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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 

Kraków | Summer with Sinfonietta Cracovia


The Orchestra of the Royal Capital City of Krakow Sinfonietta Cracovia and Lady Sinfonietka are going to the Wanda's Green Ravine City Park on the Krzesławickie Hills on 22 June 2019 at 12am.

The concert cycle "Sinfonietka" is organized by the Sinfonietta Cracovia Orchestra for the youngest music lovers. In 2016, the event received an award for the most developmental initiative for children – the Golden Sunflower Statuette.

The next concert will take place as part of the Krakow Picnic, organized by the Krakow Festival Office, Krakow PL and the Management Board of Green Areas in Krakow. There will be plenty of games, competitions and lots of good music, not only for the youngest. The programme of the concert will include a presentation of the works by Antonio Vivaldi, Krzysztof Penderecki, Stanisław Moniuszko – the patron of 2019, and joint music making. The concert will be hosted by Danuta Augustyn. Sinfonietta Cracovia will perform under the baton of Jurek Dybał.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Katowice | Silesian Quartet: Weinberg in Poland

Wajnberg Mieczyslaw

On 22 June 2019 at 6pm in the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice, the Silesian Quartet will perform works of Mieczysław Weinberg and Józef Krogulski.

String Quartet No. 17 Op. 146 (1986), the last work in Mieczysław Weinberg's catalogue, consists of four movements played attacca. Despite some melancholic passages, it has a bright color with references to earlier works. It also has a humorous element. The last movement corresponds with the first one but it's not a synthetic finale: Weinberg had to add a reprise, which he "forgot" to write earlier...

Józef Krogulski was a pianist, composer, conductor and pedagogue (he was Chopin's friend from the composition class of Józef Elsner at the Warsaw School of Music). At the age of 10 he became famous as a prodigy (he was called "Polish Mozart") and he gave a series of concerts in Poland and Germany. His mature work includes mainly vocal eligious music composed in a conservative style. More interesting is his Octet in D minor Op. 6 (1834) for piano, two violins, flute, clarinet, cello and double bass. It represents a brillant style with influence of Johann Nepomuk Hummel's style.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: http://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/koncerty/1408/kwartet-slaski-wajnberg-w-polsce 

Warsaw | Sinfonia Iuventus for Independence


The concert "Sinfonia Iuventus for Independence" on 22 June 2019 at 7pm in the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw, devoted entirely to Polish music of the twentieth and twenty-first century, will showcase outstanding cellist Tomasz Strahl.

This highly appreciated soloist, chamber musician and academic teacher has won many prestigious awards and distinctions and is one of the most esteemed cellists of his generation. The two cello concertos featured in the programme are the perfect way to show off the versatility of this artist’s talent in a single evening.

The work by Stanisław Moryta from 1992 is saturated with dramatic, elegiac expression, as expressed in the character of each movement: Drammatico / Lugubre / Aggresivo; it also displays cello virtuosity. Cello Concerto No. 2 by Piotr Moss titled Prières (Prayers) was composed in 2003 and premiered in Poland, performed by Tomasz Strahl of the NPRSO in 2005.

The programme is supplemented by two overtures – the first opened the now forgotten opera Maria by Roman Statkowski (1904), acknowledge when it premiered to be one of the best Polish works of its kind since the days of Moniuszko. The interwar period will be represented in the programme by the Overture for orchestra by Antoni Szałowski, one of the many Polish students of the famous Nadia Boulanger (interestingly, two generations before the young Piotr Moss also studied with her near the end of her long career), in tribute to neoclassical style – which is also present in this brilliant piece.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/sinfonia-iuventus-dla-niepodleglej/ 

Warsaw | Starry Night Concert: St. John's Night


The Heavens of Copernicus Planetarium is proud to invite both music and astronomy enthusiasts for a magnificent "Starry Night Concert" on St. John's Night, 21 June 2019 at 7pm. It one of the series of classical music concerts, enhanced with visualisations on the planetarium dome.

The programme of the concert sounds extremely interesting as it includes solely works for four violins! They will be presented by Violinofonica – violin quartet founded by Agnieszka Marucha and composed of the most talented students of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. Dr hab. Agnieszka Marucha is a violinist, soloist, chamber musician and teacher. She graduated with honors from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in the class of prof. Mirosława Ławrynowicz and Hochschüle der Künste in Bern under the supervision of prof. Monika Urbaniak-Lisik. For many years, he has been promoting works by Polish composers in Poland and abroad.

