such masters as Stanisław Moniuszko, Andrzej Kurylewicz, Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Leo Delibes, Bułat Okudżawa, Andrew Llyod Webber and Astor Piazzolla.

More information: http://www.operalodz.com/ 

Katowice | The Festival of Premieres continues!

NOSPRThe autumn edition of the NOSPR Festival of Premieres will begin with the installation Prisms by Przemysław Scheller and Piotr Ceglarek, which will be exhibited at the Rondo Sztuki Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts from the beginning of September. Hanna Kulenty, Agata Zubel, Marcin Stańczyk, Karol Nepelski and Barbara Kinga Majewska will also be among the protagonists of this year's biennial of new Polish music, which will last until 26 November 2021.

This year's 9th edition of the Festival of Premieres has been divided into two parts – spring and autumn. The April concerts, due to the pandemic, were available only in live streaming. During the autumn edition, the audience will again be able to visit the concert hall and explore two sound installations.

The second installation to be included in the Festival programme is called A Narrow Passage with Steep Walls. It will be presented to the public for the first time by the author, Barbara Kinga Majewska, in the foyer of the NOSPR on 10 October.

The concert part of the programme will also begin in the first days of October. This fall we will have a total of seven festival concerts, during which 22 new compositions will have their premiere. On 3 October, the NOSPR musicians will perform under the baton of Franck Ollu with premieres of works by Hanna Kulenta, Marcin Stańczyk and Katarzyna Krzewińska. The following concerts will include, among others, an opera for children by Jerzy Kornowicz, choral pieces by Aleksander Nowak, Paweł Łukaszewski and Romuald Twardowski, and string quartets by Andrzej Kwieciński and Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa.

Among the performers, apart from such top Polish ensembles as NOSPR, New Music Orchestra, and Kompopolex, for the first time the festival will host one of the most appreciated foreign ensembles of new music – Klangforum Wien, who will present new compositions by Agata Zubel and Cezary Duchnowski.

The works by Tadeusz Wielecki, Cezary Duchnowski, Jerzy Kornowicz, Rafał Ryterski, Agnieszka Stulgińska, Karol Nepelski, Aleksandra Gryka, Agata Zemla were created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme: https://nospr.org.pl/pl/program/festiwal-prawykonan 

Krakow | 5th "Krakow Musical Salon" Festival

SPMKThe fifth edition of the unique "Krakow Musical Salon" Festival, organised by the Polish Chamber Musicians' Association, will run from 2 to 30 September 2021. Six concerts acoompanied by two lectures will take place at the Jan Matejko House – a branch of the National Museum in Krakow. We will hear works by Władysław Żeleński on the 100th anniversary of his birth and a premiere of Rafał Janiak's piece referring to the 100th anniversary of Stanisław Lem's birth.

In 2021, the Festival will feature outstanding performers: Urszula Kryger, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julia Kociuban, Messages Quartet, Herbert Piano Trio, Karol Kozłowski, Łukasz Hajduczenia, Mischa Kozłowski, Katarzyna Ewa Sokołowska, Monika Gardoń-Preinl, Jakub Jakowicz, Bartosz Koziak, Celina Kotz, Maciej Kułakowski, Łukasz Trepczyński, Grzegorz Mania. Apart from the aforementioned Władysław Żeleński, the programme will also include music by Franz Schubert, Grażyna Bacewicz, Alexandre Tansman, Cécile Chaminade, Rebecca Clarke, Robert Schumann, Maurice Ravel, Johannes Brahms. Two concerts will be preceded by lectures given by Agnieszka Draus, PhD Habil. and Maciej Negrey, PhD.

On 21 September in the "Salon Premieres" series, Herbert Piano Trio and Zbigniew Zamachowski will premiere Rafał Janiak's Sounds of robots for actor, piano trio and percussion (2021) to fragments of Stanisław Lem's Fables for Robots. Rafał Janiak's piece was created as part of this year's "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Admission to all events is free. The concerts will be held live and then rebroadcast online on the PCMA YouTube channel. The festival was co-financed under the "Music" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance. The project was carried out with the financial support of the Lesser Poland Voivodeship and the City of Krakow.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Warsaw | Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra: inauguration of the 2021 / 2022 artistic season

POSIThe concert inaugurating the new season of Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra on 4 September 2021 at 7.30 p.m. in Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio will be conducted by Marek Wroniszewski. The programme includes works by Johannes Brahms and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov as well as the performance by the violinist Jakub Haufa and cellist Tomasz Strahl, who are among the most outstanding Polish virtuosos of their instruments.

The fairy-tale like, “imagined” Orient has always fascinated Western artists, whilst the publication of successive translations of the masterpiece of Arabic literature (containing tales, legends and anecdotes from various cultural circles of the ancient East) – The Book of One Thousand and One Nights in the 18th and 19th centuries sparkled even a greater interest. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, a prominent figure of Russian Neo-Romanticism and a master of orchestral colours and effects, also fell under their spell. His four-movement programmatic orchestral suite Scheherazade composed in 1888, which illustrates selected episodes of the cycle, highlights precisely the colour aspect. The work was a great success and served also in ballet and film adaptations, and to this day is regarded as one of Rimsky’s most popular compositions.

