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Zielona Góra | 50th anniversary of artistic work of Czesław Grabowski


The concert on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of artistic work of the Director of the Zielona Góra Philharmonic – Czesław Grabowski – will take place on 14 June 2019 at 7pm.

The anniversary concert, which will take place as part of the Festival of the Lubuskie Province, symbolically refers to the activities of a distinguished Polish conductor, composer and teacher, a professor of the conducting class at the Academy of Art in Szczecin.

The programme will feature Ludwig van Beethoven's Triple Concerto in C major for violin, cello and piano performed by three eminent Polish soloists, with whom the Maestro has been collaborating for many years: Edward Zienkowski, Tomasz Strahl and Beata Bilińska. Beethoven's music is also a symbolic choice as it referrs to the idea of ​​unity, which for a number of years was a spiritus movens of the International Festival of Music Days on the Oder.

During the concert, Czesław Grabowski will also perform his own compositions, presenting his individual, personal attitude towards the aesthetics of contemporary music. We will listen to Intrada chamber orchestra performed by the musicians of the Symphony Orchestra of the Zielona Góra Philharmonic.

Information on tickets athttp://filharmoniazg.pl/events/50-lat-pracy-artystycznej-czeslawa-grabowskiego/ 

Szczecin | End of the season at the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic

Filharmonia Szczecin

The last concert of the artistic season 2018/2019 at the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin will take place on 14 June 2019 at 7:00pm featuring works by Richard Strauss, Richard Wagner and Mieczysław Karłowicz.

The last Polish Romantic – if we look both at his work and life – was Mieczysław Karłowicz. The 32-year-old composer, who died tragically in an avalanche in the Tatra Mountains, left a relatively small number of works. One of his early pieces is Bianca da Molena Op. 6 – music for the drama White dove by Józef Nowiński. A special place in Karłowicz's oeuvre is occupied by six symphonic poems. The first piece in this genre, Returning Waves Op. 9, was written after the death of his father and sister. According to Karłowicz, the composition is to reflect the changing moods of a man depressed by his fate.

Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss, another representative of the late Romantic period, have a similar tone. Works of Richard Wagner are the quintessence of German Romanticism in music. The reformer of opera and the creator of musical drama in his stage works eagerly reached for German mythology and medieval legends. In the final of the concert, the Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Rune Bergmann will perform the Overture to the Wagner's opera The Mastersingers of Nuremburg.

More information athttps://filharmonia.szczecin.pl/pl 

Katowice | Shakespeare in Love


The concert of the Polish Radio Choir on 13 June 2019 at the NOSPR Chamber Hall in Katowice will be a continuation of the series of musical meetings devoted to the marriage of words and music.

After the concert devoted to Italian Renaissance poetry and the work of Rainer Maria Rilke, the choir will reach for compositions inspired by the achievements of the English poet and playwright William Shakespeare, whose works have stimulated the imagination of composers for over 400 years. Over the centuries, the stylistics and musical language of the artists has changed, but the fascination with poetry has remained unchanged.

This musical diversity will be reflected in the concert's repertoire. The Polish Radio Choir will present three music cycles: by English artist of the early twentieth century Ralph Vaughan Williams, by contemporary composer of Finnish descent Jaakko Mäntyjärvi and a solo cycle by Roger Quilter (Adam Radnicki – bass, Karolina Krupa – piano). The programme of the concert will also include music of Polish artists: Agata Zubel, Maciej Małecki and Paweł Łukaszewski.

The evening devoted to William Shakespeare will be complemented by the recitals of his poetry performed by Radosław Krzyżowski. The Polish Radio Choir will be led by its artistic director, Maria Piotrowska-Bogalecka.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Music" programme, implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

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Bydgoszcz | Concert for six pianos


A "Concert for 6 pianos" will take place on 12 June 2019 at 7pm at Ignacy Jan Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz.

The Capella Bydgostiensis Chamber Orchestra will perform next to a piano sextet composed of: Adam Kośmieja, Mariusz Klimsiak, Radosław Kurek, Michał Szymanowski, Paweł Wakarecy and Bartłomiej Wezner. The musicians will present Divertimento F-Dur KV 138 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Concerto for four pianos in A Minor BWV 1065 by Johann Sebastian Bach, Three Pieces in Old Style by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Six Pianos by Steve Reich.

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.bydgoszcz.pl/ 

Warsaw | Premiere of "Variations on Global Crowd" by Karol Nepelski


A premiere of Karol Nepelski's Variations on Global Crowd with quadraphonic electronics, commissioned by the Biennale Warsaw and performed by Gośka Isphording, will take place on 11 June 2019 in TR Warszawa. The programme will also include works by Peter Ablinger, Ángel Faraldo, Ailís Ní Ríain and Jukka Tiensuu.

