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Warsaw | Singer's Warsaw 16th Jewish Culture Festival

Warszawa Singera

One of the most vital and dynamic cultural events of the Polish capital – the 16th Singer's Warsaw Jewish Culture Festival – will be held between 24 August and 1 September 2019.

Enthusiasts of theater, jazz, musicals, cabaret revues, literature, visual arts, Polish and Jewish culture will find many interesting offers.

The festival will be inaugurated with a premiere concert of cantors at the Nożyk Synagogue. A spectacle Polish tango Show – Good Old Days, prepared by Sawars Tango Orquest and featuring Anna Dereszowska and Andrzej Seweryn, will be a proposition for tango lovers. The native folk traditions will be presented by the Broda Band and the Sejny Theatre Klezmer Orchestra. The latter ensemble will perform during the Klezmer Night, along with Frank London, trumpeter and composer  one of the most important American klezmer musicians. Once again, the guests of the festival will be the excellent Jazz Band Młynarski  Masecki, who will present popular works from the 1920s by Henryk Wars, Jerzy Petersburski and brothers Artur and Henryk Gold. Clarinetist and composer Paweł Szamburski will perform his own arrangements of Hassidic songs and niguns. One of the leading Polish jazz pianists, Kuba Stankiewicz, will present music composed by Roman Statkowski, a Polish composer from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.

On the last day of the festival at the Nożyk Synagogue, Polish String Quartet Berlin and pianist Ewa Tomaszewska will present works by Polish composers of Jewish origin who lived abroad: Ignacy Waghalter, Karol Rathaus and Szymon Laks. Waghalter's and Rathaus' string quartets are included on the latest album recorded by the Polish String Quartet Berlin, which will soon be released in the "Poland Abroad" series in Berlin. The finale of this year's Singer Festival will be a traditional outdoor performance at Grzybowski Square. This time, legendary violinist Nigel Kennedy will perform a concert inspired by The Magician of Lublin written by Isaak B. Singer and Georg Gershwin;s compositions.

Full programme available at www.festiwalsingera.pl and FB: www.facebook.com/FestiwalSingera 

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 | "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 

Leszno | 5th Leszno Baroque Plus Festival

Leszno Barok Plus

The fifth edition of the Leszno Baroque Plus festival will take place between 25 August and 1 September  2019, featuring a dozen concerts and theatrical performances.

This year's events will be held in the Municipal Theater, the MOK Hall and the St. John and St. Cross. The programme includes baroque, romantic, ethnic, medieval and contemporary music, dramatic performances and pantomime. Warsaw Akt Theatre and Gdańsk Theater of Dreams will present their own performances. The festival will feature Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio, Tiburtina Ensemble from Czech Republic, outstanding pianists Lukas Geniuszas and Anton Batagow (first time in Poland), Capella Savaria from Hungary, singer and composer Agata Zubel with Warsaw Cellonet conducted by Andrzej Bauer. The Amadeus Orchestra will present Variations sur un thème de Mozart by Piotr Moss, who this year celebrates 70th birthday and 50th anniversary of artistic work. Actors of the Akt Theatre will take part in the performance The Flowers of evil according to Baudelaire's poetry with music by Robert Jędrzejewski.

Moreover, three special projects will be premiered at the Festival: To Sing Brecht with conductor Agnieszka Nagórka and actors Hanna Śleszyńska and Bartosz Bandura, Don Juan by Christoph Willibald Gluck with actors of the Warsaw Pantomime Centre and Haendel XXI with composer and pianist Nikola Kołodziejczyk, jazz vocalist Julia Sawicka and countertenor and composer Michał Sławecki.

Leszno Barok Plus is held under the patronage of President Łukasz Borowiak, and the city of Leszno is the main patron of the event. Admission to all concerts and performances is free.

Full programme available at: http://www.lesznobarokplus.pl/ 

Elbląg | Celluloid – Polish Film Music


Polish film music will fill the programme of the concert entitled "Celluloid – on the musical side of the screen", which will take place on 25 August 2019 at 7:00 pm in the concert hall of the State Music School Complex in Elbląg.

The concert of the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Krzysztof Herdzin will feature excellent guitarists Marek Napiórkowski and Artur Lesicki. It will be a tribute to the origins of cinematography as well as Polish composers of film music. The programme will include compositions by Wojciech Kilar, Tomasz Stańko, Krzysztof Komeda, Andrzej Korzyński, Jerzy Matuszkiewicz as well as a few original works by the soloists.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.eok.elblag.eu  

Katowice | 100th Anniversary of the First Silesian Uprising


On 24 August 2019 at 8:30 p.m., on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First Silesian Uprising, Silesian Museum will host a unique open-air concert to remember all those who stood up to fight for Upper Silesia, offering what they had the most precious – their lives.

Concert organizers – Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic and Silesian Museum – want to promote the highest values: freedom, social and national community, understanding above all divisions. They honor the memory of those who were irrevocably "snatched out of life", leaving boundless sadness and regret in their relatives hearts.

The Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra will perform with world-class soloist, Iwona Sobotka. The musicians will be led by an outstanding Polish artist – Krzysztof Penderecki. Maestro will perform a double role that day: as a conductor and composer. During the concert, we will listen to, among others his Chaconne, referred to as "music of lamentation without words." The programme will also include the most famous piece by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, patron of the Silesian Philharmonic: the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs op. 36.

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

Kraków | 140th Anniversary of the National Museum in Kraków


The National Museum in Kraków and Sinfonietta Cracovia invite you to the concert on the occasion of the 140th anniversary of the National Museum in Krakow, which will take place on 24 August 2019 in the Kraków Cloth Hall.

The concert repertoire will incude the premiere of songs by Bolesław Raczyński in Jan Stańczyk's arrangement for string orchestra and baritone. We will also listen to the Death of Ellenai by Feliks Nowowiejski in the arrangement for string orchestra, clarinet and reciter. The work inspired by a poem of the same title by Juliusz Słowacki and a painting by Jacek Malczewski from the Gallery of Polish Art of the 19th in the Cloth Hall, will be performed in the Siemiradzki Room, in the immediate vicinity of the painting. The programme will also feature Roxana's Song from Karol Szymanowski's opera King Roger in the arrangement for solo violin and string orchestra, Szymanowski's Etude in B flat minor Op. 4 No. 3 in the arrangement for string orchestra and Serenade for string orchestra Op. 2 by Mieczysław Karłowicz.

The works will be performed by Jakub Kosiniak (reciter), Michał Janicki (baritone) and the Sinfonietta Cracovia orchestra conducted by Maciej Lulek.

Additional information at: https://mnk.pl 

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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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