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Gdańsk |The International Moniuszko Congress 'Stanisław Moniuszko in Polish and World Culture: New Perspectives and Interpretations'

Kongres Moniuszkowski

On 27-28 September 2019, the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk will host the International Moniuszko Congress "Stanisław Moniuszko in Polish and World Culture. New perspectives and interpretations” – one of the most important events of the celebration of the Moniuszko Year.

In connection with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko – the father of Polish national opera and one of the most important Polish composers – the thematic scope of the Congress includes the composer's biography and work as well as his artistic achievements considered both in the national-cultural context and in the perspective of socio-aesthetic situation in Europe of his time.

The Congress programme will include two plenary lectures and several dozen papers. The meeting is planned in four themetic blocks composed of four parallel sections, during which an international group of speakers will address issues from the following thematic areas:

1. Stanisław Moniuszko, the composer and his work, from the perspective of various humanistic disciplines (musicology, history, theatre studies, film studies, philology, sociology, cultural studies, etc.);

2. Trends, interpretations and perspectives in Moniuszko studies;

3. Nineteenth-century Polish music as the context and backdrop to Moniuszko’s creative output;

4. The concept of Moniuszko’s Polish national opera compared to European currents of national stage output;

5. The role of music in shaping nineteenth-century political and cultural awareness;

6. The dialectic of the socio-political and artistic domains in musical output of the nineteenth century.

The Congress will be accompanied by two concerts organized by its Gdańsk partners. On 27 September, the Fryderyk Chopin Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk will hold a concert of Fryderyk Chopin's music, and on 28 September – the Moniuszko Gala, inaugurating the 2019/2020 seson.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://www.amuz.gda.pl/events/miedzynarodowy-kongres-moniuszkowski-stanislaw-moniuszko-w-kulturze-polskiej-i-swiatowej-nowe-perspektywy-i-interpretacje/ 

Paris | En hommage Jan Adam Maklakiewicz


A unique concert of Polish music commemorating the 120th birth anniversary of Jan Adam Maklakiewicz will take place on 2 October 2019 ay 7 p.m. at the Polish Library in Paris.

The programme will feature songs for soprano and piano by Jan Adam and his brother Franciszek Maklakiewicz, as well as works for cello and piano and violin and piano, among others: Reflexions, Op. 14, Hutsul Suite, Op. 15 No. 1, Spring in the Country. Triptich, Op. 18, and Ave Maria.

The concert aims to restore the memory of Jan Adam Maklakiewicz (1899–1954) – outstanding Polish musician, composer, teacher, distinguished publicist and organizer of musical life. Jan Adam Maklakiewicz's compositions show inspiration from early and national music as well as Polish folklore, especially of the regions of Podhale and Silesia.

Among the performers, there will be graduates and teachers of music schools in Poznań and Wrocław: cellist Krzysztof Karpeta, violinist Piotr Kosarga, pianist Hanna Lizinkiewicz and soprano Barbara Tritt. The musicians are multiple winners of Polish and international music competitions and scholarships. They perform at leading European music festivals, both solo and in chamber ensembles.

The concert is held as part of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage scholarship.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Warsaw | Polish Contemporary Music 2 – Chopin University Press


A meeting devoted to the latest publications (books, sheet music, CDs) of the Chopin University Press related to the music of contemporary Polish composers will take place on 25 September 2019 at 4 p.m. at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music as an fringe event of the 62nd International Festival of Contemporary Music "Warsaw Autumn".

The meeting will be hosted by Beata Stylińska from Programme 2 of Polish Radio and will  feature music theorists, composers and performers associated with the Warsaw University of Music, including: Miłosz Bembinow, Wojciech Błażejczyk, Aleksander Kościów, Leszek Lorent, Paweł Łukaszewski, Tomasz Opałka, and Ignacy Zalewski. The discussion will be accompanied by the presentation of different publications, which will be available to purchase during the meeting. Moreover, there will be a display of the objectophones – original instruments dsigned by Wojciech Błażejczyk, which will finally be made available to the public for testing.

Chopin University Press is an academic publishing house presenting the achievements of the Chopin University of Music and the results of academic research and artistic projects in the form of monographs, collective works, thematic series, textbooks, as well as sheet music and phonograms (CDs and DVDs). Priority is given to proposals dedicated to Polish works – both new and forgotten. A dozen or so titles are published annually.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.


