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Warsaw | Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Letters. Promotional meeting

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A meeting with the editors of the book Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Letters to Father and Helena Górska (1872-1924) will take place on May 13, 2019 at 6.00 p.m. in the concert hall of the Fryderyk Chopin Museum. During the event, Grzegorz Damięcki will read excerpts from the composer's letters and Michał Dziewior will give a piano recital.

"Helenka, burn these letters," wrote Ignacy Jan Paderewski to his future wife. Despite the request, Helena Górska decided to keep them and the correspondence has survived to our times. After over a hundred years, almost 300 letters written by the piano master was brought from the United States to Poland by the efforts of the musicologist from Kraków, Małgorzata Perkowska-Waszek. Edited by her, and later by Justyna Szombara and Małgorzata Sułek, they were published by the National Fryderyk Chopin Institute in a book entitled Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Letters to Father and Helena Górska (1872-1924).

The composer's correspondence is a testimony of his bright intellect and extraordinary personality. On the pages of the letters, the artist reported, among others the course of his composition studies and creative work, which is why they are often the only source of information on previously unknown or unpreserved compositions. The content of the artist's letters also reveals many interesting facts about his contemporaries, including outstanding musicians, composers, performers and educators.

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Katowice | 4th "Musical Evenings at the Basilica"

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The 4th festival "Musical Evenings at the Basilica", organized by the St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church in Katowice – Bogucice together with MDK "Bogucice - Zawodzie", will take place on May 12-26, 2019.

It is a musical event centered around the Basilica of St. Stephen and Our Lady of Bogucka, which has become a permanent cultural event that contributes to the development of Katowice and the region and promotes accesibility to culture. The first edition took place in May 2016 successfully fit in the broad cultural strategy of Katowice – UNESCO City of Music. The artistic director of the festival is prof. dr hab. Roman Widaszek.

The fourth edition of the festival consists of three different concerts, showing music as an extremely diversified form of art. The inaugural "Family Concert" is a proposition for children, parents and seniors. It will feature music from fairytales and films interspersed with poems by Jan Brzechwa, read by the excellent actress Małgorzata Kożuchowska.The second concert, "Masterpieces of early masters", is an evening with ClavDuo, Messages Quartet and Julian Gembalski who will perform concertos for two harpsichords by J.S. Bach and organ concerto by G.F. Haendel. The third musical evening entitled "La Pasion del Acordeon" will be performed by Marcin Wyrostek & Corazon ensemble. The artists will present their own works as well as outstanding classical music pieces, including Three Pieces in Old Style by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Mazurka in A major by Karol Szymanowski and Mazurka in A minor by Wojciech Kilar.

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58th Music Festival in Lancut

Lancut

The 58th Music Festival in Lancut, organised by the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic in Rzeszow, will be held on May 11-26, 2019.

The castle in Lancut – one of the most beautiful magnate residences in Europe – resounded with music in the first decades of the 18th century thanks to the owners of the Castle from the Lubomirski family and later the Potocki family. The concerts of this year's Festival will take place in the Ballroom of the Castle Museum, the Concert Hall of the Podkarpacka Philharmonic and in the Hall of the Hotel Sokol. Open-air concerts will take place at the Courtyard of the Castle in Krasiczyn and in the Bernardine Monastery in Lezajsk.

Participation in the festival will be: The King's Singers, Krzysztof Jabłoński and Rita Shen, Andrzej Jagodziński Trio and Agnieszka Wilczyńska, artists of the Solomiya Kruszelnicka Lviv State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Mara Dobresco and Andrei Kivu, Vincezo Capezzuto and Soqquadro Italiano, Bartłomiej Nizioł and Michał Francuz, as well as Bilkent Symphony Orchestra and Krzysztof Meisinger under the direction of Michael Maciaszczyk.During the open-air concert in Krasiczyn, dedicated to the 200th birth anniversary of Stanisław Moniuszko, the Symphony Orchestra of the Podkarpacka Philharmonic conducted by Jiri Petrdlika will perform with such famous soloists as Urszula Kryger, Rafał Bartmiński, Adam Zdunikowski and Marcin Bronikowski. The concert in the Bernardine Monastery in Lezajsk will take place with the participation of the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra under the baton of Andrzej Kosendiak and the choir of the National Forum of Music. The 58th Music Festival in Lancut will be concluded with the concert of an outstanding opera soloist Piotr Beczała who, in the company of the Polish Chamber Orchestra under Wojciech Rajski, will perform the most beautiful tenor arias of Stanisław Moniuszko, Georges Bizet, Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini.

The programme of the Festival also includes works by Henryk Melcer, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Zygmunt Stojowski and Władysław Żeleński.

