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Lublin | 11th Festival of Traditional and Avantgarde Music "Codes"

Kody

11th Festival of Traditional and Avantgarde Music "Codes" will be held in Lublin on May 8-10, 2019.

The festival is the most important, cyclical undertaking organized by the Center for Intercultural Creative Initiatives "Crossroads" and one of the most original events in Poland. It is an international event devoted to the idea of combining the archaic and the new in music. The mixture of two distinctive canons of aesthetics forms a completely unique listening experience where magic and beauty co-exist. The festival gives excellent contemporary music composers and the representatives of the avant-garde jazz an opportunity to meet traditional musicians and artists reconstructing old music. This year's concerts will show a diverse musical landscape and tensions between what is global and local, between the center and the periphery, the cultural mainstream and the aesthetic minorities.

Most of the festival's proposals are new projects. The programme will feature premieres of the concert-mystery Vibrations and voices (Wibracje i głosy) performed by The Stone Alphabet with the use of stones, the instrumental monadrama Nadir-Kenosis by Marcin Krzyżanowski, La Mer by Artur Zagajewski, and 5 Secrets is Making New Music by Nina Fukuoka.

Full programme available: http://kody-festiwal.pl/ 

Łódź | 74th "Musica Moderna" Session

Musica Moderna

As part of the "Musica Moderna" spring session, eight concerts are scheduled every day from May 6 to 9, 2019 at the Academy of Music in Łódź.

The 74th session of "Musica Moderna" will begin with the final concert of the 5th Composers' Competition for youth "My Note" on May 6 at 1.00 p.m. In the evening, at 6.15 p.m., the organizers invite you to the flute concert performed by the Flute Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Łódź. Twenty person ensemble prepared by dr hab. Ewelina Zawiślak and mgr Mateusz Wojtkiewicz will present compositions by Krzysztof Grzeszczak, Agnieszka Zdrojek-Suchodolska, Boris Alvarado and Jolanta Smolska.

The first graduation concert of students of composition classes will take place on May 7 at 12.00. The programme will be filled with instrumental and electronic pieces by Mateusz Bogdalin and Roman Hyla. The videos for which the students created the soundtrack will also be displayed. At 6.15 pm. young performers will interpret works of students of composition classes during the concert "Young composers, young performers". At noon on May 8, Aleksander Brych and Jakub Kaczmarek will perform their diplomas. The presentation of solo and chamber music qualified for the third edition of the Krzysztof Penderecki European Music Center "Music of Our Times" programme is scheduled for 6.00 p.m.

On the last day of the session, the diploma concert of Rafał Bryła and Kosma Szusta will take place at 2.00 p.m. The session will end at 6.00 p.m. with a presentation of film music and music in the media students' compositions, on which they worked in the Electroacoustic Music Computer Studio. The music will be accompanied by audiovisual projections, interaction with the audience and much more.

Admission free!

More information at: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/74-sesja-musica-moderna 

Kraków | 4th National Academic Conference "Illuminations: Performer 2019"

Iluminacje

On May 9-10, 2019 the Students' Academic Circle of Psychology at the KEN Pedagogical University invites you to Kraków for the 4th National Academic Conference "Illuminations: Performer 2019".

This year's edition revolves around the theme of performer and musical performance, captured from many different perspectives. The inaugural lecture titled Memory and emotional intelligence in the theory of music and musical practice will be given by dr hab. Małgorzata Janicka-Słysz, prof. AM in Kraków. Several papers will be devoted to contemporary music, among others A short description of the neuropsychological reception and creation of music (Bartosz Wójtowicz), Neuro-performer as a specific medium for mirroring the identity of the composer (Monika Kozakiewicz), Temperamental personality traits and the mood of performers of works by the 21st century composers (Magdalena Pyrek).

