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Elbląg | Inauguration of the 13th season of the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra


The Elbląg Chamber Orchestra inaugurates its 13th artistic season with a concert on 22 September 2019 at 6 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the State Music School Complex in Elbląg.

The musicians under the direction of two conductors: Sabrina Stachel and Piotr Jędrzejczyk, will present music composed by Mieczysław Karłowicz, Andrzej Panufnik and Ludwig van Beethoven. The concert will be joined by cellist Maciej Kułakowski, a soloist and chamber musician who won the first prize and a special prize at the 10th Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.eok.elblag.eu 

Warsaw | Premiere of the spectacle "A Hundred Follies or The Candle Went Out"


Premiere of the spectacle A Hundred Follies or A Candle Went Out, based on a play by Aleksander Fredo and Stanisław Moniuszko's music, will take place on 7 September 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Wawer Cultural Centre (1A Żegańska St., Warsaw). 

The spectacle was directed by Szczepan Szczykno on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko. It consists of the one-act play The Candle Went Out by Aleksander Fredro and songs from the operetta The New Don Quixote or A Hundred Follies with music coposed by the young Moniuszko. The outcome is a hilarious and intelligent musical comedy. Songs performed by soprano Anna Maria Adamiak and pianist Andrzej Frołów, excellent acting and a lot of hilarious mistakes guarantee that viewers will not be able to refrain from laughing.

Due to a postal stagecoach crash, two travelers have to spend the night in a forest hut in a remote area. At first they are not interested in each other. The aim of the spectacle is to contrast two completely different stages of their relationship. Initially, when they cannot see their faces, they have definitely unfavorable ideas about themselves and treat themselves very brusquely. The situation changes radically when they notice that they are attracted to each other. What will happen between Jadwiga and Władysław, since – as the author himself claims – the candle went out? A story full of optimism and faith reflected in the beautiful and little-known music of Stanisław Moniuszko.

Before the premiere, at 6 p.m., there will be a meeting with the descendants of Stanisław Moniuszko.

Free admission is possible after prior booking: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The number of seats is limited.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information atwww.stanislawmoniuszko.com 

Katowice | H.M. Górecki Silesian Philharmonic Anniversary Season


The Silesian Philharmonic will celebrate its 75th anniversary in the 2019/2020 season. On this occasion, the institution has prepared a rich artistic programme which includes concerts with world-class soloists and presents music by Silesian composers.

Throughout all the years of its activity, the Silesian Philharmonic has constantly proved that Silesia is not so much an industrial space as it is a musical one. Adam Wesołowski, director of the Silesian Philharmonic, decided to use the cultural wealth of the province: "I want to return to the roots of the Silesian Philharmonic. Until the very beginning, when this institution was established, one of its main tasks was to inspire the musical life of the region. Therefore, I decided to outline the Silesian image of the institution in the repertoire and emphasize its culture-making nature by including works of composers from our region in each concert programme. In turn, it will result in a multitude of newly created works, which will be premiered in the anniversary season. "

The season will be inaugurated by two concerts, on 20 and 27 September. The first one will be performed by the Silesian Chamber Orchestra together with the youngest violinist in the world playing a Stradivarius, Sara Domjanić. A week later, the inauguration of the Silesian Philharmonic Choir and Symphony Orchestra will also feature the winner of the first prize in the Tibor Varga Violin Competition and the Gold Medal of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama – Boris Brovtsyn.

The culmination of the season will be the Grand Anniversary Gala on 26 May2020 at the Spodek Arena. During this unique concert, all the ensembles of the Silesian Philharmonic, as well as outstanding soloists: Leszek Możdżer, Katarzyna Hołysz, Małgorzata Walewska, Andrzej Lampert and Aleksander Teliga, will perform together under the direction of Jacek Mirosław Błaszczyk. The programme will feature works by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Mikołaj Górecki, Wojciech Kilar, Ludwig van Beethoven and Leszek Możdżer.

Ticket sale will start on 26 September.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme of the 75th Anniversary Season is available athttps://filharmonia-slaska.eu/ 

Warsaw | SUPERSAM + 1: Marc Ducret & Tomasz Dąbrowski


Marc Ducret and Tomasz Dąbrowski  will perform on 12 September 2019 at 8 p.m. in the DZiK Club (44A Belwederska St., Warsaw) as part of the 4th edition of the "SUPERSAM +1" project.

