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Toruń | 100th anniversary of the Pomeranian Music Society: Young Music Festival 2021

PTMThe Pomeranian Music Society in Toruń celebrates its 100th anniversary with a special edition of the Young Music Festival, which will run from 10 to 18 September 2021.

The festival is a continuation of social concerts that have been held regularly since 2012. This year's edition will celebrate the anniversary of one of the most important music associations operating in the region since 1921. One of the most important achievements of the Pomeranian Music Society is the establishment of the Music Conservatory, the present Music School Complex. From the very beginning, the society has been organizing concerts, promoting high culture, developing and disseminating music culture and artistic education.

The programme will include premieres and works by various generations of artists associated with Toruń, inclusive of young composers. We will hear classical, new, carillon, electroacoustic and jazz music, as well as literary songs. Two monographic concerts will be dedicated to the memory of Bogusław Schaeffer and Piotr Perkowski. In addition, the festival will feature events promoting young instrumentalists, concerts and meetings with outstanding artists from all over Poland, including Piotr Moss from Toruń, an exhibition, "Electro-Legends" workshop, and an anniversary publication.

Outstanding soloists, ensembles and orchestras will perform, including Krzysztof and Jakub Jakowicz, Gabriela Szendzielorz, Sepia Ensemble, Toruń Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dainius Pavilionis and Cappella Gedanensis conducted by Rafał Kłoczka.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: http://www.ptm.info.pl/ 

Kałuszyn | Inauguration of the 4th Mazovian Musical Meetings Without Barriers

Czas sztukiThe "Czas Sztuki" Foundation invites you on 25 July 2021 at 9.00 p.m. to the inauguration of the 4th Mazovian Musical Meetings Without Barriers. The Ludwik Sarski Orchestra will perform original improvised music for the 1917 film Bestia (The Polish Dancer) by Aleksander Hertz on the open-air stage of the Cultural Centre in Kałuszyn (Kilińskiego Square).

Ludwik Sarski Orchestra was founded on the initiative of two multi-instrumentalists and composers: Damian Szymczak and Piotr Tomala. In their improvisations, they combine styles related to contemporary music, jazz, klezmer music and tango. The ensemble successfully performs in Poland and abroad, presenting their original compositions live to silent films by Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Roman Polański and others. In May, DUX released their debut album – Ols the Kid, which is a tribute to Chaplin's work.

The 4th Mazovian Musical Meetings Without Barriers will be inaugurated with a screening of Aleksander Hertz's Bestia with live music. The film tells the tragic story of a love triangle: a young artist and her two lovers, former and new, married to another woman. The role of the artist is played by Pola Negri, the greatest star of Polish cinema at the time. The film is the oldest surviving film with the actress and one of nine films she made for the Sfinks studio.

8 artistic events are scheduled as part of the 4th Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers, including concerts with classical music, premieres of new works by Dawid Pajdzik and Bartosz Kowalski, and a music-poetry meeting. The events within the series will take place from July to December 2021 at the Cultural Centre in Kałuszyn, the House of Creative Work "Reymontówka" in Chlewiska, the Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Seroczyn, at the Liw Castle and the Łochów Palace.

Admission to all events is free! Co-financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Lusławice | Concert marathon as part of the "Emanacje" festival

LuslawiceA concert marathon will take place on 21-25 July 2021 at 7.00 p.m. as part of the "Emanacje" festival at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music!

Jazz music as part of the Seifert Jazz Days (The Owl, RGG, Dawid Lubowicz Quartet, EABS), a Chopin recital by Zuzanna Pietrzak and a choral music concert performed by Cracow Singers. The richness of styles and performance diversity, an interesting repertoire, as well as unique artists will provide unusual experience during Lusławice meetings with live music.

The marathon programme includes, among others, Totus tuus by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Niech Jezus Chrystus from Six Kurpie Songs by Karol Szymanowski and O gloriosa Virginum and Agnus Dei from Missa brevis by Krzysztof Penderecki.

