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12th Southern Greater Poland Music Festival

Festiwal Południowej Wielkopolski

12th Music Festival of Southern Wielkopolska, organized by the Kalisz Philharmonic, will last until 21July 2019. The concerts will take place in Kalisz, Kalinowa, Śmiełów and Ostrów Wielkopolski.

To celebrate the 200th birth anniversary of Stanisław Moniuszko, the musicians will recall well-known and less frequently performed works by the father of the Polish national opera. On 20 July in Kalisz, students and graduates of the Vocal Studies at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music Branch in Białystok will perform selected songs from the Songbook for Home Use series. On 29 July in Kalinowa, Ensemble Frédéric and Adam Klocek will present Mazur from Halka and Polonaise from The Countess opera. The programme will also feature two rarely played string quartets composed by Moniuszko in Berlin.

On 30 June, flutists Agata Kielar-Długosz and Łukasz Długosz accompanied by the Witold Lutosławski Płock Symphony Orchestra will premiere Concerto for two flutes and orchestra "Urbex Concerto" by Wojciech Ziemowit Zych. The work was commissioned by the Institute of Music and Dance as part of the "Collections: Composing Commissions" programme. The festival will also feature Divertimento by Krzysztof Penderecki, combining contemporary music language with eighteenth-century aesthetics. A solo cello part will be performed by Maria Lezczyńska.

Admission to all concerts is free!

Full programme available at: www.filharmoniakaliska.pl 

Kraków | 5th Sinfonietta Festival


"Stars and Strings" is the title of the fifth Sinfonietta Festival at the National Museum in Kraków which announces the unique, twenty-fifth season of Sinfonietta Cracovia. The Krakow Orchestra will celebrate with American grandeur on 30 June – 6 July 2019.

The festival will start with minimal music. The director of Sinfonietta – Jurek Dybał will present works of John Cage, Steve Reich, Philip Glass and John Adams. The famous In C by Terry Riley's will be performed under his baton by... the audience!

The "For Our Freedom and Yours" concert will be held in the beautiful interiors of the Krakow Cloth Hall – maintained in the spirit of the broadly understood American idea of ​​freedom and friendship between the nations. The world-famous tenor Stanley Jackson will sing for the first time in Polish! In addition to the songs by Ignacy Jan Paderewski to the words of Adam Mickiewicz, the American singer will perform spirituals songs. This concert will also premiere Jubilee Sinfonietta written by the winner of the 5th International Composers' Competition "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta" under the honorary patronage of Professor Krzysztof Penderecki.

On the 4th of July, the American Independence Day, Sinfonietta Cracovia chamber musicians and friends will present works by George Gershwin, Steve Reich and Paweł Szymański. The annniversary edition of the Festival will end on 6 July with the final concert in the Cloth Hall featuring unique guests associated with Sinfonietta Cracovia for many years – world-renowned American conductor John Axelrod and legendary clarinettist Michel Lethiec.

Among the non-standard proposals there will be barbecue clubbing and open-air jam sessions.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available atwww.sinfonietta.pl 

Polanica Zdrój | 28th International Organ and Chamber Concerts

Polanica Zdroj

The 28th edition of the International Concerts of Organ and Chamber Music in Polanica-Zdrój will take place on 27 June – 5 September 2019.

International Concerts of Organ and Chamber Music in Polanica-Zdrój is a festival presenting great works of classical and contemporary music performed by renowned artists from Poland and abroad. In addition to important artistic goals, the concerts play a significant educational role through lectures on the history of music as well as socio-cultural role by cultivating the centuries-old tradition of concertising in the Lower Silesian temples, raising the cultural and tourist attractiveness of the region and promoting Polish musical culture among tourists from abroad.

The programme of this year's edition of the Festival will include works by outstanding organ music composers (J.S. Bach, F. Mendelsohn-Bartholdy, J. Pachelbel, G.F. Handel et al.) as well as organ transcriptions of classical and contemporary instrumental music. We will listen to, among others, works by Marian Sawa, Zbigniew Kruczek and Janusz Bielecki.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

DOWNLOAD: program Festiwalu

Katowice | Vivat Academia! Concert and meeting with prof. Joachim Pichura


The Institute for the Promotion and Dissemination of Music "Silesia" invites you to the next concert of the series "Vivat Academia!", which precedes the 90th anniversary of the Academy of Music in Katowice. The concert will take place on 27 June 2019 at 6pm at the Archdiocesan Museum in Katowice (16 Wita Stwosza St.).

