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A unique Charity Concert – The World Doctors Orchestra and pianist Krzysztof Książek

In October 2018, for the first time in Poland, 100 doctors from the World Doctors Orchestra and an outstanding pianist Krzysztof Książek will perform on one stage to show their support in the fight against blood cancers.

On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the DKMS Foundation in Poland, two exceptional symphonic concerts will be performed by the World Doctors Orchestra. On 11th October at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, and on 12th October at the ICE Congress Center in Kraków, the orchestra will perform Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 8 and, to underline the 100th anniversary of Poland's independence, Ignacy Jan Paderewski's Overture in E flat major. The orchestra will be joined by outstanding pianist Krzysztof Książek who will perform Piano Concerto in E minor, Op. 11 by Fryderyk Chopin.

The World Doctors Orchestra (WDO) was founded in 2007 and it combines the pleasure related to good music with global social responsibility regarding unlimited access to medical services. Two or three times a year one hundred doctors from nearly fifty countries replace their white gowns with evening outfits and give a concert in favor of the organisation operating in the health services sector and of people who need health care. Revenues from each concert are given to selected non-profit organizations. While their daily work focuses on treating specific patients, as an orchestra they popularize a conviction that neither the state border not political interests should limit access to primary health care. The founder and conductor of the orchestra is Stefan Willich, Prof. PhD.  Doctors from WDO have already played almost 60 concerts in Dubai, USA, Japan, Spain, Cape Town. Poland is the 27th country on their concert tour.

The intention of the event is to raise funds for the implementation of the statutory objectives of the DKMS Foundation and speak the language of music for the promotion of bone marrow donation in Poland and around the world.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.dkms.pl/pl/koncertWDO 

6th Lower Silesian Music Festival in July

Dolnośląski Festiwal

On 1st July 2018, the 6th edition of the Lower Silesian Music Festival began, with the leitmotif of Polish music, "Viva la Polonia"!

"Poland and France – friendship, love, longing" is the title of the Fortcello concert that inaugurated this year's festival in the Palace of Kamieniec. Polish cellist Anna Mikulska and French pianist Philippe Argenty perfmed a programme composed of national works, sharing with the audience interesting anecdotes about the repertoire and its composers. Before the concert, the musicians met with the youngest listeners during a joint concert in the form of workshops.

On 7th July, the Michael Archangelo Church in Lewin Kłodzki will host a master organ recital by Jürgen Benkö, who will perform on the local organs after a 10-year period of renovation. The concert of the German organist will include works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Franck and Gigout, as well as improvisations on Polish church songs. The next day, Duo del Gesu will perform at the Żelazno Palace. Violinist Arnaud Kamiński and violist Krzysztof Tymendorf will present works of Mozart, Debussy, Saczko, Marais and Haydn. Both concerts will be preceded by workshops for children.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Toruń | Results of the 6th International Copernicus Choir Competition

Per Musicam

On Saturday, 30th June 2018, in the Artus Court, the 6th International Copernicus Choir Festival and Competition ended with the award ceremony.

The competition was attended by 9 (out of 13) choirs from the Czech Republic, Norway, Sweden, Hungary and Poland, and the competition lasted two days under the supervision of an international jury composed of: Jürgen Fassbender (Germany). Gabor Hollerung (Hungary), Krzysztof Szydzisz (Poland). Three choirs were selected to participate in the festival's Grand Prix competition.

The best of the best was the Abbellimento Choir from the Czech Republic under the direction of Jarmily Novenkoeva. The same ensemble also received a special award for outstanding performance of a contemporary composer's work. The Grand Prix prize in the form of a symbolic check for 2,000 euros was given by one of the Honorary Patrons of the festival, the Mayor of Toruń, Michał Zaleski.

The organizers of the festival: Association of Choral Music Enthusiasts "Astrolabium" in Toruń, meeting music agency (Germany) and "Tumska 14" Association in Chełmża.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Center POLMIC.

