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Warsaw | Concert on the 150th birth anniversary of Emil Młynarski


A concert on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Emil Młynarski will take place on 20 July 2020 as part of the "Jubilees of Polish composers in the Royal Łazienki" series at the Palace on the Isle in the Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw.

Budzyńska – Ogryzek Duo, composed of Zuzanna Budzyńska (violin) and Szymon Ogryzek (piano), will perform chamber works by Emil Młynarski, Henryk Wieniawski, Karol Szymanowski, Romuald Twardowski and Fritz Kreisler. The event will be hosted by Maxymilian Bylicki.

Conductor, violinist, teacher and composer Emil Młynarski was born on 18 July 1870 in Kibarty near Suwałki and died on 5 April 1935 in Warsaw. A graduate of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory gave concerts with great success in all then important cultural centres in Europe and the United States. He quickly gained recognition as a violin virtuoso and conductor, collaborating with the most prestigious orchestras. His most outstanding musical work is considered to be Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 11, which was awarded at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Composition Competition in Leipzig in 1898. He was a persistent promoter of Polish music, presenting newly created Polish operas and ballets. In 1925 he organized the Polish Music Festival in Paris.

The concert is organised by the Institute of Music and Dance from the funds of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. Admission is free, but prior booking is required: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Additional information: https://imit.org.pl/programy/departament-muzyki/4457 

Urle | 11th Festival of Chamber Music


This year's 11th Chamber Music Festival in Urle will run from 18 July to 22 August 2020. The concerts will take place on Saturdays at 6.00 p.m. in the Church Our Lady of Częstochowa, featuring recognized chamber music ensembles and well-known artists, including Maciej Strzelczyk, Bogdan Hołownia and Piotr Rodowicz. The admission is free!

The Chamber Music Festival in Urle has been organized since 2010 by the Friends of Culture Association and Our Lady of Częstochowa Parish in Urle. Since 2011, it has been implemented in cooperation with the Masovian Institute of Culture, responsible for the event's programme.

The festival presents mainly classical music performed by outstanding soloists (instrumentalists and vocalists) and recognized chamber music ensembles. This year's edition will feature five concerts with works by, among others, Adam Jarzębski, Fryderyk Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, Witold Lutosławski, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Edward Pałłasz, Michał Lorenc, Jacek Sykulski, Juliusz Łuciu, Romuald Twardowski and Wojciech Widłak.

More information athttp://biuro-prasowe.mik.waw.pl/101163-xi-festiwal-muzyki-kameralnej-w-urlach 

Chopin-Górecki Open Festiwal 2020: Mr. Chopin. Someone Loves You!


The online premiere of the multimedia composition Mr. Chopin. Someone Loves You! by Aldona Nawrocka and Andrzej Kopeć will take place on 14 July 2020 at 7:00 p.m. as part of the Chopin-Górecki Open Festival 2020 at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

The piece for voice, trumpet, piano and electronics, inspired by the work of Fryderyk Chopin whose 210th birth anniversary falls this year, is a result of the creative collaboration of composers Aldona Nawrocka and Andrzej Kopeć. In addition to strictly musical elements, including interactions with electronics, it also involves para-theatrical actions. The premiere will be performed by Agnieszka Tyrawska-Kopeć (soprano), Tomasz Woźniak (trumpet), Aldona Nawrocka (piano) and Andrzej Kopeć (electronics).

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The recording will be available on the Internet at www.chg.chopin.edu.pl and www.facebook.com/chg.umfc 

Gdansk | "Chopin at the Motława River"

PFBThe Polish Baltic Frédéric Chopin Philharmonic invites you to the next edition of the series of piano recitals "Chopin at the Motława River" which will be held on 12-26 July 2020. The concerts will take place at 8.30 p.m.

