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Zakopane | 11th “Music on the Heights” International Festival

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The 11th edition of the “Music on the Heights” International Chamber Music Festival, organised by the Mieczysław Karłowicz Association in Zakopane, will be held on 7-14 September 2019.

The festival will be inaugurated by Apollon Musagète Quartett. One of the most dynamic, charismatic and creative ensembles of the international music scene will perform string quartets by Robert Schumann and Franz Schubert, as well as In te Domine speravi by Wacław of Szamotuły. On 8th September, the Tri-City group Les Femmes will present their own spectacle entitled Polish Landscape, featuring songs by Chopin, Nowowiejski, Szymanowski and Karłowicz. The programme of the "Moniuszko & Cornelius" project, composed of a selection of songs and piano works by Stanisław Moniuszk, as well as new piano and vocal works by Thomas Cornelius, will be presented the next day. The final concert on 14th September will include Concerto No. 2 for cello and symphony orchestra by Paweł Mykietyn in the interpretation of cellist Marcin Zdunik and the Beethoven Academy Orchestra under the diection of Jean-Luc Tingaud.

Full programme availabe at: www.muzykanaszczytach.com 

Słupsk | 53rd Polish Piano Festival in Słupsk

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53rd Polish Piano Festival in Słupsk will take place on 7-13 September 2019.

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 event was prof. Andrzej Cwojdziński, succeeded in 2000 by Jan Popis. Since 1974, the mainstream programme has been accompanied by the "Youth Stage" Competition, featuring 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.

This year we will listen to works by Fryderyk Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, Raoul Koczalski, Karol Szymanowski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Witold Lutosławski, Grażyna Bacewicz and Paweł Mykietyn. Five concerts will be devoted entirely to Polish music: 'Youth Stage' , '20th Century Polish Music' (10 September), 'Polish Piano Sonatas' (11 September),' Witkacy – Pictures in Sound '(12 September),' All Piano Concertos by Raoul Koczalski "(13 September). In addition, there will be a world premiere of the Self-portrait for soprano, alto and piano quintet by Mikołaj Hertel Witkacy commissioned by the Polish Piano Festival.

Full programme available at: http://www.stsk.eslupsk.pl/ 

Zakopane | Premiere of the album "Polish Landscape"

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Premiere of the new album Polish Landscape by Les Femmes ensemble will take place on 8 September 2019 at 7 p.m. at the St. I. Witkiewicz Theatre in Zakopane as part of the 'Music on the Heights' Festival.

The album is an anthology of Polish vocal lyrics of the last 150 years. The rich selection of songs by Polish composers from the Romantic era to the present day is the basis of the ensemble's original performance, staged under the title Polish Landscape. Individual songs create a script of an artistic spectacle about the experiences and emotions that have accompanied women over the last two centuries. Part of the selected repertoire was recorded for the first time (Stanisław Niewiadomski's Cupid and Heart, Bohdan Riemer's Sunset, Stefan Kisielewski's Request for happy islands, Romuald Twardowski's Vocalization).

Coming from the Tri-City, Les Femmes is known for their innovative approach to classical music. By realizing their own artistic needs, the artists created a new stage form – opera collage. As a chamber ensemble, they successfully recreate ambitious repertoire, enhancing the musical effect with acting, set design and beautiful costumes. Works connected by a coherent plot are shown in a new context and create a captivating musical collage with a consistent stage action. In addition, the ensemble uses the latest technical improvements: visual and sound effects as well as multimedia graphics.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.muzykanaszczytach.com/pl/ 

Warsaw | Premiere of the spectacle "A Hundred Follies or The Candle Went Out"

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Premiere of the spectacle A Hundred Follies or A Candle Went Out, based on a play by Aleksander Fredo and Stanisław Moniuszko's music, will take place on 7 September 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Wawer Cultural Centre (1A Żegańska St., Warsaw). 