Zakopane | 41st Karol Szymanowski Music Days

41. Dni Szymanowskiego

The 41st Karol Szymanowski Music Days will be held on July 22 – July 29, 2018 in Zakopane. The final concert will feature the premiere of UKIYO-E NO. 4 by Marcel Chyrzyński.

The composition will be performed by the Silesian Chamber Music Orchestra conducted by Robert Kabara and the Silesian Trio, composed of Joanna Domańska – piano, Roman Widaszek – clarinet, Tadeusz Tomaszewski – French horn. The concert, which will also include works by Karol Szymanowski, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Edward Elgar, will take place on July 29 at 8.00 pm in the Church of the Holy Cross.

The programme of the festival will also include compositions by Beethoven, Bartok, Bach, Krumpholtz, Iberta, Scheller, Chopin, Paderewski, Ravel and Gershwin. They will be performed by such bands and soloists as: New Music Quartet, Serhiy Hryhorenko, Ewa Biegas, Grzegorz Biegas, Kamil Pacholec, Blanka Bednarz, Matthiew Bengtson, Małgorzata Wasiucionek, and Piotr Sałajczyk.

The history of Karol Szymanowski Music Days dates back to 1977, when on the initiative of Maciej Pinkwart, custodian of the Karol Szymanowski Museum in the Villa "Atma", the first festival devoted to Karol Szymanowski was organized in Zakopane. Until 1987, the Days were held in March and later in September. Starting from the tenth edition, the festival takes place in July and symphony and chamber concerts are organized not only in the "Atma", but also in Zakopane's churches and galleries. The unique and individual character of the Festival is determined by the combination of classical music with authentic Podhale music, which was a source of inspiration for Karol Szymanowski in the last period of his work.

The Festival is organised by the Karol Szymanowski Music Society.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.szymanowski.zakopane.pl/


Elbląg | Cinema sounds with Tomasz Stockinger and Elbląg Chamber Orchestra


At the end of the summer, on August 31, 2018 at 7.00 pm in the State Music Schools Complex in Elbląg, the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra will recall the hits that have had the greatest impact on the 20th century cinematography. They will be accompanied on stage by Stefan Gąsieńiec, Sebastian Perłowski and Tomasz Stockinger.

The Elbląg musicians under the baton of Sebastian Perłowski will present works that have connected the world of music and film for over several decades. We will hear music by Krzesimir DębskiWładysław Szpilman, Fryderyk Chopin, Scott Joplin, Waldemar Kazanecki, George Gershwin, Włodzimierz Korcz, Mirosław Gąsieniec, Wojciech Kilar, and Carlos Gardel. The concert will be hosted by well-known TV, theater and film actor Tomasz Stockinger.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.eok.elblag.eu 

4th Małopolska Academy of Talents Music Festival

Małopolska Akademia Talentów

The forth edition of Malopolska Academy of Talents Festival will take place between June 26 and July 8, 2018.

On Tuesday, June 26, an accompanying concert for the end of the school year will be held in the performance hall in Łąck. On June 29, duo Fortecello will perform in the Town Hall Hall in Nowy Sącz. Polish cellist Anna Mikulska and French pianist Philippe Argenty will present works of Chopin, Debussy, Bartók and Servais. On July 1, summer music courses in Łąck will begin, and on Wednesday, July 4, for the third time, Archi in Chiesa concert  will take place in the parish of St. John the Baptist in Łąck, featuring Messages Quartet, Jan Kalinowski, Piotr Lato and course participants.

This year's festival will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence. On July 5 in the Limanowa Community Centre Messages Quartet composed of: Małgorzata Wasiucionek, Oriana Masternak (violin), Maria Dutka (viola) and Beata Urbanek-Kalinowska (cello) will perform works by Szymon Laks, Krzysztof Penderecki and Stanisław Moniuszko. The finale of the Małopolska Talent Academy will take place on July 7 in the concert hall of the Music School in Żegocin. Participants of music courses will perform along with with Bartłomiej Kominek, Gajusz Kęska and Marek Szlezer.

