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3rd "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers" – The Symphony of Everyday Life

Czas SztukiThe "Czas Sztuki" Foundation invites you to the third concert of this year's edition of the "Masovian Musical Meetings without Barriers". The concert entitled "The Symphony of Everyday Life" will take place on 28 August 2020 at 6:00 p.m. on the outdoor stage of the Cultural Center in Kałuszyn.

The "Czas Sztuki" Foundation was established in November 2017 and one of its main goals is to organise free artistic events for poor people from small rural towns, who are excluded from participating in cultural life. The organization has already conducted two series of concerts "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers" in 2018 and 2019. The third edition of the series will feature 8 concerts, which will take place in very small towns in the counties of Mińsk, Siedlce and Węgrów, where residents are deprived of cultural offer and access to cultural goods.

The next concert is dedicated to seniors. The Time Quartet will present an overview of dances in musical works. The programme will feature a sarabande, minuet, march, polonaise, mazurka, waltz and tango by Georg Friedrich Handel, Luigi Boccherini, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Fryderyk Chopin and Astor Piazzolla.

The project is co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund. Free admission!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

"Culture on the web": double bass concerts on the Internet

Kontrabas.plThe kontrabas.pl project is a series of three online concerts presenting Polish works for double bass, which will last untill 28 August 2020.

The initiative aims to present works that are hard to find on recordings. The initiator of the project is Karol Nasiłowski – a leader of the double bass section of the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic Orchestra in Szczecin and assistant professor at the Art Academy of Szczecin – together with his wife, pianist Izabella Nasiłowska.

The concerts take place in the new interactive Castanea hall at the Technopark Pomerania in Szczecin. The first two events featured Three Capriccios for double bass solo by Stefan Bolesław Poradowski and Three pieces for double bass and piano by Jan Kolasiński. During the last concert, scheduled for 28 August at 7.00 p.m., we will hear ContraForte, a ballad for double bass and piano by Benedykt Konowalski, written for the performers as a wedding gift.

The project is carried out as part of the"Culture on the web" programme of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Zakopane | 43rd Karol Szymanowski Music Days Festival

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The programme of the 43rd Karol Szymanowski Music Days in Zakopane, which will take place between 30 August and 6 September 2020, is focused primarily on the works of Ludwig van Beethoven, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Karol Szymanowski.

In 2020, the entire musical world is celebrating the 250th birth anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven. We can hear the influence of his artistic work in the 20th-century music, the best proof beeing Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's oeuvre. The composer, born in Czernica, drew inspiration from the Master of Bonn on many occasions. His music is also very close to Karol Szymanowski's work. Górecki was a student of Bolesław Szabelski, who was a student of the patron of the festival – in a straight line Górecki continues Szymanowski's musical heritage. Moreover, we cannot ignore the Silesian composer's love for Szymanowski's music and Podhale itself. If we add works by Ludomir Różycki, Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Marcin Jachim (the winner of the 60th Tadeusz Baird Composers' Competition), we get a diverse range of Polish music from the beginning of the 19th century to the beginning of the 21st century, which will be presented during the Festival.

Outstanding performers guarantee perfect interpretations of the achievements of these masters. The festival will be inaugurated by the Dafô Quartet, celebrating its 25th anniversary. We will hear violin recital by Sławomira Wilga, winner of the 1st Prize at the 1st Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition in Katowice, piano recitals by Radosław Sobczak and Eligiusz Skoczylas, concerts of the Silesian Quartet and the Sinfonia Varsovia String Ensemble under the direction of Jakub Haufa. The festival will end with a performance of The Highlander's Dance from Szymanowski's ballet Harnasie, arranged by Wiesław Świderski.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a maximum of 50 people can attend fesival concerts. Starting from 20 August, you can reserve your seat by phone at +48 607 820 795.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: http://www.szymanowski.zakopane.pl/ 

Poznań | "Contemporary chamber miniature in the times of pandemic. First performances": Radosław Mateja

AM PoznańA presentation of new work by Radosław Mateja in the series “Contemporary chamber miniature in the times of pandemic. First performances” will take place on 27 August 2020 at 12.00 p.m. on the Academy of Music in Poznań's websiteFacebook profile and YouTube channel.