Nowa Ruda | "Tell me a story" – free improvisation workshops for children

Opowiedz mi bajkę

On 27 and 28 September 2019, the Municipal Cultural Center in Nowa Ruda (2A Strzelecka St.) will host improvisation workshops for children entitled "Tell me a story". The events are organized by the Polish Society for Contemporary Music.

The workshops are a continuation of a project commenced in 2015. During this year's edition, the classes will take place in two series: in Nowa Ruda, Lower Silesia (27-28 September 2019) and in Skoki, Krajenka and Wągrowiec, Greater Poland (24-26 October 2019). They are intended for groups of 25 children at the age of 3-5 years and for children aged 6-8 years. In total, there will be 12 workshops for preschool and school groups as well as workshops open for children and their guardians.

The main idea of ​​the project is to trigger graphic-inspired improvisations. Children will create their own stories based on picture books. Improvisation is the most basic, primary and joyful form of music performance, which is why the workshops combine children's creativity and imagination with books and contemporary music. The musical guest of the workshops will be the Trillingen Duo group, composed of: multi-instrumentalist Iwona Jędruch and double bassist Małgorzata Kołcz – workshop coordinator. Adventure through improvisations together with artists will be led by composer and pianist Jarosław Siwiński.

The organizers invite children aged 3-5 and 6-8 to the upcoming classes. The youngest group will learn, play and improvise from 10:00  to 11:30 a.m.; children aged 6-8 years – from 12:00 to 13:30 p.m.

Participation in the workshops is free, but due to the limited number of places, prior registration is required. Registrations for 27 September: 74 872 44 85 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Registration for 28 September: 790 395 228 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Warsaw | Mozart, Panufnik and Schubert performed by Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus


On 28 September 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Jerzy Semkow Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus conducted by Daniel Stabraw, who will also appear as a soloist that evening, will perform symphonic works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert and Andrzej Panufnik.

Andrzej Panufnik, an outstanding Polish composer who resided in Great Britain since the 1950s, has developed his own individual style, a rich and genuine harmonic language in particular; at the same time, he had always been fond of clear forms and showed a visible preference for beautiful melodies and a euphonia of sound, which linked him to the Neoclassical current. All these features can be found in the Violin Concerto composed at the commission of the great violin player Yehudi Menuhin. Shortly before the commission, the composer, who was the son of the splendid luthier Tomasz Panufnik, was given his father’s precious violin previously owned by Dawid Ojstrach. Deeply touched by this gift, he was even more eager to accept the commission. “I believe that when I composed a piece for violin, I was deeply affected by my childhood memories, such as the smell of wood my father made his instruments of, or my mother’s play. Thus, for me, the piece was a form of a journey back, inevitably saturated with the spirit of Poland […] I therefore decided to focus on the violin as an instrument with a warm, expressive sound” – he wrote about his piece. The Concerto’s values and an excellent interpretation of Menuhin contributed to its immense popularity. The piece was played by numerous violinists, eagerly recorded and still remains one of Andrzej Panufnik’s most famous works.

The excellent soloist and conductor, Daniel Stabrawa – the first concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic and, since 1995, the director and conductor of Capella Bydgostiensis, will complement the concert’s programme with a youthful, charming and melodic Violin Concerto No. 1 by Mozart and Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 (similarly composed by a teenage genius).

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/28wrzesnia/ 

Katowice | Inauguration of the Season: Sara Domjanić at the Silesian Philharmonic


The 75th anniversary season of the Silesian Philharmonic will be inaugurated on 20 September 2019 at 7 p.m. with a concert featuring the Silesian Chamber Orchestra with a special guest – finalist of the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition in 2014, Sara Domjanić.

Twenty-two-year-old Croatian violinist plays a Stephan von Baehr “Antonio Stradivari – Golden Period” violin, which was made in 2014. Together with the Silesian Chamber Orchestra, she will perfrom Las cuatro estaciones porteñas by Astora Piazzolli. The concert programme will also include Three pieces in old style by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki as well as three three different divertimenti – composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Grażyna Bacewicz and Mikołaj Górecki.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/production/inauguracja-75-jubileuszowego-sezonu-artystycznego-filharmonii-slaskiej/?=2 

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


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/ 

Warsaw | Inauguration of the 2019/2020 artistic season of the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra


Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra will inaugurate the 2019/2020 artistic season with a concert on 14 September 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio. The honorary patronage over the event was taken by the Embassy of Switzerland and the Polish UNESCO Committee.