Pianists associated with the Tri-City will take part, performing works of our national composer, but also music of different eras and styles. Daniel Ziomko, Mikołaj Sikała, Maciej Gański, Bartosz Wiśniewski, Piotr Pawlak, Igor Torbicki, Patryk Morgaś, Maciej Frączek, Karol Garwoliński, Bartosz Skłodowski, Bogdan Czapiewski, Paweł Rydel, Sławomir Wilk and Natalia Zaleska will present their skills in a chamber repertoire. They will perform works by Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann and composers in the 20th century, including Karol Szymanowski, Sergiusz Bortkiewicz, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Grażyna Bacewicz and Romuald Twardowski.

Recitals in the foyer of the Philharmonic on the Motława will be held in the new sanitary regime. This time the Philharmonic will only receive a maximum of half the audience compared to previous years. The series of concerts, which last year enjoyed a huge turnout, today, despite the new situation in culture, will probably also attract numerous listeners from both the Tri-City and tourists.

Tickets are available online only at https://filharmonia.gda.pl/pl/ 

Tarnowskie Góry | Interdisciplinary series "Music in the image. Image in the sound”


"Music in the image. Image in the sound” is a series of concerts, workshops and lectures promoting contemporary music, organised by the Elżbieta Chojnacka Centre for Contemporary Harpsichord Music. The events will be held from 12 July to 22 November 2020 at the Palace in Rybna.

Musical works inspired by painting, literature, mathematics, architecture, industry and the Silesian region will be presented in the series. We will witness the first performances of works by Philip Czaplowski, Sławomir Kaczorowski, Tomasz Kamieniak, Dominik Lasota, Weronika Ratusińska-Zamuszko and Adam Wesołowski. The premiere screening of Maciej Jarolim's movie Świat widziany dźwiękami and a meeting with its producers is also planned in September.

Well-renowned artists and scientists were invited to participate in the series: Gabriela Szendzielorz-Jungiewicz, Beata Warykiewicz-Siwy and Piotr Kopiński (Academy of Music in Katowice), Krzysztof Kluszczyński (University of Technology in Kraków), harpsichordist Hanna Balcerzak and Aleksandra Gajecka-Antosiewicz, musicologist Piotr Oczkowski and sound engineer Krzysztof Sztekmiler (Academy of Music in Łódź).

The inaugural concert entitled "When music becomes an image" with an accompanying exhibition of graphic scores will take place on 12 July at 6.00 p.m. Workshops for children and youth "Music graphics" conducted by Piotr Kopiński will take place on the same day at noon.

Full programme is available at: https://www.aleksandragajecka-antosiewicz.com/centrum-współczesnej-muzyki-klawesynowej-elżbieta-chojnacka-center/ 

Miejsca wspólne. Virtual Festival of Polish Contemporary Music

Miejsca wspolneFrom the July 11th to September 2020 we will be able to experience equivalent of musical festival without leaving our homes. The festival is based on the idea of creating a “common place”, in which people will be able to listen to more or less known Polish contemporary composers, learn about the work of Polish composers and discover young Polish performers – all of this connected with the key of topoi, loci communes, common places such as: love, death, nature, ritual dream, labirynth, fairy tales, past and future.

The festival, which will consist of 9 virtual concerts, will be hosted on http://miejscawspolnefestiwal.pl/ for 3 months. The concerts will be created using existing – new and upcoming – pieces of contemporary compositions. Each of them will be accompanied by an original programme essay, touching upon the themes relevant to the selected works, which will help to understand and experience the music more deeply. The programme assumptions are "3x Poland": a cross-sectional view of Polish contemporary music creators – from the classics of the 20th century to the youngest generation of artists; bringing out the work of female composers and only Polish performers – ensembles and soloists specialising in the performance of contemporary music. The event will include Music Criticism Workshops.

Implemented as part of the scholarship program of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage “Kultura w sieci”.

Karolina Dąbek

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed information on the website: http://miejscawspolnefestiwal.pl/ 

Warsaw | XXVII International Organ Music Festival "Arch Cathedral Organ"

OAThe International Organ Music Festival "Arch Cathedral Organ"is – one of the most important Warsaw festivals and the most important organ festivals in Europe – will last until 20 September 2020. Festival concerts take place every year in three summer months (July, August and September) on Sundays at 16.00 in the Arch Cathedral of St. John (Świętojańska Street).

