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Wałbrzych | Masters of Polish baton


On June 22, 2018 at 7.00 pm at the Angelus Silesius State School of Higher Vocational Education in Wałbrzych there will be a concert closing the 40th artistic season of the Sudeten Philharmonic.

During the last concert of the season, one of the most outstanding Polish conductors, Maestro Jerzy Maksymiuk will not only conduct the Symphony Orchestra of the Sudeten Philharmonic, but also perform his own composition for string orchestra. Introduction, Polonez and Finale was written in 2017. The dramatic polonaise approaches rhythmically resembles bolero and, as the author himself says, fits well with concerts played on the 100th anniversary of Poland's independence.

We will also hear a rarely performed Concerto in E flat major KV 365 for two pianos with orchestra by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It was written in 1779 in Salzburg, probably for joint performances with his sister Nannerl. The artistic season of 2017/2018 will end with an extremely colorful suite from the ballet Firebird by Igor Stravinsky. This work will certainly be a fantastic culmination of a successful artistic season.

Information on tickets at: http://www.filharmonia-sudecka.pl 

Warsaw | 4th Kwadrofonik Festival


The common motto of all concerts and events taking place during the 4th Kwadrofonik Festival is tradition (Latin traditio – delivery, surrender, handing down) in its broad sense. The event will take place between June 11 – July 2, 2018 in Warsaw.

The invited guests, featuring Agata Zubel and Cezary Duchnowski (ElettroVoce Duo) and members of Kwadrofonik (Emilia Sitarz, Magdalena Kordylasińska-Pękala, Bartek Wąsik and Miłosz Pękala), treat it as a point of departure for expressing themselves, their principles, mindset and perception. On the one hand, they stay faithful to what belongs to the past, but at the same time use the language of their peers. For years they have been seeking new contexts for human voice and sound possibilities of traditional instruments. Projects of both ensembles – Szymanki kurpianowskie and Mazurki inspired by Karol Szymanowski will be performed during the opening, joint concert.

Another artists to perform at the Festival is Anja Lechner – a distinguished German cellist, who treats traditional music as source of abundance and inspiration. In her projects released on more than 20 albums by the renowned ECM Records, she frequently combines distant cultures and music genres. Her festival recital will bridge the modern and centuries-long solo cello performance. We will hear Johan Sebastian Bach and Friedrich Abel next to pieces by Anja Lechner and Valentyn Sylvestrov.

The Festival programme includes Folk Requiem composed by the Kwadrofonik and Adam Strug. The latter one – an unquestioned master of the traditional song, puts himself in the hands of timbre and space-seekers, creators of a whole new quality in folk music. In the Requiem the 18th century texts and funeral tunes encounter modern instrumentation and contemporary performance techniques, thus creating both terrifying and enchantingly beautiful vision of a man’s last journey.

The project by Bardo duo (Barbara Kinga Majewska and Bartek Wąsik) – Songs – is a tribute to the song, which enjoyed its heyday in the Romantic era. It is then that the piano began to accompany human voice. The Bardo carries the old, traditional formula into modernity, relying on simplicity, intimacy, classic sound, discreetly highlighted by electronics. As a duo they move beyond categories and genres, staying faithful to themselves.

Kapela Niwińskich are initiators and participants of various activities aimed at reviving local music tradition, searching for indigenous sound of rural music. Especially for the Festival’s young audience, they have prepared music workshops based on old play schemes, typical for children, youth and adults of the Mazovian villages and small towns. The games will be accompanied by violins, basolias and frame drums – instruments characteristic for old, Mazovian bands.

Admission to all the events is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed programme available at: https://kwadrofonik.com.pl 

Results of the 59th Tadeusz Baird Young Composers Competition


The final concert of the 59th Tadeusz Baird Young Composers' Competition was held on June 14, 2018 at 6.00 pm at the Warsaw headquarters of the Polish Music Publishing House.

The Competition Jury consisting of: Marta Ptaszyńska (chairman), Ignacy Zalewski (secretary), Sławomir Kaczorowski, Leszek Lorent and Sławomir Zamuszko, after listening to the works qualified for the second stage, namely: Sonata per viola e batteria (emblem That. Rhythm.man), Fraszki durbaszki (emblem of Frapuccino), Landscape Out of Time (emblem of RIFF66TOY4JPY), From the cycle "Study in scarlet – Serpentinato" (emblem Klapancjusz) has decided as follows:

• The Main Prize – Tadeusz Baird Award – in the amount of $2,500 goes to the piece From the cycle "Study in scarlet – Serpentinato" for viola and percussion with a wandering waterphone;

• The distinction goes to Sonata per viola e batteria.

