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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 

Licheń | The Anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising


Fallen during the Warsaw Uprising will be commemorated at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Licheń on the 75th anniversary. A concert of patriotic songs entitled "The Cross and the Eagle" will take place on 1 August 2019 at 5:05 p.m.

The Eucharist in the intention of the fallen will be celebrated by Marian Fathers at 4:00 p.m. After the mass, during the "W" hour at 5:00 p.m., the largest bell in Poland "Mary Mother of God" will sound to commemorate the insurgents. Next, there will be a concert featuring: Bogusław Morka (tenor, soloist of the Grand Theater – National Opera and Roma Musical Theater in Warsaw), Emilia Zielińska (soprano), Mariusz Ruta (tenor) and a chamber group under the direction of prof. Bogna Dulińska.

The programme of the concert will include works by Wojciech Sowiński, Stanisław Niewiadomski, Jan Markowski, Wiesław Kądziela, Otto Żukowski, Adam Kowalski and Włodzimierz Korcz, referring to the period of the First World War, the Polish-Bolshevik war in 1920 and the defense of Lviv; covering the period of the Warsaw Uprising, as well as the experience of teh wartime, solidarity and independence.

In the Father Józef Jarzębowski Museum located in the basilica, one will be able to see previously unveiled memorabilia associated with the Warsaw Uprising. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the employees will present unique photographs, insurgent armbands, the sculpture "The Little Insurrectionist", Zdzisław Karol Szczepański's woodcuts and other memorabilia from that time.

Warsaw | Varsovians sing (un)forbidden songs

Muzeum Powstania

A concert entitled "Varsovians sing (un)forbidden songs" will take place on 1 August 2019 at 8:30 p.m. on Marshal Józef Piłsudski Square. The yearly event organized by the Warsaw Rising Museum is a part of the celebrations of the 1944 rising.

The museum invites all interested in the history of Warsaw to commemorate that time and honor people who fought for Poland by singing together the insurgent songs. Special songbooks are prepared for this occasion, including songs by famous Polish composers and cultural activists: Karol Kurpiński, Andrzej Panufnik, Jan Ekier, Jan Markowski, Jerzy Dargiel and Kazimierz Oberfeld. This year, the repertoire will be presented by the Stokłosa Collective Orchestra, the Warsaw Violin Choir and soloists: Natalia Piotrowska, Sebastian Machalski and Kuba Jurzyk under the baton of Jan Stokłosa, who is also the author of the arrangements of the works. The concert will be hosted by Tomasz Wolny.

For those who will not be able to reach Marshal Józef Piłsudski Square, the concert will be broadcast live on TVP1 (from 8:35 p.m.).

Admission free.

More information at: https://www.1944.pl/ 

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 

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

Międzynarodowe koncerty

Organist Johannes Skudlik (Germany) and cellist Bartłomiej Pacan (Poland) will perform on 1 August 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. On 1 August Johannes Skudlik, the artistic director of the organ festival in Palermo, and Bartłomiej Pacana, laureate of many cello competition, will present works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Vincent Dubois, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Léon Boëllmann.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

DOWNLOAD: Festival Programme

Zakopane | 42nd Karol Szymanowski Music Days

Dni Szymanowskiego

42nd Karol Szymanowski Music Days in Zakopane will last from 28 July to 4 August  2019. This year's programme is built around the figures of Grażyna Bacewicz, Mieczysław Wajnberg and Krzysztof Penderecki.

These three great Polish composers celebrate their round anniversaries this year. Their works will be performed in a place important for Polish contemporary music – in Zakopane, where the modernity was born. The programme includes special arrangements of Karol Szymanowski's works for various instrumental ensembles, commissioned by the organizers of the festival. The compositions will be presented by winners of the 1st Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition held in Katowice in 2018, as well as laureates of the 1st Wanda Wiłkomirska Violin Competition whose patron was a keen admirer of Karol Szymanowski's music. The novelty of this year's edition are concerts in places important for the music culture of Zakopane, among others, the Tatra Museum, the "Sabała" monument, the Zamoyski City Gallery, and the Church of the Holy Cross.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://www.szymanowski.zakopane.pl/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=428:28-07-2019-4-08-2019&Itemid=479&lang=pl 

Sopot | 9th International Music Festival Sopot Classic

NDI Sopot

9th International Music Festival Sopot Classic will take place on 28 July – 4 August 2019.

