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Coming out of silence – O'Bows Quartet for You

O'Bows Quartet

The project "Coming out of silence – O'Bows Quartet for You" is a series of four online chamber concerts performed by an oboe quartet, which will take place from 9 August to 11 October 2020.

The O'Bows Quartet, composed of: Magdalena Maniewska (oboe), Alisa Kopac (violin), Joanna Kravchenko (viola), and Weronika Kulpa (cello), was founded in 2018 in Gdańsk. From the very beginning, it has been very active on the concert stage, presenting a wide range of sound possibilities of such quartet of instruments. The O'Bows Quartet's artistic interests focus mainly on the 20th and 21st century music, with particular emphasis on the works of Polish composers.

The title of the concert series "Coming out of silence  O'Bows Quartet for You" refers to the effects of the current epidemic situation in the world and the "silence" that has been going on for several weeks in the concert halls of most artistic institutions. At this time, the virtual stage is the only alternative for artists, and online concerts make it possible to establish some kind of interaction between the artists and the audience. Each of the four scheduled concerts, lasting 35-45 minutes, includes the performance of two compositions and a discussion of the repertoire in the context of the development of the oboe quartet. Grażyna Bacewicz's Trio for oboe, violin and cello and Tadeusz Szeligowski's Trio for oboe, viola and cello will be presented during the final concert.

The project is implemented under the "Culture on the web" programme of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

All concerts will be broadcast on the O'Bows Quartet's YouTube channel. Links to individual events will be also published on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/obowsquartet/ 

Warsaw | 13th New Town Summer Festival


The New Town Summer Festival is a periodic event devoted to Polish music, presenting works from various historical periods, in different styles and various performances. This year's edition will be held on 7-23 August  2020.

The inaugural concert will feature rediscovered pieces for violin and piano by Piotr Maszyński, Feliks Nowowiejski, Adam Wieniawski, Irène Poldowski and Mieczysław Weinberg, arranged by violinist Joanna Okoń and pianist Katarzyna Glensk. The first concert on Sunday will be performed by the host of the Festival – the Warsaw Camerata orchestra conducted by Paweł Kos-Nowicki. The programme will include Romuald Twardowski's Marian Triptych, Stanisław Moniuszko's The Fairy Tale Overture arranged for strings by Maciej Żółtowski and the premiere of Iwona Kisiel's Concerto for violin and string orchestra, performed by Agnieszka Marucha, for whom this concert was written.

The next festival weekend will feature a concert of Polish choral music entitled "Gaude Mater Polonia", performed by the University of Warsaw Collegium Musicum Chamber Choir under the direction of Andrzej Borzym. On Sunday we will hear a piano recital by Anna Ciborowska, a pianist based in Belgium who promotoes Maria Szymanowska's compositions. The last festival weekend on Friday will be a concert dedicated to Karol Lipiński, whose 230th birth anniversary falls this year. The final concert will be a tribute to last year's celebration of the Moniuszko Year. Jakub Burzyński's La Tempesta ensemble will present their own arrangements of Religious Songs on historical instruments. The soloists of the concert will be Julita Mirosławska (soprano) and Joanna Motulewicz (mezzo-soprano).

Admission to all concerts is free!

Participants are obliged to follow safety rules issued by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage..

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

"With Classics through Poland”: Polish Violin Duo

Z KlasykąNext concerts as part of the "With classics through Poland" series will take place on 7, 8 and 9 August 2020 at the Zygmunt Mycielski State Primary Music School in Strzyżów (7.00 p.m.),  the Sanok Community Centre (6.00 p.m.) and at the Regional Centre of Borderland Cultures in Krosno (5.00 p.m.).

The aim of the project, which began in the second half of 2019, is to bring music performed by the most outstanding Polish artists to smaller community centres, cities, towns and villages; to reach audiences who have difficult access to classical music. Through contact with the great art and artists, new audiences are being introduced to the world of classical chamber music, having a chance to become its new enthusiasts.

Within the next week, the Polish Music Management, operating at the Institute of Music and Dance, will visit the Podkarpackie voivodeship together with Polish Violin Duo, composed of violinists Marta Gidaszewska and Robert Łaguniak. The young artists have already won over 100 awards, including at competitions in Poland, Japan, USA, Serbia, Greece, Sweden, England, France, Italy, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the upcoming concerts they will present Grażyna Bacewicz's Suite for two violins, Romuald Twardowski's Sonatina for two violins, Michał Spisak's Suite for two violins, as well as works by Georg Philipp Telemann, Joachim Kaczkowski and Henryk Wieniawski.

Admission to the concerts is free, however invitations are required.

The project is carried out thanks to the support of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage Prof. Piotr Gliński and under his patronage.

