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Kałuszyn | Inauguration of the 4th Mazovian Musical Meetings Without Barriers

Czas sztukiThe "Czas Sztuki" Foundation invites you on 25 July 2021 at 9.00 p.m. to the inauguration of the 4th Mazovian Musical Meetings Without Barriers. The Ludwik Sarski Orchestra will perform original improvised music for the 1917 film Bestia (The Polish Dancer) by Aleksander Hertz on the open-air stage of the Cultural Centre in Kałuszyn (Kilińskiego Square).

Ludwik Sarski Orchestra was founded on the initiative of two multi-instrumentalists and composers: Damian Szymczak and Piotr Tomala. In their improvisations, they combine styles related to contemporary music, jazz, klezmer music and tango. The ensemble successfully performs in Poland and abroad, presenting their original compositions live to silent films by Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Roman Polański and others. In May, DUX released their debut album – Ols the Kid, which is a tribute to Chaplin's work.

The 4th Mazovian Musical Meetings Without Barriers will be inaugurated with a screening of Aleksander Hertz's Bestia with live music. The film tells the tragic story of a love triangle: a young artist and her two lovers, former and new, married to another woman. The role of the artist is played by Pola Negri, the greatest star of Polish cinema at the time. The film is the oldest surviving film with the actress and one of nine films she made for the Sfinks studio.

8 artistic events are scheduled as part of the 4th Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers, including concerts with classical music, premieres of new works by Dawid Pajdzik and Bartosz Kowalski, and a music-poetry meeting. The events within the series will take place from July to December 2021 at the Cultural Centre in Kałuszyn, the House of Creative Work "Reymontówka" in Chlewiska, the Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Seroczyn, at the Liw Castle and the Łochów Palace.

Admission to all events is free! Co-financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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22nd "Colours of Poland" Touring Festival of the Łódź Philharmonic

Kolory PolskiThe 22nd Touring Festival of the Łódź Philharmonic "Colours of Poland" will run from 24 July to 29 August 2021. This year's edition includes 11 weekend concerts in historic churches in 11 different towns of the Łódź region.

The inauguration will tak place on 24 July at the early Baroque basilica of Our Lady in Gidle, which boasts a statue of Mary famous for miracles. On the festival route there will be, among others, the monastery of the Salesian priests in Lutomiersk, the church of Saint Catherine of Alexandria in Zgierz and the sanctuary of Our Lady of Charlotte, Duchess of Sieradz. The final concert will be held on 29 August in the Cathedral Basilica in Łódź.

Most of the concerts will be performed by musicians of the Łódź Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and Choir, who prepare new repertoire proposals especially for this occasion. The artists will present themselves mainly in chamber ensembles, among others, the Wind Quintet of the Łódź Philharmonic, Classic Brass Quintet, and Apertus Quartet. The programme is dominated by classical, secular and religious music, from the baroque to the modern times. We will hear works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, George Gershwin and Grażyna Bacewicz.

Admission to all concerts is free, but due to epidemiological restrictions it is necessary to collect a free invitation.

More information: https://filharmonia.lodz.pl/pl/22-wedrowny-festiwal-filharmonii-lodzkiej-kolory-polski 

Krakow | Open-air concert of the Krakow Philharmonic Reed Trio: "Music in the garden"

FKThe Krakow Philharmonic, together with the Austria's Consul in Krakow, invites you to an open-air concert of the "Music in the garden" series. On 24 July 2021 at 6.00 p.m. the Reed Trio of the Krakow Philharmonic will perform in the garden of the Consulate General of Austria.

The Reed Trio of the Krakow Philharmonic is a wind instrument ensemble consisting of the leading musicians of the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, who also pursue careers as soloists. Oboist Mariusz Pędzialek, the concertmaster of the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, is a member of the Muzyka Centrum Artistic Association, the Polish Society for Electroacoustic Music and the Witold Lutosławski Society. He was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit, the Medal for Merit to Culture "Gloria Artis" and the Krakow Honoris Gratia badge. The first clarinetist of the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, Jan Cielecki, is a member of the Muzyka Centrum Artistic Association as well as the Brass Quintet of the Krakow Philharmonic. Zdzisław Bogacz was the first bassoon player at the Krakow Opera, the Polish Chamber Philharmonic in Sopot, and the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw. Since 1986. he has been employed as the first bassoon player in the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 1992, as a chamber musician, he has been associated with the Trio and the Brass Quintet of the Krakow Philharmonic.

