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"With classics through Poland": music for two voices and piano


Next concerts as part of the "With classics through Poland" series will take place on 1 August 2020 at the St. Martin Collegiate Church in Opatów (7.00 p.m.) and on 2 August 2020 in the Parish Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Strożyska (1.40 pm).

The aim of the project, which began in the second half of 2019, is to bring music performed by the most outstanding Polish artists to smaller community centres, cities, towns and villages; to reach audiences who have difficult access to classical music. Through contact with the great art and artists, new audiences are being introduced to the world of classical chamber music, having a chance to become its new enthusiasts.

The upcoming concerts will feature songs and chamber works by Stanisław Moniuszko, Fryderyk Chopin, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski and Gioacchin Rossini performed by outstanding artists: Anna Radziejewska (mezzo-soprano), Milena Lange (soprano) and Paweł Sommer (piano).

Admission to the concerts is free. Invitations can be collected at the Poviat Starosty in Opatów (17 H. Sienkiewicza St.) and at the Hospice in Busko-Zdrój (67 Bohaterów Warszawy St.).

The project is carried out by the Polish Music Management, operating at the Institute of Music and Dance, thanks to the support of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage Prof. Piotr Gliński and under his patronage.

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Lusławice | Emanacje Festival 2020 – Karol Szymanowski Quartet


The outstanding Karol Szymanowski Quartet will start the August edition of the Emanacje Festival in Lusławice. On 1 and 2 August 2020 the ensemble will perform two late string quartets by Krzysztof Penderecki and an early quartet by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Penderecki often emphasided that for him Beethoven was a very important composer. Although he is considered one of the Viennese classics, he definitely went beyond the classical rules of composition. Beethoven revolutionized almost every genre he created, and his string quartets became a special ground for changes. Twentieth-century music developed in a direction far from Beethoven's harmonic and formal patterns, and the string quartet was finally freed from comparisons with the late works of the last classic, becoming a medium of personal expression.

Penderecki's String Quartet No. 3 (2008) follows this trend. The title "Pages from an Unwritten Diary" indicates that the music brings personal confession. Stylistically, the work is in line with the Haydn-Beethoven tradition, representing the neo-romantic chamber music. String Quartet No. 4 (2016) – the last quartet in Penderecki's catalog of works – was written in a similar style. It was composed for the Belcea Quartet, one of the best string quartets in the world. The composer worked on the extended version of the piece until the end of his life. Death interrupted the process of expanding the work, which remained a nostalgic reflection of memory, the symbolic last page of the Artist's sound diary.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: www.emanacje.pl 

Zakopane | "Karol from Atma. Music Unites": "Breath and Sound"


A concert on 30 July 2020 at 6.00 p.m. at the Karol Szymanowski Museum in the villa "Atma", organized as part of the "Karol from Atma. Music Unites" series, will premiere the latest works by Polish composers.

The concert will feature a trio of outstanding performers: flautists Łukasz Długosz and Agata Długosz and pianist Andrzej Jungiewicz. The evening will be hosted by dr hab. Małgorzata Janicka-Słysz, prof. AMK, Atma's curator for programming.

The programme will include – apart from works by Léo Delibes, Franciszek Doppler and Karol Szymanowski – four world premieres of works by Polish composers. We will hear Lovespell by Iwona Kisiel, Duo by Paweł Mykietyn, Dodecanzon by Adam Sławiński and Gismondo by Jarosław Siwiński. The latter was co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in the programme "Composing Commissions" operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.

For security reasons, the event will take place in the garden in front of the Karol Szymanowski Museum. Keep a distance, cover your mouth and nose, and disinfect hands at the entrance to the museum. The organizers also invite you to the online broadcast of the event on the Facebook profile of the National Museum in Kraków: https://www.facebook.com/muzeum.narodowe.krakow

Admission to the concert is free.

More information at: https://mnk.pl/aktualnosci/karol-z-atmy-muzyka-jednoczy-1 

"Culture on the web": double bass concerts on the Internet

Kontrabas.plThe kontrabas.pl project is a series of three online concerts presenting Polish works for double bass, which will last untill 28 August 2020.