The height of summer is the perfect time to visit the Lusławice park, the arboretum and the multimedia exhibition located in the Centre. Visiting is possible on all days before the concerts.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information and tickets are available at: www.emanacje.pl 

Katowice | NOSPR Academy – 2021/2022 season

NOSPRThe NOSPR Academy is an original scholarship and mentoring programme that prepares young musicians to play with an orchestra and to function in the realities of the contemporary music market. Recruitment will begin on 15 July 2021 and will continue until 15 September 2021.

It is addressed to violinists, violists, cellists and double bass players between 18 and 30 years of age who want to gain orchestral experience alongside musicians of one of the most renowned Polish symphonic orchestras.

The NOSPR Academy includes individual lessons with NOSPR musicians and the care of mentors – leaders of individual sections of the orchestra. In addition, programme participants will have the opportunity to learn about the organisational functioning of the institution. They will be able to use this knowledge during preparations for the June chamber concert of the "Young Stage" series, which they will be responsible for organising and programming.

Media partner: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Application Form is available at: https://bit.ly/3wGedp6 

Wrocław | Cellos meet Chopin

NFMThe International Cello Academy (ICA) is one of the few events in Europe aimed at cellists from all over the world. ICA was created to bring the world of cello ensembles closer to the audience and to support talents wishing to master their playing on this instrument. The concert in the frames of the ICA 2021 will be held at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław on 2 July 2021 at 8.00 p.m.

The founder and organiser of the International Cello Academy is the Polish Cello Quartet. It was established in 2011 on the initiative of prominent Polish cellists: Tomasz Daroch, Wojciech Fudala, Krzysztof Karpeta, and Adam Krzeszowiec. Their repertoire includes mainly works originally composed for a cello quartet.

The July concert will begin with Fryderyk Chopin’s compositions arranged especially for the Polish Cello Quartet. Then we will hear Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus (The Praise to Eternity of Jesus), the fifth movement of Olivier Messiaen's Quatuor pour la fin du temps. The fragment that will be presented during the concert is a slow, wistful cello cantilena against the steady piano chords (which will be replaced by the cello ensemble).

The concert will end with the premiere of Sentieri interrotti (Trails Interrupted) – a piece by the Italian composer Francesco Bottigliero. It is a work for four solo cellos and cello orchestra. This piece was created as part of the „Composing Commissions” programme, realised by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media partner: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/en/component/nfmcalendar/event/8600 

Wigry | 3rd "Kamedulskie Wigry" Chamber and Organ Music Festrival

JAXThe JAX Association together with the Marshal of the Podlaskie Voivodeship invite you to the 3rd Festival of Chamber and Organ Music "Kamedulskie Wigry". Festival concerts will be held on selected Sundays from 25 July to 18 September 2021 in the 17th-century Post-Camaldolese Monastery in Wigry.

Ahead of us is a journey into the world of various forms, musical styles and interesting acoustic effects. We will hear the solo organ, as well as the chords of the king of instruments with the violin, oboe or a rarely presented traditional bazuna – a Kashubian musical instrument. Among the performers there will be recognized artists who have been actively involved in cultural life for many year: Piotr Rojek, Gedymin Grubba, Paweł Gruba, Róża Lorenc, Wiktor Brzuchacz, Rafael Gabriel Przybyła, Dariusz Hajdukiewicz. The whole event will end with a performance of the Concert Orchestra of the Representative Artistic Ensemble of the Polish Army.

Music lovers will also be able to get to know the box organ. Currently, such instruments are truly unique – in Europe we can find only five of them, including one in Poland. It was made in imitation of Baroque instruments by the Johannes Kircher manufactory of Heidelbereg, and soon the organ will be heard in a post-Camaldolese temple.

The concert programme includes works from early baroque to 20th-century music. There will also be elaborate organ improvisations on well-known and liked melodies. This year's festival will be enriched by the promotion of Polish musical literature, which delights with its composition artistry, depth of expression and a variety of moods. A Polish accent will accompany each concert. We will hear music by Michał Kleofas Ogiński, Stanisław Moniuszko, Władysław Żeleński, Feliks Nowowiejski as well as songs from the Sapieżyński Album.

