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Katowice | Summer Season of the Silesian Philharmonic


Thanks to the collaboration of the Silesian Philharmonic with the Silesian Museum and their joint mission to disseminate culture, both institutions invite you to musical meetings, which will be held every Saturday at 7.00 p.m., starting from 4 July 2020.

In the Silesian Museum's space, away from the hustle and bustle of the streets, the Silesian Philharmonic will present an ideal summer programme, composed of well-known works of composers such as Vivaldi, Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven as well as music of Silesian artists. The concerts will feature both the Silesian Chamber Orchestra, the Choir and Symphony Orchestra of the Silesian Philharmonic, as well as smaller instrumental ensembles. The summer season will be also a preview of the next artistic season of the Silesian Philharmonic. The last concerts in the series – on 15 and 22 August – will be devoted to the Second Silesian Uprising, which 100th anniversary falls in August 2020.

All concerts will be held with recommended restrictions, so that each participant can feel safe and comfortable. Tickets are available at the Silesian Museum ticket office and at http://bilety.muzeumslaskie.pl/ 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/uslysz-nas-w-muzeum-slaskim-sezon-letni-filharmonii-slaskiej/ 

43rd International Festival of Organ, Choral and Chamber Music


The 43rd edition of the International Festival of Organ, Choral and Chamber Music will begin on 3 July 2020 at the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Gdańsk and will last until 28 August 2020. Traditionally, concerts will take place at St. Mary's Basilica every Friday at 8.15 p.m.

Among the performers of ten festival concerts will be ogranists Bogusław Grabowski, Wiktor Brzuchacz, Maciej Babnis, Michał Markuszewski, Dariusz Hajdukiewicz, Bogdan Narloch, Błażej Musiałczyk and Patryk Dopke, soprano Agnieszka Tomaszewska, violinist Róża Lorenc and saxophonist Maciej Sikała as well as the Art'n'Voices vocal octet, specializing in the performance of Polish contemporary vocal music, and the Schola Cantorum Gedanensis Polish Chamber Choir under the direction of Jan Łukaszewski.

The festival will be inaugurated by Maciej Sikała and Bogusław Grabowski, who will present works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ray Vaughan Williams, Anna Buczek and Maciej Sikała himself, as well as improvisations for saxophone and organ.

Full programme is available athttp://www.festiwalorganowy.pl/ 

Lublin | "Time is Love": a tribute to the Primate of the Millennium in the year of beatification


Chopin University Accordion Trio invites you on 4 July 2020 at 5.00 p.m. to a concert in the Zamoyski Museum in Kozłówka entitled "Time is love": a tribute to the Primate of the Millennium in the year of beatification.

The concert will be performed by a group of accordionists, lecturers of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw: Klaudiusz Baran, rector of the FCUM, Rafał Grząka and Grzegorz Palus. The programme will include two transcriptions for accordion trio: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor BWV 582 by Johann Sebastian Bach and Chaconne  In memoriam Johannes Paul II, 13th part of the Polish Requiem by Krzysztof Penderecki. In addition, we will hear two pieces written by young Polish composers on the occasion of the 200th birth anniversary of Stanisław Moniuszko: Fantasia based on motifs from The Hounted Manor opera by Wojciech Kostrzewa and Five Thoughts about Moniuszko by Mikołaj Majkusiak.

Admission to the concerts in the "Time is love ..." series is free. According to the guidelines of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, audience participants are required to submit a special statement regarding the epidemiological status.

More information at: https://filharmonialubelska.pl/pl,0,s257,d810,chopin_university_accordion_trio.html 

Schaeffer Puzzle Play 2020


The Schaeffer Puzzle Play 2020 – an online improvised event inspired by Bogusław Schaeffer's scores – will be held on 4 July 2020 at 7.00 p.m. A unique live performance of actors, dancers and musicians will be broadcast on the Aurea Porta Foundation's Facebook, Instagram and Vimeo pages.

