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Żarnowiec | Missa pro pace

POLMICOn the 15th of August, 2022, the ‘Missa pro pace’ concert will take place in the Church of the Annunciation in Żarnowiec at 8:00 p.m. The event is a dialogue between early and contemporary music: 15th-century Cistercian graduals performed by the choir and organ, and improvisations by composer Adam Diesner. Admission to the event is free.

Adam Diesner's arrangements will be presented by the Luzin Choir and the instrumental ensemble conducted by Tomasz Fopke and soloists.

The project was co-financed as part of the ‘Music' programme, implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance, and from the resources of the Krokowa Commune.

Details: www.fundacjasedlaka.pl 

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Poznań | Premiere of 'Mourning Songs' with choreography by Monika Błaszczak

POLMICOn the 13th of August, 2022, the premiere of Mourning Songs with choreography by Monika Błaszczak and music of Karol Nepelski will take place - a dance theater performance at the Poznań Gate amphitheater on the Cybina River as part of the ‘Choreographic Commissions’ programme, carried out by NIMiT. The premiere will accompany the OFF Opera social arts festival.

In her latest site-specific work, Monika Błaszczak maintains a dialogue with the natural heritage of the Cybina River surrounding the historic center of Poznań. The choreographer uses the original Solilokwium movement practice - combining somatology, hauntology and the search for the experience of mourning in the body. He creates his reflection on the passing of time on the basis of individual, collective and intergenerational memory, as well as the memory of the body, places, forests, land, plants, water and landscape.

The musical tissue of the performance are traditional mourning songs performed by the Poznań-based Pogłosy choir under the direction of Joanna Sykulska - winner of the Polish Radio New Tradition Folk Music Festival. The composer Karol Nepelski and the playwright Patrycja Kowanska use the historical source material, looking for themes related to nature, the passing of time and folk rituals.

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Zielona Góra | Concerts on the occasion of the 800th anniversary of Zielona Góra and the 700th anniversary of granting city rights

POLMICIn August 2022 on the occasion of the 800th anniversary of Zielona Góra and the 700th anniversary of granting city rights, concerts organized by the city will take place.

On the 13th of August at 7:00 p.m. at the Museum of the Lubuskie Region, Reed Connection Trio will perform a premiere of Czesław Grabowski's Cantabile e Scherzando. It will also present works by Aleksander Tansman, Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven.

On the 20th of August at 5:00 p.m. a concert ‘800 instruments for the 800th anniversary of the city of Zielona Góra’ will take place. Anyone can apply to join an unusual orchestra: the aim of the project is to create the largest city orchestra in Poland and to perform Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah on all existing instruments.

Admission to the concerts is free!

Dabrowa Górnicza | 2nd Michał Spisak International Festival

Patronat medialny nad Festiwalem objęło Polskie Centrum Informacji Muzycznej POLMIC.

POLMICThe second edition of the Michał Spisak International Festival in Dąbrowa Górnicza will last until the 23rd of September, 2022. In the Festival programme: open-air, chamber and symphonic concerts, online premiere of the NOSPR concert, thematic exhibition prepared in cooperation with the Polish Composers' Union, a performance inspired by the life of the composer from Dąbrowa, a city game and a music and literary evening!

The programme includes works by great friends of Michał Spisak: Wojciech Kilar, Grażyna Bacewicz, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Witold Lutosławski and many others.

From the 9th of September, the exhibition ‘Michał Spisak and friends at the Warsaw Autumn Festivals’ will be presented in the main hall of the Zagłębie Palace of Culture - organized in cooperation with the Polish Composers' Union.

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Gryfin, Pyrzyce, Baniewice | 'With Classics through Poland': Atom String Quartet

POLMICOne of the most original Polish chamber ensembles - Atom String Quartet - will perform on the 11th of August, 2022 at the Gryfino Community Centre at 6:00 p.m., on the 12th of August at the Pyrzyce Community Centre at 6:00 and on the 13th of August at 7:00 p.m. in Winnica Turnau in Baniewice. The concerts will take place as part of the project ‘With classics through Poland’.