Inauguration of the new season will begin with lively, dazzling and insterstingly instrumentated Overture by Antoni Szałowski – one of the Polish students of Nadia Boulanger, who used to appreciate neoclassic style present as well in this piece.

The Leningrad audience rewarded the premiere of Symphony No. 5 by Dmitri Shostakovich, directed by Mrawiński in 1937, with 30 minutes of applause. Despite accusations of a certain eclecticism, the scale of Shostakovich’s talent determined the lasting success of this symphony, and its neo-Mahlerian power and expression still moves listeners today.

One generation after Shostakovich, Alfred Schnittke also struggled against the many obstacles faced by an ambitious artist in the USSR. Today, he is acknowledged as an important precursor and representative of post-modernism in music and his Concerto Grosso No. 1 of 1977 was one of the flagship pieces in this trend, representing a humorous (but not mocking) combination of neo- and post-Baroque, and modern elements.

The inauguration of the new season of the Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra will feature this piece, played by solo performers Marcin Markowicz and Jakub Jakowicz and conducted by Nicolae Moldoveanu, a valuable Romanian conductor who is active as opera and philharmonic performer around the world.

Piotr Maculewicz

More information athttps://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

Częstochowa | Music in the Temples 2019

Muzyka w Świątyniach

Next edition of the historic concerts "Music in the Temples" will take place on 23-25 Septembe 2019 in Częstochowa. This is a unique, mystical journey through time, accompanied by soothing sounds of sacred choral music.

The concerts will take place in three Churches in Częstochowa: St Joseph Church, St. Barbara and Andrew the Apostle Church and Church of Of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The programme will include pearls of Polish and European a cappella music – works by Juliusz Łuciuk, Paweł Łukaszewski and Romuald Twardowski. The concert will be performed by the Częstochowa Philharmonic Choir Collegium Cantorum conducted by maestro Janusz Siadlak. A short historical introduction will be provided by the head of the Częstochowa Documentation Center, Dr Juliusz Sętowski.

The project organized by the Institute of Art Development in cooperation with the Częstochowa Philharmonic was co-financed by the Częstochowa City Hall and the Polish History Museum in Warsaw.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.filharmonia.com.pl/ 

Chlewiska | Virtuosity of music for violin and piano

Mazowieckie Muzyczne spotkania bez barier

The third concert of the second edition of the "Mazovian musical meetings without barriers" series will take place on 1 September 2019 at 2 p.m. at the House of Creative Work "Reymontówka" in Chlewiska.

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. They are organised in churches and community centers, which are the only places available in this area, gathering most of the local community. Diverse music programme (each concert has a different repertoire) is adapted to the mentality and needs of the target group. The offer includes works by composers from various eras, including Polish ones.

The September concert will feature violinist Maksymilian Grzesiak – graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, laureate of many international competitions, founder and concertmaster of the Melanidis chamber orchestra, and pianist Aleksandra Dallala. The repertoire will include the most beautiful virtuoso compositions for violin and piano written by Henryk Wieniawski, Karol Szymanowski, Pablo Sarasate and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Admission to the event is free. Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Zakopane | Premiere of the album "Polish Landscape"

Pejzaż polski

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 | Sinfonia Varsovia at Grochowska Street – City Sketches


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 

Festival "Chopin without borders"

Chopin bez granic

The Lower Silesian Society of Fryedryk Chopin in Wroclaw invites you to the 'Chopin without borders' festival, which will take place between 22 September and 6 October 2019.

The event is directed to a wide audience, music lovers and classical music enthusiasts. The concerts will take place in the St. Adalbert Roman Catholic Church in Wroclaw, the hall of the County Office in Trzebnica, the church of Peace of the Holy Trinity in Świdnica and the Topacz Castle in Ślęza. We will listen to works of Fryderyk Chopin in various arrangements as well as pieces of other musical geniuses, including Stanisław Moniuszko and Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

The performers will be musicians from Lower Silesia: mezzo-soprano Magdalena Wachowska, organists Zuzanna and Maciej Bator, trumpeter Marcin Król, violinists Karol Lipiński-Brańka and Mateusz Marut, pianists Tomasz Marut, Michał Michalski and Iwona Sukienik, guitarist Michał Daniel Bąk, L'Opera quartet and the special guest of the final concert – world-famous pianist Karol Radziwonowicz.

Admission to all events is free. The project is co-financed from the budget of the Lower Silesian Self-Government and the PZU Foundation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.chopinwroclaw.eu 

Gdańsk | Young Virtuosi of Chamber Music

Mlodzi wirtuozi

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/