Admission to the concerts is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme: https://festiwal.wigry.pro/program-2021/ 

Lusławice | "Emanacje" Festival – contemporary and jazz music

EmanacjeThe upcoming weekend in Lusławice will bring extraordinary repertoire combinations and interesting performance contexts. Agata Zubel (mezzo-soprano), Karolina Mikołajczyk (violin), Ivo Jedynecki (accordion) and the New Music Orchestra conducted by Szymon Bywalec will perform on 17 July 2021. The next day we will hear the jazz legend – Adam Makowicz.

EmanacjeThe artistic mission of the New Music Orchestra is to explore the area of ​​contemporary music in search of works that are significant, important for Polish and world music culture, which are worth to be widely promoted. During the concert, the ensemble and soloists will present various works of 20th and 21st century music. We will hear Strophes by Krzysztof Penderecki, Folk songs by Luciano Berio and Opole Concerto by Piotr Moss.

Adam Makowicz – a world-class piano virtuoso, one of the most respected Polish jazz artists abroad  collaborated with the most outstanding jazzmen, including Teddy Wilson and Benny Goodman. In 1977 he emigrated to the USA. He recorded an album Adam for the CBS Columbia record label, performed at Carnegie Hall and at prestigious European and American jazz festivals. From the 1990s, Makowicz regularly came to Poland, giving solo recitals and performing with symphony orchestras, often in classical repertoire. The concert in Lusławice will end the celebrations of the artist's 80th birthday.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: www.emanacje.pl 

Łódź | III Bacewicz International Summer Music Academy

BISMAThe BISMA Bacewicz International Summer Music Academy is an international piano master course, the third edition of which will start on 10 August 2021 at the Academy of Music in Łódź. The classes will be conducted by eminent teachers from the most prestigious music academies: Dang Thai Son, Claudio Martinez Mehner, Ilya Maximov and Hubert Rutkowski. Concerts of participants open to the public are planned every day between 10 and 15 August at 7.30 p.m.

Organised by Stretto Music Foundation and the Academy of Music in Łódź, the courses will take place in the historic Karol Poznański Palace, the headquarters of the Academy of Music in Łódź. 31 pianists from Poland, Switzerland, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Australia, Japan, Korea and Thailand will practice their skills on wide piano repertoire. Renowned pianists from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, the Hochschule für Musik in Basel, the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Hochschule für Music und Theater in Hamburg will share their experience. A large number of the participants of this year's edition are young Polish pianists preparing to participate in the International Chopin Piano Competition. Piano music lovers will have the opportunity to listen to all participants live during the evening concerts.

Six concerts will also be broadcast online on the Facebook page of the Academy of Music in Łódź. Piotr Alexewicz, laureate of the International Grażyna Bacewicz Award 2020, will perform a recital at the inauguration (10 August, 7:30 p.m.). The Final Gala (15 August, 7.30 p.m.) will feature performances of four young pianists participating in the project – the best of them will be awarded the International Grażyna Bacewicz Award 2021.

Media partner: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Official website: www.bisma.pl 

Katowice | Anniversaries of Great Composers: Eugeniusz Knapik and Jan Wincenty Hawel

FSThe Silesian Philharmonic's concert on 9 July 2021 at 7.00 p.m. is dedicated to two professors, extremely important figures for the Silesian Philharmonic and for the Silesian and Polish composers' schools – Eugeniusz Knapik and Jan Wincenty Hawel, who celebrates their birthday in July. The Silesian Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Maciej Tomasiewicz and soprano Sylwia Olszyńska will perform their works, as well as captivating songs by Mieczysław Karłowicz and Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings.

On 9 July, Eugeniusz Knapik will celebrate his 70th birthday. The concert will begin with the composer's work When Suns Die..., which had its premiere at the Silesian Philharmonic during the 8th International Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Days. Just like then, Sylwia Olszyńska will perform the solo part. This piece is a tribute to Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and is based on the same literary text that inspired the patron of the Silesian Philharmonic in creating his String Quartet No. 3 "... songs are sung".

Then we will hear Jan Wincenty Hawel's Musical Moments. There are three eponymous "moments" in opus 131. These works are one of the artist's favorite compositions, so it will be the perfect gift on the eve of the 85th birthday of the Honorary Head of the Silesian Chamber Orchestra. The Moments combine traditional notation and aleatorism, so the audience gathered in the concert hall will experience their unique version.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/ 

Lusławice | 9th Emanacje Festival: Kroke & Adam Kałduński

EmanacjeThe Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławice invites you to the concerts of the ongoing "Emanacje" Music Festival on 10 and 11 July 2021 at 7.00 p.m. Adam Kałduński will start a series of Chopin recitals and the Kroke ensemble will present the most popular works from their repertoire.

