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Wrocław | „At first there was… noise“

NFMMedia patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

During the concert of the Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra at the National Forum of Music on the 21st of May 2022 at 7.00 p.m. Gidon Kremer, a violinist of Latvian origin will perform.

The musicians will perform works by Astor Piazzolla and Mieczysław Weinberg. The evening will begin with compositions by Ukrainian artists - Victoria Polova and Mykola Łeontowycz. The second part of the concert is devoted to the project ‘At first there was… noise’, realized in collaboration with Robert Wick. Works of Mieczysław Weinberg - one of the most intriguing composers of the last century – were used by Gidon Kremer in the project.

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More: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/9040 

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Cracow | Polish National Competition ‘20 Looks on Karol Szymanowski’

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

POLMICThe Polish National Competition ‘20 Looks on Karol Szymanowski’ organized on the 140th birthday and 85th anniversary of the artist's death, will be held on the 21st of May, 2022 in Cracow. A record number of 64 students of secondary music schools from 10 voivodeships has been registered.

"20 gazes on ..." is planned as a nationwide series of knowledge competitions about the life and work of a selected composer, whose jubilee (birth or death anniversary) falls in a given year. The series with this attractive formula aims to, among others, accustom students to the music of the 20th century – most of the series were devoted to composers of this century. The aim of the event is to popularize knowledge about the life and work of one of the most important composer of the last century in Poland and Europe, perfectly combining modern European musical language with Polish folk tradition. The organizers of the Competition are the Center for Artistic Education and the Archdiocesan Secondary Music School of Fr. card. F. Macharski in Cracow. The President of the Republic of Poland holds the honorary patronage of the event.

The competition is divided in two stages: the first - written, and the second - oral. In each stage, the participant's task will be to identify musical examples and answer a set of questions concerning the composer's life, work and thoughts. The members of the competition jury will include: prof. dr hab. Wiesław Delimat (The Pontifical University of John Paul II, Head of ASM in Krakow – chairman), prof. dr hab. Stanisław Krawczyński (The Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Kraków), dr hab. Małgorzata Janicka-Słysz, prof. AMKP (The Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow), prof. dr hab. Aleksandra Paszek-Trefon (The Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice) and Marek Dolewka, PhD (ASM in Krakow – Jury secretary, competition coordinator).

All participants of the competition will receive a diploma of participation and prizes. In addition, the finalists will be honored with cash prizes.

The partners of the competition – sponsors of the special awards – are: IDAGIO classical music streaming service, NOSPR, the Arkana Melomana portal and the Ósemkowa.pl shop.

Rules of the competition available on the website: https://asm2.edu.pl/ogolnopolski-konkurs-20-spojrzen/ 

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Bonn and Hamburg | Conference of the International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC)

The annual meeting and conference of the International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC) will take place in Bonn and Hamburg from 21 to 26 May 2022. For the first time in 20 years, Germany will once again be the host country for the International Association of Music Information Centres, which has members from more than 30 countries worldwide.

On Tuesday, 24 May 2022, you can participate in the conference online. The public conference day under the topic "Musical Life at the Intersection Between Tradition and the Future" will be livestreamed worldwide from the Beethoven House in Bonn. In four panels, top-class experts will deal with how internationalisation and globalisation affect different areas of musical life, and which trends can be observed. The focus will be on the topics of contemporary music and copyright as well as questions of programming, the promotion of young musicians, and music education. Aspects such as digitalisation, climate protection or diversity will be examined as well as the question of what lessons can be learned from the Covid-19 pandemic. Speakers include Steven Walter (Artistic Director of Beethovenfest Bonn), Christiane Wiesenfeldt (Professor of Musicology, University of Heidelberg), Christiane Engelbrecht (Managing Director of International Ensemble Modern Academy), Thomas Schäfer (Director of International Music Institute Darmstadt) and Jürgen Brandhorst (Director of Society for Musical Performance and Mechanical Reproduction Rights GEMA).

The streaming will be realised by a professional camera team in order to offer the participants in front of the screens an exciting conference experience. The form of the webinar allows you to be present not only as a silent spectator, but also to ask questions and actively participate in the discussion.

It would be our great pleasure to welcome you online at IAMIC2022 on 24 May. Please register now via the registration form so that the link to the webinar can be sent to you:

https://konferenztechnik-de.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rNDEVTdnS7WqZcEy-rCMNA

For more information on the programme and speakers, please see our website at

https://miz.org/en/focus/international-conference-of-music-information-centres

The conference will generally be held in English. Simultaneous translators for the parts in German will be available.

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Gdańsk | World Accordion Day 2022

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

POLMICOn the 20th of May 2022 at 7.00 p.m. on the occasion of the World Accordion Day the Accordionists Research Group of the Stanisław MoniuszkoMusic Academy in Gdańsk invites you to a special concert. Three accordion orchestras will perform in the concert hall of the Academy. The programme will include, among others premiere of compositions by Krzysztof Falkowski Enigma, as well as compositions by A. Chaczaturian, G. Rossini, J. Brahms, F. von Suppe, G. Bizet, M. Lorenc, W. Kilar, N. Rizol.

