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Warsaw | The Young to the Younger! A concert by the most talented young artists


During the concert on April 27, 2019 at 7.00 p.m., young talnted musicians of the secondary music schools will present themselves in the concert hall of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. The performance with also a young but fully professional orchestra of graduates of music academies is a proof of recognition for their talent and work, but also a test of their skills.

It is worth coming to this concert and supporting the virtuosos, soon to be invited to perform on prestigious Polish and foreign stages! An additional incentive is a very attractive and diverse programme. Two bassoon concerts – Concerto B Major KV 191 written by 18-years-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Basson Concrto by Michał Spisak, popular among Polish bassonists – will be performed by young musicians. We will also listen to Concerto for trombone and orchestra by French composer Henri Tomasi, and the last of Antonín Dvořák's solo concerts – Concerto for cello and orchestra in B minor, Op. 4.

The concert will be led by Marek Wroniszewski, a talented conductor of the young generation, judged by the jury of the 10th Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition in Katowice (2017) to be the best Polish participant of the contest. He is currently a deputy director of the Jerzy Semkow Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Gorzów | Third Time Lucky

Filharmonia Gorzowska

The Gorzów Philharmonic invites you on April 26, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. to a chamber concert featuring works for reed trio (d'anches).

The programme includes works for oboe, clarinet and bassoon which differ in terms of style, character and mood. Divertimento No. 3 KV 439b (c. 1783) comes from a set of 5 Divertimentos, which authorship, though completely unconfirmed, due to the elements typical of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's style, is attributed to the composer. Three-voice inventions (1722) by Johann Sebastian Bach are part of a collection of short works composed for a keyboard instrument, but we will listen to them in the arrangement for reed trio. The programme will be complemented by Cinq Pieces en Trio (1935) by French composer Jacques Ibert and Suite pour trio d'anches (1949) by Alexander Tansman.

More information at: https://filharmoniagorzowska.pl/pl/calendar/event/1414/2019-04-26/19:00 

Wrocław | The Triumph of Love


On April 25, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław, members of the Lutosławski Quartet together with their guests will present works by Ernest Chausson, an artist sometimes called the precursor of the French impressionism, and Marcin Markowicz.

Marcin Markowicz is a concertmaster of the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic and a founding member of the Lutosławski Quartet. He is not only an excellent chamber musician but also a composer writing solely for chamber ensembles. During the concert, we will listen to his String Quartet No. 1.

Ernest Chausson graduated from the Paris Conservatoire, where he studed under Jules Massenet and César Franck. In the fascinating output of this French composer, the most popular work is the atmospheric Poème for violin and orchestra. It was written in 1896, during the artist's holiday in a sunny Florence, and was commissioned by the famous Belgian violin virtuoso and composer, Eugène Ysaÿe. The author later transcribed it for a smaller ensemble, i. e. for violin and piano with string quartet. Chausson’s most often performed piece is a slightly younger Concerto in D major Op. 21, written in 1891. The premiere performance of this thoroughly virtuosic composition was also given by Ysaÿe, who decided to present the Concerto with his quartet and pianist Auguste Pierret. The key figure of the premiere was undoubtedly Pierret. He was the second piano virtuoso asked to perform the concerto – his predecessor resigned, considering his part to be too difficult.

More information at: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/6753 

3rd Kwidzyn Music Spring International Festival

Kwidzynska Wiosna

On April 24-28, 2019, the Kwidzyn Castle will host the third edition of the Kwidzyn Music Spring International Festival. All concerts will take place in the dormitory, famous for its excellent acoustics.

The festival was founded on the initiative of Dr Iwona Glinka, a flutist and educator from Kwidzyn who works with various European music schools. One of the aspects of her activity is the promotion of classical music among the residents of Kwidzyn city and county. The main idea of ​​the Kwidzyn Music Spring is the presentation of the most interesting interpretations of music from different periods, as well as portaying artistic phenomena inspired by music.

The programme will feature Kwartet Gdański and Bartosz Paprot in exquisite works for guitar. The Whoop Group will present popular classical music pieces and new compositions for saxophone quartet. We will also listen to the Evolution of classical music written by saxophonist and composer Krzysztof Koszowski. The festival will end on April 28 with a performance of the Progress Chamber Orchestra and soloists Iwona Glinka and Mirosław Pachowicz under the baton of Szymon Morus. It will also feature a premiere of new transcriptions of Fryderyk Chopin's works for flute and string orchestra, written by the founder of the Phasma-Music foundation and an award-winning composer Michail Travlos.

The "Kwidzyn has talent" Music and Children Competition and the "Blind for the Blind" charity concert for Magdalena Mucha will be held as part of the festival.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://www.phasma-music.com/projects/kwidzyn-music-spring/iii-kwidzyn-music-spring-international-festival-iii-miedzynarodowy-festiwal-kwidzynska-wiosna-muzyczna?pli=1

Kraków | 3rd International Piano Duo Festival"Duettissimo!"


The Academy of Music in Kraków invites you to the 3rd International Piano Duos Festival "Duettissimo!" which will take place on April 23-27, 2019, featuring nine concert and an academic session.