The title of Radosław Mateja's piece  – Toccata for trombone and organ  – refers to the music of the 18th century, and its sequence of movements is slow-fast-slow (reprise). The middle segment includes fugato, another reference to baroque music. The piece will be premiered by Wojciech Jeliński (trombone) and Kamil Lis (organ).

The series “Contemporary chamber miniature in the times of pandemic. First performances ” presents premieres of works by composers associated with the Academy of Music in Poznań. On subsequent Thursdays we will hear miniatures composed by the Academy's teachers: Prof. Monika Kędziora (3 September), Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, PhD (10 September), Michał Janocha, PhD (17 September), Prof. Artur Kroschel (24 September), and Prof. Zbigniew Kozub (1 October).

Link to the online premiere: https://youtu.be/lyZYDy-BmUA 

Warsaw | "The Student Prince" – screening with live music

Książę StudentThe Iluzjon Cinema invites you on 27 August 2020 at 8.00 p.m. to the screening of the last silent film by Ernst Lubitsch The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg. Music for the film will be performed live by composer, arranger and improviser Aleksandra Chmielewska.

Aleksandra Chmielewska focuses on the relationship between music and visual art. In her music, she seeks to establish deep emotional connection with the listeners. She composes orchestral, choral and chamber music.

The drama The Student Prince is now considered a classic by many film historians and one of Lubitsch's best silent films. It was produced in 1927 by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The script was based on the 1901 play Old Heidelberg by Wilhelm Meyer-Förster. This is the story of a young prince, heir to Karlsurg, who falls in love with a beautiful barmaid during his studies. Soon, however, he must choose between his heart and his duty to the royal family and the whole country. The main roles were played by pre-war cinema stars: Ramón Novarro, Norma Shearer and Philippe De Lacy. The Student Prince was produced for over 108 days and cost over a million dollars.

More information at: http://www.iluzjon.fn.org.pl/filmy/info/5154/ksiaze-student.html 

Bydgoszcz | 3rd "Music at the Blumwe Villa" Festival


The Piotr Orawski Foundation invites you to five concerts with fantastic performers in the Jeremi Przybora Concert Studio at the Villa of Wilhelm Blumwe – the seat of the Polish Radio of Pomerania and Kuyavia in Bydgoszcz. The 3rd "Music at the Blumwe Villa" festival will run from 27 August to 10 December 2020.

In this year's edition the organizers focused on the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven's birth. Compositions by the master from Bonn will be performed by Mariusz Patyra and Mariusz Klimsiak, Akademos Kwartet and Polish Piano Trio. Exceptional vocal recitals by Anna Wilk and Ewa Leszczyńska will complete the Festival programme. There will be Polish music, both romantic and contemporary. We will hear works by Stanisław Moniuszko, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Andrzej Panufnik, Witold Lutosławski and Romuald Twardowski, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday. The November concert will belong to the composer of the young generation, Michał Dobrzyński – a graduate of the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz and the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. The concerts will be hosted by Magdalena Jasińska and Bartłomiej Wezner, the artistic director of the Festival.

The concerts will be held with limited audience participation to maintain a social distance. The events will be also broadcast on YouTube and retransmitted on Fridays in the Radio PIK's "Classic Salon" at 9:06 p.m.

More information at the Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/muzykawwilliblumwego/

4th Theodor Leschetizky International Piano Competition


4th Theodor Leschetizky International Piano Competition will be held at the Hamburg University of Music and Theater on 22-27 August 2020.

The competition is organised by the Theodor Leschetizky Music Society in Warsaw in cooperation with the Hamburg University of Music and Theater and aims at promoting Polish music, which is compulsory in the programme. 