“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. “SUPER” in the title means that the programme will be based on renowned artists – masters. “SAM” (from Polish, means „alone”, "by himself/herself") refers to the solo performances as well as the creative loneliness. “+ 1” in the title means that each evening will be crowned with a duo performance. In most cases, the artists will meet on stage for the first time.

Marc Ducret is a self-taught guitarist and a composer born in 1957. He is interested in many various sound techniques; he plays all sorts of electric and acoustic guitars; both 6- and 12- string, fretless, baritone, soprano and prepared guitar. In 2014, he founded his artistic company SEVEN SONGS. In the beginning of his career he played with dance orchestras and folk bands. Later he founded his own bands and started playing with Daniel Humair, Michel Portal, Joachim Kühn, Henri Texier, David Friedman, Larry Schneider, Andy Emler, Adam Nussbaum, Didier Lockwood. He played concerts and festivals in Germany, France, Italy, Japan, India and Africa. In 1986 he became a member of the first Orchestre National de Jazz (directed by François Jeanneau).

Tomasz Dąbrowski is an award-winning Polish trumpeter and composer settled in Scandinavia. With eight albums released under his own name and dozens of CDs as a co-leader and sideman, he is considered one of the most gifted trumpeters and composers in Europe. Tomasz has mostly been known for his work with groups TOM TRIO (nominated for the Fryderyk Award - Polish Music Industry Award), FREE4ARTS, OCEAN FANFARE, his Japanese quartet AD HOC, string of concerts S-O-L-O: 30th Birthday / 30 Concerts / 30 Cities and projects with Tomasz Stańko, Tyshawn Sorey and Marilyn Mazur. Tomasz is a member of a Danish musician-run collective and record label Barefoot Records. Tomasz Dąbrowski has always been rejecting the conventions of lineup choice: starting with a trio without a harmonic instrument, forming a duo with drums and a trio with piano and drums, playing solo trumpet concerts. Tomasz is always looking for new sounds, textures and forms, proving that the unconventional has its peculiar colour and is beautiful in its own way. AllAboutJazz magazine, named Tomasz as one of the 15 most significant European jazz musicians today [2017].

Mdia patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://supersam.mozg.pl/ 

Kraków | Premiere of "Vie et Passion du Christ” by Piotr Peszat

Piotr Peszat

Premiere of the para-oratorio for chamber ensemble, live-electronics and video Vie et Passion du Christ by Piotr Peszat will take place on 31 August 2019 at 8 p.m. at the Cricoteka Center for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor in Kraków.

The main inspiration to compose the work was a silent film Life and Passion of Christ (fr. Vie et Passion du Christ) from 1903 directed by Lucien Nongueta and Ferdinand Zecca. It is one of the first color feature films with sequences made in the stencil color process Pathéchrome. In 1995, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of cinema, the Vatican compiled a list of 45 "great films" and theThe 45 movies are divided into three categories: religion, values, and the Life and Passion of Christ was included in the religion category.

Piotr Peszat's oratorio is extremely innovative in terms of genre. It combines music, theatralization of instrumentalists' performance and a non-traditional visual layer. Music is the leading element of the work, but since it is performed in conjunction with the fragments of the silent film, its role is to suggest, anticipate and refer to the image. Traditional sound of the chamber ensemble will be expanded to include non-traditional ways of extracting sound, electronic sounds as well as spoken and sung parts performed by instrumentalists. The choice of the subject of the work emphasizes the topicality of religious themes in the 21st century and indicates the importance of Christian aesthetics in the European culture.

The concert will be performed by the Music Cooperative contemporary ensemble. The project is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the 'Composing Commissions 2019' programme, implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information about the composer at: www.peszat.com 

Lublin | Stanisław Moniuszko & Fryderyk Chopin

Fonie Lublina

"Fonie Lublina" concert series continues during the summer. A concert entitled "Stanisław Moniuszko and Fryderyk Chopin" will take place on 24 August 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Crown Tribunal in Lublin.

