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Elbląg | Chamber Music conducted by Thomas Kalb

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German conductor Thomeas Culb will lead the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra during the concert on June 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the concert hall of the State Music Schools Complex in Elbląg.

German critics described him as a "sovereign interpreter". No wonder, since Thomas Kalb's original and ambiguous musical creations surprises even the most sophisticated music lovers. As one critic stated, "a conductor who, from every note, develops a bouquet of ideas and transfers his creativity to musicians". Under the baton of Thomas Kalb, the Elbląg chamber musicians will perform Franz Schubert's String Quartet No. 12 in C minor D 703, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's String Symphony No. 12 in G minor, Edvard Grieg's String Quartet No. 1 in G minor Op. 27, and Canzona di barocco for string orchestra by Henryk Czyż.

The concert is held under the patronage of the PWM Edition as part of the TUTTI.pl project promoting the performances of Polish music.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: http://www.eok.elblag.eu/pl/news/kameralne-oblicza-thomasa-kalba 

Warsaw | 9th Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street: Polish and Japanese Music

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On 15 and 16 June 2019 at 4pm in the concert hall of the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra (272 Grochowska Street) concerts "Japan" and "Moniuszko" will take place as part of the cycle "Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street".

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.

On 15 June, the music of Japanese artists and composers inspired by the culture of Japan will be presented by young talented Warsaw percussionists Mikołaj Rytowski and Franciszek Prokopiuk. They will present, among others, K'an by Wojtek Blecharz. The next day, Stanisław Moniuszko's quartets will be performed by the musicians of Sinfonia Varsovia and violinist Piotr Markowski, the deputy concertmaster of the Płock Symphony Orchestra.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

4th Polish Circles of Art in China Festival

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The 4th Polish Circles of Art in China Festival is another year of presenting the best in our art. The upcoming edition will begin on 6 June 2019 with a tour of Grzegorz Niemczuk. The tour will end on 15 June at the Chongqing Guotai Arts Center.

The renowned pianist will perform first in the concert hall of the Beijing Tsinghua University, then in the prestigious halls of Zibo, Shijiazhuang, Wuhan and Chongqing. Grzegorz Niemczuk's concerts mark the beginning of the fourth edition of the Festival of Polish Circles of Art in China, where other artistic activities will be held until December 2019.

The Polish Circles of Art Festival in China has been organized by the Foundation of the Circles of Art since 2016. Already after the first edition, the event was hailed by the Chinese media as "the most important Polish cultural event of 2016 in the Middle Kingdom". Until now, Polish creators of visual arts, music, film and video games have shown their achievements at the Festival in 16 significant cities in the PRC. Pianist Grzegorz Niemczuk has been associated with the with the Polish Art Circles Festival in China since its second edition. His concerts have always been a special part of the programme. This year, his repertoire will consist of works by Wojciech Kilar, Fryderyk Chopin and Wang Jianzhong.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://kregisztuki.com/ 

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The Annual Awards of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage were granted to Polish composers

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During the ceremonial gala at the National Theater in Warsaw on 12 June 2019, the Minister of Culture and National Heirtage, Professor Piotr Gliński, awarded creators, animators and patrons whose activity notably contributes to the development, dissemination and protection of culture. The prizes were awarded in seventeen categories.

The Annual Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage is granted since 1997 to artists, creators and culture animators in acknowledgement of their total achievements or for exceptional achievements in a given year in the field they represent. This prestigious award allows the Minister of Culture and National Heritage to highlight the most important trends and phenomena in Polish culture by honoring people who create and represent them. The National Center for Culture is responsible for organizing the annual Awards Gala of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

This year, the distinctions of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage in the field of "Music" were given to two Polish musicians: Agata Zubel – composer and vocalist, lecturer at the Academy of Music in Wrocław, regular member of the Polish Composers' Union, and Piotr Moss – a laureate of many Polish and French awards and honorable mentions, who lives and works in Paris, a member of the Polish Composers' Union since 1977.

The Honorary Award of the Polish Composers' Union for Andrea Brzoza

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On 12 June 2019 the Presidium of the Main Board of the Polish Composers' Union decided to award the second Honorary Award of the Polish Composrs' Union this year. The winner is Mrs. Andrea Brzoza.