On May 9 at 8:00 p.m., the "Bakałarz" Club of the KEN Pedagogical University in Kraków (4 Ingardena Street) will host a "Composers Concert". The event will premiere the latest compositions by Polish composers of the 21st century: Robert Prokopowicz, Paweł Kapek, and Monika Wiktoria Kozakiewicz. It will also be an opportunity to get acquainted with the work of young composers not only from Poland, but also from Italy and the USA.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Katowice | At Moniuszo's Manor House

Silesia

On Stanisław Moniuszko's birth anniversary, 5th May 2019, the Institution for Promotion and Dissemination of Music "Silesia" invites small music lovers together with their caretakers to celebrate the special anniversary together. A concert of the series "Moniuszko from the heart" will be held in the concert hall of the Mieczysław Karłowicz State Music School in Katowice at 4:00 p.m.

Exactly 200 years will pass from the birth of our great composer on Sunday 5th May 2019. The organisers inivite everyone to meet at 3.00 p.m. at the Stanisław Moniuszko monument at Miarki Square in Katowice and leave a bouquet of flowers for the Jubilarian.

Then the artists, dressed up as noblemen and noblewomen from the period, will invite us to a meeting at the Moniuszko's manor house, where one will be able to meet many unusual characters – heroes of songs and operas like Halka, Verbum nobile and The Haunted Manor. The soloists will be Anna Ogińska (soprano), Katarzyna Ćwiek (mezzo-soprano) and Stanisław Duda (baritone), accompanied on piano by Mateusz Lasatowicz. The concert will be led by Alicja Kotyl. At the end of this Sunday afternoon, the artists will invite on behalf of Stanisław Moniuszko for a sweet birthday party.

Free tickets are available at the IPiUM Silesia office (2 Sejmu Śląskiego St., ground floor, room 20) and by phone (32) 219 33 44 at 21.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://www.silesia.art.pl/ 

Toruń | 5th International Violin Competition of Karol Lipiński

TOSThe 5th International Karol Lipiński Violin Competition, organised by Toruń Symphony Orchestra, will rake place on 4-13 October, 2019.

The Competition aims to promote young artists and Polish composers. It is open to violinists of all nationalities born after 04.10.1986. A filled in and personally signed application form, along with a video recording of three obligatory pieces by J. S. Bach, N. Paganini and W. A. Mozart, shall be sent by post to the Competition’s Secretariat no later than by 30 April 2019. Participants will be judged by an international jury with prof. Ilya Kalerem as a chairwoman.

The Organizer shall qualify candidates based on the received recordings. The committee shall qualify no more than 24 participants and no more than 5 candidates on the reserve lists from among all the candidates. The Competition consists of three three stages open to public which shall be broadcast live via the Internet. The obligatory programme includes compositions of Karol Lipiński, Henryk Wieniawski and Karol Szymanowski. The prize-winners concert will take place on 13 October 2019. Aside from statutory prizes (I –20 000 EUR, II –15 000 EUR, III –10 000 EUR), the Jury shall also grant prizes financed by institutions and individuals, that, among others can be in the form of concerts. Winners of first three prizes shall receive the title of Compotetion's Prize-Winners. The remaining three participants of the final shall receive awards in the amount of EUR 2,000 each.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.lipinski-competition.com/ 

Warsaw | Concert to celebrate 15 years of Poland in the European Union

TW-ON

Radzimir Dębski (JIMEK) and Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia w Katowicach join musical forces! An extraordinary concert "European Symphony" will take place on the 1st of May 2019 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Poland’s accession to the European Union.

The programme of "European Symphony" combines two musical worlds: classical and popular. We will listen to the Polonaise from the movie Pan Tadeusz composed by Wojciech Kilar, one of the most respected Polish composers in the world. His work, which refers to the tradition of Polish national dances, is a perfect bridge between the Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 by Ludwig van Beethoven, ending with the Ode to Joy, and compositions by Radzimir Dębski, which combine hip-hop, jazz and film music elements.

The works will be performed by the Choir of the Grand Theatre – Polish National Opera and the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice under the direction of Łukasz Borowicz. The soloists will be Joanna Freszel (soprano), Agnieszka Rehlis (alt), Tadeusz Szlenkier (tenor) and Artur Janda (bass).

More information at: https://nck.pl/projekty-kulturalne/projekty/15latpolskiwue/aktualnosci/symfonia-europejska-jimek-nospr-borowicz 

15th "Mundus Cantat" International Choir Festival

MC

15th "Mundus Cantat" International Choir Festival – the largest choir event in Poland – will take place on April 28 – May 26, 2019.

