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Bogusław Schaeffer's Funeral in Salzburg


A funeral of Bogusław Schaeffer  composer, musicologist, playwright, graphic designer and teacher, honorary member of the Polish Composers' Union –took place on 16 July 2019 at the Komunalfriedhof in Salzburg.

During the ceremony, the President of the Board of the Polish Radio RDC, Tadeusz Deszkiewicz, handed to the family of the great artist the Order of Polonia Restituta First Class, the Grand Cross, awarded posthumously to Bogusław Schaeffer by the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda. Among Polish civilian awards, the Order is second only to the rarely awarded Order of the White Eagle.

The funeral ceremony was attended by the artistist's family, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Austria, Mrs Jolanta Róża Kozłowska, the Vice-Consul of the Republic of Poland in Munich, Mr Michał Madaj, representatives of the Salzburg Mozarteum and artists, including an outstanding singer living in Salzburg, Aleksandra Zamojska, and a student of the composer, prof. dr hab. Marek Chołoniewski, head of the Electroacoustic Music Studio at the Academy of Music in Krakow.

Zakopane | Chopin Piano Duo in the Villa 'Atma'


A concert of Chopin Piano Duo will take place on 18 July 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Karol Szymanowski Museum in the Villa 'Atma' in Zakopane.

Villa 'Atma' is the world’s only biographical museum of Karol Szymanowski, the father of modern Polish music. This historic chalet in Zakopane, where the composer made his home, is filled with music. The central theme is the work of Szymanowski, as well as that of his predecessors and followers. Performers include both renowned masters and talented young artists, winners of music competitions who interpret the work of the creator of Myths and Harnasie in innovative ways.

The upcoming concert will feature Chopin Piano Duo composed of Anna Boczar and Bartłomiej Kominek. We will listen to their renditions of the works by Edvard Grieg and Franz Schubert as well as the Tatra Album op. 12 by Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Grand Duo Concertant in E major on Themes from "Robert le Diable" by Fryderyk Chopin. The concert will be hosted by dr hab. Małgorzata Janicka-Słysz, Professor of the Academy of Music in Kraków and programme curator at the "Atma".

Admission free.

Full programme available at: https://mnk.pl/aktualnosci/koncert-chopin-piano-duo-anna-boczar-bartlomiej-kominek 

Krościenko nad Dunajcem | 10th "Pieniny – Culture – Sacrum” Festival


The anniversary 10th edition of the "Pieniny-Kultura-Sacrum" Summer Festival will take place on 19 July – 17 August 2019 in two temples located in Krościenko nad Dunajcem in Pieniny region: in the historic All Saints Church at the Market Square and in the new Christ the Good Shepherd Church.

The festival will feature organ music, chamber music, the artistic word as well as the exhibitions by Ewa Majerczak, the Pieniny Artists Association and the Polish Association for People with Intellectual Disability Koło in Szczawnica. It will be a truly interdisciplinary artistic event with a comprehensive and strong culture-developement potential. Outstanding Polish artists, guests from Italy, Hungary and, for the first time, from China will participate in this year's edition. The programme will include music from four differnet centuries, beginning with the works of European Baroque, through improvisation to contemporary highlander presentations. The main organizer of the Festival is the Foundation for the Promotion of Culture and Art ARS PRO ARTE.<

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available athttp://arsproarte.pl/#/kroscienko-nad-dunajcem/10-na-10-jubileuszowy-festiwal-pieniny-kultura-sacrum-w-kroscienku-n-d 

Warsaw | 12th New Town Summer Festival

Letni Festiwal Nowego Miasta

12th edition of the New Town Summer Festival will take place in Warsaw between 19 July – 4 August 2019.

This year's edition will start at the Dominican Monastery with a recital of excellent violinist Katarzyna Duda accompanimed by pianist Hanna Holeksa who will perform works by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski and Henryk Wieniawski. The Sunday concert on 21 July at the St. Mary's Church will feature early music ensemble La Tempesta and foreign guests: cornetist Jeremy West and violinist Tomáš Kardoš, who will perform Mikołaj Zieleński's Communiones.

The second weekend of the Festival will be opened by Joanna Klisowska (soprano) and Katarzyna Neugebauer (piano) who will present nineteenth-century salon music: songs by Stanisław Moniuszko on his 200th birth anniversary and works by Karol Szymanowski and Ignacy Jan Paderewski. On 28 July, Italian pianist Leonora Armellini and Polish cellist Michał Zieliński will present works by Fryderyk Chopin. The last Friday of the Festival will be filled with music by Moniuszko and Chopin in an extremely interesting arrangement for glass harp and verrophone performed by the Wiener Glasharmonika Duo (Austria). In the finale, Warsaw Camerata under the baton of Paweł Kos-Nowicki and pianist Paweł Kowalski will perform Chopin's Concerto in E minor, Op. 11, and Haczewski's Sinfonia in D.

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

Wrocław | China-Europe International Culture and Arts Festival


On 16-21 July 2019 the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław will host a group of 150 young musicians from China who will take part in the Sino-European Festival of Culture and Arts.

The festival is the first event co-organized by the Wrocław Academy of Music with a partner from Beijing. The idea of ​​the Festival is international integration, exchange of artistic experiences and establishing contacts between European and Chinese art academies. In 2017 and 2018, the festival took place at universities in Italy and Spain, which initiated fruitful cooperation between European and Asian creative environments. This year a group of young Chinese artists will take part in music courses, instrumental and vocal competitions and will present recitals and concerts at the AMKL Concert Hall in Wrocław. Classes and competitions will be conducted by the pedagogues of the Wrocław Academy and invited artists from China.