The initiative aims to present works that are hard to find on recordings. The initiator of the project is Karol Nasiłowski – a leader of the double bass section of the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic Orchestra in Szczecin and assistant professor at the Art Academy of Szczecin – together with his wife, pianist Izabella Nasiłowska.

The concerts take place in the new interactive Castanea hall at the Technopark Pomerania in Szczecin. The first one featured Three Capriccios for double bass solo by Stefan Bolesław Poradowski. The second one, scheduled for 30 July at 7.00 p.m., will include Three pieces for double bass and piano by Jan Kolasiński, and the third one on 28 August – ContraForte, ballad for double bass and piano by Benedykt Konowalski, written for the performers as a wedding gift.

The project is carried out as part of the"Culture on the web" programme of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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21st "Colours of Poland" Touring Festival of the Łódź Philharmonic


After long months of isolation and longing for live music, the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Łódź invites you to eight concerts of the 21st "Colors of Poland" Touring Festival, which will take place during summer weekends, from 26 July to 30 August 2020.

The inaugural concert will take place on 26 July at the Collegiate church of St. Mary and St. Alexius in Tum. Patrycja Krzeszowska-Kubit (soprano), Olga Maroszek (mezzo-soprano), Tomasz Rak (baritone) and the Apertus quartet will perform songs and arias from Stanisław Moniuszko's operas – Halka, Verbum nobile, The Haunted Manor and Flis.

Next concerts will take place in the sanctuary in Wielka Wola – Paradyż, the parish church in Piotrków Trybunalski, the College of the Piarist Order in Łowicz, the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Pajęczno, the Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Rawa Mazowiecka, the Orionine Fathers church in Zduńska Wola, and the Archcathedral Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka in Łódź. The "Colors of Poland" Festival will feature music by Polish composers, including Wacław of Szamotuły, Henryk Wieniawski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Feliks Nowowiejski, Karol Szymanowski, Tadeusz Szeligowski, Wojciech Kilar, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Krzysztof Penderecki and Romuald Twardowski. The star of the final concert will be phenomenal bass-baritone Tomasz Konieczny.

Admission to the "Colors of Poland" concerts is free. Due to the epidemiological situation, the number of places is limited. Personal invitations and health declarations are obligatory.

More information athttps://filharmonia.lodz.pl/pl/kolory-polski 

Sopot | 10th NDI Sopot Classic International Music Festival


This year's 10th anniversary edition of the NDI Sopot Classic International Festival will be held on 26 July – 1 August 2020. Traditionally, the festival concert present the culture of different countries. In 2020, the organizers invite you to a musical meeting with the Czech Republic.

The festival was initiated by Wojciech Rajski – conductor and artistic director of the Polish Chamber Philharmonic in Sopot. The festival's titular sponsor is the NDI Group. The inaugural concert with the orchestra will be devoted to Czech music: classical and popular. The first part will feature works by Antonín Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana, interpreted by outstanding soloists: Izabela Matuła (soprano),Piotr Buszewski (tenor) and Maciej Kułakowski (cello). The star of the second part of the concert will be Helena Vondráčková, who will present her most famous songs to the Sopot audience.

As every year, one of the festival concerts will be devoted to the works of Polish composers. Piano Concerto in E minor, Op. 11 by Fryderyk Chopin will be performed by Ingolf Wunder, winner of the 2nd Prize at the 16th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. The Sopot Chamber Philharmonic will also present Symphony No. 3, Op. 36, "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs", which brought Henryk Mikołaj Górecki popularity unprecedented in the world of contemporary music. The solo part in the Symphony will be performed by Katarzyna Trylnik, an artist permanently associated with the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera.

The soloist of the final Opera Gala will be the world-famous tenor Rolando Villazón. During the concert in Sopot, the artist will be accompanied by soprano Pumeza Matshikiza, recognized by The Independent as "one of the most exciting voices in contemporary opera".