In the interpretation of the world-famous ensemble, we will hear Polish music - romantic and contemporary: Souvenir de Posen by Henryk Wieniawski and Miniature No.3 for clarinet and piano by Krzysztof Penderecki in the arrangement Dawid Lubowicz, two pieces arranged by Mateusz Smoczyński (Mazurka in C major, Op. 24 No. 2 by Fryderyk Chopin and the Aria from the Three Pieces in Old Style), the piece Paź Królowej of Krzysztof Lenczowski and Souvenir de Wilno by Michał Zaborski and Pod Jaworem by Mieczysław Karłowicz arranged by the ensemble's viola player.

More info: https://nimit.pl/ 
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Wieluń | Premiere of the Wieluń Oratory by Krzesimir Dębski

POLMICOn the 1st of September, 2022 the premiere of the Wieluń Oratory by Krzesimir Dębski, performed by the PRIMUZ Chamber Orchestra under the composer's baton, took place at 9.00 p.m. at the Municipal Market in Wieluń.

The work was written to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the World War II outbreak as part of the ‘Culture – Interventions’ programme carried out by the National Center for Culture. Composed by Krzesimir Dębski with text by Zuzanna Kozendra, the Wieluń Oratory is a symbol of despair and forgiveness, tragedy and love.

The premiere ends the celebration of the 83rd anniversary of the outbreak of World War II in Wieluń - the first Polish city to have been bombed by the Luftwaffe. The world-famous Polish mezzo-soprano Urszula Kryger performed as a soloist. The concert will be preceded by a performance by an ensemble Lejdissimo, led by Zofia Szpikowska.

Website: https://www.wdkwielun.pl/aktualnosci/59-wydarzenia/1630-prapremiera-oratorium-wielunskiego 

Wroclaw | 'Star of Europe' concerts dedicated to Edith Stein

POLMICMedia patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

By the decision of the City Council of Wrocław, 2022 is the Year of Edith Stein, known as St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, patroness of Europe. Her memory will be honored by, among others 'Star of Europe' concerts between the 6th and the 29th of August performed by soloists, the NFM Choir and the Wrocław Baroque Ensemble conducted by Andrzej Kosendiak, which will take place in Gliwice, Lubliniec, Wrocław, Oświęcim and the Dutch town of Echt.

A European who loves her German homeland and at the same time suffers from the Nazi regime. Jewish and Christian, a clear sign for people looking for the truth and a symbol of understanding between nations and religions.

Edith Stein was associated with Wrocław, because it was in the capital of Lower Silesia that she was born in 1891 and here she spent her teenage years. She died tragically on the 9th of August, 1942 in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

Press release

Detailed programme: www.nfm.wroclaw.pl 

More on the celebrations of Edith Stein's year:

www.wroclaw.pl/rok-edyty-stein 

www.facebook.pl/SlademEdytyStein 

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Warsaw | 6th Edition of the WarszeMuzik Festival 2022

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For the sixth time in Warsaw, there will be a series of micro-concerts WarszeMuzik. Until the 28th of August, 2022, on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the music of the patron of the festival, Mieczysław Weinberg, and other Polish composers of Jewish origin will be presented: Ignacy Friedman, Aleksander Tansman, Andrzej Czajkowski and Władysław Szpilman. Admission to all events of the WarszeMuzik Festival 2022 is free.

Works by such composers as Ludwig van Beethoven, Maurice Ravel, Franz Schubert and Gustav Mahler will also be performed. In the final of the festival, the premiere of Explorations in Polytonality and Other Musical Wonders. Volume 3 by Matthew Shlomowitz - this year's resident of WarszeMuzik, will be played on the open-air stage of the Studio Theater at Plac Defilad.

Press release

Programme available on the website: http://warszemuzik.org/ 

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Cracow | 15th Festival 'Wawel at Dusk’

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The 15th jubilee open-air music festival ‘Wawel at Dusk’ will take place on August 5–14, 2022. The venue of the concerts will be the illuminated Arcade Courtyard of the Wawel Royal Castle. The main theme of this year's festival will be: romanticism, stylistic diversity and the connection between culture and nature.

Aleksandra Kuls and Marcin Koziak - laureates of the 2nd Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music, organized by the National Institute of Music and Dance, will perform at the opening concert.

Detailed programme: https://wawel.krakow.pl/cykl/wawel-o-zmierzchu 

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