Full programme available at: http://festiwallancut.pl/ 

Bydgoszcz | 7th International Festival of Contemporary Music "New Music" 2019

Nowa Muzyka

On May 10-14, 2019, the 7th edition of the International Festival of Contemporary Music "New Music" will take place in Bydgoszcz.

The "New Music" Festival is a joint venture between the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Branch of the Polish Composers' Union and the Municipal Cultural Center in Bydgoszcz. The idea of ​​this annual undertaking is to create new artistic qualities by combining different disciplines: music, image, word, multimedia. Thus, the festival promotes new works and inspires composers, musicians, artists and writers to co-create culture. The main aim of the festival is present innovative non-commercial artistic phenomena from Poland and abroad.

This year's edition will present music from Australia, Serbia and Poland. There will be a concert of students of the Music Academy in Bydgoszcz, a concert of composers of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Branch of the Polish Composers' Union, a concert of Gdańsk composers, a screening of short films and animations by students and the lecturers at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń combined with presentation of works by students of the Music Academy in Bydgoszcz. This year's programme includes world premieres of works by Aleksandra Brejza, Sławomir Czarnecki, Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, Piotr A. Komorowski, Artur Kroschel, Marcin Molski, Bohdan Riemer, Paulina Zujewska, as well as Kirsten Milenko's Lux Aeterna for solo drums – a work dedicated to the memory of the President of Gdańsk, Paweł Adamowicz.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://www.nowamuzyka.bydgoszcz.pl/ 

5th Festival „Katowice – Culture – Nature: Woman”

NOSPR

The Mayor of the City of Katowice Marcin Krupa and the General and Programme Director of NOSPR Ewa Bogusz-Moore would like to invite you to the fifth edition of the Festival "Katowice Culture Nature: Woman", which will take place on 10-19 May 2019. Tickets for the concerts available at the box office and in the online sales system from 1 March 2019.

Every year, the programme of the Festival is open to all musical periods and genres and bound to host world-class ensembles and soloists who are certain to deliver performances on the highest level.

Traditionally, the Festival will open with a subscription concert of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra led by Alexander Liebreich. They will present a rarely performed piece by Arthur Honegger, Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher, devoted to one of the most famous women in world history. NOSPR will also perform on 16th May. Together with special guest Zbigniew Zamachowski, they will present pieces by Tchaikovsky and Berlioz, as well as Stravinsky’s Oedipus rex. In two concerts, on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May, the Festival will feature one of the best Austrian orchestras: Mozarteumorchester Salzburg and its artistic director Riccardo Minasi. During the Saturday concert, the orchestra will perform with Luisa Imorde, a renowned pianist. 12th May will see the performance of one of the best Russian pianists, Nikolai Lugansky. On Tuesday 14th May, the highlight of the Festival’s liederabend will be the performance of a world-famous British vocalist, Dame Sarah Connolly accompanied by Joseph Middleton. 19th May will see another of the Festival’s highlights – the concert of the famous London Philharmonia Orchestra led by the wonderful Alondra de la Parra. The evening will feature Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 47 performed by an absolute world star of the violin, Viktoria Mullova.

As it was the case with previous editions, the Festival will also play host to jazz concerts. On 11th May, a rising star of global jazz vocal scene, Youn Sun Nah from Korea, will perform in the concert hall. On 13th May, there will also be an occasion to listen to chamber music performed by the Silesian Chamber Orchestra led by Robert Kabara. The programme will include works by Hanna Kulenty, Eugeniusz Knapik, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://www.nospr.org.pl/en/series/24/katowice-kultura-natura-festival

Warsaw | 10th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition

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10th edition of the International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition will take place at the Grand Theatre – Polish National Opera in Warsaw on May 6-11, 2019.

This unique jubilee event coincides with the celebrations of the 200th birth annniversary of the patron of the Competition – Stanisław Moniuszko. On this occasion, on the composer's birthday, May 5, 2019, an Opening Gala and a concert of the laureates of previous editions will take place. The programme will consist of fragments of Moniuszko's operas and gems of vocal music.

Distinguished artists and singers as well as managers of the world's leading opera theaters are invited to the Competition Jury: John Allison, Piotr Beczała, Jonathan Friend, Tobias Oliver Hasan, Boris Ignatov, Peter Mario Katona, Izabella Kłosińska, Robert Körner, Gianluca Macheda, Pål Christian Moe , Nicholas Payne, Alain Perroux, Ewa Podles, Tobias Truniger, and Evamaria Wieser.