Fryderyk Chopin is spoken of as a romantic; Stanisław Moniuszko is often portrayed as a positivist. It is true on historical and aesthetic basis, but when you look closely at the music of both artists, it turns out that they have much in common. The programme of the upcoming concert includes songs of both composers as well as works by continuators of their traditions – outstanding pianist-composers and creators of operas and songs. The concert will feature soprano Ewa Biegas and pianists Agnieszka Schulz-Brzyska and Grzegorz Biegas.

The project is implemented thanks to the support of the City of Lublin. Admission to the concert is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Katowice | Silesian Philharmonic – Educational Concerts 2019/2020


In its 75th anniversary season, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic invites music lovers of all ages to educational concerts.

A wide range of concerts and educational programmes has been prepared for the youngest. It will not only introduce them to the magical world of music, but will also make them love this world with all their heart.

The concert hall doors are wide open for children – even if they haven't been born yet! "Toddler Philharmonic", "Academy of Musical Taste", "Musical Nursery School", "Chamber Meetings with Music" and "Young Philharmonic" are concerts and programmes that will bring music, instruments and sounds to every listener. "Sound House of Emotions" is a series of classes with elements of art therapy, which have been very popular for several years.

The Silesian Philharmonic, as the first institution in Poland to reach schools with concerts, continues this tradition. Therefore, nursery shools, primary and secondary schools as well as cultural institutions can host philharmonic concerts. "Ms Gama Invites", "Meetings with Music" and "School Broadcasts" are the cycles that combine sounds, commentary and music education into an interesting whole, developing the sensitivity of the youngest listeners and teaching them how to read and listen to music.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://www.filharmonia-slaska.eu/ 

Coryphaeus of Polish Music 2019 – submit your nomination!


The 9th edition of the Polish Music Community Award "Coryphaeus of Polish Music" has officially started. Nomination forms for candidates can be submitted in the categories: "Personality of the Year", "Event of the Year" and "Honorary Award", as well as in the "Discovery of the Year" category for debuting artists, until 10 September 2019 through the website www.koryfeusz.org.pl.

Since 2011, Polish music community has awarded the "Coryphaeus of Polish Music" award to its most prominent representatives. The award is organized by the Institute of Music and Dance. "Coryphaeus" is a distinction for people, groups of artists and institutions operating in the area of ​​Polish music. The award is granted for achievements in the last artistic season, with the exception of the "Honorary Award", which is awarded for overall activity. Applications can be submitted by members of the community.

The winners in the categories "Personality of the Year", "Event of the Year" and "Honorary Award" are selected in a secret ballot by the Electoral College. It consists of rectors of music academies and universities, directors of musicology and music institutes, music journalists, representatives of unions and organizations, as well as all winners who have been awarded in all categories. The award in the "Discovery of the Year" category is granted based on the results of open voting from the audience, which will take place between 16 and 19 September at www.koryfeusz.org.pl.

Winners will be announced during the Awards Gala on 1 October 2019. They will receive statuettes by Professor Adam Myjak as well as financial awards funded by ZAiKS Authors' Association and STOART Performing Artists' Union.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The rules and regulations are available at: www.koryfeusz.org.pl 

Warsaw | August Afternoons with Sinfonia Varsovia


Every weekend at 4:00 p.m. Sinfonia Varsovia invites you to "Summer Concets at Grochowska Street" – a series of themed chamber music concerts. In August, they represent two streams: "Old Warsaw" and "Improvisation".

Saturday's meetings will feature music of old Warsaw – songs from the 1920s and 1930s as well as works popular among Varsovians in the first half of the twentieth century. The programme will include compositions from the repertoire of the piano duo composed of Witold Lutosławski and Andrzej Panufnik, who performed in cafes in Warsaw during the occupation. Among the performers, there will be Il Canto vocal ensemble, Camerata Vistula with cellist Anna Wróbel and Emilia Sitarz and Bartłomiej Wąsik as Lutosławski Piano Duo.