"Schaeffer Puzzle Play 2020 is a theater and film performance that includes everything characteristic of Schaeffer: music, theater, graphics, dance. Unpredictable, scattered like Schaeffer's scores, like puzzles that make up a full picture. Its shape will be created in front of the audience. The actors do not know when their scene will appear, they do not know the order of the scenes, nor the surprises that each of them has prepared for the others based on individual scenarios,' says director Maciej Sobociński.

The performance space – home, garage, garden, street, park in Poland, but also in the United States, Paris, the Netherlands – will be arranged in accordance with the adopted convention. Each actor will perform five different fragments – scenes or monologues – selected from Schaeffer's works, which will serve as material for improvisation. The performance will be a kind of artistic puzzle unfolding during the action, which will take 45 to 60 minutes and will involve actors, dancers and musicians from around the world, icluding Marcin Wyrostek & Corazon, Paweł Romańczuk (Small Instruments), Patryk Zakrocki, Janusz Radek, Michał Urbaniak, Michael Patches Stewart, Nathan Davis and Andy Ninvalle. The project will be accompanied by a multimedia exhibition of Schaeffer's graphics.

The Schaeffer Puzzle Play 2020 project is financed from the "Culture on the Web" programme of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage run by the National Centre for Culture.

The project materials will be available for half a year on the Aurea Porta Foundation's website: www.aureaporta.eu 

From Zygmunt Krauze's summer salon – piano classics anew


Premiere episodes of Zygmunt Krauze's series of improvisations on classical themes: from Bach to Beethoven and from Chopin to Paderewski, will be held from 3 July to mid-September 2020, every other Friday on the YouTube and Facebook pages of Zygmunt Krauze and PWM Edition. The guest of the series will be Marcin Masecki.

Zygmunt Krauze is a pioneer of musical unity. Inspired by Władysław Strzemiński's paintings, he has anticipated many discoveries of American minimalism. He moved away from unism towards spatial compositions as well as theatre and opera works. In his compositions he eagerly reaches for the music of the classics, who are the inspiration for his creative experiments.

Each episode will consist of improvisation on the selected work with the composer's commentary. Between the episodes, Professor Krauze will answer Internet users' comments and questions. The theme of the final episode will be chosen by the audience.

The series is carried out on the initiative of the Sonora music agency in cooperation with the PWM Edition, the publisher of Zygmunt Krauze's works. The project was co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Tribute to John Paul II – a series of concerts of the proMODERN sextet


In 2020, we celebrate the centenary of the birth of John Paul II. The proMODERN vocal sextet will commemorate this anniversary with a series of 5 concerts in "Tribute to John Paul II". They will be held from 3 July to 16 October in temples related to the Holy Father's life and pastoral activity.

The first concert will take place on 3 July at 8.00 p.m. in the St. John's Archcathedral in Warsaw's Old Town. This is a special place, lying on the "royal trail", which John Paul II traveled many times during pilgrimages to his homeland. In the Parish of St. Stanislaus Kostka in Kraków, where the second concert will take place on 17 July at 6.45 p.m., Karol Wojtyła lived in the years 1938-1944 as a student of the Jagiellonian University, a Solway worker and cleric. The Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Krzeptówki was built as a voting offering for saving the Pope's life after the assassination attempt of 13 May 1981; the music of Polish composers will sound there on 18 July at 8.00 p.m. About the Basilica in Wadowice, John Paul II said: "With deep reverence I kiss the threshold of the house of God – the parish church of Wadowice, and the baptismal font in which I was joined to Christ and accepted into the community of His Church". proMODERN will perform there on 30 August at 1.00 p.m. The last concert will take place on 16 October at 6.00 p.m. in th Catholic Univrsity of Lublin Church, where John Paul II worked.

The concert programmes will consist of works that the Pope knew and those that were dedicated to him: Totus tuus by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Hail Holy Queen by Andrzej Koszewski, Song to the Virgin Mary by Andrzej Panufnik, Agnus Dei by Krzysztof Penderecki, O Vos Omnes by Paweł Łukaszewski, Miserere by  Stanisław Szczyciński and Agnus Dei by Andrzej Borzym.

Admission to all concerts is free. It is necessary to cover the mouth and nose with a mask and keep a distance.