Andrea Brzoza was born in Lobito, Angola. In 1962, together with her parents (of Austrian descent) she moved to Austria and after a year to Portugal. In 1975, she began studying at the English and Journalism Department at the University of Vienna. She moved to Poland in 1977. She was employed at the Austrian embassy, ​​in the academic year 1977/ 1978 she worked as a Portuguese language teacher at the University of Warsaw. From autumn 1978, she works at the Austrian Cultural Forum (Institute of Austrian Culture). It is an agency of the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, whose task consists of the cultural and scientific dialogue with artists and scientists of each particular host country. Andrea Brzoza is responsible for music projects.

The Honorary Award of the Polish Composers' Union was granted to Andrea Brzoza for outstanding contribution to building cultural ties between Poland and Austria.

The award ceremony will take place during the 62nd International Festival of Contemporary Music "Warsaw Autumn" at the Polish Composers' Union office in the Old Town Market Square.

Łódź | Bacewicz International Summer Music Academy

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Bacewicz International Summer Music Academy is a series master classes designed for musicians who want to broaden their knowledge and develop their skills in piano playing. During the first edition of the courses in Poland, the most outstanding pianists and professors of our time will share their experience with the participants.

The organizers of BISMA are Stretto Music Foundation and the Academy of Music in Łódź. The cyclical nature of the courses should contribute to the popularization of Grażyna Bacewicz's work, the promotion of the Academy of Music and the city of Łódź not only in the country, but also internationally. In this piano edition, the organizers invited the lecturers from two prestigious universities – the Royal College of Music in London and the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg. The master classes will be led by professors Dmitri Alexeev and Jacques Rouvier and artists of the younger generation: Ilya Maximov and Jianing Kong.

The courses will take place between 19-26 August 2019 in the buildings of the Music Academy in Łódź. BISMA has planned five concerts, including one devoted to Grażyna Bacewicz (combined with a lecture). The courses, under the patronage of the composer, will culminate in a gala concert during which the International Grażyna Bacewicz Prize will be awarded to the best participant.

The deadline for submissions is 14 June 2019. Registration fee is 60 € (participants from Poland are exempt from the entry fee). The cost of participation in the course: 490 €.

The director of BISMA is pianist Julia Kociuban.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed information available at the BISMA official webstiewww.bisma.pl 

Poznań | End of the artistic season 2018/2019

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The last concert of the artistic season 2018/2019 at the Poznań Philharmonic will take place on Friday, 14 June 2019 at 7pm in the Adam Mickiewicz University Hall.

The soloist of the evening will be the artist-resident of the Poznań Philharmonic during the passing season – Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud. The Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra will be led by their director – conductor Marek Pijarowski.

The evening will start with a thrilling Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 by Jean Sibelius, which is a real challenge for the greatest violinists. Then, we will listen to the excellent Partita for Large Symphony Orchestra by Grażyna Bacewicz. The finale will feature the mystical Poem of Ecstasy (Symphony No. 4), Op. 54 by Alexander Scriabin. The concert will be hosted by Jakub Kasperski.

More information athttps://filharmoniapoznanska.pl/

Kielce | End of the concert season at the Oskar Kolberg Philharmonic

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On 14 June 2019 at 7pm the Symphony Orchestra of the Oskar Kolberg Świętokrzyska Philharmonic in Kielce will perform for the last time this season.

The evening will start with Ludomir Różycki's Mona Lisa Gioconda – a symphonic prelude composed in the late Romantic style, which will be presented by the Symphony Orchestra of the Świętokrzyska Philharmonic under the baton of the director of this institution, Jacek Rogala. In the interpretation of Maria Sławek, a young violinist with great musical sensitivity and very good technique, we will listen to the Spanish Symphony in D minor by Édouard Lalo. The concert will end with Ignacy Dobrzyński's Symphony in B flat major.

The concert is held under the patronage of the PWM Edition as part of the TUTTI.pl project promoting the performances of Polish music.

More information at: http://filharmonia.kielce.pl/ 

Opole | End of the 67th artistic season

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The last concert of the 67th artistic season of the Opole Philharmonic will take place on 14 June 2019 at 7pm. The programme will include music of Stanisław Moniuszko, Emil Młynarski and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

The Symphonic Orchestra of the Opole Philharmonic will perform under the direction of Przemysław Neumann. The evening will start with Stanisław Moniuszko's Fairy Tale Fantastic Overture of 1848, written while the composer was living in Vilnius. Then we will listen to Emil Młynarski's Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Major Op. 16, which was premiere in 1920 by a legendary violinist Paweł Kochański. During the June concert the soloist will be Jakub Jakowicz. The 67th artistic season of the Opole Philharmonic will be closed by Sergei Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2 in E minor.

More information athttps://filharmonia.opole.pl/wydarzenia/strefa-gwiazd-7/