The trio's repertoire includes pieces written for this classical instrumental ensemble and various arrangements. During the next concert, the musicians will present Alexander Tansman's Suite pour trio d'anches as well as works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Jacques Ibert and Libor Sima.

More information: https://www.filharmonia.krakow.pl/ 

"Classics Across Poland": Boarte Piano Trio in Masovia

BoarteAfter concerts in Lower Silesia, Kuyavian-Pomeranian and Masuria, the series "Classics Across Poland" returns to Masovia. The concerts of the Boarte Piano Trio will take place on 23, 24 and 25 July 2021 in Żyrardów, Wiaderno and Stawisko.

The Boarte Piano Trio was formed in 2019. It consists of experienced Polish chamber musicians who have already played in many renowned ensembles: pianist Konrad Skolarski, violinist Jarosław Nadrzycki and cellist Karol Marianowski. The members of the ensemble are awarded artists, laureates of many prestigious competitions. They gained international recognition thanks to numerous performances in Europe, both Americas and Asia.

In the coming days, the trio will perform at the Resursa in Żyrardów (23 July at 7.00 p.m.), in the newly opened Community Centre in Wiaderno (24 July at 5.00 p.m.) and at the Museum of Anna and Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz in Stawisko (25 July at 5.00 p.m.). The programme will include Paweł Łukaszewski's Piano Trio, as well as Joseph Haydn's Piano Trio in G major "Gypsy" and Felix Mendelssohn's Trio in C minor, Op. 66 No. 2.

The series of concerts "Classics Across Poland" is financed by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport. The project is caried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

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Gdańsk | 23st Gdańsk Carillon Festival

CarillonThe 23nd edition of the Gdańsk Carillon Festival will take place between 23 July and 28 August 2021. Special concerts from the towers of St. Catherine Church and the Main Town Hall combined with a fountain show will be held every Friday and Saturday. This year, all concerts will be broadcast live on the Internet.

Gdańsk is the only city in Poland that has working instruments consisting of bells weighing from several kilograms to several tons. Performing carillon pieces from the tower of the Main Town Hall is an almost 460-year-old tradition of Gdańsk. Carillon sounds accompanied the most important city events. During this year's Festival, old and new pieces performed on carillons by talented artists will be heard on Fridays at 8.30 p.m. from the tower of the St. Catherine Church and on Saturdays at 12.05 p.m. from the tower of the Main Town Hall.

Among the performers will be Monika Kaźmierczak, the city carillonist and the organiser of the Festival, carillonists Anna Kasprzycka, Gideon Bodden and Paul Maassen from the Netherlands, American Jeffrey Bossin from Berlin and the Polish-Japanese duo: Katarzyna Takao-Piastowska with her husband, Toru Takao. Apart from carillonists, there will also be Tubicinatores Gedanenses, NeoQuartet and Gdańsk-Kraków duo Wood & Bronze. During the final concerts of the event (27 and 28 August), NeoQuartet and Paul Maassen will premiere works composed especially for the Festival: Arachne by Paul Maassen and Solaris by Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz – the work written in tribute to Stanisław Lem.

Full programme and online broadcasts: www.carillongdansk.pl and https://www.facebook.com/carillony/ 

Warsaw | 14th New Town Summer Festival

Letni FestiwalThe Nowa Orkiestra Kameralna Foundation and the Warsaw Camerata Orchestra invite all music lovers to the annual celebration of Polish music, which is the New Town Summer Festival, taking place in the interiors of the Dominican Church of St. Hyacinth in Warsaw.  The 14th edition of the Festival will run from 23 July to 8 August 2021.

The festival will be inaugurated on 23 July by the Polish Violin Duo – Marta Gidaszewska and Robert Łaguniak – who, despite their young age, can boast many awards at prestigious competitions. The concert on 25 July is a solo performance by the absolute master of accordion, Maciej Frąckiewicz, who will present, among others, works by Andrzej Krzanowski, a great 20th-century composer of accordion music.

The second weekend of the New Town Summer Festival will feature concerts representing Polish early and 20th-century music. Friday evening will be filled with music from the Vasa court, including works by Marcin Mielczewski and Adam Jarzębski performed by the Per Il Basso ensemble playing on historical instruments. On Sunday afternoon, the festival audience will hear the songs of the Maklakiewicz family in the interpretation of international artists: Olga Pasiecznik and Krzysztof Szumański, accompanied by Joanna Maklakiewicz at the piano.