More information at: http://muzycznyimpresariat.pl/ 

Kraków | Triumph of Live Music: 16th Festival of Polish Music


Great works by Krzysztof Penderecki and Józef Kozłowski, Mikołaj Gomółka's psalms, piano music of Chopin's time and the first performance of the original version of Karol Kurpiński's opera Jadwiga, the Polish Queen – this is, in a nutshell, the 16th edition of the Festival of Polish Music, which will run from 6 to 9 August 2020.

Live concerts in Kraków will feature, among others, the Choir and Orchestra of the Silesian Philharmonic under the baton of Maciej Tworek, the Mixed Choir of the Wawel Cathedral and the Kraków Festival Orchestra under the direction of Rafał Jacek Delekta, as well as excellent soloists: soprano Edyta Piasecka, mezzo-soprano Roksana Wardenga, tenor Wojciech Parchem, bass-baritone Krzysztof Szumański, countertenor Sławomir Bronek and historical piano specialist Tobias Koch.

The inaugural concert of the 16th edition of the festival will take place on 6 August in the Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria. In tribute to the late Krzysztof Penderecki, we will hear his unique piece – Chaconne per archi. The programme will also include Requiem by Józef Kozłowski – a Polish composer active at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries in Russia.

The Festival will also present works by Mikołaj Gomółka, Fryderyk Chopin, Michał Kleofas Ogiński, Karol Kurpiński, Maria Szymanowska, Józef Elsner, and Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński. The final evening will feature a concert version of a forgotten historical opera by Karol Kurpiński, Jadwiga, the Polish Queen. It will be the first performance of its original (source) version.

Information on tickets at: http://www.fmp.org.pl/ 

Poznań | Contemporary chamber miniature in the times of pandemic. First performances

AM Poznan

In August and September, Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań will present a new concert series "Contemporary chamber miniature in the times of a pandemic. First performances". Every Thursday at 12.00 p.m., new works by composers associated with the Poznań academy will be presented on YouTube, Facebook and on the website www.amuz.edu.pl. The series will start on 6 August 2020 and end on the International Music Day, 1 October 2020.

A total of 9 miniatures were created during the pandemic. This Thursday, 6 August, the series will be inaugurated by Radosław Mateja's Tango for violin and piano, performed by Piotr Kosarga (violin) and Hanna Lizinkiewicz (piano). The piece was commissioned by the duo of performers. Its axis is a theme that returns in the form of a refrain, which is a subject of variations and rhythmic modifications. The link to the online premiere: https://youtu.be/vK67ASarDPM.

On subsequent Thursdays we will hear miniatures composed by teachers of the Academy of Music in Poznań: Agnieszka Zdrojek-Suchodolska, PhD (13 August), Barbara Kaszuba, PhD (20 August), Radosław Mateja, PhD (27 August), Prof. Monika Kędziora (3 September), Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska. PhD (10 September), Michał Janocha, PhD (17 September), Prof. Artur Kroschel (24 September), Prof. Zbigniew Kozub (1 October).

More information athttps://amuz.edu.pl/event/wspolczesna-miniatura-kameralna-w-czasach-pandemii-prawykonania/ 

Warsaw | 20th Franciszek Wybrańczyk Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City Festival

SVThe 20th edition of the Franciszek Wybrańczyk Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City Festival will be held between 2 August and 3 September 2020. The Festival will feature 23 concerts and events over the course of a month. Four days a week, Concert Pavilion at 272 Grochowska Street will host music of many styles and genres.

The Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City Festival will showcase guest chamber ensembles and Sinfonia Varsovia’s musicians, including Sinfonia Varsovia Brass, Sinfonia Varsovia String Quintet, and Sinfonia Varsovia Wind Quintet performing together with guest artists. As a part of a larger ensemble, Sinfonia Varsovia’s musicians will perform under the baton of renowned conductors, including Alexander Vedernikov, Jerzy Maksymiuk and Daniel Raiskin. The programme will include works by 20th-century Polish composers such as Andrzej Panufnik, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Witold Lutosławski. For the first time, this year’s edition will feature a new series of contemporary music concerts, Experimental Tuesdays. The programme also has plenty to offer to young audiences and families – Family Mornings are coming back.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://www.sinfoniavarsovia.org/ 

Łódź | International piano master classes for the second time at the Karol Poznański Palace

BISMABISMA Bacewicz International Summer Music Academy are master classes directed at musicians who want to expand their knowledge and develop skills in piano performance. The courses conducted by Michel Béroff, Claudio Martinez Mehner, Piotr Sałajczyk and Ilya Maximov will take place between 2 and 8 August 2020 in the historical building of the Academy of Music in Łódź. 25 pianists from all over the world will perform live-streamed concerts and take part in the Final Gala with audience participation.