The Competition's repertoire includes both the heritage of the patron of the Competition – an outstanding composer, considered to be the founder of the Polish national opera, as well as works of Fryderyk Chopin, Karol Szymanowski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Polish contemporary composers such as Tadeusz Baird, Grażyna Bacewicz, Henryk Czyż, Witold Friemann, Stefan Kisielewski, Szymon Laks, Jerzy Lefeld, Jan Maklakiewicz, Tadeusz Maklakiewicz, Paweł Mykietyn, Stanisław Niewiadomski, Zygmunt Noskowski, Feliks Nowowiejski, Edward Pałłasz, Krzysztof Penderecki, Stanisław Szeligowski, Mieczysław Weinberg, and Władysław Żeleński.

The Opening Gala and all auditions will be available for watching at http://vod.teatrwielki.pl/ and https://operavision.eu/en 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Competition Website: https://teatrwielki.pl/dzialalnosc/konkurs-moniuszkowski/x-konkurs-moniuszkowski/ 

"Moniuszko Days" with the Toruń Symphony Orchestra

TOS

"Moniuszko Days" with the Toruń Symphony Orchestra will take place between May 5 and June 21, 2019.

The year 2019 sees the 200th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko, premier composer, conductor, organ player, educator, director of Warsaw’s Grand Theatre, and the father of Polish opera. Embracing operas, art songs, cantatas, religious music, symphonic works, chamber and solo pieces, operettas, ballets, and theatre music, his oeuvre impresses with its diversity, melodic richness, and deeply-rooted connection with the Polish music heritage. His operas and art songs are the core of Polish vocal literature and often the linchpin of the repertoires of Poland’s greatest singers.

"Moniuszko Days" organized by the Toruń Symphony Orchestra will begin on May 5 with a piano recital during which Lithuanian pianist Nering Valuntonyte will perform compositions by Stanisław Moniuszko, Fryderyk Chopin, Clara Wieck Schumann, and Grażyna Bacewicz. The final symphony concert is titled "Moniuszko's Hits". The Toruń Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mariusz Smolja will perform fragments of the composer's opera masterpieces, his songs arranged for symphony orchestra and The Fairy Tale overture. In addition to the above-mentioned events, concerts and programmes for children are planned, as well as a march along Moniuszko street, a musical spectacle and a performance of a concert version of the Flis opera.

"Moniuszko Days" will take place as part of the programme of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage "Moniuszko 2019 – Promesa", implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://tos.art.pl/pl/static_218_394_DNI_MONIUSZKOWSKIE.html 

Warsaw | Schubert and Mahler performed by the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra

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Jerzy Semkow Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus under the direction of Agnieszka Duczmal will perform the symphonies of Franz Schubert and Gustav Mahler on May 10, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw.

Schubert’s symphonies share the same Viennese roots with the oeuvre of the three great Classics. Symphony in B Minor ‘Unfinished’ of 1822, brought with itself a ‘Romantic breakthrough’ – a transition towards freer, lyrical expression with clear song features. A popular Romantic legend also had it that the ‘Unfinished’ must have been his final piece, and that death had prevented him from completing the work. In fact, we do not know why Schubert abandoned the idea to write more movements in order to complement the initial two; most likely, however, his decision was motivated by artistic reasons rather than a stroke of fate.

Gustav Mahler, who also spent most of his lifetime in Vienna, represents the other pole of Romantic symphonic writing: its final phase, which opened the musical perspective of the twentieth century. He also had a high regard for a song – he considered himself a continuator of the Schubertian tradition and introduced a vocal element to his symphonies. This is also the case with Symphony No. 4 in G Major, where a charming song is sung by a soprano, expressing childish excitement about the prospects of ‘heavenly life’. This part will be performed by Joanna Klisowska, a coloratura soprano applauded on stages and bandstands worldwide in a very versatile repertoire.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

Lublin | Moniuszko and Russian music

Fonie Lublina

What links Stanisław Moniuszko's music to the music literature of 19th-century Russia? The answer to this question will be the next concert as part of the "Fonie Lublina" series, organized by the Lublin Branch of the Association of Polish Musicians. The concert will take place on May 11, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Crown Tribunal.

The works of Polish and Russian composers undoubtedly combine lyricism and melody line influenced by the idiom of Slavic music. Due to the common aesthetic denomination, both Moniuszko and nineteenth-century Russian composers wrote works reflecting national specificity. Moniuszko met some of them personally, travelling to St. Petersburg. They supported him and helped organize concerts in the capital of the Russian Empire.

The programme of the concert will include Moniuszko's songs, full of references to traditional Polish customs and links to the boarderline tradition. Tchaikovsky's miniatures will reflect a romantic love of nature and a constant attraction to its beauty. We will also listen to the fragments of operas: Countess by Moniuszko, The Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky, and Borys Godunow by Modest Mussorgsky. Vocal works will be performed by mezzo-soprano Natalia Skipor. Kamil Turczyn will accompany her at the piano and will also present piano solo works. Andrzej Wojtaszek will say a few words about the presented repertoire.

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Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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