Accordion music and the Silesian accordion school will be the main topic of a meeting with Professor Joachim Pichura in the Archdiocesan Museum. It is prof. Pichura who founded the accordion class at the State High School of Music in Katowice. Since the establishment of the Accordion Department in 1983, he has been its head. In the years 1982-87 he was a vice-rector, and in 1987-90 he held the office of the rector of the Katowice Music Academy. The June meeting and concert will be an opportunity to recall Professor's artistic activity as well as his competition successes, including the Grand Prix d'Europe in Saint-Etienne in 1985, and the Premio Internationale Citta di Castelfidardo in 1986. For many years he has been invited to the jury of well-known European competitions, he has also conducted master classes in Poland, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine and Slovakia. His pedagogical achievements are equally significant. Among his students were Franciszek Prus, Bogdan Precz, Marek Andrysek and Marcin Wyrostek.

The musical part of the evening will feature Symetrio – the ensemble of prominent young accordionists and pupils of prof. Joachim Pichury already known to the Silesian audience – Krystian Saciłowski, Marcin Jabłoński and Adam Potera. The programme will include: Franck Angelis – Étude sur le thème "Chiquilín de Bachín" by Astor Piazzolla, Václav Trojan – Tarantella for two accordions, Georgij Szenderiow – Concert suite, Marcin Jabłoński - Better together, Maria Kalaniemi – Ahma. The concert and meeting will be hosted by Grażyna Brewińska.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.silesia.art.pl/

Warsaw | 60th Baird Competition Final Concert


The final concert of the 60th Tadeusz Baird Young Composers' Competition will be held on 25 June 2019 (Tuesday) at 7pm in the PWM Edition Concert Hall at 8 Aleksandra Fredry Street in Warsaw.

Tadeusz Baird Young Composers' Competition (formerly called the Youth Competition of the Polish Composers' Union) has been organized annually since 1958. Its aim is to enable young Polish composers to start their professional life and encourage them to work independently. The main prize – the Tadeusz Baird Award – in the amount of $ 2,500 for further compositional studies is funded by Alina Sawicka-Baird, wife of the Composer. In this edition, the main prize was funded by Marta Ptaszyńska. Honorable mentions are funded by the Main Board of the Polish Composers' Union. Since 1990, the Tadeusz Baird Competition is open to all Polish composers who has not turned 35 years (previously it was intended only for graduates of the composition classes of the state music high schools). The subject of the competition is different each year.

Since 2003, the competition has two stages. The works that have been qualified to the 2nd stage are performed during a public concert, after which the final verdict is announced and the names of the winners are revealed. Such a concert will take place for the sixteenth time. The programme will include: 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 works will be performed by POLONIKA string quartet: Paulina Kusa – I violin, Anna Szalińska-Zaziębło – II violin, Magdalena Małecka-Wippich – viola, Krystyna Wiśniewska – cello.

The jury of this year's competition is composed of: Eugeniusz Knapik – chairman, Krzysztof Baculewski, Miłosz Bembinow, Arkadiusz Kubica and Hanna Kulenty.

The concert is organized by the Polish Composers' Union in cooperation with the PWM Edition and ZAiKS Authors' Association with funds from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Music" programme.

Gdańsk | 8th Euro Chamber Music Festival

Euro Chamber

Euro Chamber Music Festival Gdańsk is the largest international festival of chamber music in northern Poland starting each year on 21 June, the World Music Day. This year's edition will last till 14 July 2019.

The most important events of the eighth edition will be a concert on 23 June in Stary Maneż, featuring a legendary band Żuki in rendition of the greatest hits of The Beatles, Krzysztof Klenczon and Czesław Niemen, and a concert on July 14 in St. Mary's Basilica in homage to the late Gdańsk President Paweł Adamowicz during which parts of Mozart's Requiem will be interwoven with Adamowicz's thoughts recited by actor Jerzy Stuhr. The programme of the Festival will also include music of Fryderyk Chopin and Aleksander Tansman performed by Cracow Duo.

