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Warsaw | The Papal Concert

Papal ConcertThe JAX Association invites to the concert on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Paul II, which will take place on 30 August 2020 at 6.45 p. m. at the Church of the Holy Family (ul. Rozwadowska 9/11).

During this unique cultural event a wide range of Polish and foreign music from the baroque to the present day will be presented. The audience will have the opportunity to discover new cultural contexts, especially by getting to know the works of Polish composers of the Romantic era who worked in Warsaw. We will hear, among others Piosnka Broni from the opera Hrabina and Dumka Zuzi from the opera Verbum nobile by Stanisław Moniuszko, Gdy ostatnia róża zwiędła by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Dumka by Roman Statkowski, Kołysanka by Stanisław Niewiadomski, Frottola Italiana from the opera Zygmunt August by Tadeusz Joteyko, Kołysanka słowiańska by Emil Młynarski. The concert programme will include compositions by Antonio Vivaldi and Victor Herbert. This evening fragments of John Paul II's books will be also read.

Barbara Żarnowiecka (soprano), violinist Róża Lorenc and organist Wiktor Brzuchacz will take part in the concert.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: https://stowarzyszeniejax.pl/ 

Poznań | Sleeplessness Festival 2020

TW"Sleeplessness" is the name of the festival organized by the Henryk Wieniawski Music Society in Poznań on 30 August – 4 September 2020. The concerts will take place in open spaces and places that are not often used as concert halls.

Atom String Quartet will perform in Poznań on 30 August in the renowated courtyard of Stara Papiernia (8 Szyperska St., currently one of the addresses of the University of Arts in Poznań), while on 4 September in the FAN Pianos and Grand Pianos Salon (6 I. J. Paderewskiego St.) we will hear Marcin Zdunik and Aleksander Dębicz. Both of these places will present live music for the first time, and for this reason "Sleeplessness 2020" could be described as the festival that seeks "New Spaces for Music", which, paradoxically, fits perfectly into the difficult time of the pandemic.

Atom String Quartet will perform works from the albums Places, Penderecki, AtomSPHERE, Seifert as well as their new compositions. Marcin Zdunik (cello) & Aleksander Dębicz (piano and electronic instruments) will present their original arrangements from the Bach Stories and REnaissance albums.

Admission to the concerts of the "Sleeplessness" Festival with free invitations (unnumbered places, the number of invitations is limited) and in accordance with the sanitary rules introduced during the pandemic.

More information atwww.wieniawski.pl 

Szczecin | International Lutosławski Youth Orchestra – Final "Beethoven 250"

FSzThe final of the eighth edition of the International Lutosławski Youth Orchestra Online workshop will take place on 30 August 2020 at 7.00 p.m. at the Szczecin Philharmonic. Rune Bergmann will lead a symphonic concert of the ILYO orchestra, soloists and singers from the Visegrad Group countries.

Witold Lutosławski, the patron of the International Youth Orchestra project, once confessed: "I do not want to win hearts, but I want to find those who feel the same as I do". This approach has become a real inspiration for many initiatives around the world. Joint actions of people who think similarly also take place in Szczecin Philharmonic. Every year in August, several dozen students and teachers meet as part of the International Lutosławski Youth Orchestra to work together on selected works. This year, all the activities were moved to virtual reality! The concert in the Philharmonic Hall will be broadcast on the institution's Facebook and YouTube.

After two weeks of intense work, the young musicians will present the fourth movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony to celebrate the 250th birth anniversary of this great composer. In addition, the project participants will perform Fanfare for the University of Lancaster by Witold Lutosławski, the patron of the project, and Bot-tánc from the series Romanian Folk Dances by one of the most outstanding composers from the Visegrad Group countries – Béla Bartók. The soloists will be Iwona Sobotka (soprano), Agnieszka Rehlis (mezzo-soprano), Rafał Bartmiński (tenor) and Szymon Mechliński (baritone).

The 8th International Lutosławski Youth Orchestra in Szczecin is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.

Katarzyna Plater-Zyberk

More information athttps://filharmonia.szczecin.pl/events/1359-International_Lutoslawski_Youth_Orchestra_Final_I_BEETHOVEN_250_

Warsaw | First Performance of Katarzyna Brochocka's "Psalms"


The world premiere of Katarzyna Brochocka's Psalms for bass voice and double bass will take place on 29 August 2020 at 8.30 p.m. in the Church of St. Dominic in Służew (2 Dominikańska Street). The work will be performed by Tomasz Raff (bass) & Karol Kowal (double bass).

Psalms for bass voice and double bass by Katarzyna Brochocka are intimate compositions with low, at times dark and deeply poignant sound. An ear used to receiving popular, easily assimilated melodies will probably experience shock and surprise in contact with the unknown world of these unusual sounds and original chords. However, for the persistent and attentive listeners, Psalms will open a completely new horizon of non-obvious beauty. Although demanding and mysterious, they are full of hope of the Creator's tenderness for Creation. This is the essence of the sacred work of the young Polish composer, who is convinced about the evangelical purpose of the profession of musician and the value of art in the life of every human being.

The project is implemented by the o.to.ja Foundation, which aims at building relationship between artists and the public and bringing music to listeners who have occasional contact with classical music. The premiere of the new piece will take place in Warsaw's spiritual center, perhaps the most vibrant with modern Christian art. The Church of St. Dominic in Służew is an extraordinary venue where the architecture of Władysław Pieńkowski, the interior of Stanisław Niemczyk, and the art of Jerzy Nowosielski and contemporary iconographers will be filled with the new sacred music of Katarzyna Brochocka.

