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Results of the 10th Zygmunt Mycielski Composition Competition


We know the results of the 10th Zygmunt Mycielski Composition Competition. The subject of this year's edition, organized by the Youth Circle of the Polish Composers' Union, was a composition for sextet.

The jury, after hearing all the compositions submitted for the Competition, decided to award the following prizes:

1st prize (PLN 4000): Paweł Siek for Neoplast p II

2nd prize (PLN 2,500): Dominik Puk for Telemachos

3rd prize (PLN 1500): Viacheslav Kyrylov for Music of inequality.

Honorable mentions were awarded to Serhi Vilka for song You'll no longer be able to fall asleep, Krzysztof Ratajski for Agreements of the music table and Michał Lazar for blurred.

All the awarded compositions will be performed by Hashtag Ensemble at the Concert of Premieres on 27 September 2019 at 5 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music as part of the International Festival of Contemporary Music "Warsaw Autumn".

Warsaw | 12th New Town Summer Festival

Letni Festiwal Nowego Miasta

12th edition of the New Town Summer Festival will take place in Warsaw between 19 July – 4 August 2019.

This year's edition will start at the Dominican Monastery with a recital of excellent violinist Katarzyna Duda accompanimed by pianist Hanna Holeksa who will perform works by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski and Henryk Wieniawski. The Sunday concert on 21 July at the St. Mary's Church will feature early music ensemble La Tempesta and foreign guests: cornetist Jeremy West and violinist Tomáš Kardoš, who will perform Mikołaj Zieleński's Communiones.

The second weekend of the Festival will be opened by Joanna Klisowska (soprano) and Katarzyna Neugebauer (piano) who will present nineteenth-century salon music: songs by Stanisław Moniuszko on his 200th birth anniversary and works by Karol Szymanowski and Ignacy Jan Paderewski. On 28 July, Italian pianist Leonora Armellini and Polish cellist Michał Zieliński will present works by Fryderyk Chopin. The last Friday of the Festival will be filled with music by Moniuszko and Chopin in an extremely interesting arrangement for glass harp and verrophone performed by the Wiener Glasharmonika Duo (Austria). In the finale, Warsaw Camerata under the baton of Paweł Kos-Nowicki and pianist Paweł Kowalski will perform Chopin's Concerto in E minor, Op. 11, and Haczewski's Sinfonia in D.

Full programme available at: https://www.facebook.com/LetniFestiwalNowegoMiasta/ 

Lublin | Moniuszko and romantic miniature

Fonie Lublina

The Association of Polish Musicians invites for a concert entitled "Moniuszko and romantic miniature", which will take place on 27 July 2019 at 6:00 p.m. the Crown Tribunal in Lublin as part of the "Fonie Lublina" concert series.

The programme will feature Moniuszko's vocal miniatures arranged for double bass and piano as well as works of romantic and neo-romantic composers: Manuel de Falla, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Reinhold Glière and Giovanni Bottesini. The concert will be performed by the artists from Silesia: Mazanek Duo, composed of Łukasz Mazanek (double bass) and Michał Mazanek (piano). The event will be hosted by Karol Furtak.

The project is implemented thanks to the support of the City of Lublin. Krzysztof Żuk, the President of the City of Lublin, and Przemysław Czarnek, the Governor of Lublin, took the honorary patronage over the event. Admission to the concert is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Częstochowa | Musica Sacra Concert

Musica Sacra

A solemn concert "Musica Sacra" will take place on 27 July 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Jasna Góra, featuring works awarded at the 15th International Composers Competition Musica Sacra Nova.

The jury of the 15th International Composers Competition Musica Sacra Nova headed by Paweł Łukaszewski awarded the prizes in the composition for mixed choir category. The first prize went to Michał Malec from Poland for the composition O vos omnes, followed by Beata Juchniewicz from Lithuania for Lacrimosa and Jakub Szafrański from Poland for O vos omnes. The awarded works will be performed by the Polish Chamber Choir under the direction of Jan Łukaszewski. In the second part of the concert, the choir will perform two works by Paweł Łukaszewski: Anima Christi and Responsoria Tenebrae.

The organizer of the event is the Gaude Mater Community Association. The concert is held under the patronage of Archbishop Wacław Depo – metropolitan of Częstochowa, father Marian Waligóra – prior of the Jasna Góra monastery and Jakub Chełstowski – marshal of the Silesia province.

Admission to the concert is free.

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Warsaw | Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street


The summer music scene at 272 Grochowska Street is in full swing! Chamber music concerts take place every Saturday and Sunday throughout July and August 2019 in the Concert Pavilion as part of the "Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street" series.

The repertoire of July Saturday concerts will help the audience to relax. On 20 July we will listen to the impressionist's works performed by violinist Maria Ołdak and harpist Malwina Lipiec-Rozmysłowicz, and on 27 July the Warsaw Accordion Duet with cellist Izabela Buchowska will present the music seasons: spring and summer by Astor Piazzolla, and autumn and winter by Antonio Vivaldi. Sunday concerts will be an opportunity to listen to the works from different parts of the world. Triumphal Brass Quintet and Reedbeat will perform in different configurations on 21 and 28 July. 

