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25th Concert in the Courtyard as part of the "Sine scientia ars nihil est" Academic Festival


The Computer Composition Studio of the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław invites you on 20 June 2020 at 8.00 p.m. to the 25th edition of the Concert in the Courtyard as part of the "Sine scientia ars nihil est" Academic Festival.

"Sine scientia ars nihil est" – this thought attributed to Jean Mignot, a 14th-century French architect, perfectly illustrates the kind of music that is presented at this mini festival. The festival is dedicated to computer and electroacoustic music. The originators of the undertaking are the Avant-Garde Orchestra of the Music Academy in Wrocław, Sound Factory Orchestra and Computer Composition Studio. Due to the CoVid-19 pandemic, this year's edition could not take place in the Academy building. However, according to the words of Gustav Mahler: "Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire." The concert will be held online and streamed live on YouTube.

The programme includes widely understood electronic music written by students of the Academy of Music accompanied by visualizations created by students of the Academy of Fine Arts – works by Berenika Wojnar, Paulina Zujewska, Agata Zemla, Rafał Fundowicz, Krzysztof Rau, Olgierd Żemojtel and Adam Skórzewski, Magdalena Gorwa and Oliwia Drozdowicz.

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"House Party with Dwójka" – an evening with Marek Bracha


Pianist Marek Bracha will be the host of the next "House Party with Dwójka" episode held on 20 June 2020 at 7:00 p.m. The concert will be broadcast on Polish Radio Channel 2, its website and Facebook page.

During the concert broadcast live from his Warsaw studio, the artist will perform a "lunar" programme: fragments of the famous Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven, Clair de lune by Claude Debussy, Lento con gran espressione by Fryderyk Chopin, and works by Robert Schuman, Mieczysław Weinberg and Władysław Szpilman.

Marek Bracha is a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (2012) and the Royal College of Music in London in the class of Kevin Kenner (2011). He also completed postgraduate studies in piano performance with Vanessa Latarche and historical instruments performance with Geoffrey Govier (2012). The pianist gave concerts in all the most important venues in Poland as well as in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Albania, USA, Japan, Venezuela, China and Ukraine.

Opole | We are back in the game!


On 19 June 2020 at 7:00 p.m. the Józef Elsner Opole Philharmonic Orchestra, led by their concertmaster Andrzej Krawiec, will perform after a long break caused by the pandemic. The 68th artistic season will end with a live broadcat concert.

The programme of this concert creates a perfect symmetry. First, two works by 20th-century composers referring to early music: Krzysztof Penderecki's and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's Three Pieces in Old Style. Then, two Ludwig van Beethoven's Romances for violin and orchestra and two symphonies by Carl Philip Emanuel Bach. The Opole Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by its concertmaster, Andrzej Krawiec, who will also perform as a soloist.

The concert is held as part of the "Philharmonic. Caution, it draws you in!" programme co-organised by the Institute of Music and Dance.

The concert will be available to watch on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/filharmoniaopolska/ 

Gdańsk | Premiere of Magdalena Cynk's "Reflection I"


Magdalena Cynk's Reflection I will be first performed on 19 June 2020 at 5:00 p.m. at a carillon concert at the St. Catherine's Church in Gdańsk.

The latest piece by the composer from Toruń will be performed by the city carillonist Monika Kaźmierczak. This is an extremely emotional reaction of Magdalena Cynk to the pandemic situation. The mosaic form of Reflection I consists of thematically and agogically contrasting episodes in which the closing motif dominates. The concert programme also includes Healing Bells, a work written by Jet Schouten and Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, performed by carillonists from around the world. The concert can be heard around the tower of the St. Catherine's Church, as well as online on the Gdansk Carillon Facebook page.

Polish music will be also included in the programme of the next carillon concert on 20 June at 12.05 p.m. from the tower of the Main Town Hall in Gdańsk. We will listen to, among others, Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz's Ad Fontes. The composition was written for the Holy Week 2020 and was dedicated to all people who seek hope.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/carillony/ 

Katowice | Last concert of the season – online and in the concert hall!


On 19 June 2020 at 7.00 p.m., the Silesian Philharmonic will be filled with music and joy of experiencing it together. After the pandemic break, the long-awaited final concert of the season will be open to public.

The concert will be inaugurated by a unique work, which was co-created by five composers and hundreds of music lovers through online voting as part of the project #stayathomeandcreate, organized by the Silesian Philharmonic and PWM Edition. The project coincided with the sad news about the death of one of the most important and outstanding composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, Krzysztof Penderecki. The artists agreed to devote a joint work to the deceased Master. Suite in Memoriam Krzysztof Penderecki consists of five parts that differ in subject, character, form, harmonics and style. Each of them was created by Facebook users with a different composer, including: Mikołaj Górecki, Enjott Schneider, Adam Wesołowski, Marcel Chyrzyński and Jerzy Kornowicz. The composition is therefore a kind of review of the paths followed by contemporary artists, it illustrates how different are their approaches to composing and how these approaches can be combined by a common mission.

The Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk will also present two works by Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture "Coriolan" and Symphony No. 4 in B flat major.