After opening the envelopes, it turned out that the authors of the awarded works are: Kamil Kruk – Serpentinato and Filip Sporniak – Sonata.

The awards ceremony will take place in September during this year's "Warsaw Autumn" festival.

Congratulations to the winners!

Katowice | Open Days at NOSPR


On June 17, 2018, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra will take part in the Open Days of European Funds. This year's edition is the fifth one in a row – NOSPR, as a beneficiary of EU funds, participates in the organization of this event.

Open Days of European Funds is an EU initiative implemented in Poland by the Ministry of Investment and Development. The action presents and promotes the effects of EU funds involvement in the development of various projects in Poland. The organizers have prepared a lot of attractions, including concerts, workshops for children and adults and selfie time.

At 11.00 am a concert of the Brass Band will be held under the direction of Anna Goj and Damian Łebek. Then there will be workshops for children "Concert savoir vivre  How to behave at a serious music concert", which will be led by Asia Bronisławska (01.00-01.45 pm). During the next meeting "Concert hall without secrets" (02. 00-03.00) NOSPR employees will talk about curiosities and acoustic qualities, as well as demonstrate the technical possibilities of the concert hall. At 3.00 pm the "Selfie time" will start  all visitors at NOSPR will have the opportunity to take a selfie in the concert hall, with instruments played by musicians, and shoot videos with their smartphones. In the evening, at 8.00 pm, in the Concert Hall there will be a concert of the Old Timers band  one of the oldest and most valued groups playing traditional jazz in Poland.

Workshops will also take place at the Amfiteatar (workshops with MIUOSH for children) and in the Chamber Hall (Jeremiasz Frączek will lead workshops for children "Little Sound Director", and Monika Drygalska will lead workshops for people aged 60+ "Feel the violin"). At 6.00 pm in the Chamber Hall, the New Music Orchestra will present Mouvement (-vor der Erstarrung) by Helmut Lachenmann and premiere Double bass concerto by Sławomir Wojciechowski. Łukasz Bebłot will perform as soloist.

Admission to all events is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The programme is available at: http://www.nospr.org.pl

Warsaw | "Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City" – Four Dimensions of Music


The 18th edition of the Franciszek Wybrańczyk Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City Festival is approaching (16–23 June 2018, Warsaw). This year, the Orchestra has readied four extraordinary concerts of symphonic music for the residents of Warsaw. The organisers of the Festival encourage listeners to follow the programme and discover completely different dimensions of classical music in the best possible presentation.

This year the Festival will begin and conclude in the newly-built Concert Pavilion in the Orchestra’s home in the Praga-Południe district of Warsaw. For the other two concerts, Sinfonia Varsovia will appear in the Dominicans’ church in the Służew district of Warsaw and on Defilad Square, in the heart of the city. A star-studded cast of soloists and conductors will appear together with Sinfonia Varsovia in the Festival venues.

"Fairy-Tale Opening" (16.06, 4:00 p.m.) is a meeting with music to arouse the imagination and allow listeners to weave their own fantastic interpretations of musical stories. The concert will open with Stanisław Moniuszko’s Fairy Tale fantastic overture. During the "Mozart at Dusk" (19.06, 8:30 p.m.) concert Olga Pasiecznik will sing concert arias written by the most famous of the Viennese classics. The concert will also include the Overture to the Marriage of Figaro and two neo-classical orchestral miniatures composed by two Polish composers – Stefan Kisielewski and Henryk Czyż. During the Musical Feast! (21.06, 8:00 p.m.) Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky will meet Wojciech Kilar, Astor Piazzolla and Stanisław Moniuszko. The stage during Father’s Day Finale (23.06, 4:00 p.m.) will be taken up by father & son team of conductor Jean-Jacques and pianist Alexandre Kantorow. The programme includes music inspired by folk melodies, containing the characteristic traits of the culture of two nations – Hungarians and Italians.