The concerts are co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Music" programmee run by the Institute of Music and Dance.

5th "TRZY-CZTE-RY. Contexts. Contrasts. Confrontations" Music Festival


The Przypływ Kultury Foundation and artistic director Maciej Grzybowski invite you to the 5th "TRZY-CZTE-RY. Contexts. Contrasts. Confrontations" Music Festival, composed of 13 concerts broadcast live on the Internet between 3 and 26 July 2020.

"TRZY-CZTE-RY. Contexts. Contrasts. Confrontations" Music Festival is a unique event that combines elements of timelessness and contemporaneity. Presented works are sometimes contrasted with each other, but the main idea is to confront listeners with new artistic visions and open their perception to new contexts.

This year's Festival is dedicated to one of the greatest musical geniuses, Ludwig van Beethoven, whose 250th birth anniversary falls in 2020. We will also hear works by 20th-century composers, Béla Bartók and Anton Webern, whose 75th death anniversaries fall the same year. Sinfonia Varsovia will perform with well-known Polish violinist Jakub Jakowicz.

The real confrontations will be four piano recitals by top Polish young pianists, inluding Aleksandra Świgut, the 1st prize winner in the International Chopin Piano Competition on Historical Instruments (2018), and Jan Krzysztof Broja. The festival will also feature violilnist Anna Maria Staśkiewicz, winner of the 13th Henryk Wieniawski International Competition for Young Violinists (2006), as well as leading Polish string quartets and AUKSO chamber orchestra conducted by Marek Moś. The last-mentioned will present works by such Polish composers as Fryderyk Chopin, Karol Szymanowski, Mieczysław Weinberg, Krzysztof Penderecki, Andrzej Panufnik, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Hanna Kulenty, Paweł Szymański, Cezary Duchnowski and Andrzej Karałow.

The project was co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Music" programme run by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://www.festiwaltrzycztery.pl/ 

Świdnica | 5th Christian Schlag International Organ Festival


Three online concerts on the hundred-year-old Schlag & Söhne pipe organ in the Peace Church in Świdnica, virtual meetings with musicians and a historical walk around the city are waiting for listeners of the 5th Christian Schlag International Organ Festival, which will run from 3 to 17 July 2020.

Christian Schlag International Organ Festival is the largest organ festival in the Świdnik and Wałbrzych regions. The festival's patron is organist Christian Gottlieb Schlag, founder of the former Świdnica record company Schlag & Söhne, which produced pipe organs all over the world (e.g. Europe, Mexico, South Africa). His life's work is a 62-voice symphonic pipe organ built in 1909 in the Świdnica Peace Church, his home parish. In the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century, Świdnica became a leading center for the construction of organs in Silesia thanks to the Schlags, whose family tomb is located at the Church of Peace Cemetery.

During chamber concerts and organ recitals, invited artists will present classical music of different eras, including works by the festival's artistic director, Maciej Bator. The audience will have an opportunity to see the possibilities of the organ and look closely at the work of organists.

The broadcasts will be streamed live, free of charge, on the Festival's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FestiwalSchlaga/

Full programme is available athttps://fundacjadobrejmuzyki.pl/christian-schlag/ 

Warsaw | 30th Soundwalk Festival


The 30th anniversary edition of the Soundwalk Festival will be held in Warsaw on 1-5 July 2020, offering the opportunity to discover the sounds of the city.

The programme of the festival includes 9 soundwalks and 5 workshops (dress rehearsals for selected soundwalks) as well as discussions held at the Pardon, To Tu club devoted to sound in the labyrinths of language and classical and contemporary theories of acoustic ecology. Soundwalks will be guided by both professionals with many years of experience and debutants experimenting with this formula. Among the guests of the festival will be composers Sławomir Wojciechowski, Kuba Krzewiński and Aleksandra Chciuk.

The festival will take place in the open air, the distance between all participants will be kept, and their number during individual events will be limited. Listeners will be required to wear masks covering their nose and mouth. You can sign up for all walks by sending an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Full programme is available athttps://bit.ly/2ZbNnXh