Sundays will be filled with partly improvised music, including repertoire from different eras. Theere will be medieval songs, baroque concerti grossi, music of French harpsichordists and arrangements of works by Krzysztof Penderecki. Performers of the young generation – harpsichordist Stanisław Łopuszyński and Cornu Copiae baroque orchestra with Karolina Habało – as well as recognized charismatic ensemble Atom String Quartet will perform on stage.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Warsaw | "Penderecki" - Premiere of the New Album by Atom String Quartet


Premiere of the Atom String Quartet's new album "Penderecki" will take place on 25 August 2019 at 4:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra as part of the cycle "Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street". 

The album includes arrangements of the selected compositions by Krzysztof Penderecki – an outstanding Polish composer of our time: Capriccio for tuba solo, Three miniatures for clarinet and piano, Three pieces in old style, Suite for cello solo and Prelude for clarinet solo. The recording was realized at the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin, which is also the publisher of the album. The ensemble has already recorded five original albums, two of which were awarded with the "Fryderyk" award.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.sinfoniavarsovia.org/pl/2019-05-18-letnie-koncerty-na-grochowskiej-9-edycja1.html?t=1564094730 

20th AUKSO Summer Philharmonic


Orchestral and chamber concerts, workshops, meetings and other events accompanying the 20th anniversary edition of the AUKSO Summer Philharmonic will take place in the Suwałki region between 16 and 22 August 2019.

Among the invited artists there will be cellist Andrzej Bauer, winner of the German Record Critics' Award, opera singer Tomasz Konieczny and chamber musicians from the Alternative Ensemble. The artists will be accompanied by the musicians of the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy conducted by Marek Moś. The festival programme will mark an important anniversary for the world of culture and art – bicentenary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko, the father of Polish national opera. Next to classical compositions by Wolfgang Amadeusz Mozart or Piotr Czajkowski, the repertoire will include contemporary works by Tadeusz Baird and Krzesimir Dębski.

The festival will be inaugurated on 16 August with a concert dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. During the final concert on 22 August, soloist Kasia Moś accompanied by the musicians of the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy under the direction of Marek Moś will present new compositions announcing her next album, as well as songs from the album "Inspination", works by Krzesimier Dębski and ...  Stanisław Moniuszko.

Andrzej Bauer will lead the workshops and masterclasses for young cellists from Emil Młynarski State School of Music in Suwałki. There will be also meetings with Krzesimir Dębski, Marek Moś and Andrzej Strumiłło.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://soksuwalki.eu/xx-letnia-filharmonia-aukso-wigry-2019/ 

Warsaw | Summer with Sinfonia Varsovia – August


The August edition of "Summer with Sinfonia Varsovia" covers themed chamber music concerts, popular dance parties, a musical spectacle for the entire family and an orchestral concert with guitar virtuoso Krzysztof Meisinger.

The "Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street' in August are divided into two streams. Saturday's meetings will present music of Old Warsaw – songs from the 1920s and 1930s  as well as works popular among Varsovians in the first half of the twentieth century. The group of peformers will include violinist Joanna Okoń and pianist Katarzyna Glensk (3 August), vocal ensemble Il Canto (10 August), Camerata Vistula with its artistic director Andrzej Wróbel and cellist Anna Wróbel (17 August), and Emilia Sitarz and Bartłomiej Wąsik of the Lutosławski Piano Duo (24 August) .

Sundays will be filled with partly improvised music. Invited artists will present repertoire from different eras: Ars Nova early music instrumental ensemble will present the Middle Ages and the Renaissance music (4 August), Cornu Copiae orchestra with violinist Karolina Habała will perform music of the Baroque era (11 August), harpsichordist Stanisław Łopuszyński will present works from the French harpsichordists repertoire as well as contemporary compositions (18 August). During the last Summer Concert at Grochowska Street (25 August), Atom String Quartet will present works by Krzysztof Penderecki, the artistic director of the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, in original arrangements. The concert will also be the premiere of the ensemble's latest album entitled Penderecki.

Next meeting from the series "Morning Concerts at Grochowska Street" will take place on the first Sunday of August at 11:00 a.m., featuring a spectacle entitled Loook, a Zoo!  based on Jan Brzechwa's poems. Music by Zuzanna Falkowska and Jan Stokłosy together with poems about bear, wild boar, giraffe and other animals liked by the youngest ones will create an interesting world for both children and adults.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information available atwww.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Warsaw | August with Sinfonia Varsovia


The upcoming concerts from the series "Summer with Sinfonia Varsovia" in the "Improviation" category will be held at 272 Grochowska Street on 4, 11, 18 and 25 August 2019. 