The festival and music courses will end on July 8 with a unique concert by the String Orchestra of the Małopolska Talent Academy under the direction of Jadwiga Bialic (violin) with the guest participation of Małgorzata Wasiucionek and Oriana Masternak in St. John the Baptist Parish in Łąck.

Admission free!

The partners of the 4th Małopolska Talent Academy are the Łącko Commune and the Limanowski Dom Kultury. Project implemented with the financial support of the Małopolska voivodship.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.mat.festiwalmuzyczny.com 


Warsaw | 18th Summer Music Evenings "Dziekanka"

18. DziekankaFryderyk Chopin University of Music invites all for the 18th edition of Summer Music Evenings Festival – "Dziekanka" 2018. The concerts will tbe held in July and August every Wednesday at 6.00 pm.

During the concerts we will hear students, graduates, teachers and guests of the FCUM. Concerts will be held in July (4, 11, 18, 25) and August (1, 8, 15, 22, 29) in the "Dziekanka" Dormitory, 56/50 Krakowskie Przedmieście St., in the Courtyard or Concert Hall (in case of inclement weather).

Artistic Director of this year’s edition: Rector of the FCUM, prof. dr hab. Klaudiusz Baran. Anchor (traditionally): Andrzej Krusiewicz. Free admission!

Więcej informacji – na stronie UMFC: http://www.chopin.edu.pl

Toruń | 6th International Copernicus Choir Festival and Competition


Astrolabium Society of Choral Music Enthusiasts invites you to the 6th International Copernicus Choir Festival and Competition „Per musicam ad astra”. The event will be held between June 27 and July 1, 2018 in Toruń.

„Per musicam ad astra” International Copernicus Choir Festival & Competition will for the 6th time present a great opportunity for integration of the choral community and promotion of choral music. Its name refers to the figure and work of the famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus who was born here. The aim of the event is also to promote the rich tourist and cultural offer of the city of Toruń and the Kujawsko-Pomorskie province.

The Festival will include performances by mixed, male, female, youth and children choirs and vocal ensembles from Hungary, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Czech Republic and Poland. Over the course of 5 days participants will compete for the Grand Prix in the amount of 2000 EUR, with more than a dozen accompanying events, including Friendship Concerts in the whole region. Devoted audiences and beautiful, mostly gothic, settings make them an unforgettable experience.

An ever-important part of the event are workshops and seminars enhancing vocal capabilites of the singers and their conductors, lead by renowned voice clinicians. This year, apart from Individual Coaching (IC) and Evaluation Performance (EP) there will be workshops "Vocal technique – sound – interpretation" lead by Prof. Krzysztof Szydzisz.

Admission to all concerts is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.pmaa.pl 

Kraków | 11th Barbican Music Festival


This year's Barbican Music Festival, organized in the medieval Gothic-style fortification, will be held on July 3-6, 2018.

The festival, organized in cooperation with the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow, "revives" the historic place with an exceptional programme and outstanding performers, both young talents and experienced artists who present traditional and modern trends of Polish and world music culture.

During the inaugural concert "Musical Landscapes", Cracow Guitar Quartet will play, among others, Mazurkas, Op. 50 No. 6 and No. 11 by Karol Szymanowski. Anna Miernik Piano Recital will consist of works by Fryderyk Chopin, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Feliks Nowowiejski and Karol Szymanowski. Accordionist Maxim Salnikov along with the Russian Camerata under the direction of Andreia Kruzhkov will take us on the musical journey from Borodin to Piazzolla. The final concert will be performed by a unique Glass Duo accompanied by the orchestra under the baton of Piotr Sułkowski. Musicians will perform, among others, Songueira by Arkadiusz Szafraniec, member of Glass Duo – the only Polish ensemble playling glass music.

