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Sułkowice | Concert of Laureats of the Antoni Cofalik National Violin and Viola Competition


The concert of laureates of the Antoni Cofalik National Violin and Viola Competition for Primary Music Schools' Students will take place on June 9, 2018 at 6.00 pm in the Concert Hall in Sułkowice.

The aim of the competition is to develop children's musical talent, present their artistic achievements, promote the most talented students, improve methodological and pedagogical skills of teachers and popularize the work of Professor Antoni Cofalik, an outstanding pedagogue and composer of numerous works for children and youth.

Open auditions will be held on June 8-9, 2018 in the Concert Hall located in the ZSZiO hall of residence in Sułkowice (1 Maja 66 St.). The compulsory program of the Competition includes works from collections by Antoni Cofalik: At the zoo, At the circus and Aviary.

The concert of laureates will take place in the Sułkowice Concert Hall. All participants of the Competition will receive commemorative diplomas, and the winners will also receive prizes. For the best participant of the Competition a special prize of Professor Antoni Cofalik will be handed out.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.


Mikołów | Final concert of the 28th Mikołów Music Days

Mikołowskie Dni Muzyki

On June 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the St. Adalbert Basilica in Mikołów, the Symphony Orchestra of the Silesian Philharmonic conducted by Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk and the excellent violinist Piotr Pławner will close the 28th edition of Mikołów Music Days.

The programme of the closing concert will include: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy – Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64,  Karol Szymanowski – Etude No. 3 in B Flat Minor, Op.4 (orch.Grzegorz Fitelberg), Franz Schubert – Symphony No. 8 in B minor. 

Admission free.

More information at: http://www.dnimuzyki.mdkmikolow.eu/pl/ 

Kielce | Polyhymnia's Canon


On June 8, 2018 at 7.00 pm, the Oskar Kolberg Świętokrzyska Philharmonic will host the concert "Polyhymnia's Canon", during which the Overture by Grażyna Bacewicz will be performed.

Overture of Grażyna Bacewicz was written in 1943, during the Second World War. Nevertheless, the work strikes with optimism and vitalism. During the concert the Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Mateusz Rusowicz will also perform Piano Concerto No. 4 by Ludwig van Beethoven and Symphony No. 4, Op. 120 by Robert Schumann. The star of the evening will be Aleksandra Hortensja Dąbek, winner of many significant competitions, including 7th International Chopin Piano Competition in Budapest in 2016. In the same year, she won the second prize at the Debut International Piano Competition in New York, and also performed for the first time at Carnegie Hall and the Ehrbar Hall in Vienna.

The concert will take place under the patronage of the Polish Music Publishing House as a part of theTUTTI.pl project, promoting performances of Polish music.

Information on tickets at:  http://filharmonia.kielce.com.pl 

Lublin | End of the 2017/2018 season at the Lublin Philharmonic


The last concert of the 2017/2018 artistic season of the Henryk Wieniawski Lublin Philharmonic will take place on June 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm under the title "Listen to what Wyspiański was listening to before he wrote the Wedding".

The programme of the concert refers directly to the compositions that inspired Stanisław Wyspiański during his foreign travels: Die Feen, Lohengrin and Der Fliegende Holländer by Richard Wagner (Bavaria, 1890), Giuseppe Verdi – Un ballo in maschera, and Carl Maria von Weber – Der Freischütz.

The closest link between Wyspiański and the musical art in Poland was his acquaintance with the composer and musicologist Henryk Opieński. They not only shared common interests and organised amateur theater performances, but also cooperated with creating music illustrations of Wyspiański's works. During the concert we will hear a symphonic poem Zygmunt August and Barbara by Henryka Opieński.

The works of Stanisław Wyspiański enjoyed popularity among contemporary composers. The Akropolis cantata for mixed choir and orchestra by Grażyna Bacewicz, which was written in 1964 on the occasion of the 600th anniversary of the Jagiellonian University, is based on the Wyspiański's drama of the same title. The work will be performed by the Symphony Orchestra of the Lublin Philharmonic and the Lublin Lute Choir under the direction of Piotr Wajrak.

More information at: http://filharmonialubelska.pl

Elbląg | Under the white and red flag with Herdzin


A concert of the 15th Summer Politics Gardens in Elbląg, with the participation of Krzysztof Herdzin, Krakow Reed Trio and Elbląg Chamber Orchestra, will take place on June 8, 2018 at 7.00 pm, in the main hall of the Cyprian Norwid Elbląg Library.

Apparently, you do not enter the same river twice, but fortunately this rule does not apply to the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra and Krzysztof Herdzin. EOK and one of the most versatile Polish musicians will once again join forces – this time to show the timeless beauty of native melodies. They will be joined by the Krakow Reed Trio.

The programme will include such works as Three Crowns – a poem devoted to the mountains and a kind of musical tribute to Wojciech Kilar, Concertino for reed trio and strings, Chopiniana Con Delizia for piano and strings, and Suite on Polish themes, in which Krzysztof Herdzin refers to traditional Polish melodies – polka, olender, mazurek, zbójnicki, polonez and krakowiak.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: http://www.eok.elblag.eu

II Kwidzyn Music Spring International Festival


The 2nd Kwidzyn Music Spring International Festival will be held on June 4-8, 2018. The Five-Day International Festival is organised by the newly established foundation Phasma-Music in the church oo. Franciscan St. Trinity in Kwidzyn and in Auditorium of the Kwidzyn Center of Culture.

