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21st Gdańsk Carillon Festival

Carillony Gdańsk

21 concerts will take place between 29 June to 31 August 2019 as part of the 21st Gdańsk Carillon Festival. The programme includes 10 concerts in the St. Catherine Church, 10 concerts in the Main Town Hall and a special concert on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Gdansk Water and Wastewater Infrastructure, featuring milonga workshops.

Every weekend, Gdańsk residents and tourists will have an opportunity to take part in these free summer concerts that are unique in the scale of  Poland: Gdańsk, as the only city in the country, has active carillons. Two of them are in the towers of the St. Catherine Church (50 bells) and the Main Town Hall (37 bells), and the third one called "Gdańsk" is a mobile carillon and consists of 48 bells.

The inauguration will take place at the Hevelius Square and it will feature the Epitaph by Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz dedicated to the late Paweł Adamowicz, the mayor of Gdańsk. "Through the Epitaph, we want to commemorate a great friend of carillon music, thanks to which the ancient tradition of our city was restored after the Second World War. The president of Gdańsk has privately funded 2 of 135 bells on which we perform" – says Monika Kaźmierczak, director of the Festival. The inauguration concert will also premiere new compositions: Liquid matter by Beniamin Baczewski and Echos of Gdansk by Jakub Nikiel. Each Friday concert will end with The Hevelius Fountatin Stories by Kamil Cieślik combined with a fountain show.

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

Gdańsk | 62nd International Organ Music Festival in the Oliva Cathedral


62nd International Festival of Organ Music in the Oliva Cathedral – one of the three oldest music festivals in Poland – will take place between 28 June and 27 August 2019.

Once again, organ music will be performed in the historic Gdańsk Oliva Cathedral. The festival concerts will feature renowned organists from Poland and abroad who will present diverse repertoire of different musical periods and styles, as well as world and Polish premieres.

The inauguration concert will be devoted to Polish music. The evening will begin with Latin Mass in E flat major for mixed choir, strings and organ by Stanisław Moniuszko, whose 200th birth anniversary is celebrated this year. After the performance of the Academic Choir of the University of Gdańsk, Hanna Dys (organ) and Mirosław Pachowicz (bassoon) accompanied by the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jan Miłosz Zarzycki will perform works of Andrzej Panufnik and Mieczysław Surzyński.

Full programme available at: https://www.filharmonia.gda.pl/pl/ 

Warsaw | Sinfonia Iuventus: Gershwin & Bizet


The Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus under the baton of Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk will present works of George Gershwin and Georges Bizet on 29 June 2019 at 7pm at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio. The renowned Polish pianist Paweł Kowalski will perform as a soloist.

The life of a piece of incidental music is often ephemeral – it does not outlast the run of a specific theatrical play for which it was written. Yet there are some exceptions from this rule. L’Arlésienne (also known as The Girl from Arles) is a play based on a novel by an eminent French writer Alphonse Daudet, an eulogist of beauty and the culture of Provence. Bizet arranged four particularly impressive fragments for an orchestra, featuring, inter alia, themes from Provençal folk music. After Bizet’s premature death, his friend, Ernest Guiraud, collated the second suite on the basis of surviving drafts. In time, both spectacular and colourful cycles turned out to be a major success and built up fame of the author, who had died at 37 in poverty, grief-stricken and with a sense that he had been completely underrated…

With the American composer George Gershwin, Bizet shared both his first name and nearly the same age at which both authors, all too soon, died – yet the similarities end here. Gershwin rose quickly to fame and recognition as a composer who, in an original approach, introduced elements of jazz into his symphonic and operatic music. This is also a characteristic of his Concerto in F Major, composed (1925) right after the immensely successful Rhapsody in Blue. In the intervening period of just one year between the two works, Gershwin’s talent and skills developed remarkably – the new piece, orchestrated by the author himself, is also a proof of excellent knowledge of form and facture, which was appreciated by both the audience and the critics, but also by pianists, who often include it in their repertoires.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/gershwin-bizet/ 

Radziejowice | 11th Jerzy Waldorff Summer Festival


The 11th edition of the Jerzy Waldorf Summer Festival in Radziejowice will be held between 28 June and 6 July 2019.