Tickets can be purchased from June 26 at the Barbakan ticket office and at the InfoKraków tourist information centre at 2 St. John Street.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed programme available at: www.barbakanfestiwal.pl 


Warsaw | 4. Chopin Evenings on Okólnik Street

4. Wieczory

It is the fourth time that the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music invites all for the concert cycle entitled "Chopin Evenings on Okólnik Street" under the honorary patronage of His Magnificence Rector of the FCUM, prof. dr hab. Klaudiusz Baran.

This year’s festival is focused on the Polish music: “Around Fryderyk Chopin”. Each week we will hear representatives of one of the nine academies of music in Poland. Besides Chopin's music, we will hear works by Szymanowski, Niewiadomski, Nowowiejski, Paderewski, Tansman, Moniuszko, Ogiński, Kania, Zarębski, Friedman, and Zawadzki.

The concerts will be held in July (3, 10, 17, 24, 31) and August (7, 14, 21, 28) on each Tuesday at 6.00 pm. Artistic Director of the events: Rector of the FCUM, prof. dr hab. Klaudiusz Baran. Anchor: Piotr Wojciechowski.

The project is co-financed by the City of Warsaw. Free admission!

More information at: http://www.chopin.edu.pl/

NeoQuartet's concerts in China, Japan and South Korea


The Polish string quartet NeoQuartet embarks on an Asian tour. The series of concerts from June 15 to June 24, 2018 is part of the celebration of the centennial of Poland's independence.

The artists will perform in prestigious concert halls in China, South Korea, Japan and will take part in contemporary music festivals: Daegu International Contemporary Music Festival and International Contemporary Festival in Kyoto.

The programme of concerts will include the most outstanding works by Polish composers from the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries as well as works by Chinese, Korean and Japanese artists. The musicians will perform compositions by Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Paweł Szymański and Andrzej Panufnik. During the concert in Beijing NeoQuartet will be accompanied by the Chinese pianist Dai Bo.

The project was financed from the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage under the "Niepodległa" Multiannual Program for the years 2017-2021, as part of the IAM "Cultural bridges" grant program.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed schedule at: www.neoquartet.pl 

5th Festival "Polish Music in Warmia and Żuławy"


The fifth edition of the "Polish Music in Warmia and Żuławy" Festival will take place on July 3-6, 2018 in Braniewo, Stare Pole, Elbląg and Pasłęk. The Elbląg Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Marek Moś along with Marcin Wyrostek and his band will perform four concerts that harmoniously combine spiritual and entertainment accents.

Marcin Wyrostek is an accordionist, composer, lecturer at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice and a member of the American Association of Accordionists. He is the winner of over 30 accordion competitions. The key element of his musical identity is improvisation. He recorded four original albums, for which he received, among others, triple platinum and the nomination for the "Fryderyk" 2010 Award for the album Magia del Tango, platinum for the album For Alice and double platinum for the album Coloriage. His latest album Polacc includes works inspired by Polish music.

Admission to all festival concerts is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.eok.elblag.eu/pl 

Warsaw | SuperSam +1: Fred Frith & Macio Moretti

SuperSamThe next concert of the "Supersam + 1" series of master performances, organised by the „Mózg Foundation”, will be held on June 28, 2018 at 8.00 pm in the Dzik club in Warsaw (44A Belwederska St.)  The main performers will be Fred Frith i Macio Moretti.

Fred Frith is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser. He has been making noise of one kind or another for almost 50 years, starting with the iconic rock collective Henry Cow, which he co-founded with Tim Hodgkinson in 1968. Fred is best known as a pioneering electric guitarist and improviser, songwriter and composer for film, dance and theatre. Through bands like Art Bears, Massacre, Skeleton Crew, Keep the Dog, the Fred Frith Guitar Quartet and Cosa Brava, he has stayed close to his roots in rock and folk music while branching out in many other directions. His compositions have been performed by ensembles ranging from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra to rock bands.

