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Gdańsk | 7th "Gdańsk Pianists for the City" Festival

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On May 27 – June 2, 2019, the Baltic Sea Cultural Center invites you to the 7th "Gdańsk Pianists for the City" Festival, which enables Gdańsk pianists, mainly students of the Gdańsk piano school, to perform in front of a wide audience.

Among the performers are former and present students as well as pedagogues of the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, graduates of music schools in ithe city and Gdańsk artists who continue their education and career in various institutions in the country and abroad. The idea of ​​the festival is to promote and support musicians in their creative endeavours.

This year's edition will include five spectacular piano concerts in the Gdańsk Old Town Hall: "Great Russian composers", "Around Romanticism", "Youth on the Gdańsk stage", "Around Polish Music". The latter concert will feature works by Fryderyk Chopin, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski and Artur Malawski. The culmination of the festival will be a recital of an outstanding piano virtuoso – Bogdan Czapiewski, professor of the Gdańsk Academy of Music. The festival will also include popular science lectures on classical music and piano performance practice.

Full programme available at: http://www.nck.org.pl/pl/wydarzenie/3538/vii-festiwal-gdanscy-pianisci-miastu 

Kraków | Percussion Music at the Philharmonic

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On May 26, 2019 at 6.00 p.m. the Krakow Philharmonic will turn into a temple of percussion music. The 11th edition of "Meetings with Music for Percussion" received the subtitle "Abstract sounds" primarily due to the use of a group of unpitched percussion instruments, specially designed for the needs of this event, such as tuned gas cylinders, wooden drums and many more.

The idea behind the meetings is to popularize percussion music, try to present new ideas and involve the young generation of drummers to pursue joint projects. This is due to Ryszard Haba – an excellent drummer, and at the same time the originator and main performer of the "Meetings with Percussion Music". The main protagonist of this year's concert will be the Haba Percussion Group led by a young conductor, Joanna Natalia Ślusarczyk. The guests invited to the project are: the concertmaster of the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra – Paweł Wajrak, oboist Mariusz Pędziałek, organist Michał Białko and marimba player Adam Wygoda. The spiritus movens of the whole series, Ryszard Haba, will play marimba, vibraphone and drums.

The premiere attractions of the concert include the premiere of Cadenza and Toccata for marimba, bells, timpani and organ, specially written for the occasion by Lech Skoczylas, and Hayren by Vache Sharafyan, based on the Armenian medieval form of the poem with a specific rhythm of 7,8,7,8. The programme will also include Dmaathen for oboe and percussion by Iannis Xenakis and Polish premiere of the Concerto for organ and percussion by American composer Lou Harrison.

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.krakow.pl/Home/7910-XI_SPOTKANIA_Z_MUZYK%C4%84_PERKUSYJN%C4%84.html 

Świdnica | Premiere of "Missa Brevis" by Paweł Pudło

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The premiere of Missa Brevis for soprano, mezzo-soprano, two horns, flute and string quartet by Paweł Pudło will take place on May 26, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. in the Church of Peace in Świdnica.

The mass was commissioned by the Good Music Foundation as part of the "Collections – Composing Commissions" programme, carried out by the Institute of Music and Dance. It was composed especially for the Church of Peace, in which there are two organs: the symphonic Schlag organ and the Baroque altar organs. The work will be premiered by Świdnik organists Zuzanna and Maciej Bator, soprano Dominika Zamara, currently living in Venice, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Cornelius, horn players Anna and Grzegorz Mondry, flutist Sylwia Waindok and a string quartet composed of: Marcin Ostrowski, Dagmara Swestun, Marlena Grodzicka-Myślak and Jakub Ponder.

The organizers of the concert are the Good Music Foundation, the Evangelical-Augsburg parish in Świdnica and the City of Świdnica. The honorary patrons of the event are the Evangelical Bishop Waldemar Pytel and the President of Świdnica Beata Moskal-Słaniewska.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Warsaw | Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street

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The cycle "Summer concerts at Grochowska Street" will be inaugurated on May 25 and 26, 2019 at 4.00 p.m. in the headquarters of the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra (272 Grochowska Street).

Every weekend during the afternoon chamber concerts, both renowned artists and rising stars of classical music will perform. 30 thematically divided concerts – Not only orchestra, Japan, Moniuszko, Relax, On travel, Improvisation, Old Warsaw – will feature ensemblesof differnet types, such as a reed quintet with saxophone and bass clarinet, a cello octet or a flute quartet. The programme will include music of many styles and eras – from the Baroque, through romantic opera arias, to jazz, contemporary and improvised music.