The spectacle was directed by Szczepan Szczykno on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko. It consists of the one-act play The Candle Went Out by Aleksander Fredro and songs from the operetta The New Don Quixote or A Hundred Follies with music coposed by the young Moniuszko. The outcome is a hilarious and intelligent musical comedy. Songs performed by soprano Anna Maria Adamiak and pianist Andrzej Frołów, excellent acting and a lot of hilarious mistakes guarantee that viewers will not be able to refrain from laughing.

Due to a postal stagecoach crash, two travelers have to spend the night in a forest hut in a remote area. At first they are not interested in each other. The aim of the spectacle is to contrast two completely different stages of their relationship. Initially, when they cannot see their faces, they have definitely unfavorable ideas about themselves and treat themselves very brusquely. The situation changes radically when they notice that they are attracted to each other. What will happen between Jadwiga and Władysław, since – as the author himself claims – the candle went out? A story full of optimism and faith reflected in the beautiful and little-known music of Stanisław Moniuszko.

Before the premiere, at 6 p.m., there will be a meeting with the descendants of Stanisław Moniuszko.

Free admission is possible after prior booking: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The number of seats is limited.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information atwww.stanislawmoniuszko.com 

Warsaw | Sinfonia Varsovia at Grochowska Street – City Sketches

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At the end of the summer, Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra prepared a concert inspired by American cities. The event entitled "City Sketches" will take place on 6 September 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the concert hall  at 272 Grochowska Street. The programme includes music by Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland as well as Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Henryk Wars. The orchestra will be led by Maestro Mariusz Smolij and the soloist of the concert will be a talented and charismatic pianist Piotr Orzechowski "Pianohooligan". 

Sinfonia Varsovia under the baton of Mariusz Smolij will begin the concert with Three dances episodes by Leonard Bernstein from the musical On The Town and Quiet City by Aaron Copland. After the works about American cities, the audience will listen to the Concerto for harpsichord (or piano) and string orchestra by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. The work based on a constantly repeated melodic and rhythmic structure keeps listeners and musicians in suspense, allowing harmony to influence its character. Piotr Orzechowski "Pianohooligan" will perform the solo part on the Rhodes piano – an electric instrument with a characteristic timbre.

Next, the orchestra will present City Sketches by Henry Wars. The cycle consists of three parts: High-Rise, Downtown Blues and Freeway Scherzo. The composer wrote them during his stay in America, hence the references to the blues genre originating in the United States. What does America sound like to a Polish composer? The answer will come with this work. Finally, we will listen to Henryk Wars's Piano Concerto. This unusual one-part concerto with lyrical themes and orchestration evokes associations with film music. After all, Henryk Wars worked primarily for the cinema. The composer conquered Hollywood with his music, and his songs were sung by the greatest stars: Bing Crosby, Brenda Lee and Doris Day.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information available atwww.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Gdańsk | Young Virtuosi of Chamber Music

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Young artists will perform at the Fryderyk Chopin Baltic Philharmonic on 6 September 2019 ay 7 p.m. Talented students and graduates of the Stanisław Moniuszko Gdańsk Academy of Music who make up a dynamically developing BalticAlians Chamber Orchestra will perform together with members of the Zehetmair Quartet.

BalticAlians is a chamber orchestra founded in November last year. Despite the short period of activity, the orchestra has completed many projects, including a concert under the baton of the artistic director of the Polish Baltic Philhamonic – Maestro George Tchitchinadze. In September, the musicians of the orchestra will perform along with the members of the Zehetmair Quartet: Jakub Jakowicz – violin virtuoso, lecturer at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, and Christian Elliott – soloist, concertmaster of the cello group at the Irish Chamber Orchestra in Scotland and member of the Phoenix Piano Trio.

The programme of the concert will include Serenade, Op. 22 by Antonín Dvořák, Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a by Dmitri Shostakovich, Concerto for Violin and Cello, RV 547 by Antonio Vivaldi and To the Cuddled One into the Violin by Marek Czerniewicz. The latter work was written by the esteemed Gdańsk composer, lecturer at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk, for the 60th anniversary of pedagogical activity of Prof. Jerzy Hazuka. The composition will be performed by Jakub Jakowicz together with the three founders of BalticAlians: Rafał Marek Wiśniewski, Jan Staruch and Janina Olszewska.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia.gda.pl/pl/ 

Łagów Lubuski | 48th Polish Composers' Union Musicological Conference "Borders of Freedom"

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The 48th Musicological Conference of the Polish Composers' Union "Borders of Freedom" will take place on 5-7 September 2019 in Łagów Lubuski ("Leśnik" Recreation Centre, 10 Bolesława Chrobrego St.).