An important aspect of the project is the presentation of Polish music, including works by composers associated with the Wrocław Academy of Music. The festival will include two large artistic events in the AMKL Concert Hall, which will be open to the public: a ceremonial opening of the Festival on 16 July at 4.30 p.m., and a final concert on 21 July 7.00 p.m. During the last festival concert, the Symphony Orchestra of students and graduates of the Academy of Music in Wrocław will perform Largo by Stanisław Krupowicz and Fjörd-dur by Michał Moc.

Free admission cards to the concerts are available at the reception of the E building of the Academy of Music.

Full programme available at: http://amuz.wroc.pl/program-festiwalu-5032 

Korzkiew | Summer Festival of Classical Music 2019


The annual Summer Festival of Classical Music in Korzkiew will be held until 1 September 2019.

The concerts take place every Sunday at 5:15 p.m. in a beautiful baroque Church of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist in Korzkiew. The first edition of the festival organized by the Korzkiew Music Association took place in 2012. The festival presents the finest works of world-class artists, including Polish composers. This year's programme features works by Fryderyk Chopin, Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Mieczysław Karłowicz.

Among the performers, there are Bester Quartet, violinists Michał Nowak, Daniel Stabrawa, Wiesław Kwaśny, singers Jacek Tosik-Warszawiak, Edyta Piasecka, Magda Niedbała, clarinetist Tomasz Sowa, cellist Piotr Bylica, pianists Jerzy Stryjniak, Piotr Machnik, Mariola Cieniawa, Sławomir Cierpik, Mirosław Herbowski and Judyta Herbowska, as well as young laureates of music competitions. The festival is accompanied by the exhibition "Polish Madonnas and Cracow in a cut-out" by Anna Małecka-Beiersdorf.

Admission to all concerts is free.

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

Frombork | 52nd International Organ Music Festival

Fromborg 2019

52nd International Festival of Organ Music will take place in Frombork between 14 July and 4 August 2019.

The International Organ Music Festival in Frombork takes place at the Archcathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Andrew, equipped with the organ from 1683-1684, funded by Bishop Michał Radziejowski and built by Daniel Nitrowski from Gdańsk. It is one of the best organs in Poland, located in a cathedral presenting Gothic and Baroque sacred art. The festival inaugurated in 1967 is one of the oldest in Europe and it's goal is to popularize organ music. The organizers are the archcathedral parish of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Nicolaus Copernicus Museum, Museum of the History Monument "Frombork Cathedral Complex" and the city and commune of Frombork.

This year's festival will be attended by outstanding European musicians: organists Fabio Ciofini, Józef Serafin, Konstantin Volostnov, Mateusz Kotwica, cellist Alessandra Montani, countertenor Sławomir Bronk and Gdańsk Quartet. In their performance, we will listen to masterpieces of European organ and chamber music. The programme of the event also includes works by Polish contemporary composers. The final concert will feature, among others, Michał Sławecki's Alma Redemptoris Mater and Marian Sawa's Last Prayer.

Full programme available at: http://www.muzeum.frombork.pl/festiwal.php 

Warsaw | Koneser Summer


A series of "Koneser Summer" events will take place in the completely renovated Koneser vodka factory in Warsaw until 25 August 2019.

Film screenings, meetings, lots of concerts and attractions for children ... This is what this year's "Connoisseur Summer" promises to be. It is a great opportunity to visit this climatic place in Prague district and spend time in good company. Everyone should find something for themselves: from singles, through families with children, to seniors. Attractions are planned for the whole holiday and different projects are carried out every day.

Starting from 14 July, every Sunday at 7.00 pm there will be concerts feturing such musicians as: Szymon Nehring, Ania Karpowicz, Marek Bracha, winners of the Ada Sari Vocal Competition in Nowy Sącz, Adam Strug, Penderecki Piano Trio, Trimagine, and ROKduo.The programme will include chamber works of Franz Schubert, Sergiusz Rachmaninow, Claude Debussy, Aaron Copland as well as forgotten songs in Yiddish and Polish from the archives of the New York Institute for Jewish Research and Lifshe Schaechter-Widmann. Polish repertoire will include songs by Stanisław Moniuszko, compositions by Fryderyk Chopin, Tadeusz Zygfryd Kasserna and Mieczysław Weinberg.

Admission to the concerts is free.

More information at: http://koneser.eu/wydarzenia/lato-konesera-klasyczne-niedziele/ 

Gorzów | Chopin Picnics


Between 14 July and 1 September 2019 the Gorzów Philharmonic will host a series of open-air concerts entitled "Chopin Picnics".

Every Sunday at 4 pm, until the end of the summer, the musicians will play at the Square of Arts. Every week for about two hours, the beautiful green areas around the Gorzów Philharmonic will became a place of a unique urban picnic featuring music of Fryderyk Chopin as well as Karol Szymanowski or Ignacy Jan Paderewski. The masterpieces of Polish music will be performed by young talented pianists: Bartłomiej Kokot, Michał Mossakowski, Piotr Pawlak, Piotr Orlow, Wiktoria Jagodzińska and Martyna Kubik.

The final concert, organized in connection with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko, will feature Belarusian pianist Ekaterina Matokh and a duo composed of Beata Gramza (soprano) and Marta Ożelska-Kurzawa (piano). The musicians will present Moniuszko's songs and piano works.

In case of bad weather, the concerts will take place inside the Philharmonic. Admission to all summer concerts is free!

Full programme available at: https://www.filharmoniagorzowska.pl/