Jakub Haufa and Tomasz Strahl will combine their talents in Johannes Brahms’ late masterpiece, the nostalgic, moving and darkly coloured Double Concerto in A minor, his last (of four) pieces in this genre. It was written to express the renewal of his friendship with the great violinist Josef Joachim, which lasted from his youth and was put to various tests. The violinist would perform the composition together with cellist Robert Hausmann under the baton of the composer.

Concert is co-organized by the National Institute of Music and Dance within the framework of its program „Conductor – resident”.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Kraków | 2nd "Szymanowski / Poland / World" Fesitval

FKThe 2nd edition of the "Szymanowski / Poland / World" Festival will be held on 4-25 September 2021 at the Krakow Philharmonic. This year's unique edition reflects the activities of the recently established SZYMANOWSKI Visegrad Music Platform, which brings together cultural institutions from the countries of the Visegrad Group.

The Festival will be inaugurated by the Orchestra of the Leoš Janáček Philharmonic in Ostrava. Czech artists under the baton of Robert Jindra will present Bohuslav Martinů's Magic Nights as well as Karol Szymanowski's Penthesilea and Concert Symphony No. 4. The solo parts will be performed by soprano Kateřina Kněžíkova and pianist Tomáš Vrána.

Alongside the ensembles of the Krakow Philharmonic under the baton of their artistic director Alexander Humala, the festival will feature ensembles from partner institutions of Central and Eastern Europe. In addition to the aforementioned Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, we will hear the Slovak Sinfonietta from Žilina and artists from Hungary.

The festival audience will hear both works from the standard repertoire of the Krakow Philharmonic, including Karol Szymanowski's Symphony No. 2, which will be presented in the original version from 1910, as well as rarely performed works by Eugen Suchoň, Ján Cikker, Ľubica Čekovska and Ilya Zeljenka, presented by musicians from Slovakia.

The programme is available at: www.filharmonia.krakow.pl 

Słupsk | 55th Polish Pianism Festival

FPPThe 55th anniversary edition of Polish Pianism Festival, featuring both well-known Polish pianists and artists of the young generation, will be held in Słupsk on 4-9 September 2021.

The festival has been organized since 1967 under the honorary patronage of the Minister of Culture. The originator and the first artistic director of the Słupsk Festival was Prof. Andrzej Cwojdziński, succeeded in 2000 by Jan Popis. Since 1974, the mainstream programme has been accompanied by the "Youth Stage" Competition in which the jury awards talented young pianists. Since 1975, the festival hosts Polish participants of the Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. Polish music plays an important role in the event's repertoire.

The programme of this year's edition will include, among others, works by Fryderyk Chopin, Franciszek Lessel, Józef Nowakowski, Władysław Żeleński, Karol Szymanowski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Artur Malawski, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Piotr Perkowski and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. Moreover, there will be a world premiere of Tomasz Jakub Opałka's piece Duo concertante for piano duo inspired by Witkacy's paintings; the piece, commissioned by the Polish Pianism Festival, will be presented by the Chopin Piano Duo (Anna Boczar and Bartłomiej Kominek). The final symphonic concert will be dedicated to the memory of Halina Czerny-Stefańska on the 20th anniversary of her death.

The Festival Programme is available at: http://www.stsk.eslupsk.pl/imprezy,festiwal-pianistyki-polskiej.html 

Wałbrzych | Gala Concert on the occasion of naming the Sudeten Philharmonic after Józef Wiłkomirski

Filharmonia WiłkomirskiegoA Gala Concert on the occasion of naming the Sudeten Philharmonic after Józef Wiłkomirski  will be held on 3 September 2021 at 7.00 p.m. in Wałbrzych.

After the death of the founder and long-time director of the Sudeten Philharmonic, the current director of the institution, Elżbieta Łaganowska, with the support of the President of the City, Roman Szełemej, and the Wałbrzych Council of Seniors, applied to the Marshal's Office for patronage. During the XXIII session of the Lower Silesian Regional Assembly on 29 October 2020, Resolution No. XXIII / 558/20 was adopted on the change of the name of the Sudeten Philharmonic in Wałbrzych. The resolution honours professor Józef Wiłkomirski's merits for this cultural institution. Lower Silesian councilors unanimously supported this decision.

The ceremonial naming of the Philharmonic after Józef Wiłkomirski will take place during a special concert of the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bartosz Żurakowski with the violinist Katarzyna Duda. The musicians will perform Józef Wiłkomirski's Triumphal March, Maurice Ravel's Bolero, as well as Aram Khachaturian's Lezginka from the ballet Gayane and Adagio "Spartacus and Frygia" from the 2nd ballet suite Spartacus. The concert will also feature a presentation of the new Philharmonic logotype by Marcin Sikora, a graphic designer from Wałbrzych.

More information: http://www.filharmonia-sudecka.pl/