The initiator of the festival is Dr Iwona Glinka (from Kwidzyn), soloist, educator, recording artist and leading performer of new and experimental music. The main idea of the Kwidzyn Music Spring International Festival is presenting the most interesting interpretations of music from ancient through to today using the original instruments, as well as portraying artistic phenomena inspired by music. The aim of the festival is to promote classical music, not only among the residents of the city of Kwidzyn and Kwidzyn County. The organisers will collaborate with local artists, youth, and children. The festival will contribute to the promotion of the city of Kwidzyn and its cultural heritage.

The Festival will be inaugurated by the concert of laureates of the 1st Witold Szalonek International Composers' Competition. We will hear, among others, White Hole for for flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon by Franciszek Araszkiewicz. In the following days there will be such concerts as "Baroque and romantic for violin and organ", "aḗr + phōnḗ", "Baroque vs. Contemporary" and "Visual Music Projection". On June 8, in the interpretation of Duo Sopot, we will hear two works of Krzysztof Naklicki for cello and accordion: Hey, sea! and Toccata.

Admission to the concerts is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed programme available at: http://www.phasma-music.com 

Warsaw | Elżbieta Chojnacka in memoriam


The Polish Music Council and the Polish Composers' Union invite you to a concert of the memory of Elżbieta Chojnacka on the first anniversary of her death, which will take place on June 6, 2018 at 8.00 pm at the Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art.

The performer of the evening will be Aleksandra Gajecka-Antosiewicz – harpsichordist and pianist, doctor of musical art, graduate of the G. and K. Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź in the class of prof. Ewa Piasecka (1999) and in the class of prof. Marek Drewnowski (2000). In the years 2001-2003 she studied at the University of Mozarteum in Salzburg under the direction of outstanding harpsichordist prof. Elżbieta Chojnacka, who recognized A. Gajecka-Antosiewicz as her successor and heiress. In 2015, after completing doctoral studies with prof. Ewa Piasecka, she defended her first doctoral dissertation in Poland on the performance of contemporary harpsichord music. In March 2018, at the Palace in Rybna, she founded the Elżbieta Chojnacka Center for Contemporary Harpsichord Music. The hapsichordist will present works by György Ligeti, Zygmunt Krauze, Paweł Szymański, Jerzy Kornowicz and Grant MacLachlan.

The program also includes the screening of Elżbieta Chojnacka. Harpsichordist movie directed by Jan Hryniak (TVP, 2000) and memories of invited guests: Zygmunt Krauze, Paweł Szymański, Jerzy Kornowicz and Paweł Mykietyn. The event will be led by Grzegorz Michalski, president of the Polish Music Council.

Admission to the event is free.

Stanisław Moryto died at the age of 71


Stanisław Moryto – composer, organist and music teacher, professor of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw – died on the 5th June 2018.

He graduated in organ (1971, after studies with Feliks Rączkowski) and composition (1974, after studies with Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz) from the State Higher School of Music in Warsaw. In 1973-81, he was the president of the Polish Musical Youth Association “„Jeunesses Musicales de Pologne”, and in 1981-97 – president of the Polish Musical Institute. He was also the initiator and artistic director of the festival “Conversatorium of Organ Music” in Legnica.

In the years 1996-2002 Stanisław Moryto was the prorector of the Academy of Music in Warsaw, in the years 2002-2005 – the dean of the Department of Composition, Conducting and Theory of Music, and then the rector of the instituttion (2005-2012). In addition, he taught at the Józef Elsner State Music Schools in Warsaw.

In 2011 he was awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa of Keimyung University in Daegu (South Korea). He received a number of awards and distinctions for his work, including the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2001), and the Crucem, Magni Officialis from the Grand Master of the Order of Malta (2007). In 2012 the President of the Republic of Poland awarded Stanisław Moryto the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta for outstanding achievements in the dissemination of musical culture, for achievements in artistic creation and didactic activity.


Warsaw | Outdoor Concert of the Oskar Kolberg Award 2018 Laureates


Kashubian and Subcarpathian songs and dances, as well as mazurkas and obereks from Radomskie region are just some of the attractions of the outdoor concert of the winners of the Kolberg Award, which will take place on June 6, 2018 at 7.00 pm at the Courtyard of the Royal Castle in Warsaw.

After the success of the concerts in the previous years, for the third time in the 43-year history of the Oskar Kolberg Award for „merit for folk culture”, funded by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, the laureates will present themselves during a unique outdoor concert in a special repertoire. Regional costumes and traditional instruments will be shown by musicians from Wielkopolska and Kaliskie region, members of the Lipce Band from Wygnanów, Kashubian Song and Dance Ensemble "Sierakowice" and the Regional Song and Dance Ensemble "Markowianie". During the concert, which will be led by Krzysztof Trebunia-Tutka, there will be a joint "Dance Evening" – a great occasion to learn regional dances and games on a special wooden floor.

The concert is organized by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Institute of Music and Dance. The event's partner is the Royal Castle in Warsaw. Admission free.

More information about the award can be found at: www.nagrodakolberg.pl