Jury chaired by prof. Hubert Rutkowski will grant Main Prizes in the total amount of € 12.500 and Special Awards: Chopin Prize (€ 2.000) awarded by Chopin Gesellschaft Hamburg & Sachsenwald and Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Hamburg for the best interpretation of Fryderyk Chopin’s works; Carl Bechstein Prize (€ 1.000) for the best interpretation of works by following composers: Hans von Bülow, Franz Liszt, Claude Debussy or Alexander Skrjabin; Concert Prize: Recital at the Paderewski Festival in Raleigh, USA; Concert Prize: Recital at the Silesian Beethoven Festival in Głogówek, Poland;  Four Cultural Prizes: cultural travel in Poland. Warsaw, Żelazowa Wola (Birthplace of Chopin), Cracow, Zakopane (Szymanowski Museum)

Admitted to participate are students of music universities, academies and conservatories from all countries.
Application deadline: 15 June 2020.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.leschetizky.eu 

"Janko Muzykant": The soundtrack to a pre-war film was found in Italy

FINAThanks to the search activities of the Polish National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute (FINA), the original recordings of music to the film Janko Muzykant (1930), written by Leon Schiller and Grzegorz Fitelberg, have been found in a private collection in Italy! This is one of the most sensational discoveries concerning pre-war Polish cinema in recent years.

The story, based on the famous novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz, was directed by the world-famous director Ryszard Ordyński. Janko Muzykant was one of the first full-length sound films produced in Poland. The film was shot in Poland, mainly in and around Warsaw, and then the sound was added in a studio in Berlin. The music for the film, composed by Leon Schiller and Grzegorz Fitelberg, was recorded on gramophone records. In Ordyński's film, the songs were sung by the heroes for the first time in the history of Polish film. After the war, the soundtrack was lost, and the score has not survived. The film is known to this day only in an incomplete version, without sound. Since the film was created at the turn of silent and sound cinema, dialogues and plot elements were displayed on title cards, so the picture could be successfully shown as silent.

In the FINA studios, works are underway on the digital restoration of the film Janko Muzykant and the restoration of its lost soundtrack. The film’s premiere is scheduled for April 2021. It will take place during the Silent Cinema Festival, organized by FINA at the Iluzjon Cinema in Warsaw. The world premiere of the film after its reconstruction will take place in May 2021 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco.

More information at: https://fina.gov.pl/ 

Warsaw | "Experimental Tuesdays": Small Instruments

SVThe "Experimental Tuesdays" series taking place as part of the Sinfonia Varsovia To Its City 2020 Festival will end with the performance of the Small Instruments ensemble. The latest works by Paweł Romańczuk will be premiered on 25 August 2020 at 8.00 p.m. on the stage at 272 Grochowska street.

"Experimental Tuesdays", a new series of contemporary music concerts, examine the relationship between music and nature as well as respond to the challenges of modernity, including man’s influence on the environment, the climate crisis, the progressing digitization of life, the lack of algorithmic transparency, and the lack of internet privacy.

The Small Instruments ensemble based in Wrocław and founded by Paweł Romańczuk became famous for exploring new sounds using a wide array of small instruments. The instruments used in their sonic experiments feature an ever expanding array of professional instruments, sound toys made for children or naive in nature, strange musical inventions as well as a whole array of small items that aren't really instruments but do make a sound. Small Instruments recycle not only the materials from which sound structures are built, but also the tradition of classical music. At the concert as part of the festival organized by Sinfonia Varsovia, the ensemble will perform works by Igor Stravinsky, Erik Sati and Dmitri Shostakovich. We will hear instruments and playing mechanisms built by Paweł Romanczuk himself, among others. in his works Szemrzą te bory from the album Samoróbka and Stone's dances. We will also hear the first performance of compositions created along with new constructions.

The meeting with the artists after the concert will be hosted by Wioleta Żochowska, curator of the series.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre.

Information on tickets at: https://www.sinfoniavarsovia.org/