Macio Moretti is a musician and graphic designer. Or the other way around. He’s one of the Mitches and is part of many other constellations. He played his first concert when he was sixteen years old. It was more than quarter-century ago, which he himself finds shocking. He has been performing worldwide. He is the co-founder of the Warsaw based Lado ABC record label, which has almost 100 albums of (mostly) domestic artists under its belt. He is a man of many plans and too little time.

"Supersam + 1" is a series of master performances. The project focuses mainly on music, however, it also includes other forms of expression such as: performance, multimedia, monodrama. “Supersam + 1” will present respected Polish and foreign artists whose work is original, experimental and innovative.

More information at: www.supersam.mozg.pl 

Katowice | Open Days at NOSPR


On June 17, 2018, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra will take part in the Open Days of European Funds. This year's edition is the fifth one in a row – NOSPR, as a beneficiary of EU funds, participates in the organization of this event.

Open Days of European Funds is an EU initiative implemented in Poland by the Ministry of Investment and Development. The action presents and promotes the effects of EU funds involvement in the development of various projects in Poland. The organizers have prepared a lot of attractions, including concerts, workshops for children and adults and selfie time.

At 11.00 am a concert of the Brass Band will be held under the direction of Anna Goj and Damian Łebek. Then there will be workshops for children "Concert savoir vivre  How to behave at a serious music concert", which will be led by Asia Bronisławska (01.00-01.45 pm). During the next meeting "Concert hall without secrets" (02. 00-03.00) NOSPR employees will talk about curiosities and acoustic qualities, as well as demonstrate the technical possibilities of the concert hall. At 3.00 pm the "Selfie time" will start  all visitors at NOSPR will have the opportunity to take a selfie in the concert hall, with instruments played by musicians, and shoot videos with their smartphones. In the evening, at 8.00 pm, in the Concert Hall there will be a concert of the Old Timers band  one of the oldest and most valued groups playing traditional jazz in Poland.

Workshops will also take place at the Amfiteatar (workshops with MIUOSH for children) and in the Chamber Hall (Jeremiasz Frączek will lead workshops for children "Little Sound Director", and Monika Drygalska will lead workshops for people aged 60+ "Feel the violin"). At 6.00 pm in the Chamber Hall, the New Music Orchestra will present Mouvement (-vor der Erstarrung) by Helmut Lachenmann and premiere Double bass concerto by Sławomir Wojciechowski. Łukasz Bebłot will perform as soloist.

Admission to all events is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The programme is available at: http://www.nospr.org.pl

Katowice | ElectroKilar

ElectroKilarThe most magnificent pieces by Wojciech Kilar in modern electronic arrangements by Szymon Padoła, known as 5cet, and musicians of the AUKSO Orchestra conducted by Marek Moś, will be performed on June 14, 2018 at 9.00 pm in the headquarters of the Polish National Rafał Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.

Wojciech Kilar was born in Lviv, but he spent most of his artistic life, until his death in 2010, in Katowice. It is in this city that he wrote his greatest chamber and symphonic music, but also film scores. Kilar collaborated with the most outstanding Polish directors: Andrzej Wajda, Roman Polański, Krzysztof Kieślowski, but also foreign ones: Francis Ford Coppola or Jace Campion.

The project "ElectroKilar" was created a year ago, on the occasion of the 85th anniversary of the birth of Kilar. The most wonderful pieces composed for films (including Dracula directed by Francis Ford Coppola) and masterpieces of chamber music, such as Orawa, are presented in new, surprising arrangements prepared by Wiesław Świderski and Szymon Padoła. This Katowice DJ, composer and producer undertook a risky but successful task of including electronic music in the works of Kilar. Their joint arrangements, which he performs together with the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Marek Moś, open the music of Wojciech Kilar to new audiences.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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