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Lusławice | "Emanacje" Festival – contemporary and jazz music

EmanacjeThe upcoming weekend in Lusławice will bring extraordinary repertoire combinations and interesting performance contexts. Agata Zubel (mezzo-soprano), Karolina Mikołajczyk (violin), Ivo Jedynecki (accordion) and the New Music Orchestra conducted by Szymon Bywalec will perform on 17 July 2021. The next day we will hear the jazz legend – Adam Makowicz.

EmanacjeThe artistic mission of the New Music Orchestra is to explore the area of ​​contemporary music in search of works that are significant, important for Polish and world music culture, which are worth to be widely promoted. During the concert, the ensemble and soloists will present various works of 20th and 21st century music. We will hear Strophes by Krzysztof Penderecki, Folk songs by Luciano Berio and Opole Concerto by Piotr Moss.

Adam Makowicz – a world-class piano virtuoso, one of the most respected Polish jazz artists abroad  collaborated with the most outstanding jazzmen, including Teddy Wilson and Benny Goodman. In 1977 he emigrated to the USA. He recorded an album Adam for the CBS Columbia record label, performed at Carnegie Hall and at prestigious European and American jazz festivals. From the 1990s, Makowicz regularly came to Poland, giving solo recitals and performing with symphony orchestras, often in classical repertoire. The concert in Lusławice will end the celebrations of the artist's 80th birthday.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: www.emanacje.pl 

Krościenko on the Dunajec | 11th Summer Festival "Pieniny – Kultura – Sacrum"

PIeninyAfter a two-year break caused by the epidemiological situation, the Summer Festival "Pieniny – Kultura – Sacrum" returns to the Church of Christ the Good Shepherd in Krościenko on the Dunajec river. For five consecutive Saturdays, starting on 17 July 2021 at 7.00 p.m., we will be able to listen to organ and chamber music performed by renowned instrumentalists and vocalists from Poland and Hungary.

The common denominator of the concerts will be organ music, which the Festival has been dedicated to from the very beginning. We will listen to organ solo, as well as an accompaniment to the violin, flute and voice. The All Saints Parish Choir will perform for the first time during the festival with a programme representing the unique sacred music of the Pieniny Mountains. We will hear works by Mikołaj Gomółka, Marcin Józef Żebrowski, Feliks Nowowiejski and Michał Lorenc. Moreover, Błażej Musiałczyk and Jacek Ścibor will present compositions by Stanisław Kwiatkowski and Otto Mieczysław Żukowski.

Traditionally, all concerts will be accompanied by an exhibition prepared by members of the Pieniny Artists Association. Admission to the concerts is free!

The organiser of the 11th "Pieniny-Kultura-Sacrum" Summer Festival is the ARS PRO ARTE Foundation for the Promotion of Culture and Art.

More information: www.arsproarte.pl and https://www.facebook.com/arsproarte/.

Gdańsk | 24th "Music in the gazebo. Guests of the Polish Chamber Choir"

PChKThe 24th edition of the concert series "Music in the gazebo. Guests of the Polish Chamber Choir" will be held in Gdańsk from 17 July to 14 August 2021. The concerts will take place in the Oliwa Park on Saturdays at 12.00 p.m.

It was 1997 when Jan Łukaszewski invited the outstanding singer Łucja Prus to prepare a programme for the celebration of the 1000th anniversary of Gdańsk. The residents of the city liked this idea so much that the director of the Polish Chamber Choir decided to continue the unique musical meetings in the beautiful Oliwa Park. The organisers invite you on a journey full of musical impressions for the 24th time.

The concerts will be performed by talented musicians: violinists Jan Szczypiorski and Małgorzata Wójcik, accordionist Paweł Wiśniewski, tenor Krzysztof Lorek, pianists Wiktoria Browarek and Marta Kur, Mateusz Bliskowski Quartet and young artists from the Suzuki Institute in Gdańsk. The programme will include works by outstanding Polish composers – Stanisław Moniuszko, Fryderyk Chopin, Henryk Wieniawski, Mieczysław Karłowicz – and music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonio Vivaldi, Astor Piazzolla and Antonin Dvořák.

Admission to all the concerts is free!

Full programme: https://www.polskichorkameralny.pl/pl/ 

Vilnius | St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra in tribute to Krzysztof Penderecki

Penderecki The Vilnius City Municipality St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra conducted by Modestas Barkauskas will perform a concert devoted to Krzysztof Penderecki on 15 July 2021 at 7 p.m. at the St. Catherine Church in Vilnius. The event with live broadcast by LRT Klasika is a part of the project “Krzysztof Penderecki: Europe in tribute to the Master” carried out by the Polish Composers’ Union in collaboration with foreign partners.

