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Warsaw | 15th Kwartesencja Festival

Kwartesencja

On June 12 – July 2, 2019 the Witold Lutoslawski Polish Radio Concert Studio and the New Theater in Warsaw will host the 15th edition of the Kwatesencja Festival.

A year ago the Royal String Quartet celebrated their 20th anniversary. In 2019 it’s time for the 15th Kwartesencja festival, which this year will host four concerts. The ensemble will take part in all of them, together with their guests, Polish top level artists: one of the most outstanding Polish singers, winner of the 2018 European Composers Award – Agata Zubel, and pianist – originally jazz musician, pushing all genre boundaries – Marcin Masecki.

The programme includes classical string quartets by Beethoven and Schubert, sophisticated compositions by James MacMillan and minimalist meditation by Morton Feldman. Moreover, composer and vocalist Agata Zubel will perform Sonette der Elisabeth Barrett-Browning by Egon Wellesz, written to the love poems of the famous English poet of Victorian times, as well as Songs of a Traveling Journeyman by Gustav Mahler, reflecting the composer's alter ego, as he was called a "romantic wanderer" by Bohdan Pociej.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://royalstringquartet.pl/ 

Warszawa | "Curtis on tour" Special Concert at FCUM

Sozańska Elżbieta

A special concert entitled  "Curtis on tour" will take place on May 25, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the concert hall of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music (2 Okólnik Street).

The unique event will take place as part of the annual concert tour "Curtis on Tour". This is the first concert of musicians from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music from Philadelphia (USA) at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. The Curtis Institute of Music is one of the most prestigious music universities in the world alongside the excellent Juilliard School of Music in New York. Musicians from Poland played a significant role in the establishment and development of the university over its almost century-long history – Józef Hofmann was the first rector of the institute, and among the professors there were several Polish pedagogues.

The concert will be performed by a piano quartet composed of: prof. Roberto Díaz (viola) – President of the Curtis Institute of Music, and its students – Claire Bourg (violin), Sydney Lee (cello), Daniel Hsu (piano). The programme will include Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 15 by Gabriel Fauré and Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25 by Johannes Brahms.

The initiator and organizer of the "Curtis on Tour" visit in Warsaw is Ms. Elżbieta Sozańska from Philadelphia – a patron of music, a long-time director and vice-president of international pharmaceutical concerns, as well as a writer and playwright. Both the concert and the master classes run by the president of the university, prof. Robert Díaz, will be held with the financial support of the Kon-Sozański Family Foundation to commemorate Berta Zofia Kon, graduate of the FCUM in 1920.

Admission free!

Mdia patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Katowice | NOSPR Chamber Orchestra and Silesian Trio

NOSPR

The next concert in the cycle of "NOSPR chamber concerts" will take place on May 23, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.,at the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice. The ecening will feature Polish contemporary music performed by the NOSPR String Orchestra and the Silesian Trio.

The programme of the concert is composed of Grażyna Bacewicz's Divertimento for string orchestra, Mikołaj Górecki's Trio concerto for clarinet, horn, piano and string orchestra, Krzysztof Penderecki's Chaconne per archi, Edward Grieg's Suite "From Holberg's Time", Op. 40, and Wojciech Kilar's Orawa for string orchestra.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/ 

Katowice | Silesian String Quartet and AUKSO at NOSPR

Knapik

On May 25, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the city of Tychy and the Silesian Quartet will perform at the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice. The concert will premiere Eugeniusz Knapik's 2nd String Quartet.

The programme of the concert performed by NOSPR's guests will featured works by British composer Edward Elgar, German artist Werner Egek and Eugeniusz Knapik – professor at the Academy of Music in Katowice.

AUKSO under the direction of Marek Mos will present the Islands for string orchestra by Eugeniusz Knapik, commissioned in 1983 by Musica Viva Australia and the Adelaide Festival. It is a one-part composition with two linking fragments of the form symbolizing two states of matter, namely: water (sea) and earth (island). The work was inpired by an image of an observer on the ship, looking out for land on the horizon and should be understood metaphorically. In the second part of the evening, one of the leading Polish chamber ensembles – the Silesian Quartet – will premiere Eugeniusz Knapik's String Quartet No. 2.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttp://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/ 

Warsaw | Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra and sensational conductor

POSI

The Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra invites you to the Royal Castle in Warsaw on May 24, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. The musicians will perform under the baton of Anna Duczmal-Mróz, who was hailed as a "sensational conductor" by the German press.

The programme of the concert will be composed of 20th-century Polish music as well as works by Gustav Holst and Dmitry Shostakovich. Sinfonia Iuventus under the baton of Anna Duczmal-Mróz will perform a splendid four-part Serenade, Op. 2 for string orchestra by Mieczysław Karłowicz and Orawa by Wojciech Kilar, a composer's tribute to the beloved mountains and musical folklore of Podhale. The programme will also include Gustav Holst'sSt Paul’s Suite,Op.29, No. 2, and Dmitri Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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