The programme of St. John's concert features works by Georg Friedrich Telemann, Jacob Dont and Polish composers: Four Silesian Melodies (1954) by Witold Lutosławski, Silesian Melodies (2018) by Weronika Olbrot, Looking through the glass (2019) by Tomasz Dudziński and Star Waltz (2019) – the latest quartet by Iwona Kisiel.

Information on tickets at: http://www.niebokopernika.pl/ 

Warsaw | Sinfornia Varsovia at Grochowska Street – A Musical Feast


The upcoming concert of the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra entitled "A Musical Feast" will take place on 21 June 2019 at 7:30pm. It will be an opportunity to listen to Polish and Russian symphonic works performed by the orchestra under Maestro Alexander Vedernikov and pianist Andrei Korobeinikov.

Sinfonia Varsovia will start a concert with Stanisław Moniuszko's Fairytale on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth. After that, the audience will listen to a rarely presented Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major Op. 44 by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. A virtuoso solo part will be performed by Andrei Korobeinikov – an acclaimed Russian pianist and perfect interpreter of Tchaikovsky's works. The concert will end with the Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27 by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information CentrePOLMIC.

More information atwww.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Szczecin | Park Symphony – Wojtek Blecharz


On the World Music Day, 21 June 2019, the musicians of the Symphony Orchestra of the Szczecin Philharmonic will perform Symphony No. 1 by Wojtek Blecharz. An outdoor concert will take place at the plaza next to the Church of St. Nicholas (entrance from Starzyński Street).

The organizers invited the composer Wojtek Blecharz to collaborate on the idea of ​​musical arrangement of the beautiful green square between the Philharmonic and the Church of St. Nicholas along with Tokarnia – Patrycja Tokarska, which is the partner of the concert. As a result of this cooperation, Symphony No. 1 was created. Acording to the composer, it is a musical situation-installation, which opens the participants to new ways of experiencing sound, usually unheard of in a traditional concert. We will be able to "walk through" the sound with the body, lie on the ground to listen to it, or sit down between the musicians.

The second part of the event will take place in the Szczecin Philharmonic building. Musicians scattered in the concert hall will once again take the audiene for a musical journey, which will allow them to compare the sound of the symphony and individual instruments in both places – in the bosom of nature and in the Philharmonic. Admission free!

More information athttps://filharmonia.szczecin.pl/wydarzenia/1098-Park_Symfonia__Wojtek_Blecharz

Bydgoszcz | 2nd "Music in Blumwe Villa" Festival


The 2nd "Music in Blumwe Villa" Festival will take place between 20 June and 12 December 2019 in Bydgoszcz.

The festival is a joint initiative of the Piotr Orawski Foundation and Polish Radio of Pomerania and Kuyavia Regions with the office in Bydgoszcz. The aim of the project is to expand the region's cultural offer, promote composers and artists of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodship and bring high culture to local audiences.

The inauguration concert will feature The scores for animal voices (Partytury na Głosy Zwierzęce) by Marcin Gumiela. Semper nella memoria di Marianna by the same composer will be presented on 24 October by the piano duet Pianopticum. During the concert on 28 November titled "Bach's consersations with contemporaneity", in addition to Bach's music we will listen to works by Witold Lutosławski and Krzysztof Penderecki. The finale of the Festival will be a vocal recital "In tribute to Stanisław Moniuszko": Karolina Makuła (mezzo-soprano) and Jarosław Kaliski (piano) will perform music of the patron of 2019 as well as compositions by Mieczysław Weinberg, who would celebrate the 100th birthday.

All concerts will be recorded and retransmitted on Mondays after the PIK Radio's "Classic Salon" programme at 9:06pm.

Full programme available at: https://bydgoszcz.tvp.pl/43019907/festiwal-2-muzyka-w-willi-blumwego 

Białystok | Premiere of the children's ballet "A Missing Link"


A premiere of A Missing Link (Brakujące ogniwo) ballet by Białystok artists with Anna Maria Huszcza's music will take place on 18 June 2019 at 7pm in the concert hall of the Music School Complex in Bialystok (2 Podleśna St.).

The libretto and choreography were created by a group of students of the Białystok art schools: the Non-Public School of Dance Art and the Music School Complex. The unique sensitivity of young dancers and actors will be emphasized by beautiful costumes and interesting stage design. The music written by dr Anna Maria Huszcza, a lecturer at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, will be performed by the Music School Complex Symphony Orchestra in Bialystok under the direction of Kazimierz Dąbrowski.

Free tickets are available at the office of the Dance Developement Foundation (8/1 Zwycięstwa St., 10).

More information at:  http://www.danceoffnia.pl/