The August concerts in the Sinfonia Varsovia Concert Hall will feature Ars Nova early music instrumental ensemble, Cornu Copiae baroque orchestra and Atom String Quartet as well as soloists: soprano Katarzyna Bienias and pianist and harpsichordist Stanisław Łopuszyński. Additionally, Joanna Lichorowicz and Sławomir Greś will present early dances. The concerts repertoire will feature, among others, medieval and baroque music, Sephardic songs, as well as jazz arrangements of Krzysztof Penderecki's music.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information atwww.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Łódź | Bacewicz International Summer Music Academy


On 19-26 August 2019, the Łódź Academy of Music will host young pianists from around the world during the Bacewicz International Summer Music Academy. In addition to master classes, the programme will include five concerts of piano music open to the public.

Bacewicz International Summer Music Academy (BISMA) is a series of master classes organised by the Academy of Music in Łódź and Stretto Music Foundation and designed for musicians who want to broaden their knowledge and develop their skills in piano playing. Exerienced pianists from prestigious universities – Professor Dmitri Alexeev from the Royal College of Music in London and Professor Jacques Rouvier from the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg – as well as pianists of the young generation, Ilya Maximov and Jianing Kong, will share their knowledge and experience with the participants.

As stated by Julia Kociuban, Polish pianist, initiator and director of the event: "Fifty-two people from thirteen different countries have registered to participate in BISMA: China, Great Britain, Russia, Belgium, Poland, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Serbia, Slovenia, Iran and Turkey. After listening to their recordings, we have selected thirty-six most talented pianists who will come to Łódź".

As part of BISMA, five concerts are planned: "Viennese Classics", "Grażyna Bacewicz in memoriam", "Chopin and pearls of Romanticism" and "Great composers of the 20th century". The concert devoted to the patron of the event will be preceded by a lecture by Małgorzata Gąsiorowska The life and work of Grażyna Bacewicz (22 August, 6:00 p.m.).

The culmination of the courses will be the Gala Concert and Award Ceremony, which will take place on 25 August 2019 at 12:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź. The event will feature performances of the best young pianists taking part in the project. The International Grażyna Bacewicz Award will be handed out to the best participant.

Media patronage: Polish Music Ifnormation Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/kursy-pianistyczne-bisma 

2nd cycle of "Mazovian Musical Meetings Without Barriers"

Czas Sztuki

The second cycle of concerts "Mazovian Musical Meetings Without Barriers" organized by the "Czas Sztuki" Foundation will be held betweeen on 4 August and 8 September 2019.

The inauguration concerts will take place at 10 p.m. in the gazebo in front of the church of St. Adalbert Bishop and Martyr in Jeruzal and at 6 p.m. in the City Park in Kałuszyn. The Time Quartet will perform works by great composers like Antonio Vivaldi, Johannes Brahms, Mikołaj Rimski-Korsakow, Aleksander Borodin, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss as well as the arrangaments of popular songs by such artists as ABBA, Metallica, Michael Jackson and others.

In case of bad weather condition, the concert in Jeruzal will take place at 12 p.m. in the Church and the programme will cover the most beautiful classical and liturgical works, and the concert at 6 p.m. will take place at the Cultural Center in Kałaszyn.

This year's "Mazovian Musical Meetings Without Barriers" is a series of five concerts of classical and jazz music, which take place in very small towns in the Mińsk, Szydłowiecki and Siedlce districts, where residents are deprived of cultural offer and access to cultural goods. The concerts will take place in churches and cultural centers, which are the only places in this area that gather the majority of the local community. The repertoire  of each concert is adapted to the mentality and needs of the target group. The programme will cover works by composers from various eras, including works by Polish composers: Fryderyk Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, Henryk Wieniawski, Karol Szymanowski, Grażyna Bacewicz and Maciej Batora.

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

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/Mazowieckie-Muzyczne-Spotkania-bez-Barier-2242077129152441/