Performers will be Pulsanti Accordion Orchestra prepared by dr. hab. Paweł Zagańczyk, the Kashubian Accordion Orchestra and the Arti Sentemo Chamber Accordion Orchestra conducted by Zbigniew Czuryła. In the final of the concert over 30 accordionists will play two compositions together.

The Gdańsk Academy of Music has been the organizer of the World Accordion Day for many years. During previous editions lectures and scientific sessions were also organized. The event was held under the patronage of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA), which brings together accordionists from all over the world.

Admission to the concert is free!

Additional information: https://www.amuz.gda.pl/wydarzenia/world-accordion-day,799 

Toruń | 'As long as Poland lives in us’ - new project of the Toruń Symphony Orchestra

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

Toruń Symphony Orchestra invites you to a new project ‘As long as Poland lives in us’, combining music, history, literature and promoting Polish musical heritage. Between the 19th of May and the 4th of June 2022 there will be two symphonic concerts, a chamber concert, concerts for children, city games, lectures, a lecture and a concert featuring a military orchestra with a choir accompaniment.

The main goal of the Toruń Symphony Orchestra is to present works characterized by patriotic and liberation ideas, inspired by the poetry of the 19th and 20th centuries. Chamber music concert with the participation of Krzysztof Napiórkowski's trio, a cross-over symphonic concert with the participation of TOS and the Ukrainian band Haydamaky, of writer Andrzej Stasiuk and actor Robert Więckiewicz, as well as concerts for the youngest audience will take place.

Detailed programme: www.tos.art.pl 

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Wrocław | Dance Apotheosis

NFMMedia patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

 

The programme of the concert of the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic and Andrzej Kosendiak on the 20th of May 2022 at 7.00 p.m. will consist of two works by Ludwig van Beethoven: the Triple Concerto in C major, with a Polish accent, as well as Symphony No. 7 in A major, which, since its premiere, has provoked all sorts of comments from other composers and which enjoys unflagging popularity.

The soloists of the concert will be Radosław Pujanek - violin, Wojciech Fudala - cello and Michał Rot - piano.

More: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/8992 

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Kąśna Dolna | 40 years of the Week of Talents Festival

The 40th Jubilee Talent Week promoting young artists will take place between 15-21 of May 2022 at the Paderewski Center in Kąśna Dolna. This year's festival is devoted to the art of piano.

The auditions of the Anna Knapik Competition, addressed to students of secondary music schools in Lesser Poland, will take the form of concerts with the participation of the audience. Young pianists will compete for a cash prize of PLN 2,000 and the opportunity to perform in the final concert of the Bravo Maestro Chamber Music Festival.
On the 19th of May the "Tarnowskie Talenty" concert will take place, in which outstanding students of the Paderewski Music School Complex in Tarnów will take part.
On the 21st of May there will be a Competition for the Scholarship of the Paderewski Center for students of Polish art music universities. The winner of the Main Prize will receive PLN 10,000.
The Talent Week will be inaugurated by Krzysztof Jabłoński with the Kraków Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Paweł Wajrak. In the first part of the concert the artist will present the Legend in A flat major, Op. 16 No. 1 and the Fantastic Krakowiak in B major Op. 14 no. 6 by Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

Detailed programme: https://www.centrumpaderewskiego.pl/ 

Warsaw | 36 Warsaw Music Meetings

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

The concerts of the 36th Warsaw Music Meetings will take place between May 15–20,2022 at the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio, Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art, Fryderyk Chopin University of Music and the Evangelical Reformed Church. The organizer of the festival is the Warsaw Branch of the Polish Composers' Union.

We will hear 7 premieres, including a piece commissioned and co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage as part of the ‘Composing Commissions’ programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

On the 16th of May the forgotten music of the pre-war Warsaw composer Juliusz Wertheim, as well as Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz and Wanda Landowska will be performed. At the concert ‘Per musicam ad astra’ on the 17th of May, Leszek Lorent and Jan Gralla will perform works by Marcin Błażewicz, Paweł Buczyński, Adam Sławiński and Marta Śniada, who debuts at the festival. On the 18th of May the early music ensemble Il Tempo led by Prof. Agata Sapiecha will present Heinrich Biber's Mystery Sonatas and the premiere of the Five Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary by Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska and Mysteria Luminos by Rafał Janiak.

More information: www.wsm.art.pl and www.facebook.com/warspotmuz 

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Polish Composers' Union stands up for freedom of speech

The Board of the Polish Composers' Union expresses its firm objection to the breaking of the cooperation by Polish Radio with Ms. Dorota Kozińska in response to her post concerning the anniversary of the Smolensk catastrophe on her Facebook account.

Being convinced that this post is not in line with culture of language, which our environment should care for, we also believe that freedom of speech is the supreme value in a democratic state and Polish Radio is also obliged to respect it.