The year 2019 sees the 200th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko. The House of Creative Work in Radziejowice joins the anniversary celebrations by devoting three of the nine festival concerts to this outstanding composer. The festival will be inaugurated by Dziady-Widma with the text of the second part of Dziady by Adam Mickiewicz and music from the Widma by Stanisław Moniuszko. The dramatic spectacle in the staging and direction of Ryszard Peryt will be performed by the Polish Royal Opera.

The programme of festival concerts will also include works by Adam Jarzębski, Zygmunt Noskowski, Karol Szymanowski, Grażyna Bacewicz and Krzysztof Komeda. Among the performers we will find the Symphony Orchestra of the Oskar Kolberg Świętokrzyska Philharmonicin Kielce, Elbląg Chamber Orchestra, Royal String Qurtet, Jerzy Semkow Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus and renowned soloists. The host of the festival evenings will be, as every year, Jerzy Kisielewski. All concerts will take place in the Festival Tent. Admission free!

Full programme available athttp://palacradziejowice.pl/xi-letni-festiwal-im-jerzego-waldorffa-w-radziejowicach/

Toruń | 23d International Festival "Nova Music and Architecture"


The 23rd edition of the "Nova Music and Architecture" Festival will take place between 28 June and 7 August 2019. Many historic and modern architectural spaces of Toruń will be filled with an extremely rich range of musical presentations.

At the invitation of the organizers, the Toruń Symphony Orchestra, performers from many countries and different continents will come to the festival. There will be special programmes for children and entire families as well as unique meetings with organ, vocal, chamber and symphonic music.

The festival will start with Marek Napiórkowski's and Artur Lesicki's concert with the Toruń Symphony Orchestra, during which the musicians will present the most beautiful melodies of Polish film music released on the Celuloid album, nominated for the "Fyderyk" award. We will listen to works by Andrzej Kurylewicz, Tomasz Stańko, Marek Napiórkowski, Jerzy "Duduś" Matuszkiewicz, Krzysztof Komeda, Artur Lesicki, Andrzej Korzyński and Wojciech Kilar.

On 13 July at the Artus Court, the Ãtma Quartet string quartet will present a programme composed entirely of works by Polish composers: The String Quartet No. 3 "Paper-cuts" by Andrzej Panufnik, String Quartet "Pages of an Unwritten Diary" No. 3 by Krzysztof Penderecki and String Quartet op. 56 No. 2 by Karol Szymanowski. On August 10 in the Old Town Hall, tenor Piotr Buszewski accompanied by Aleksandra Seredyńska will perform, among others, Four songs op.11 by Karol Szymanowski and selected songs by Stanisław Moniuszko.

Full programme available athttp://muz-arch.pl

Poznań | Summer Stage at the Academy of Music

AM Poznań

Next edition of the "Summer Stage at the Academy of Music" – a series of holiday meetings with music performed by teachers, students and graduates of the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Music Academy in Poznań will be held between 29 June and 31 August 2019.

The Academy of Music Coundation in cooperation with the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music and the Poznań City Hall has prepared an attractive concert offer for all those who plan to spend the summer in Poznań. The tradition of musical meetings in the summertime has more than twenty years – from 2012 the concerts were held in the Poznań City Hall (the cycle was called "Summer City Hall Concerts") and from 2013 at the Academy of Music Auditorium (name changed to "Summer Stage at the Academy of Music").

Holiday concerts in the Stefan Stuligrosz Auditorium will be held on Wednesdays in July and August (3, 10, 17, 24, 31 July and 7, 14, 21, 28 August). The inauguration and final concert will take place at the courtyard of the Poznań City Hall on Saturdays: June 29 and August 31 at 12.15 pm. Admission is fee for all the concerts.

The musicians will present an attractive, varied repertoire, including works by Polish composers: F. Chopin, S. Moniuszko, M. Karłowicz, J. Zarębski, I.J. Paderewski, K. Szymanowski, G. Bacewicz, A. Krzanowski, H. Czyż, B. Kaszuba, B. Dowlasz, T. Joteyko, S. Niewiadomski, K. Brosławska-Zawadzka, and J. Młodziejowski.