The project was co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://bit.ly/3eVy7ns 

Final Concert of the 61st Tadeusz Baird Competition for Young Composers


The final concert of the 61st Tadeusz Baird Competition for Young Composers will take place on 19 June 2020 at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. Its recording will be available on the Internet from 20 June.

Tadeusz Baird Competition for Young Composers (formerly known as the Youth Competition of the Polish Composers' Union) has been organized annually since 1958. Its aim is to help young Polish composers launch their careers and to encourage their independent activity. This year, the main prize – the Tadeusz Baird Award of USD 2500 for further composition studies has been funded by the PZU Foundation. Honorable mentions are financed by the Polish Composers' Union Management Board. The subject of the Competition in 2019 was a composition for 1 to 4 saxophones.

The upcoming concert will feature works that have been qualified for the second stage: Nemesis (Phoenix emblem), Me and another one (Aditolek emblem), Fala pomarańczowo-zielona (Ówsanalin emblem), O pewności (Mercilles Efficiency emblem), Limitation (Don Giovanni emblem) and Ukwiał pustelnik (Matricaria chamomilla emblem). The compositions will be performed by The Woop Group, FCUM Quartet and Brzewski & Szymanowski Saxophone Quartet. The final verdict of the jury will be announced after the concert.

The event is organized by the Polish Composers' Union in collaboration with the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music and the ZAiKS Authors' Association from the funds of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage as part of the 'Music' programme.

Concert recording will be available at: https://soundcloud.com/user-595711012 

Toruń | Uncancelled Festival 2020


Toruń Symphony Orchestra invites you to the Uncancelled Festival 2020, organised entirely online on 5-20 June 2020. Its programme includes meetings with classical and popular music artists, live concerts, e-workshops and podcasts.

World-renowned artists associated with classical music, including Janusz Wawrowski, Agata Szymczewska, Anna Maria Staśkiewicz, Marcin Zdunik, Michał Szymanowski, Paweł Wakarecy, as well popular music artists, such as Jarek Wist, Janusz Radek, Grzegorz Wilk, Marcin Wyrostek, will take part in the Festival. They will present works by, among others, Fryderyk Chopin, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Stanisław Moniuszko, Feliks Nowowiejski, Grażyna Bacewicz, Witold Lutosławski, Marcin Wyrostek, Piotr Zaufal and Mateusz Adamczyk.

Magdalena Miśka-Jackowska and Piotr Matwiejczuk will record podcasts entitled "How Music is Created". Their final shape will depend on questions asked live by audience members. The list of the journalists's quests will include such personalities as maestro Jerzy Maksymiuk and Jacek Cygan. Piotr Matwiejczuk will also record podcasts dedicated to novice music lovers, in which he will tell how to listen to classical music.

Special instructional videos have been made for seniors to help them explore the Internet and provide convenient access to interesting cultural events.

The Uncancelled Festival was co-financed under the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Full programme is available at: https://bit.ly/3cvdXPQ 

3rd Polish Rising Music Stars Workshops Online

Polish Rising

The 3rd Polish Rising Music Stars Workshops and Competition will be held online on 27 June – 4 July 2020. Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf's original project consists of one-to-one online workshops with prominent Polish and foreign professors directed to the most outstanding Polish pupils, students and graduates.

The annual event is a part of the "Save the Music" social campaign, of which Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf is an ambassador. The programme aims at promoting the most talented artists of the young generation and becoming a platform introducing rising stars of Polish classical music to music lovers and concert agents. Participants of the project present their skills during the competition and final concert.

The registration process is free and takes place online. Participants of the third edition of the programme will be selected on the basis of audio and video materials sent by their teachers in three specialties: violin, viola and cello. The deadline for applications is 25 June 2020. 

The workshops will be conducted by Agata Szymczewska and Elena Denisova (violin), Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf, Irena Albrecht and György Gulyás Nagy (viola), Tilmann Wick and Anna Wróbel (cello). In addition, there will be classes devoted to chamber music (Arnaud Śmigiel-Kaminski and Anna Wróbel), analysis and interpretation of musical notation (Marek Czerniewicz), physical and mental preparation for musical performance (Jadwiga Zabawchalska) and self-presentation in the media (Marlena Wieczorek).

The project is supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the funds of the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

New Management Board of the Polish Composers' Union Youth Circle


A new board of the Polish Composers' Union Youth Circle for the years 2020-2022 was elected on 10 June 2020.

The Management Board, which is becoming more and more international, includes: Aleksandra Chmielewska – chairwoman, Jan Sanejko – deputy chairman, Krzysztof Tomasz Jurczak – secretary, Adam Diesner – treasurer, Andrei Yakushau – board member, Magdalena Pasternak – board member, Aleksander Jan Szopa – board member, Szymon Borys – board member.

The Youth Circle of the Polish Composers' Union was founded in 1949. It aims at training and preparing young composers, theoreticians and musicologists for membership in the organization and encouraging their active participation in musical life. The Youth Circle promotes young artists, among other during fringe events of the "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music (since 1969). It also organises the annual Zygmunt Mycielski Composition Competition.

Congratulations to the new Management Board, we wish you a successful term of office!