During the last week of the Festival, an extremely interesting and well-known duo of violinist Karolina Mikołajczyk and accordionist Iwo Jedynecki will perform, among others, Marcin Błażewicz's Sonata "Night full of Sins" (dedicated to Jedynecki). The Warsaw Camerata Orchestra conducted by Paweł Kos-Nowicki will present the famous Serenade by Mieczysław Karłowicz and works by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Henryk Czyż inspired by the music of bygone eras.

Admission is free!

Full programme: https://www.facebook.com/LetniFestiwalNowegoMiasta 

Katowice | Stream on Tour: concerto for saxophone, electronics and stream art

StreamOnThe first concert in the "Stream on Tour" series will be held on 22 July 2021 at 9.00 p.m. Grzesiek Mart and Piotr Peszat, together with representatives of the contemporary Polish classical music scene, will perform audio-visual concerts streamed live online.

"Stream on Tour" is looking for an original way of using live video. Can stream be a new kind of art? How will stream art be different from stream? On 22 July, "Stream on Tour" will visit Katowice.

Peszat and Mart have been working together for a long time, experimenting with ways to combine music and video composition. "Stream on Tour" will present the premieres of Peszat's works written for classical instruments, electronics and stream art. The concert in Katowice will feature Beautiful Music / Easy Listening # 1 "Argo" for alto saxophone, audio playback, video and stream art – performed by Bartłomiej Duś, saxophone teacher at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. The excellent saxophonist will also perform Monodrama for saxophone and electronics in a duet with the composer of the piece – Stanisław Bromboszcz, assistant professor at the Academy of Music in Katowice.

The event was supported as part of the "Musicgrants" competition organised by the Katowice City of Gardens Institution of Culture.

The concert will be available on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrzesiekMartDoc 

Lusławice | Concert marathon as part of the "Emanacje" festival

LuslawiceA concert marathon will take place on 21-25 July 2021 at 7.00 p.m. as part of the "Emanacje" festival at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music!

Jazz music as part of the Seifert Jazz Days (The Owl, RGG, Dawid Lubowicz Quartet, EABS), a Chopin recital by Zuzanna Pietrzak and a choral music concert performed by Cracow Singers. The richness of styles and performance diversity, an interesting repertoire, as well as unique artists will provide unusual experience during Lusławice meetings with live music.

The marathon programme includes, among others, Totus tuus by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Niech Jezus Chrystus from Six Kurpie Songs by Karol Szymanowski and O gloriosa Virginum and Agnus Dei from Missa brevis by Krzysztof Penderecki.

The height of summer is the perfect time to visit the Lusławice park, the arboretum and the multimedia exhibition located in the Centre. Visiting is possible on all days before the concerts.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information and tickets are available at: www.emanacje.pl 

Rzeszów | Music criticism workshop under the supervision of Jacek Marczyński

MIMiTThe National Institute of Music and Dance in cooperation with PWM Edition invites you to a music criticism workshop led by Jacek Marczyński as part of the 2nd Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in Rzeszów (14-18 September 2021). The best participants will receive an internship in the editorial office of "Ruch Muzyczny" magazine which will publish their texts. The deadline for submitting applications is 12 August 2021.

"The task of the participants of the journalism workshops will be to create reports and reviews of the auditions of the 2nd stage and the finals of the International Polish Music Competition in two performance categories: piano and chamber ensembles," comments Katarzyna Meissner, director of the National Institute of Music and Dance. The workshop will be conducted by Jacek Marczyński – a well-known journalist and publicist, author of several books, reviewer of the "Rzeczpospolita" daily, longtime collaborator of TVP Kultura, "Ruch Muzyczny" and the monthly "Teatr".

Texts reporting on the progress of the competition will be published in a daily competition newsletter, on the website of the International Polish Music Competition https://konkursmuzykipolskiej.pl/ and in the pages of "Ruch Muzyczny".

The workshop is aimed at students and graduates of music and humanities, as well as all people with specific musical interests consistent with the profile of the competition, who want to develop their skills in the field of writing about classical music (adults up to 30 years of age). Participation in the workshop is free of charge. The National Institute of Music and Dance will reimburse workshop participants for accommodation and travel costs in the amount specified in the regulations and will provide free admission to auditions and concerts of the Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in Rzeszów. For texts and a license to publish them, each participant will receive a one-off fee of PLN 500.

Applications (a completed application form with attachments, i.e. a CV with a description of musical interests and an exemplary text on classical music of your own authorship) should be sent by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 12 August.

More informationhttps://nimit.pl/aktualnosci/warsztaty-krytyki-muzycznej-pod-okiem-jacka-marczynskiego/