Full programme available at: https://amuz.edu.pl/event/scena-letnia-w-akademii-muzycznej-2019/ 

Results of the 60th Tadeusz Baird Young Composers' Competition


The final concert of the 60th Tadeusz Baird Young Composers' Competition, held on 25 June 2019, featured works qualified to the 2nd stage of the competition. The results were announced after the concert.

Among the presented works were: Magic Squares (emblem Triangle), Une saison dans rêve (emblem Rimarth), Singing at the end of the day (emblem Chestnut 12), Sublimation (emblem TBQ), String Quartet Shapes (emblem Maple leave). 

The jury composed of: Eugeniusz Knapik – chairman, Krzysztof Baculewski, Miłosz Bembinow, Arkadiusz Kubica and Hanna Kulenty decided to award the main prize – Tadeusz Baird Award – to the Singing at the end of the day (emblem Chestnut 12). This year's main prize in the amount of $ 2,500 for further compositional studies was funded by Marta Ptaszyńska. The honorable mentiones, funded by the Main Board of the Polish Composers' Union, were given to the Une saison dans rêve (emblem Rimarth) and Sublimation (emblem TBQ). The winners are: Marcin Jachim (Singing at the end of the day), Adam Potera (Une saison dans rêve) and Tomasz Kubiak (Sublimations).

The awards ceremony will take place during this year's "Warsaw Autumn" festival on 25 September.

Laureates of the 5th International "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta" Composition Competition


We know the results of the 5th International "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta" Composition Competition under the honorary patronage of Professor Krzysztof Penderecki.

The jury of the 5th International "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta" Composition Competition composed of: Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa, Eugeniusz Knapik, Marcel Chyrzyński, and Jurek Dyba has reached its verdict. The first prize was awarded to Mr. Tomasz Citak (Poland) for the piece Jubilee Sinfonietta: Akira. The jury has also decided to award an honorable mention to Mr. Youngkwang Yang (South Korea) for the piece Jubilee Sinfonietta: Per Aspera ad Astra.

The composition of the first prize laureate, Mr. Tomasz Citak, will receive its premiere on 2 July during the 5th Sinfonietta Festival’s concert For Our Freedom and Yours (The Gallery of the 19th Century Polish Art in The Cloth Hall ‒ MNK branch, 7.00 pm).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttp://sinfonietta.pl/ 

Warsaw | The New Music Scene: Amok Koma


The next concert of the "New Music Scene" series at the New Theatre in Warsaw will take place on 30 June 2019 at 7pm under the title "Amok Koma". The Chain Ensemble will perform works by Bauckholt, Kwieciński, Lutosławski, Romitelli and Stockhausen.

The concert under the palindromic name "Amok Koma" will begin with the hypnotic Kreuzspiel by Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007). This unusual piece composed in 1951 for amplified instruments – oboe, bass clarinet, piano and extended percussion – was recognized by the composer as his first fully original composition. It consists of phases in which the obsessive rhythmic pulsation, on the background of which violent percussive eruptions sound, is combined with a punctual texture, with isolated inputs of individual instruments.

Amok by Carola Bauckholt (born 1959) expresses itself in the image of a particular type of propulsion mechanism (Laufwerk, 2011) treated by this composer in its proper way – mechanistic-animalistic, and at the same time slightly mocking. A somewhat similar attitude is perceptible in the a 6 [+1] by Andrzej Kwieciński (born 1984), whose composition Canzon de 'baci for solo voice and chamber orchestra won in 2014 in the category of Young Composers at the 61st International Tribune of Composers in Helsinki and was included in the group of 10 works recommended in the main category. Subito for violin and piano (1992) by Witold Lutosławski (1913-1994) combines the suddenness of the main theme's attack in the title of the work with a condensed, youthful energy present in the last work written by the composer.

The duality of states between amok and coma – a strong blow alternating with a detachment from reality – is the main concept of the whole concert, and above all the work from which this idea originates: fascinating Amok Koma for instruments and electronics (2001) by the prematurely deceased new music visionary Fausto Romitelli (1963-2004). The composer was interested in "the epiphany of a hidden violence that reveals itself only through the chaotic derivation of [musical] material, through the ritual of its destruction as a discursive element . . . and its resurrection as incandescent material, alien, out of control".

More information athttp://www.nowyteatr.org/