EmanacjeWeekly meetings with Fryderyk Chopin's music will be an opportunity to hear promising artists almost on the eve of their participation in the famous and prestigious Chopin Piano Competition scheduled for autumn this year. Adam Kałduński will perform as the first in the series. The laureate of national and international competitions is the winner of the 2nd International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in Beijing (2019) and the 2nd prize ex aequo at the 50th Polish National Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (2020), thus qualifying for the 18th International Chopin Piano Competition. Currently, he is studying with Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz.

Kroke (in Yiddish: Krakow) was formed in 1992 by three friends: Tomasz Kukurba, Jerzy Bawoł and Tomasz Lato. As graduates of the Academy of Music in Krakow, but also as open-minded artists, they did not shy away from experimenting with jazz and contemporary music. The ensemble, initially associated mainly with klezmer music, currently oscillates around various genres. The artists draw inspiration from ethnic music from all over the world, but always enrich their works with their own improvisations, which we will hear on 11 July.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information about tickets: www.emanacje.pl 

Zakopane | 44th Karol Szymanowski Days

44 DniThe 44th Karol Szymanowski Days in Zakopane will run from 25 July to 1 August 2021. This year's edition is dedicated to the Stalowa Wola Generation on their 70th birth anniversary.

In 2021, the Polish artistic community will celebrate the 70th birthday of the composers of the Stalowa Wola Generation, also known as the '51 Generation: Eugeniusz Knapik, Aleksander Lasoń and Andrzej Krzanowski. The music of these artists is a natural continuation of the work of Karol Szymanowski, the father of the 20th-century Polish music. Andrzej Chłopecki coined the term "new romanticism" to refer to the works written by these three Silesians composers. The festival programme will include a selection of their most representative chamber works for various instrumental ensembles.

A highlight of the 44th Karol Szymanowski Music Days will be the premiere of Aleksander Lasoń's Ananda for piano and string quartet, as well as the "late premiere" of Relief VIII for solo accordion and tape by Andrzej Krzanowski, who died prematurely in 1990. In addition to the works of this year's jubilarians, the festival's repertoire will include, among others, works of composers who were especially important to them at different moments of their artistic path. The Festival will feature outstanding performers who have been tirelessly promoting the work of today's 70-year-olds for many years - their young age only confirms that the music of the '51 Generation still enjoys the interest of both the next generation of artists and the listeners.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Music" and "Composing Commissions" programmes, carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://www.szymanowski.zakopane.pl/

12th International Competition for Young Pianists "Arthur Rubinstein in memoriam"

Rubinstein 12th International Competition for Young Pianists „Arthur Rubinstein in memoriam” will be held from 7 to 13 December 2021 in Bydgoszcz – in a city known as the „City of Music”, with great cultural and artistic traditions.

I and II stages will be held in Music Academy in Bydgoszcz. The finals will be held at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz (11-12 December) with the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra from Warsaw, composed of the most outstanding Polish instrumentalists up to 30 years old. The Laureates' Concert will be held on 13 December – also at the Pomeranian Philharmonic. In addition to financial prizes, the winners will receive the Chopin Prize and the Special Prize for the best performance of a piece by Karol Szymanowski, as well as awards in the form of concerts and scholarships.

The "Arthur Rubinstein in memoriam" International Competition for Young Pianists is one of the most important music competitions for young pianists, up to 22 years old, in the world. The honorary chairman of the Competition is Ewa Rubinstein – the daughter of the great pianist. In the past, amazing talents have manifested themselves here – pianists who have been recording for major record companies for years, winning top positions at Chopin Competition in Warsaw, for example, Rafał Blechacz, Juliana Avdeeva or Szymon Nehring. The Competition has been organized since 1993 by the State Music School Complex Artur Rubinstein in Bydgoszcz and the Mozart Society in Bydgoszcz with the participation of: the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sports in Warsaw, the Marshal’s Office of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship in Toruń, the City Hall of Bydgoszcz. The competition is recommended by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport. In 2000, the competition was entered into the European Association of Music Competitions for Young People (EMCY).