More information at: www.eurochambermusicfestival.com

Kraków | 29th Jewish Culture Festival


29th Jewish Culture Festival – the largest presentation of Jewish culture in Poland – will be held between 21-30 June 2019. The main theme of this year's edition is the Earth – a place that builds identity and preserves memory.

This interdisciplinary festival will consist of 125 events, including 21 concerts and music meetings. The music programme traditionally stands out with its diversity. Klezmer music (Emil Kroitor, Michael Winograd) will be performed alongside Sephardic and Mizrahi music (Raymond Abecassis, The Piyut Ensemble); traditional cantorial singing (cantors: Israel Rand, Yoni Rose, Avraham Kirshenbaum) will be placed next to modern music genres (Ola Bilińska, Uzi Navon, Emmanuel Witzthum), or a series of DJ events organized together with Teder. For the first time on the festival scenes there will be parties with Israeli hip-hop. Traditionally, there will be an iconic Szalom concert at the Szeroka Street (29 June). Sinfonietta Cracovia will perform in various and unobvious configurations.

The concert at the Tempel Synagogue will be devoted to the memory of the Polish pianist, composer and conductor Leopold Kozłowski, the last representative of pre-war klezmer in Poland, who has passed this year at the age of 100 ... In the multifunctional tent of the Festival, we will also listen to Polish contemporary music. Airis Quartet will present Maciej Małecki's String Quartet No. 1 and Henryk Czyż's Jazz etude.

Full programme available athttps://www.jewishfestival.pl/pl/29-festiwal-kultury-zydowskiej/ 

Chorzów | "Moniuszko from the heart"


Another concert of the "Moniuszko from the Heart" series will take place on 23 June 2019 at 12am in the Chorzów Museum (25 Powstańców St.).

The concert dedicated to the composer whose 200th birth anniversary is celebrated this year is organised by the Institution for the Promotion and Dissemination of Music "Silesia" in cooperation with the Museum in Chorzów. The programme will include the famous arias and duet Już ogień płonie from The Haunted Manor as well as less frequently performed songs of Stanisław Moniuszko and Jewa's dumka from the opera Jawnuta premiered in Vilnius in 1852.

Moniuszko's music will be performed by Karolina Borodziuk, this year's graduate of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice in the class of dr hab. prof. AM Agata Kobierska and laureate, among others, of the 1st prize and two special prizes at the International Rudolf Petraka Vocal Competition in Żylin (Slovakia 2018) and the 3rd place in the 5th Intercollegiate Chamber Competition for Instrumental and Vocal Duets (Łódź 2018).

The other vocalist will be Karolina Wieczorek, a graduate of the academies of music in Katowice and Kraków, currently cooperating with the Krakow Opera. The artist is a laureate of the International Imrich Godin Vocal Competition – Iuventus Canti Vrable. She also won the Audience Award at the International Festival "Bel Canto" in Nałęczów and honorable mention at the Iwona Borowicka "Golden Voices of Mazovia" competition.

Tickets for PLN 5 are available at the Museum's box office.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://www.silesia.art.pl/strona-glowna/koncerty/429_moniuszko-od-serca-karolina-wieczorek-i-karolina-borodziuk-w-chorzowie 

Warsaw | Summer with Sinfonia Varsovia


On 22 and 23 June 2019 at 4pm the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra invites you to the concerts as part of the "Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street" series. This time we will listen to the music of the Land of Cherry Blossom and songs from the repertoire of the 10th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition.

The cycle of afternoon chamber music concerts returns to the home of Sinfonia Varsovia. Just like last year, each Saturday and Sunday at 4:00 p.m. features performances by well-known artists and rising stars on the classical music scene. There will be 30 concerts arranged by common themes: Not just for Orchestra, Japan, Moniuszko, Relax, Travelling, Improvisation, Old Warsaw. The music will be performed by traditional ensembles and some rare configurations, including a reed trio with saxophone and bass clarinet, a cello octet and a flute quartet. The works performed will feature music of many periods and genres – from the Baroque to opera arias, jazz and contemporary and improvised music.

The soloist of the concert "Japan" on 22 June will be a great flutist Yuri Matsuzaki, who will perform original Japanese music on various flutes (transverse, shakuhachi, ryūteki). The next day we will listen to the participants of the 10th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition in the programme composed of works by Stanisław Moniuszko, Karol Szymanowski and Mieczysław Karłowicz.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information available atwww.sinfoniavarsovia.org