This is the second edition of BISMA, courses organized by the Stretto Music Foundation and the Academy of Music in Łódź. Pianists from Poland, Switzerland, Spain, Romania, France, Italy, Germany, Bulgaria, Australia and Japan will work on their skills in performing wide piano repertoire. Eminent pianists from prestigious European universities will share their experience: Michel Béroff from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris (professor of Seong-Jin Cho, the winner of the last Chopin Competition in Warsaw) and Claudio Martinez Mehner from the Hochschule für Musik in Basel and the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne. They will be accompanied by artists of the younger generation: Ilya Maximov (Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg) and Piotr Sałajczyk (Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice).

The project includes four concerts by participants, which will be broadcast live on the Academy of Music in Łódź Facebook page. These will be: "Beethoven 2020", "Chopin & Friends" – a concert of representatives of the Polish team for the upcoming 18th International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, and "Pearls of piano music". The courses will end with the Final Gala, during which the four young pianists participating in the project will present their recitals, and the best of them will be awarded the International Grażyna Bacewicz Award. As the only event of this year's edition, the Final Gala will be open to the public. Due to the limited number of seats, the organisers ask all interested music lovers to arrive at least half an hour before the start. The ceremony will be also broadcast online.

In addition to concerts, this year's master classes will be broadcast live!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.bisma.pl/ 

Warsaw | 4th WarszeMuzik


As part of the fourth edition of WarszeMuzik, on 1-29 August 2020, chamber music will return to Warsaw Ghetto's remaining buldings. We will visit a tenement house at 20 Chłodna Street (the Clock House), the house of Mieczysław Weinberg at 66 Żelazna Street, and an old tenement house at 41 Chłodna Street.

In 2020, the repertoire will expand to include forgotten works of great composers of the pre-war Warsaw, and add some new contexts. For the first time the programme will feature music by Józef Koffler, probably the first enthusiast of the dodecaphonic technique in Poland and an active member of the Board of the Polish Composers' Union, whose life was brutally interrupted by the Second World War. During the inaugural concert, Hashtag Strings will perform his String Trio.
We will also get to know the work of the composer-in-residence at this year's festival – Yair Klartag, who combines musical "archeology" with modernity. His Half Tiger, Half Poet for solo violin will be performed from the upper window, symbolically referring to the figure of the greatest poet of the Warsaw Ghetto – Władysław Szlengel.

During the final concert of the festival, at the POLIN Museum, musicians from the Hashtag Ensemble will premiere Yair Klartag's Voglio e non vorrei, in which the composer raises the subject of "the work of memory", referring to the story of his grandfather, the pre-war chorister of the Great Synagogue in Tłomackie. The work was co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.

For the second time, the backyard concerts of WarszeMuzik will feature music by Franz Schubert, the first composer in the history of classical music, who worked closely with the synagogue and wrote liturgical music to Hebrew texts. Mieczysław Weinberg, the patron of the WarszeMuzik festival, was also a great admirer of Schubert's music. Since the very first WarszeMuzik concert in 2017, the festival is also inspired by the figure of Władysław Szpilman. His unpretentious, simple and nostalgic Mazurka convinces us of the deep bond with Poland of so many Warsaw Jews from the North District, the forever lost, outstanding figures of culture and art.

Despite the imposed distance due to the COVID19 pandemic, you will be able to listen to music from the balconies, windows and staircases. 

Full programme of the Festival is availabe at: http://warszemuzik.org/pl/program 

Gdańsk | 22nd Gdańsk Carillon Festival

Festiwal Carillonowy

The 22nd edition of the Gdańsk Carillon Festival will take place between 31 July and 29 August 2020. Special concerts from the towers of St. Catherine Church and the Main Town Hall 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. All concerts will be broadcast online. You will be able to listen to Friday concerts live, and watch the performers on the screen in the Carmelites' garden at the St. Catherine Church.

The 22nd edition of the Festival held a reference to the four elements – the programme is divided into four mini-series: Aqua, Aer, Terra and Ignis. Saturday concerts from the tower of the Main Town Hall will be performed solo, while Friday concerts will feature carillons accompanied by other instruments, including trumpets, French horns and flutes. Among the performers will be Monika Kaźmierczak, the city carillonist and the organizer of the Festival, carillonists Anna Kasprzycka, Magdalena Cynk-Mikołajewska, Wojciech Lauer, trumpeters Emil Miszk and Paweł Hulisz, French horn player Michał Szczerba and flautist Katarzyna Czubek.

During the prologue to the Festival entitled "Gdańsk yesterday and today", trumpeter and composer Emil Miszk (Winner of the Fryderyk 2019 in the "Debut of the Year – Jazz" category) and Monika Kazmierczak will perform compositions by Emil Miszk and Geert D'hollander. The artists will also premiere Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz's Daylight for trumpet and carillon.

Full programme and online broadcasts will be available at: www.carillongdansk.pl  and https://www.facebook.com/carillony/