Piano duos are often perceived as a non-demanding offshoot of chamber music, even though the truth is that playing as a duet – whether for four hands or on two pianos – is incredibly challenging: the performers must come together to create a single musical entity to achieve perfect sound. The diversity and beauty of the form will be explored during the 3rd International Piano Duo Festival “Duettissimo!”, organised by the Academy of Music in Kraków and hosted at the Academy and the Kraków Philharmonic. The initiator of the event is dr hab. Bartlomiej Kominek – the Artistic Director of the Festival.

The programme will include classical works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Maurice Ravel and Sergei Rachmaninov, contemporary compositions by Charles Camilleri, Derek Charke and Anne Louise-Turgeon as well as works by Polish composers. Ravel Piano Duo (Agnieszka Kozło and Katarzyna Ewa Sokołowska) will perform Five Waltzes by Ignacy Friedman, Sonatina by Roman Palester, Lullaby by Roman Maciejewski and Divertimento in Three Pieces by Jerzy Bauer. Chopin Piano Duo (Anna Boczar and Bartłomiej Kominek) will present Album form the Tatra Mountains by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Negro Spirituals by Roman Maciejewski and the Grand Duo Concertant by Fryderyk Chopin. Among the performers there will also be acclaimed Duo Turgeon, lecturers and students of the Academy of Music in Kraków and winners of the International Piano Duo Competition in Białystok. The festival will be accompanied by an academic session discussing the role of piano duet repertoire in music education.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

SEE: Festival Website

Katowice | Miserere mei Deus – Good Friday Music

Camerata Silesia

The Katowice City Singers' Ensemble "Camerata Silesia" under the direction of Anna Szostak will perform an exceptional passion programme on Good Friday night, April 19, 2019 at 11:00 p.m. in the Church of St. Apostles Peter and Paul in Katowice (32 Mikołowska St.).

The concert-mystery "Miserere mei Deus – Music for Good Friday" will be an element of a great vigil. In one of the largest temples in Katowice, the famous Gregorio Allegri's Miserere will be performed. The programme will also include Paweł Łukaszewski's Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Cross for cello and two choruses ando John Tavener's Svyatyi, featuring cellist Marcin Zdunik. The concert-mystery will be complemented by Peteris Vasks' Pater Noster and Sabina Meck's attangement of the song People, my people. Music will intertwine with recitations by actor Adam Myrczek.

The Katowice City Singers' Ensemble, dressed in medieval habits, will begin the concert with a procession, establishing the right mood of this exceptional event. The broadcast from the concert will be provided by Radio eM 107.6 FM. Admission free!

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Toruń | More than a concert...

Musica Vera

The Musica Vera Association invites you on Good Friday – April 19, 2019 – to the event titled "Music of Silence", which will take place in the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Toruń at 10:00 p.m.

It is more than a concert  it is a joint reflection at the Tomb of Christ, it is God's Word to move hearts and, finally, it is unique music, the most perfect tool to express emotions. When all the parishes will plunge into deep silence after the Good Friday liturgies, one of the most beautiful churches in Toruń will begin adoration through music...

The Schola Cantorum Thorunensis Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Paweł Głowiński will perform Stabat Mater by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Miserere by Gregorio Allegri and Fac me tecum pie flere (from Stabat Mater) by Karol Szymanowski. Fragments of the Holy Bible will be read by prelate Wojciech Niedźwiecki.

The event is co-financed from the funds of the Toruń Municipality. Admission free!

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Warsaw | Concert to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising


On 18 April 2019, on the eve of the 76th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra under the baton of Gabriel Chmura will perform at the POLIN Museum’s auditorium. They will pay tribute to the musicians from the Warsaw ghetto.

Lauren Zhang, a 16-year old laureate of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, will play the grand piano. The concert featuring pieces by Mozart, Schubert and Wajnberg is to commemorate the Jewish Symphony Orchestra and its exceptional soloist, Josima Feldschuh.

The Jewish Symphony Orchestra performed in the ghetto in the years 1941-1942. It consisted of Jewish musicians who before the war had been employed by the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Warsaw Opera or the Polish Radio Orchestra. At its peak, the Jewish Orchestra boasted ca eighty musicians. Among the conductors of symphony concerts were: Adam Furmański, Marian Neuteich, Szymon Pullman and Izrael Hammerman. On 15 March 1941, the Jewish Orchestra gave a concert featuring pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Schubert. 11-year old pianist Josima Feldschuh was the soloist. Alas, despite the successful action of leading the girl out of the ghetto in 1943, she soon died of tuberculosis. Her notebook where she had used to jot down her compositions survived the war and today is part of the Yad Vashem Institute collection

In the second part of the concert we will listen to Chamber Symphony No. 4 by Mieczysław Wajnberg – the last piece he managed to complete before his passing in 1994. The symphony is a unique testament in which one can hear the echoes of Jewish music, the atrocities of war, the life in Stalinist Russia and the hope for the future.

More information at: https://www.polin.pl/pl/wydarzenie/koncert-z-okazji-76-rocznicy-wybuchu-powstania-w-getcie?d=0