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Gdańsk | Polish Music in the Gazebo

Polski Chór Kamerlany

This Saturday, on June 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm, the first concert of the "Guests of the Polish Chamber Choir" series under the title "Polish Music in the Gazebo" will take place in the Oliwski Park (Opata Jacka Rybińskiego St., Gdańsk). In the charming park scenery, on the next Saturdays, gems of Polish music will be presented during one-hour concerts.

The first ensemble to perform will be Polish Chamber Choir under the direction of Jan Łukaszewski – the organizer of the event, celebrating this year its 40th anniversary. The choir will present folk and patriotic songs of Polish composers: Stanisław Moniuszko, Ignacy Paderewski, Edward Pałłasz, Juliusz Łuciuk, Ireneusz and Leon Łukaszewski.

On subsequent summer Saturdays, in July and August (7, 14, 21, 28 July and 4 and 11 August), always at noon, there will be concerts of artists from the Gdańsk Academy of Music. On the first Saturday in July we will hear a duet composed of Monika Dżuła-Radkiewicz (guitar) and Dorota Pawlus (flute). The artists will play Waltz by Jan Nepomucen Bobrowicz and Hommage a Chopin by Aleksander Tansman. On July 14, violinist Julia Kazimirowicz and pianist Marta Kur will perform Sonata op. 9 for violin and piano by Karol Szymanowski. The fourth concert will feature accordionist Maciej Kacprzak and cellist Karol Sokołowski, who will present two pieces: Krzysztof Olczak's Accotango and Fryderyk Chopin's Prelude in E minor, Op.28. On the last Saturday in July, the nostalgic music of Mieczysław Fogg, Eugeniusz Bodo and Marek Grechuta arranged for string quartet will be performed by Jardin Kwartet.

We would like to welcome August with songs from the Kabaret Starszych Panów performed by Karolina Arczewska with the band. During the last concert of the cycle, we will hear arias and songs by Stanisław Moniuszko, Karol Szymanowski and Mieczysław Karłowicz performed by Paulina Dąbrowska (soprano), Andżelika Gmińska (mezzo-soprano) and Zuzanna Lisiecka (piano).

Free admission to all concerts!

Warszawa | 18. Festiwal „Ogrody Muzyczne”

Ogrody

18. edycja Festiwalu Ogrody Muzyczne potrwa od 30 czerwca do 31 lipca 2018 roku w Warszawie.

Festiwal Ogrody Muzyczne jest realizowany w stolicy od 2001 roku. Każda edycja to około 30 wydarzeń artystycznych: koncertów live, projekcji sfilmowanych wybitnych realizacji oper, baletów i koncertów. Od początku festiwal odbywa się w na terenie Dziedzińca Wielkiego Zamku Królewskiego w Warszawie, pod wielkim, klimatyzowanym namiotem gromadzącym 800-osobową publiczność.

Od kilku lat inspiracją dla kolejnych edycji jest kultura i sztuka krajów obejmujących przewodnictwo w Radzie Unii Europejskiej w dniu rozpoczęcia festiwalu tj. w drugim półroczu danego roku. W 2018 roku formuła została zmieniona. Do udziału zaproszono trzech gości, którzy prezydencję w Radzie UE obejmują kolejno. Są to: Estonia, Bułgaria i Austria. Dzięki temu festiwal obfituje w wydarzenia o zasięgu międzynarodowym a widzowie będą mieć okazję posłuchać najlepszych estońskich, bułgarskich i austriackich solistów i zespołów muzycznych.

W programie wydarzenia ważne miejsce zajmuje muzyka polska. Podczas tegorocznej edycji zabrzmią dzieła Fryderyka Chopina, Aleksandra Tansmana i Zygmunta Krauze. Koncert finałowy będzie w całości poświęcony polskiej muzyce współczesnej. W wykonaniu orkiestry Sinfonia Viva pod batutą Tomasza Radziwonowicza usłyszymy Rhapsod Zygmunta Krauze, Mandragorę Karola Szymanowskiego, Muzykę na smyczki, trąbki i perkusję Grażyny Bacewicz i Orawę Wojciecha Kilara.

W ramach festiwalu realizowany jest specjalny program edukacyjno-artystyczny dla dzieci – „Dziecięce Ogrody Muzyczne”, na który wstęp jest wolny, a dzieci – małe i duże – bardzo mile widziane.

Szczegółowy program – na stronie Festiwalu.

Gdańsk | 41st International Organ, Choral and Chamber Music Festival

Bazylika Mariacka

The 41st International Festival of Organ, Choral and Chamber Music in Gdańsk will be held between July 6 and August 31, 2018. The concerts will take place every Friday at 8.15 pm in St. Mary's Basilica.  A special concert on the occasion of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary will take place on August 15.

Ten concerts will feature artists from the USA, Germany, Canada, Austria and Poland, who will perform a varied organ and choral repertoire covering the works presenting a wide range of styles: from early masterpieces of organ music, through the well-known compositions of classic to contemporary music, and even jazz. During the inaugural concert on July 6, we will hear, among others, Tones for the trumpet and organ performed by the composer Andrzej Szadejko on the organ and Paweł Hulisz on trumpet.