The Sopot Classic International Music Festival, which was initiated by the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Sopot and the City of Sopot, aims to present various repertoire performed by internationally renowned artists as well as talented musicians of the young generation. This year's concerts will take place in the Forest Opera, the concert hall of the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Sopot, the Church of St. George, and the Church of the Star of the Sea.

On 31 July, Włodek Pawlik Trio will present their latest project "Pawlik / Moniuszko – Polish jazz", inspired by the most famous arias and songs of Stanisław Moniuszko on his 200th birth anniversary.  A special concert on 2 August will be devoted to Polish music of the 20th and 21st centuries. The programme will feature Krzysztof Penderecki's Symphony No 6 – Chienese Poems, Paweł Łukaszewski's Adagietto from Symphony No 1 – Symphony of Providence as well as Tech-uniques by Andrzej Ojczenasz  laureate of the 1st prize at the 5th Krzysztof Penderecki Composers' Competition.

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

Gdańsk | Music in the Gazebo. Guests of the Polish Chamber Choir

Polski Chór Kameralny

A series of concerts entitled "Music in the Gazebo. Guests of the Polish Chamber Choir" will last until 10 August 2019.

The concerts will take place every Saturday at 12.00 p.m. in the Oliwa Park, featuring artists from all over Poland. This year, the invitation was accepted by Piotr Janicki (bass-baritone), Monika Litwin-Dyngosz (mezzo-soprano), Justyna Kantorowicz (mezzo-soprano), Wojciech Dyngosz (baritone), Iwona Cender (guitar), Nowakowski / Wienacz Duo, Amber Trio, Natan Kosętka take part in the event. Trio and pianist Marta Kur and Justyna Jakubowska.

Since 2019 is the year of Stanisław Moniuszko, the repertoire will be dominated by songs and arrangements of the composer's works. In addition, the programme will include works by Mieczysław Karłowicz, Zygmunt Noskowski, Witold Lutosławski, Jan Trepczyk and Aleksander Tansman. During the final concert on 10 August, the Polish Chamber Choir will perform choral works by Stanisław Moniuszko and Edward Pałłasz as well as the arrangements of songs from the repertoire of Jerzy Wasowski and Jeremi Przybora.

Admission to all concerts is free.

More information at: https://www.polskichorkameralny.pl 

Wrocław | "The Hound of Baskervilles" with music by Stefan Wesołowski at the 19th "New Horizons"

Nowe Horyzonty

Screening of a digitally reconstructed film The Hound of Baskervilles of 1929 directed by Richard Oswald with live music composed by Stefan Wesołowski will take place on 31 July 2019 at 10 p.m. at the Market Square in Wrocław as part of the 19th "New Horizons" International Film Festival.

A copy of the film was found in 2009 in the basement of a church in Sosnowiec and underwent restoration and reconstruction in the FINA studios. The Hound of Baskervilles, directed by Richard Oswald in 1929, which is the last silent film about the brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes, has been restored as part of a partnership project with the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. The FINA collections contain the only currently known copy of 35mm of this film. The restored tape was digitized in high-definition 4K resolution.

Stefan Wesołowski, composer and violinist from Gdańsk, is a graduate of the French Académie Musicale de Villecroze, author of three solo albums. His album Rite of the End brought the composer a nomination to the "Polityka's Passport" award. An important part of Wesołowski's work is film music. He is currently working on music for a film about Andrzej Żuławski. During the screening in Wrocław, Wesołowski and his band will present their own music for The Hound of Baskervilles. The soundtrack was composed on the occasion of the Polish premiere of the film, which took place at the inaugural evening of the 16th Silent Movie Festival in Warsaw in 2019.

More information available at: https://www.nowehoryzonty.pl/opis.do?id=9732