The project is co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture – Interventions 2020" programme and by the STOART Association of Performing Artists.

More information at: https://otoja.org/psalmy2020/ 

3rd "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers" – The Symphony of Everyday Life

Czas SztukiThe "Czas Sztuki" Foundation invites you to the third concert of this year's edition of the "Masovian Musical Meetings without Barriers". The concert entitled "The Symphony of Everyday Life" will take place on 28 August 2020 at 6:00 p.m. on the outdoor stage of the Cultural Center in Kałuszyn.

The "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 next concert is dedicated to seniors. The Time Quartet will present an overview of dances in musical works. The programme will feature a sarabande, minuet, march, polonaise, mazurka, waltz and tango by Georg Friedrich Handel, Luigi Boccherini, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Fryderyk Chopin and Astor Piazzolla.

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/ 

"Culture on the web": double bass concerts on the Internet

Kontrabas.plThe kontrabas.pl project is a series of three online concerts presenting Polish works for double bass, which will last untill 28 August 2020.

The initiative aims to present works that are hard to find on recordings. The initiator of the project is Karol Nasiłowski – a leader of the double bass section of the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic Orchestra in Szczecin and assistant professor at the Art Academy of Szczecin – together with his wife, pianist Izabella Nasiłowska.

The concerts take place in the new interactive Castanea hall at the Technopark Pomerania in Szczecin. The first two events featured Three Capriccios for double bass solo by Stefan Bolesław Poradowski and Three pieces for double bass and piano by Jan Kolasiński. During the last concert, scheduled for 28 August at 7.00 p.m., we will hear ContraForte, a ballad for double bass and piano by Benedykt Konowalski, written for the performers as a wedding gift.

The project is carried out as part of the"Culture on the web" programme of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Zakopane | 43rd Karol Szymanowski Music Days Festival

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The programme of the 43rd Karol Szymanowski Music Days in Zakopane, which will take place between 30 August and 6 September 2020, is focused primarily on the works of Ludwig van Beethoven, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Karol Szymanowski.

In 2020, the entire musical world is celebrating the 250th birth anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven. We can hear the influence of his artistic work in the 20th-century music, the best proof beeing Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's oeuvre. The composer, born in Czernica, drew inspiration from the Master of Bonn on many occasions. His music is also very close to Karol Szymanowski's work. Górecki was a student of Bolesław Szabelski, who was a student of the patron of the festival – in a straight line Górecki continues Szymanowski's musical heritage. Moreover, we cannot ignore the Silesian composer's love for Szymanowski's music and Podhale itself. If we add works by Ludomir Różycki, Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Marcin Jachim (the winner of the 60th Tadeusz Baird Composers' Competition), we get a diverse range of Polish music from the beginning of the 19th century to the beginning of the 21st century, which will be presented during the Festival.

Outstanding performers guarantee perfect interpretations of the achievements of these masters. The festival will be inaugurated by the Dafô Quartet, celebrating its 25th anniversary. We will hear violin recital by Sławomira Wilga, winner of the 1st Prize at the 1st Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition in Katowice, piano recitals by Radosław Sobczak and Eligiusz Skoczylas, concerts of the Silesian Quartet and the Sinfonia Varsovia String Ensemble under the direction of Jakub Haufa. The festival will end with a performance of The Highlander's Dance from Szymanowski's ballet Harnasie, arranged by Wiesław Świderski.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a maximum of 50 people can attend fesival concerts. Starting from 20 August, you can reserve your seat by phone at +48 607 820 795.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: http://www.szymanowski.zakopane.pl/ 

Poznań | "Contemporary chamber miniature in the times of pandemic. First performances": Radosław Mateja

AM PoznańA presentation of new work by Radosław Mateja in the series “Contemporary chamber miniature in the times of pandemic. First performances” will take place on 27 August 2020 at 12.00 p.m. on the Academy of Music in Poznań's websiteFacebook profile and YouTube channel.

The title of Radosław Mateja's piece  – Toccata for trombone and organ  – refers to the music of the 18th century, and its sequence of movements is slow-fast-slow (reprise). The middle segment includes fugato, another reference to baroque music. The piece will be premiered by Wojciech Jeliński (trombone) and Kamil Lis (organ).

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: Prof. Monika Kędziora (3 September), Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, PhD (10 September), Michał Janocha, PhD (17 September), Prof. Artur Kroschel (24 September), and Prof. Zbigniew Kozub (1 October).

Link to the online premiere: https://youtu.be/lyZYDy-BmUA 

Warsaw | "The Student Prince" – screening with live music

Książę StudentThe Iluzjon Cinema invites you on 27 August 2020 at 8.00 p.m. to the screening of the last silent film by Ernst Lubitsch The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg. Music for the film will be performed live by composer, arranger and improviser Aleksandra Chmielewska.

Aleksandra Chmielewska focuses on the relationship between music and visual art. In her music, she seeks to establish deep emotional connection with the listeners. She composes orchestral, choral and chamber music.

The drama The Student Prince is now considered a classic by many film historians and one of Lubitsch's best silent films. It was produced in 1927 by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The script was based on the 1901 play Old Heidelberg by Wilhelm Meyer-Förster. This is the story of a young prince, heir to Karlsurg, who falls in love with a beautiful barmaid during his studies. Soon, however, he must choose between his heart and his duty to the royal family and the whole country. The main roles were played by pre-war cinema stars: Ramón Novarro, Norma Shearer and Philippe De Lacy. The Student Prince was produced for over 108 days and cost over a million dollars.

More information at: http://www.iluzjon.fn.org.pl/filmy/info/5154/ksiaze-student.html