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Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: www.konkurs-rubinstein.bydgoszcz.pl 

Warsaw | Concert on the 230th anniversary of the adoption of the May 3rd Constitution

DKS The JAX Association invistes you to a concert on the occasion of the 230th anniversary of the adoption of the May 3rd Constitution. The event will take place on 9 July 2021 at 6.00 p.m. at the "Świt" Cultural Centre in Warsaw.

The list of performers includes artists involved in national and international cultural life: Krzysztof Borysiewicz (bass) – collaborating with the Grand Theater – National Opera in Warsaw, Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, Salzburger Landestheater and Staatstheater Kassel, winner of the Grand Prix at the Francisco Vinas Vocal Competition in Barcelona; Róża Lorenc (violin) – winner of national and international violin competitions, multiple scholarship holder of the Mayor of Gdańsk; and Wiktor Brzuchacz (organ) – winner of the "Golden Laurel for Young Organist", graduate of the Conservatory in Saint-Germain-en-Laye and the Academy of Music in Poznań

The concert repertoire includes outstanding works of Polish and European music literature. In addition to compositions by Antonio Vivaldi, Edward Elgar and Gabriel Fauré, we will hear a wide range of Polish music, which impresses with compositional artistry, depth of expression and a variety of moods. Musical works will be intertwined with the historical outline of the adoption of the May 3rd Constitution.

Free admission, limited number of places available.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Tarnowskie Góry | Concert I. "Music in dialogue"

CWMKThe Elżbieta Chojnacka Centre for Contemporary Harpsichord Music invites you to a new concert series, which will be inaugurated on 11 July 2021 at 6.00 p.m. at the Palace in Rybna with a concert "Music in dialogue".

The concerts will feature works that take up the musical dialogue on several levels: instrumental (in terms of timbre, technical and expressive possibilities), between periods and musical styles, between tradition and modernity. The author of the artistic project is Dr. Aleksandra Gajecka-Antosiewicz

The programme of the first concert will include premieres of works by Marcin Tadeusz Łukaszewski, Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska and Bronisław Kazimierz Przybylski. We will also hear compositions by Marcel Chyrzyński, Aleksander Tansman, Aleksander Lasoń, Henryk Mikołaj-Górecki, Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil, Kazimierz Serocki and Bohuslav Martin. The repertoire will be presented by: Łukasz Długosz – flute, Agata Kielar-Długosz – flute, Beata Warykiewicz-Siwy – violin, Aleksandra Gajecka-Antosiewicz – harpsichord.

The public task is co-financed by the Tarnowskie Góry Commune, the Palace in Rybna and the Gorczycki.pl Association.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed information: https://www.aleksandragajecka-antosiewicz.com/

Katowice | Closing of the 76th season of the Silesian Philharmonic: Tauron Eko Koncert

FSThe last Tauron Eko Concert in the 76th artistic season of the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic will take place on 2 July 2021 at 7.00 p.m. The Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra will perform under the baton of Yaroslav Shemet together with a wonderful soloist – pianist Anna Górecka.

The concert will take the audience to different corners of the world. We will hear the echoes of America, energetic Hungarian dances, and – thanks to Strauss' Don Juan – we will find ourselves in sunny Spain. Before this happens, however, we will discover the beauty of the Historic Silver Mine in Tarnowskie Góry.

The concert will open with Adam Wesołowski's Silver concerto, combining piano solo, string orchestra and multimedia with sounds and images of the Historic Silver Mine in Tarnowskie Góry. The work is full of symbols, such as the reference to the element of silver (Ag) by using the notes A and G and chords in A major and G major. In the melody line, we will also hear sounds describing this element: Ag (symbol), 47 (atomic number), 11 (group), 5 (period), d (block). Then we will hear Mikołaj Piotr Górecki's Capriccio for piano and orchestra, inspired by the works of the composer's father, Patron of the Silesian Philharmonic – Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. The composition was premiered in 1998 by none other than Anna Górecka and the Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, conducted that day by Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More informationhttps://filharmonia-slaska.eu/