With this concert, we want to commemorate the world-famous composer, conductor and teacher, a long-time Honorary Member and the Honorary President of the Polish Composers’ Union, who passed away on 29 March 2020. The programme includes Penderecki’s Sinfonietta per archi alongside corresponding works by other composers from Poland, including students of the Maestro and winners of the composers’ competitions under his name, as well as a piece by one of the most famous contemporary Lithuanian composers, Raminta Šerkšnytė.

Penderecki’s Sinfonietta is the orchestral equivalent of his String Trio (1990/91). It is a perfect example of a neo-classical work influenced by the Baroque form of concerto grosso with clear references to Bartók’s music. The piece will be juxtaposed with Sinfonietta – Time is ticking written by Penderecki’s student, Maciej Bałenkowski. This motoric piece inspired by the concept of time received the 1st prize in the "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta" Composition Competition (2018) held under the honorary patronage of Krzysztof Penderecki. The programme will also include Wojciech Kostrzewa’s Novelette (2018, 1st prize in the 3rd Krzysztof Penderecki International Composers’ Competition “Arboretum”), and Andrzej Ojczenasz’s Tech-uniques (2019, 1st prize in the 5th Krzysztof Penderecki Composers’ Competition as part of the 9th NDI Sopot Classic Festival). The concert will be completed by Raminta Šerkšnytė’s early work De profundis (1998), which aims at displaying a wide range of sound possibilities in various orchestral textures.

The project is realised by the Polish Composers’ Union / Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC in partnership with the Vilnius City Municipality St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra with the support of the Polish Institute in Vilnius. Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund.

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Live broadcast: LRT Klasika website, Šv. Kristoforo Kamerinis Orkestras’ Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Olsztyn | Music of composers from Warmia and Masuria arranged for trombone: premiere of "Tango with variations" by Tomasz Szymuś

FWMThe music of composers from Warmia and Masuria arranged for trombone will be performed at the Feliks Nowowiejski Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic in Olsztyn on 16 July 2021 at 7.00 p.m. The concert will premiere Tomasz Szymuś's Tango with variations for trombone and string quartet.

In 2020, the trombonist of the philharmonic orchestra, Rafał Krauze, received the Artistic Scholarship of the Marshal of the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, Gustaw Marek Brzezin, for implementing the project "Popularisation of Feliks Nowowiejski's music, in particular his selected songs, commemorating the composer from Barczewo on the 75th anniversary of his death. Recording and release of an album with, among others, the composer's songs". The songs were transcribed for trombone and piano by the composer, assistant professor at the Academy of Music in Poznań, Dr Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska. The upcoming concert will featrue these arrangements as well as selected songs by Karol Szymanowski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Stanisław Niewiadomski and Stanisław Moniuszko.

In May 2021, with the above-mentioned album in mind, the composer and arranger, Dr Tomasz Szymuś from Bartoszyce, composed a piece especially for the orchestra's trombonist. The world premiere of Tango with variations will be performed on 16 July by Rafał Krauze and the Amelior Quartet.

More information at: https://filharmonia.olsztyn.pl/koncert/21546/ 

Kraków | Holst's "Planets" and "The Mask" live in concert or Stanisław Lem's Microcosmos at ICE Kraków

SC"The Mask / Planets" live in concert will take place on 15 July 2021 in the Krzysztof Penderecki Auditorium Hall of the ICE Kraków Congress Centre. Sinfonietta Cracovia and its listeners will not only enter the world of music and science, but also embark on a fascinating journey through the universe of art and film music.

For the first time in history, Sinfonietta Cracovia under the baton of Jurek Dybał will present the award-winning animated film The Mask – directed by the Quay brothers and based on the prose of Stanisław Lem – with live music! During the screening of the film, made in the legendary Polish Se-Ma-For studio, the orchestra will perform live the soundtrack composed by Krzysztof Penderecki – his spectacular De natura sonoris I.

In the second part of the concert, we will hear the famous orchestral suite The Planets by Gustav Holst – a work widely considered one of the first compositions in the style of contemporary film music, which for decades has inspired the greatest creators of the genre – including Hans Zimmer and John Williams (especially in the Star Wars soundtrack). Each movement of the suite is named after a planet of the solar system and its supposed astrological character.

Co-financed in the "Music" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information about tickets: www.sinfonietta.pl 

Pruszków | Stacja Klasyka – a series of live classical music concerts

Fundacja RzekaThe audience will have the opportunity to listen to exceptional live classical music concerts on Saturdays – 10, 24 July and 7, 21 August 2021 at 4 p.m. – in the relaxation zone of the Nowa Stacja Shopping Center in Pruszków (next to the Grycan ice cream parlor).