The wonderful acoustics and unique atmosphere of the place, which is Europe's largest brick St. Mary's church, guarantee every listener a wide range of aesthetic and musical experiences. The concerts are a unique opportunity to visit this important cultural, spiritual and historical center, being a showcase of the City of Gdańsk, and to hear the unusual sound of the organ there.

The organ installed in the St. Mary's Basilica in Gdańsk are the work of the Hillebrand brothers from Hanover, and their prospectus, together with the playing pipes, comes from the Merten Friesen's organ from 1627 from the church of St. John.

Tickets priced from 15-25 PLN can be purchased online and in the Basilica one hour before the concert.

Details of the festival are available at www.festiwalorganowy.pl and at the official fanpage at: www.facebook.com/bazylikamariacka.

Festival "Chopin in the Heart of Warsaw"

Chopin w Sercu WarszawyThe International Piano Festival "Chopin in the heart of Warsaw" will last from July 7 to August 25, 2018, including numerous concerts performed by pianists with distinctive artistic personalities.

The Festival is strongly linked with the Holy Trinity Church in Warsaw, where, in 1825 a 15 year old Fryderyk Chopin performed for Russian Tsar Alexander 1st and received from him a gold diamoned ring for his performance. The young composer also sang in the parish choir and listened to sermons in this church. The dome of the church is one of the biggest in Europe, and contributes to its splendid acoustics, hence the church has been used as a concert venue for many years since that time. The church cross, located on top of the dome, has been designated as the geodetic centre-point of Warsaw. It was thus employed by sir William Heerlein Lindley to construct the city water supply network. As the building is rotunda in form, the piano will be situated in the centre of the church for the duration of the festival, directly under the light of the dome – that is, in the Heart of Warsaw.

Concerts will take place on each Saturday of July and August at 4 pm, with the children’s "ChopiNotes" – Concerts for the Young following at 5.30 pm, in the Holy Trinity Church, pl. Małachowskiego 1 – just nearby the Zachęta National Gallery of Art. Inauguration weekend – 7 and 8 July – will be filled with Chopin recitals by Leonora Armellini and Nikolay Khozyainov (Mikołaj Chozjainow) and two children's concerts performed by Adam Mikołaj Goździewski.

Detailed programme available at: http://chopinwsercuwarszawy.pl/

 

19th edition of the "Colours of Poland" Festival

Kolory

The 19th Lodz Philharmonic Festival "Colours of Poland" will be held between July 1 – August 31, 2018. For all concerts of the Festival (except the final) admission is free.

The Festival of the Lodz Philharmonic "Colours of Poland" is a unique event of the summer season, covering the whole Lodz region. Twenty concerts will take place in a dozen or so most beautiful tourist areas of the Lodz Province: artists invited to co-create this project will visit towns such as Skierniewice, Rogów, Konstantynów Łódzki, Dobroń, Brzeźno, Warta, Wolbórz, Inowłódz, Wieruszów, Zelów, Pęczniew, Sieradz, Góra Świętej Małgorzaty, Lipce Reymontowskie, Krośniewice and Nieborów. The Festival programme is created on the basis of not only classical music, it also includes original projects, compositions inspired by folklore or early art, unconventional studies of classical and light music, as well as jazz arrangements.

The inauguration of the "Colours of Poland" will take place in Łowicz on July 1. During the two holiday months, the audience will be able to applaud the Lodz Philharmonic Choir, Polonica Band, Kuba Stankiewicz with the band, L. Stadt and the Choir of the Chorea Theater, and Krakow Street Band. In the Dobroński church, we will hear Octava Ensemble, who will present works by Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki, Mikołaj from Krakow, Mikołaj Zielenski and Łukasz Urbaniak. Tromb Quartet will perform music by Feliks Nowowiejski and Mateusz Święcicki in the church in Wieruszów. In the finale of the Festival, we will hear famous accordionist Marcin Wyrostek with the band Corazon. The artist will present works from his latest album Polacc.

A map of all Festival concerts is available at: www.filharmonia.lodz.pl

Rzeszów | 27th Festival of Organ and Chamber Music Evenings in the Cathedral and Churches of Rzeszow

Rzeszów Festiwal Organowy

For the last 27 years organ and chamber music could be heard in Rzeszów temples in summer. This year's festival "Evenings of Organ and Chamber Music in the Cathedral and Churches of Rzeszów" will begin on July 1 and will last until August 19, 2018.

8 festival concerts will take place in Rzeszów: in the cathedral, in the Church of the Holy Cross and the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Zalesie. During this year's festival, renowned organ virtuosos and other instrumentalists and singers from Germany, Italy, Russia, the USA and of course from Poland will perform. The Rzeszów program will be accompanied by two cycles: "Organ music in Jarosław Abbey" and "Organ concerts in the Jesuit Basilica in Stara Wieś".