Tickets to concerts in the Concert Pavilion are priced 15 and 10 PLN. Admission to other concerts is free.

More details at: www.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Wrocław | 3rd Festival „Sine scientia ars nihil est”

Sine scientia

Computer Composition Studio of the Karol Lipiński Music Academy in Wrocław invites you on June 16-17, 2018 to the Third Festival "Sine scientia ars nihil est".

"Sine scientia ars nihil est" – this thought attributed to Jean Mignot, the 14th-century French architect, perfectly illustrates the kind of music that is presented at this mini-festival. Traditional instruments in symbiosis / counterpoints with electroacoustic instruments, computers used as traditional instruments (Laptop Ensemble), self-playing piano controlled by computer (disklavier – this is the name of the instrument), world premieres of the latest compositions of students of the Music Academy in Wrocław and works by Georgian guest composer Reso Kiknadze – all this is awaiting you at this year's edition of the Festival.

Admission to the event is free: guaranteed places for holders of free admission cards. Cards can be picked up at the reception of the E building from June 9, 2018.

The Festival programme is available at:  www.amuz.wroc.pl

Poznań | Malta Festival


On June 15-24, 2018, the next edition of the Malta Festival will take place in Poznań. At the Malta festival, music is an equal, next to theater and dance, area of ​​art experience. This year, the program includes over 20 music events: concerts, sound installations and dance parties.

For ten days, Malta's scene at Wolności Square will be a meeting place for musicians from the Polish independent scene. On the night of 16 to 17 June, the NOS trio (Michał Nogaś, Agnieszka Obszańska and Agnieszka Szydłowska) will take us to the dance. On June 19 BARDO (Barbara Kinga Majewska and Bartłomiej Wąsik) will present their new works for voice, piano and electronics, in which they combine popular songs and contemporary music.

There is no shortage of music in the "Generator Malta" programme. A large-scale sound installation by composers from the Academy of Music in Poznań and designers from the School of Form will be situated at Wolności Square.

Our sweet youth, Carousel with Madonnas or Eyes of the little one are just some of the compositions that we will hear during the final, open-air concert "Konieczny ...? Koniecznie!". Legendary pieces by Zygmunt Konieczny, arranged by Cezary Duchnowski, Agata Zubel, Bartłomiej Wąsik and Andrzej Bauer, will be performed by the arrangers long with the Orchestra Collegium F under the baton of Marcin Sompoliński in the Wieniawski Park on June 23. Admission free.

More information at: http://malta-festival.pl


Łódź | Symphony Concert

FLOn June 15, 2018 at 7.00 pm there will be a symphony concert at the Lodz Philharmonic with Mieczysław Karłowicz's Violin Concerto in the interpretation of Piotr Pławner.

The Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by Jürgen Bruns – founder and artistic director of Kammersymphonie Berlin, one of the most famous chamber orchestras in Germany. The programme will include: Edgar Elgar – Polonia, Op.76, Mieczysław Karłowicz – Violin Concerto in A Major, Op. 8, Jean Sibelius – Symphony No 2 in D major, Op 43. The pre-concert meeting will take place at 6.15 pm.

Information on tickets at: http://filharmonia.lodz.pl 

Gorzów | Richard Zieliński Singers „Voice of America”


On June 15, 2018 at 7.00 pm in the Gorzów Philharmonic there will be a concert of the Richard Zielinski Singers choir entitled "Voice of America".

The excellent Richard Zielinski Singers choir  from the United States will present itself in a specially prepared programme. The choir was founded in 2005 and its name comes from the name of its conductor of Polish origin. Richard Zielinski Singers is a group of professional singers – choir enthusiasts from all over the world. The choir's repertoire includes songs from Baroque to Broadway music, from classical music to contemporary choral music.

During the concert at the Gorzów Philharmonic, the artists will perform an interesting and varied repertoire, in which everyone will find something for themselves. There will be folk-colored songs, gospel music, the most famous American songs, songs of contemporary American composers, as well as works by Polish artists, including beautiful Renaissance song Already It Is Dusk by Wacław of SzamotułyExsultate Deo by Marek Jasiński and the remarkable piece Mironczarnia by the young Polish composer Jakub Neske, written for the text of the poem by Miron Białoszewski.

Detailed programme available at: https://www.filharmoniagorzowska.pl