The infamous congress of composers and music critics in Łagów Lubuski, during which representatives of the power apparatus imposed the socialist realism doctrine on Polish artists, took place in 1949. It was not the first meeting of the communist authorities with the artists' circles: earlier there were conventions of writers (in Szczecin), artists (in Nieborów), theater people (in Obory) and architects (in Warsaw). The Łagów events received wide coverage among Polish composers and musicologists. The reactions varied, ranging from moral dilemmas related to attempts to adapt to the new situation to dramatic decisions about emigration.

After 70 years, it is worth returning to Łagów – the place where you can still hear the faint echoes of the events of 1949, to think about matters related to the relationship between music and power, music and freedom, abstract form and mimetic content of the art of sounds. In this historic place, scholars will discuss problems regarding the borders of freedom in music. The presentations will concern both detailed issues related to the consequences of socialist realist pressure or the Cold War division of Europe, as well as much wider dimensions of the relationship between artistic freedom and its conditions in the context of the entire history of music.

The organizers of the event are: Musicologists' Section of the Polish Composers' Union; Branch Office of Historical Research, Institute of National Remembrance in Poznań; Institute of Music of the University of Zielona Góra. The conferene's partner is ZAiKS Association of Authors.

DOWNLOAD: Conference Programme

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Polanica-Zdrój | 28th International Concerts of Organ and Chamber Music

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Organist Lucas Chorosinski (Canada) and flautist Mark Fülep (Hungary) will perform on 5 September 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Polanica-Zdrój as part of the 28th International Concerts of Organ and Chamber Music.

International Concerts of Organ and Chamber Music in Polanica-Zdrój is a festival presenting great works of classical and contemporary music performed by renowned artists from Poland and abroad. In addition to important artistic goals, the concerts play a significant educational role through lectures on the history of music as well as socio-cultural role by cultivating the centuries-old tradition of concertising in the Lower Silesian temples, raising the cultural and tourist attractiveness of the region and promoting Polish musical culture among tourists from abroad.

The programme of this year's edition of the Festival will include works by outstanding organ music composers (J.S. Bach, F. Mendelsohn-Bartholdy, J. Pachelbel, G.F. Handel et al.) as well as organ transcriptions of classical and contemporary instrumental music.The upcoming concert will feature Lucas Chorosinski – titular organist and music director at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria in St. Catharines (Ontario) and lecturer at Brock University in St. Catharines, and Márk Fülep – graduate of the F. Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, concert flautist who plays a 14-carat gold flute purchased by the Hungarian government. The programme will include works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Anton Stamitz and Eugène Gigout.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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2nd "Mazovian musical meetings without barriers"

Mazowieckie muzyczne spotkania

The final concerts of the second series of "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers" will take place on 5 September 2019 at 6 p.m. at the historic House of Creative Work "Reymontówka" in Chlewiska andon 8 September 2019 at 12 p.m. at the Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Seroczyn.

The "Czas Sztuki" Foundation runs a series of concerts of classical and jazz music entitled "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers". The events take place in very small towns in the Minsk, Szydłowiec and Siedlce counties, where residents do not have access to cultural goods.

During the concert in Chlewiska, excellent mezzo-soprano Magdalena Cornelius will perform in the company of accordionist Maciej Zimka. The repertoire will include the most beautiful songs by Fryderyk Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, Mieczysław Karłowicz, and Pyotr Tchaikovsky. In Seroczyn, organists Zuzanna and Maciej Bator will perform pieces for four hands and four legs by such composers as Johann Sebastian Bach, Correa de Arrauxo, Bert Matter, Hieronymus Praetorius and Franz Tunder.

The project is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund. Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/Mazowieckie-Muzyczne-Spotkania-bez-Barier-2242077129152441/