The Festival is co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Full programme is available at: http://sopotclassic.pl/ 

NOSPR and IBM Watson creates an innovative space to interact with classical music


The NOSPR AI application is now available at https://ai.nospr.org.pl/. It is an innovative project initiated by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, which uses advanced artificial intelligence to talk about music. Thanks to the implementation of Watson Assistant by IBM Services, NOSPR brings the experience of communing with a symphony orchestra online.

The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR) in Katowice and IBM (NYSE: IBM) in cooperation with their strategic partners – Fujitsu Technology Solutions, ING Bank Śląski and Katowice City Hall, as well as GAZ-SYSTEM and schools associated in the P-TECH programme, announced the launch of a verbally interactive virtual assistant NOSPR AI, which uses IBM Watson solutions and IBM's public cloud.

Until the end of 2020, on the internet platform https://ai.nospr.org.pl/, you can "ask" artificial intelligence about topics related to classical music, receiving immediate answers in Polish, and at the same time navigating in the virtual concert hall of the NOSPR in Katowice. You can ask questions using your voice or typing, while listening to rarely published audiovisual recordings of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. NOSPR AI will tell you what the composer was inspired by when creating a given piece, what instrument plays a solo part or, for example, how much the piano weighs. The launch of the project was preceded by extensive quality tests conducted by the IBM and NOSPR project teams. In the initial training, 9,000 questions were collected in less than 3 weeks. IBM and NOSPR hope to expand this tool in the coming years.

Gdynia | III Film Scoring Workshops with Jan A.P. Kaczmarek


On 19-25 October 2020 the Gdynia Film School organises the III edition of the film scoring workshop with the Oscar winner Jan A.P. Kaczmarek. Applications must be submitted by 15 September.

The workshops are intended for music school students and graduates of music academies interested in film scoring as well as people who do not have music education but compose film music. Knowledge of DAWs (Logic, Protools, Reaper etc.) is recommended. Candidates will be chosen after submitting two scores of two original works or sound recordings of their compositions.

Participants will have a unique chance to establish collaboration with students of directing at the Gdynia Film School. One of the main goals of the workshop programme will be to score their films under the supervision of Jan A.P.Kaczmarek. The composer will teach group and individual classes, which he will arrange at his own discretion (approx. 20 hours of group work and approx. 30 minutes of individual instruction). Classes will be held at the Gdynia Film School for 7 consecutive days.

The workshops should end with at least one GFS student's film with a full music track.

More information at: https://bit.ly/2WAQ8km 

Final Concert of the 5th "TRZY-CZTE-RY. Contexts. Contrasts. Confrontations" Music Festival


The final concert of the 5th "TRZY-CZTE-RY. Contexts. Contrasts. Confrontations" Music Festival will take place on 26 July 2020 at 7:00 p.m. and will be broadcast live on the Internet.

"TRZY-CZTE-RY. Contexts. Contrasts. Confrontations" is a unique event that combines elements of timelessness and contemporaneity. Presented works are sometimes contrasted with each other, but the main idea is to confront listeners with new artistic visions and new contexts. This year's edition featured music by such Polish composers as Karol Szymanowski, Mieczysław Wajnberg, Krzysztof Penderecki, Andrzej Panufnik, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Hanna Kulenty, Paweł Szymański, Cezary Duchnowski and Andrzej Karałow.

During the final concert Jan Krzysztof Broja, a laureate of the international piano competitions in Hanau (1989), Brunswick (1991), Bucharest (1995), Vilnius (1999) and Pasadena – Los Angeles (2002), will perform works by Fryderyk Chopin and Ludwig van Beethoven, to which the fifth edition of the Festival is devoted. We will hear Beethoven's 32 Variations in C minor WoO 80 and Sonata No. 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 and Fryderyk Chopin's mazurkas and nocturnes. As Marcin Majchrowski points out, 'Chopin had no equal in bringing simple forms and genres to the limits of sublimation. This is evidenced by two late opuses – the Mazurkas, Op. 59 and the last Nocturnes, Op. 62 – sophisticated essays on musical beauty ”.

Live streaming: https://youtu.be/ed2NoEBdiBk 

The project was co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: https://www.festiwaltrzycztery.pl/