On May 25th, the "Not only orchestra" concert will feature Serenade in C minor KV 388 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Octet in E flat major Op. 103 by Ludwig van Beethoven performed by the Sinatonia Varsovia Wind Ocetet. The next day, we will listen to the Sinfonia Varsovia Academy String Orchestra under the baton of the excellent violinist Jakub Haufa. The musicians will present works by Edvard Grieg, Franz Schubert, Edward Elgar and Krzysztof Penderecki, the artistic director of the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information atwww.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Warsaw | New Music Scene: The Music of Trance

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Another concert of the series "New Music Scene", organized by the Witold Lutosławski Society, will take place on May 25, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. at Nowy Teatr in Warsaw. Chain Ensemble will perform work by Simeon ten Holt and Witold Lutosławski.

Palimpsest for string septet (4 violins, viola, cello and double bass) by Dutch composer Simeon ten Holt (1923–2012), composed in the early 1990s, is music for the lovers of pleasant sounds, where traditional tonality and obsessive minimalistic trance are arranged in 11 parts. Witold Lutosławski's Silesian melodies date back to Stalinist times, when tonality was a very political subject...

More information at: http://www.nowyteatr.org/pl 

Warszawa | "Curtis on tour" Special Concert at FCUM

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A special concert entitled  "Curtis on tour" will take place on May 25, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the concert hall of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music (2 Okólnik Street).

The unique event will take place as part of the annual concert tour "Curtis on Tour". This is the first concert of musicians from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music from Philadelphia (USA) at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. The Curtis Institute of Music is one of the most prestigious music universities in the world alongside the excellent Juilliard School of Music in New York. Musicians from Poland played a significant role in the establishment and development of the university over its almost century-long history – Józef Hofmann was the first rector of the institute, and among the professors there were several Polish pedagogues.

The concert will be performed by a piano quartet composed of: prof. Roberto Díaz (viola) – President of the Curtis Institute of Music, and its students – Claire Bourg (violin), Sydney Lee (cello), Daniel Hsu (piano). The programme will include Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 15 by Gabriel Fauré and Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25 by Johannes Brahms.

The initiator and organizer of the "Curtis on Tour" visit in Warsaw is Ms. Elżbieta Sozańska from Philadelphia – a patron of music, a long-time director and vice-president of international pharmaceutical concerns, as well as a writer and playwright. Both the concert and the master classes run by the president of the university, prof. Robert Díaz, will be held with the financial support of the Kon-Sozański Family Foundation to commemorate Berta Zofia Kon, graduate of the FCUM in 1920.

Admission free!

Mdia patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Katowice | Silesian String Quartet and AUKSO at NOSPR

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On May 25, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the city of Tychy and the Silesian Quartet will perform at the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice. The concert will premiere Eugeniusz Knapik's 2nd String Quartet.

The programme of the concert performed by NOSPR's guests will featured works by British composer Edward Elgar, German artist Werner Egek and Eugeniusz Knapik – professor at the Academy of Music in Katowice.

AUKSO under the direction of Marek Mos will present the Islands for string orchestra by Eugeniusz Knapik, commissioned in 1983 by Musica Viva Australia and the Adelaide Festival. It is a one-part composition with two linking fragments of the form symbolizing two states of matter, namely: water (sea) and earth (island). The work was inpired by an image of an observer on the ship, looking out for land on the horizon and should be understood metaphorically. In the second part of the evening, one of the leading Polish chamber ensembles – the Silesian Quartet – will premiere Eugeniusz Knapik's String Quartet No. 2.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttp://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/ 

Lublin | Lublin Youth Spring

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On May 24-26, 2019, the Lublin Philharmonic invites you to a series of concerts under the common name of "Lublin Youth Spring".

The project aims to discover, promote and integrate young music talents. It will gather students from the music schools of the Lublin Province and from Wrocław (Youth Chamber Orchestra of the Chevalier de Saint-George). As part of the project, on the initiative of the General Director of the Lublin Philharmonic Orchestra Wojciech Rodek, the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Lublin Philharmonic will be created – a novelty in the musical environment of the region.

The concerts' repertoire is extremely rich. We will be able to listen to the works of such masters as: Bellini, Haydn, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Moniuszko, Mozart, Rachmaninow, Szostakowicz, Wieniawski and others, performed not only by instrumentalists but also by vocalists. The project will be inaugurated by a concert of music school students, featuring a Small concert for piano and instrumental group by Romuald Twardowski. The final concert will include a Melody by Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

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

Warsaw | Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra and sensational conductor

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The Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra invites you to the Royal Castle in Warsaw on May 24, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. The musicians will perform under the baton of Anna Duczmal-Mróz, who was hailed as a "sensational conductor" by the German press.

The programme of the concert will be composed of 20th-century Polish music as well as works by Gustav Holst and Dmitry Shostakovich. Sinfonia Iuventus under the baton of Anna Duczmal-Mróz will perform a splendid four-part Serenade, Op. 2 for string orchestra by Mieczysław Karłowicz and Orawa by Wojciech Kilar, a composer's tribute to the beloved mountains and musical folklore of Podhale. The programme will also include Gustav Holst'sSt Paul’s Suite,Op.29, No. 2, and Dmitri Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/