The new piece of music for amplified harpsichord and sampler composed by Karol Nepelski is a quest for the mood that accompanies mass assemblies in cities all over the world, in which, nevertheless, solidarity or residents’ discontent has led to socio-political changes. The electronic layer of the sampler uses short excerpts of recordings (samples) available on social media, such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter: sounds of the crowd, public concerts, the audio sphere of city meetings and protest moveaments, as well as speeches of leaders, politicians and authority figures. It is a quasi-opera, with the sampler in the role of the human voice (voices of individuals and entire groups of people), and the harpsichord as the accompanying orchestra.

The world premiere of the piece will be entrusted to the internationally-renowned harpsichordist, an outstanding interpreter of contemporary music – Gośka Isphording.

More information athttp://trwarszawa.pl/spektakle/wariacje-na-globalny-tlum/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/354769908355143/

Lublin | Moniuszko and French music


On 9 June 2019 at 6pm, the Association of Polish Musicians invites you to the Crown Tribunal in Lublin for a concert "Moniuszko and French music" as part of the concert series "Fonie Lublina".

Probably every music lover knows what value had Moniuszko's music to Poles in the days of positivism. Due to the use national motifs, attachment to national traditions as well as satirical and comedic sense, Moniuszko's works became a representation of the national belonging to the opressed nation. A slightly different approach to opera was presented at that time in France – a country that was undoubtedly the capital of European culture in the second half of the 19th century. It was there that the most prestigious opera performances were produced, attracting musicians from all over the world.

During the concert "Moniuszko and French music", Stanisław Moniuszko's works will be confronted with the works of French composers of the second half of the nineteenth century. The clash of different ways of perceiving music – Moniuszko's focused on national themes and the French composers' focused on the cosmopolitan values, the power of art and creating new trends – is reflected in the programme of the upcoming concert. Apart from Moniuszko's arias (also in the violin transcriptions), we will listen to the works by Georges Bizet, Charles Gounod and Cesar Franck.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Elbląg | Piano History of Europe


Wojciech Waleczek will introduce the audience to the piano works by European composers of different periods during the concert on 9th June 2019 in the Old Town Hall in Elbląg. The concert will celebrate the 15th anniversary of Poland's accession to the European Union.

The audience will follow the piano history of the Old Continent. History, whose chapters were written not only by Chopin, Paganini and Bach, but also less known but equally intriguing artists. For example, Johan Helmich, a composer, oboist and conductor, who would embarrass people of the Renaissance with versatility, and went down in history as a "Swedish Haendel".

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttp://www.eok.elblag.eu/pl/news/fortepianowa-historia-europy

Warsaw | 9th Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street in June


On 8 and 9 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.

The upcoming June concerts will feature Piotr Nikiel (tenor), Miho Kurihara (piano) and participants of the Opera Academy. The musicians will present chamber music by Stanisław Moniuszko and Japanese composers. We will also listen to romantic vocal music and works by Polish composers of the twentieth century: Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Ludomir Różycki, Witold Lutosławski, Piotr Perkowski, and Mieczysław Weinberg, whose 100th birth anniversary falls this year.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: www.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Szczecin | To those who have not returned from the sea...


 A concert dedicated To those who have not returned from the sea... will be held on 8 June 2019 at 10pm at the Central Cemetery in Szczecin. The programme will include works by Marek Jasiński and Ola Gjeilo.

It is a periodic event taking place in the unusual scenery of the Central Cemetery, among the symbolic graves of those who were taken by the sea. In this way, the organizers want once again to commemorate the people who have tied their lives to the sea. The music is accompanied by lights, which intensifies the mood of the evening. The concert is preceded by a maritime ceremonial with the participation of the honorary company of students of the Maritime University of Szczecin. The unique atmosphere of the event attracts over a thousand spectators every year.

During this year's concert dedicated To those who have not returned from the sea... we will listen to Marek Jasiński's Stabat Mater and Sunrise Mass by the Norwegian composer of the younger generation Ola Gjeilo. Recognized as a rising star of world classical music,Ola Gjeilo has created his own style inspired by classical, film, folk and jazz music. The four-part Sunrise Mass is an affirmation of the beauty of nature and a reflection on man's desire to rule the world. The works will be performed by the Jan Szyrocki ZUT Academic Choir and the Orchestra of the Castle Opera in Szczecin under the direction of Szymon Wyrzykowski.

Information on tickets athttp://www.opera.szczecin.pl