As in previous years, music lovers will be able to listen to a large portion of organ and chamber music from different cultural areas of Europe. The historical and geographical panorama of the music featured in the programme of each concert is extensive: from the works of the Polish renaissance, early Spanish and Italian music, through mature polyphony of Johann Sebastian Bach, works by German romantics and French symphonists to contemporary compositions, and even organ improvisation.

Each of the concerts will be interesting and different in terms of the proposed repertoire as well as a variety of performance cast. There will be a lot of Polish music during the inaugural concert at the Rzeszów cathedral on Sunday, July 8th, as part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Poland's Independence.

The main organizer of this year's edition of the festival is, for the first time, the ARS PRO ARTE Culture and Art Promotion Foundation, established to organize organ music festivals in Podkarpacie and Małopolska.

See: Concerts Schedule

 

Wiślica / Kielce | Premiere of "Orare-Torium" by Jakub Sarwas

Jakub Sarwas

The premiere of Jakub Sarvas' Orare-Torium will take place at the Collegiate Basilica of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Wiślica on July 5, 2018, as part of the 24th Krystyna Jamroz International Music Festival in Busko-Zdrój. The next day, the work will be performed at the Kielce Philharmonic.

The inspiration for he work – as the composer notes – was the original meaning of the word oratory, as well as the echoes of events from the tenth century on the land of the Slavs. The work intended for choir, soloists, live electronics and orchestra refers to the primary aspirations of human spirituality and religiosity.

The programme of the concert on July 6 at the Kielce Philharmonic will also include works by W. A. Mozart: Motet Exsultate jubilate KV 165, Ave verum corpus K. 618, and Sancta Maria, mater Dei KV 273. Symphony Orchestra of the Świętokrzyska Philharmonic and Fermata Chamber Choir will be led by Jacek Rogala. Gabriela Gołaczewska will perform as soloist.

The premiere of the work by Jakub Serwas is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Composition Commissions" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

More information at: http://filharmonia.kielce.com.pl/

Kazimierz Rozbicki has passed away

Rozbicki

On 2nd July 2018, at the age of 86, Kazimierz Rozbicki has passed away. He was a composer, conductor, journalist (for "Ruch Muzyczny", among others), teacher. He had an immense impact on Polish culture and received such honours as the Bronze Medal “Gloria Arits” and the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta. Since 1965 he had been a member of the Polish Composers’ Union.

Kazimierz Rozbicki attended the National Higher School of Music in Warsaw. He studied musical composition under Witold Rudzinski (graduated in 1965) and conducting under Bohdan Wodiczko (graduated in 1966). Since 1971 he continued studying composition at the Musical Conservatory in Belgrad under Mihovil Logar. In 1959 he received the I prize for Conterto de camera for two harps and chamber orchestra at a composing competition organised to celebrate 150th anniversary of the Warsaw Music Academy. His composer debut took place in 1960 at the Warsaw Young Composers Concert. His other works were performed in numerous Polish cities as well as in the Leningrad Philharmonic. He composed music for over 30 theatre plays.

Between 1967-73 Rozbicki worked as a conductor at Koszalin Philharmonic. Between 1969-80 he managed The Baltic Drama Theatre in Koszalin. Since 1977 he taught at the Gdansk Music Academy. In the years 1991-2002 he was a teacher at the Higher Pedagogical School (currently the Pomeranian Pedagogical Academy) in Słupsk. From 1999 he lectured at the Koszalin University of Technology. From 1970 he also wrote reviews and published articles about music in the Koszalin press and prepared programmes for the Koszalin Philharmonic. He is the author of several dozen music programmes for the Radio Koszalin. Twice – in 1983 and 1985 – he organized the Mozart Festival in Koszalin, for which he was awarded by "Pobrzeże" monthly. In 2013 he was awarded the Silver Medal "For Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis".

The funeral ceremony will take place on 11th July at 2.00 p.m. at the Municipal Cemetery in Koszalin. The funeral mass will be held on the same day at 9.00 a.m. in the Franciscan Church.

Polish Composer's Union Awards 2018

ZKP

The Presidium of the Main Board of the Polish Composers' Union at the meeting on June 20, 2018 awarded this year's Honorary Award of the Polish Composers' Union for contributions to the promotion of Polish music and (for the forth time) the Award of the Polish Composers' Union for merits in the field of music education.

The winner of the PCU Honorary Award is Lisa Jakielski – for the excellent book entitled Making New Music in Cold War Poland, published by the University of California Press in 2017, popularizing knowledge about the sources of Polish contemporary music, with particular emphasis on the role of the "Warsaw Autumn" festival in English-speaking scientific and reading circles.

The PCU Award for merits in the field of music education was awarded to Maria Magdalena Radziejowska – for outstanding achievements in managing the leading music education institution in Warsaw - State Music Schools Complex No. 1 at Miodowa Street, successfully pursuing a culture-creating mission. The Presidium of the Main Board of the Polish Composers' Union awarding this year's Educational Award would like to emphasize the role of Magdalena Radziejowska in obtaining a new headquarters for the schools "of Miodowa".

The award ceremony will take place during the 61st International Festival of Contemporary Music "Warsaw Autumn" at the headquarters of the Polish Composers' Union at the Old Town Market Square 27.