Afternoon "Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street" are part of the "Summer with Sinfonia Varsovia" season, which runs from May to September. Thematic chamber concerts, symphonic concerts of Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra, dance parties as welll as morning concerts for families and 'Smykofonie' series directed to the youngest listeners will be held for more than two months.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available atwww.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Warszaw | International Organ Concerts 2019


The Collegiate Church of the Evangelical Reformed Parish in Warsaw cordially invites you to the Evangelical Reformed Church for a cycle of organ recitals on the historic organs of the Schlag und Söhne company from 1900.

This wonderfully renovated historic instrument is used not only during the Sunday liturgy. Its beautiful and warm sound can be admired also during organ recitals, which are held on the fourth Sunday of every month of 2019 at 7.00 p.m. (exceptionally on the third Sunday of December). During the tenth jubilee edition, outstanding musicians from six European countries will perform: Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Greece, Italy and Poland. The artistic director of the festival is Michał Markuszewski.

Admission to all concerts is free,

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.festiwal.reformowani.pl

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Radziejowice | Final Concert of the International Summer Course for Composers "Synthesis"


The Musical Gardens Foundation and Professor Zygmunt Krauze invite you to the final concert of the International Summer Course for Composers 'Synthetis', which will take place at the Palace in Radziejowice on July 26, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.

The legendary Course for Composers in Radziejowice, initiated and organized by Polish Society for Contemporary Music in 1980s, was reactivated in 2013 and received the name of SYNTHETIS – from the Greek word meaning composer. The invitation to give lectures and conduct individual classes with the participants of this year's course was accepted by such outstanding composers as Chaya Czernowin (Israel), Toshio Hosokawa (Japan), Zygmunt Krauze (Poland) and Justė Janulytė (Lithuania). The students will also have the opportunity to participate in individual consultations with this year's artists-in-residence: violist Aleksandra Demowska-Madejska and saxophonist Wojciech Psiuk. They will perform selected pieces composed during the course on 26 July in the Palace in Radziejowice – a beautiful complex situated 50 km from Warsaw.

More information at: www.synthetis.pl 

Premiera polskiej opery Karola Nepelskiego „Ptasiek” w Londynie

NepelskiOpera Ptasiek autorstwa młodego polskiego kompozytora Karola Nepelskiego, zostanie pokazana w Londynie 28 lipca podczas festiwalu Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2019.

Przed dwoma laty Instytut Adama Mickiewicza umożliwił Nepelskiemu udział w warsztatach organizowanych przez London Philharmonic Orchestra (Young Composer Programme 2017/2018). Ten roczny program zakłada pracę nad nowym utworem przy wsparciu mentora – kompozytora i dyrygenta Sir James MacMillana. LPO, współpracująca z Instytutem Adama Mickiewicza w ramach programu Polska Music, co roku oferuje udział w programie warsztatowym jednemu kompozytorowi z Polski. Premiera Ptaśka jest pokłosiem tych właśnie warsztatów. Tête-à-tête Festival zaprosił Karola Nepelskiego do pełnej prezentacji opery po przedstawieniu performatywnego czytania dzieła.

Libretto Ptaśka autorstwa Waldemara Raźniaka oparte jest na znanej powieści Williama Whartona pod tym samym tytułem. Bohater, niegdyś obsesyjnie uwielbiający ptaki ekscentryk, po latach pogrążył się w szaleństwie. Wierzy, że sam jest ptakiem. Ptaki symbolizują dlań wolność, niezależność i szlachetność, których brakuje mu w otaczającej rzeczywistości.

Muzyka Karola Nelepskiego stwarza unikatową szansę wejścia w świat Ptaśka i jego przyjaciela, również poranionego przez życie i wojnę – Ala. W utworze Nepelskiego partie wokalne wzmocnione są przez cyfrowo przetworzone nagrania głosów kanarków.

W Londynie wykonawcami opery będą Michał Sławecki – Ptasiek (kontratenor), Ulato Sam – Al (aktor), Marta Piórkowska (skrzypce), Agnieszka Podłucka (altówka), Dominik Płociński (wiolonczela), Mateusz Loska (kontrabas), Renata Guzik (flety) i Bartosz Bury (puzon). Dyrygować będzie Lilianna Krych, a reżyserem spektaklu jest Waldemar Raźniak.

Magdalena Mich

Warsaw | Ludomir Michał Rogowski in memoriam


A concert on the 65th anniversary of Ludomir Michał Rogowski's death will take place on 24 July 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the University of Warsaw Library (S.B. Linde's Hall) as part on the 12th edition of the July concerts.

The concert will feature oprano Dorota Całek – associate professor at the Faculty of Pedagogy and Arts in Kalisz, pianist Urszula Świerczyńska, who has premiered numerous Polish works, violinist and violist Justyna Górska, a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. We will listen to their renditions of Ludomir Rogowski's songs and instrumental works: Ballade in C minor, Idyll, The Sounds of Hometown, Sonata in G minor, Six Preludes, Propos serieux et plaisants, and Serenade for voice, violin and piano to words by Natalie Clifford-Barney.

The concert will be accompanied by a presentation of valuable manuscripts, letters and photos from the Ludomir Michał Rogowski collections stored in the Polish Composers' Archive at the Music Department of the University of Warsaw Library and a lecture dedicated to the composer's fascinating life and career delivered by his biographer, Urszula Dzierżawska-Bukowska.

Free tickets will be distributed at BUW before entry for readers.

Full programme available at: https://www.buw.uw.edu.pl/koncerty-lipcowe-w-buw-2/