Festival was established in 1994 on the initiative of the Polish organist Przemysław Kapituła, who is the artistic director of the festival.

The Warsaw Arch Cathedral is one of the most important places of Polish culture and tradition. It is also a dream place for the presentation of organ music. In 1987, one of Germany’s most prominent organ builders, Eule, built the new Warsaw Arch Cathedral mechanical organ. This great 60-voice instrument is an example of the excellent organ craftsmanship. A highly suitable design, excellent workmanship, high artistic standards and universality which allows for performing music of all ages make it an example of top organ-making mastery and a world-league instrument.

Among the performers of this year's festival will be ogranists Piotr Rachoń, Przemysław Kapituła, Ignacio Ribas Taléns, Donato Giupponi, Fabio Ciofini, Józef Kotowicz, Jean-Christophe Geiser, Ennio Cominetti, Hans Ole Thers, Stefan Kagl i Andrea Trovato presenting the repertoire they have proposed. This event helps to promote music by Polish composers, notably Karol Kurpiński, Mieczyslaw Surzynski and Feliks Nowowiejski.

This year, the prize of the Chairman of the Polish Episcopal Conference (formerly the Primate of Poland award) "Silver Pipe" will be handed out on 13 September during a concert by Stefan Kagel from Germany. Every year, this award was granted during the International Festival of Sacred Music. This year, the event did not take place because of the epidemic. Therefore, the award for outstanding achievements and contribution to the development of sacred music in Poland will be exceptionally hand during the Festival.

Detailed programme – at http://kapitula.org/ 

Krakow | Concert Series of the Academy of Music in Krakow at the ICE Krakow Congress Center

ICE"Playing the classical music" is a new concert series by the Academy of Music in Krakow and the Krakow Festival Office, which will last until 13 September 2020. Talented young artists and academic teachers at The Academy of Music in Krakow. The modern space of the ICE Kraków Auditorium, and in the virtuoso repertoire of Chopin, Schubert, Szymanowski, Rachmaninow and Prokofiew, among others.

In the Krzysztof Penderecki Auditorium Hall at the ICE Kraków Congress Center musicians will perform who will lead us into the most beautiful world of sounds, where music becomes the highest value of beauty. As part of the "Playing the classical music" series we will hear soloists and chamber ensembles composed of students, PhD students and academic teachers of the Academy of Music in Krakow, who will perform works from the Baroque era to the present day. The program of the concert series will include works by Fryderyk Chopin, Henryk Wieniawski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Wanda Landowska, Karol Szymanowski, Roman Statkowski, Ludomir Różycki, Grażyna Bacewicz, Mieczysław Wajnberg, Witold Lutosławski, Roman Palester, Józef Świder and Wojciech Kilar.

Events will available online for a long time on the event organizers' Facebook profiles.

Detailed programme – at http://icekrakow.pl/ 

The position of the Polish Composers' Union on the reprographic fee for smartphones

Warsaw, 3 July 2020

Karta wolności w sieciIn connection with the announcement by the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda of the "Freedom Card on the Web", the Polish Composers' Union presents its position on the fifth point of this Card "Not for smartphone tax".

1. Financial resources obtained from the reprographic fee, which includes a fee for smartphones, are intended to compensate authors for their works downloaded to smartphones by their users. These financial resources will partly contribute to the pension fund for artists who are not covered by the Social Security Association pension system. It is worth adding that these are usually people with low and usually sporadic incomes.

2. Artistic environment is struggling to add smartphones to the existing list of devices covered by the reprographic fee for years. Recently, work on the preparation of relevant regulations has been successfully completed. These works were carried out in close cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, which for years has been declaring full support for the implementation of postulates of artistic environment regarding the introduction of smartphones on the list of devices covered by the reprographic fee.

The Polish Composers' Union appeals to the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda to withdraw the possible intention to block the relevant regulations regarding the case discussed.

Mieczysław Kominek, President of the Polish Composers' Union