One of the most recognizable choir festivals in the country will celebrate its jubilee not only in Sopot, but also in the Tri-City. As part of the festival, we will listen to singers from Belarus, Great Britain, Georgia, France, Lithuania, Colombia and, of course, a strong representation from Poland. "Mundus Cantat" is also a high-ranking competition that enables creative dialogue between choristers from Poland and abroad. The organizers invite adults, seniors, academic, children and youth choirs to compete in several musical categories: sacral music, secular music (including folklore) as well as gospel, jazz, spirituals. The choirs will be judged by the international jury.

Paul Phenix, former tenor of King's Singers (1997-2014) and founder of PurpleVocals, will be the guest of the festival this year. His recital will take place on May 22 in St. George's Church in Sopot. The festival also includes dozens of events: concerts of young artists performing Polish choral music, the Choral Parade of Sopot at "Monciak", the Final Concert with laureates of this year's festival and various forms of artistic expression, such as performance at the train station or Sopot Pier.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

1st Szczecin Classic Festival

Baltic Neopolis

Szczecin Classic, a new festival of classical music organized by the Baltic Neopolis Orchestra, will take place on April 27 – May 4, 2019.

The festival will popularize classical music at the highest level, and also serve as an educational platform for all music lovers. One of the main undertakings will be a prestigious Szczecin Classic Academy music course, organized in close cooperation with the Academy of Arts. This year, the Szczecin Classic Festival bears the subtitle "Gramy w Classy", which refers to a hopscotch game with classical music, and aims to facilitate the reception of classical music for a wide audience. As part of the festival, there will be 7 concerts of classical music with the participation of world-class artists, as well as a range of accompanying events: happenings dedicated to different instruments (on Jasne Błonia Square and Grunwald Square), exercises with classics in Anders Park, Stradivarius violin show combined with a lecture, lecture on how to manage your musical career, and baroque dance classes. The programme of the concerts will consist of works by composers from around the world, including Polish ones: Grażyna Bacewicz, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Wojciech Kilar, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Zygmunt Stojowski, and Władysław Żeleński.

More information at: http://szczecinclassic.pl/ 

Ada Sari International Vocal Artistry 20th Festival and 18th Competition

Sari

Representatives of musical institutions, prominent and well-known artists, pedagogues and, above all, entrants of the vocal arts will visit a charming, little town in the South of Poland called Nowy Sącz to attend the jubilee edition of the Ada Sari International Vocal Artistry 20th Festival and 18th Competition, the oldest vocal competition in Poland, starting on April 27th, 2019.

The Festival and the Competition, held cyclically every two years, incessantly since 1985, quickly became something more than just a rivalry of singers on stage, promoting the opera art locally, in Małopolska, at a national and international level. From April 27th to May 5th, gifted young vocalists from 14 countries (Poland, Austria, Brazil, Croatia, China, Georgia, the Netherlands, Ireland, Israel, Russia, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine, Italy) will present their skills in front of a jury of artists, opera agents, pedagogues and representatives of music institutions from around the world

Jubilee 20th Ada Sari International Vocal Artistry Festival will start on April 27th, 2019, at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławice. In an extraordinary event, we will hear a concert performance of Giacomo Puccini’s opera Suor Angelica and Ludomir Różycki’s symphonic poem Anhelli op. 22. It is no coincidence that the works of these two composers are combined: writing the one-act opera Suor Angelica, Puccini was inspired by the cloister act from Różycki’s opera Eros and Psyche. The solo parts will be performed by finalists of previous editions of the Competition, as well as Małgorzata Walewska. The Beethoven Academy Orchestra and the Polish Radio Choir in Krakow will be conducted, for the second time in the Festival’s history, by José Cura, world-famous singer and conductor. The Winners Gala Concert will take place on May 4th, 2019. The soloists will be accompanied by the Orchestra of the Silesian Opera conducted by Maestro Sebastian Perłowski. A day later, on May 5th, the concert of the best singers will be repeated at the Silesian Opera in Bytom.

Detailed programme available at: http://www.adasari.pl/