On 10 July the Veloce String Quartet will inaugurate a new concert series, organised by the Nowa Stacja and the Rzeka E N Foundation. We will hear the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Aleksander Borodin and Grażyna Bacewicz.

Guitarist Tomasz Radziszewski – multiple winner of international music awards – will perform on 24 July. On 7 August we will hear Chordis Duo composed of harpist Joanna Kamińska and violinist Adrianna Ciecierska. Weronika Sura – winner of many Polish and foreign competitions – will present accordion pieces on 21 August. The programme of these concerts will include, among others, Four Celtic Pieces by Aleksander Brych, Ballades Hébraïques by Roman Ryterband, as well as arrangements of violin pieces by Eugène Ysaÿe and Niccolò Paganini for solo guitar by Tomasz Radziszewski.

Admission to all concerts is free.

More informationhttps://www.nowastacjapruszkow.pl/ 

Gdańsk | "Chopin by the Motława River" Festival

PFBThe Fryderyk Chopin Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk invites you on 10-25 July 2021 to the next edition of the series of piano recitals "Chopin by the Motława River".

The winners of piano competitions and professors of the Academy of Music in Gdańsk will present works by Frydedryk Chopina as well as music from different periods and styles. The festival will be attended by Maciej Gański, Aleksandra Świgut, Paweł Rydel, Igor Torbicki, Daniel Ziomko, Patryk Morgaś, Piotr Słopecki, Natalia Zaleska, Michał Mossakowski, Sławomir Wilk, Joanna Kaczmarska-Bieżyńska, Robert Adamczak, Bartosz Wiśniewski, Mikołaj Sikała, Bartosz Skłodowski, Piotr Pawlak, Jan Lewandowski. We will hear works by the 20th- and 21st-centuries composers, including Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski, Stefan Kisielewski, Grażyna Bacewicz, Sergiusz Bortkiewicz, Andrzej Dziadek, Paweł Mykietyn, Marek Czerniewicz, Szymon Wieczorek, Paweł Kwapiński and Władysław Walentynowicz.

The concerts will take place at 8.30 p.m. in the Gdańsk Salon (foyer) at the Baltic Philharmonic, from where you can see the Motława River. Moreover, the music played inside the building will be heard outside – loudspeakers directed to Motława will be an additional advantage for passers-by.

More information: www.filharmonia.gda.pl 

Kraków | 17th Festival of Polish Music

FMPA concert version of the opera Hagith by Karol Szymanowski, the best Polish chamber music, songs by Witold Lutosławski, forgotten works by Konstanty Gorski and gems of Polish Baroque – this is the 17th edition of the Festival of Polish Music in Krakow, which will take place on 8-18 July 2021.

The opening concert will feature the one-act opera Hagith by Karol Szymanowski (8 July, St. Catherine's Church), loosely based on the biblical story of King David (the Old King) and the beautiful girl Abishag (Hagith), written in the style of German expressionism. Joanna Zawartko will play the title role, Wojciech Parchem will play the Old King, and Stanisław Napierała will play the Young King. The work will be presented in a concert version. The Choir and Orchestra of the Silesian Philharmonic will be conducted by Maestro Maciej Tworek.

On the second day of the festival (9 July, Collegium Novum Aula of the Jagiellonian University), we will hear 19th and 20th century chamber music for clarinet and piano. Works by Mieczysław Weinberg and Krzysztof Penderecki will be performed alongside compositions by Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński and Witold Friemann. Witold Lutosławski's dance songs (11 July, Stu Theatre), written in the 1950s and early 1960s under the pseudonym 'Derwid', will be presented by the world-renowned soprano Elżbieta Szmytka, accompanied by the accordionist Janusz Wojtarowicz, founder and leader of the famous Motion Trio.

Chamber works by Maciej Radziwiłł and Mieczysław Karłowicz will be presented on 16 July at the Manggha Museum by chamber musicians of the Kraków Philharmonic under the baton of František Mack. The rarely played Double Concerto for Oboe and Harp by Witold Lutosławski will be performed by Czech chamber musicians: oboist Vilém Veverka and harpist Kateřina Englichová.  The outstanding mezzo-soprano Ewa Biegas will perform with tenor Stanisław Napierała in the concert entitled "The Master and the Student" (17 July, Collegium Novum Aula of the Jagiellonian University). They will present 12 Songs, Op. 22 by Ignacy Jan Paderewski and a series of songs by Konstanty Antoni Gorski, a forgotten Polish composer of the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Full programme is available at: http://www.fmp.org.pl/