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"Art institutions in the new reality – ask an expert a question"


The Institute of Music and Dance and Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute invite you on 8 June 2020 to a conference "Art institutions in the new reality – ask an expert a question".

The exact hour of the meeting will be announced shortly. The conference is addressed to the directors of art institutions and serves to clarify the guidelines for supporting the return of audiences to cultural events.

Due to the limited number of places, applicants will be handled on a first-come-first-served basis. One institution can be represented only by one participant, submitting a maximum of two questions to which invited experts will answer during the meeting. To participate in the meeting you must register by 4 June at 5.00 p.m.

All interested in participating are asked to complete the registration form that is available on the website: https://imit.org.pl/konferencje/zadaj-pytanie-ekspertowi

Guidelines for organizers of cultural and entertainment events during the SARS-CoV-2 virus epidemic in Poland


Guidelines for organizers of cultural and entertainment events during the SARS-CoV-2 virus epidemic in Poland were developed by the Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and Chief Sanitary Inspectorate, with assistance of the Institute of Music and Dance and Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute.

The fourth stage of restoring economic and social life means the possibility of reopening cultural institutions – theatres, operas, concert halls and cinemas. Cultural events will return after more than two months break. The coming weeks in cultural institutions will be key in terms of recognizing the audience expectations. Return of the audience will certainly be gradual and building trust will be important. Therefore, the directors and employees of cultural institution have an important task ahead of them consisting of proper communication with viewers and securing a space that meets the sanitary safety requirements.

The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage has provided a set of guidelines that are another, more precise, record of guidelines enabling actions with respect for restrictions and concern for our health. The key task is to adapt the possibilities of cultural institutions to these guidelines.

Documents are available at: https://www.gov.pl/web/kultura/wytyczne-dla-uruchamiania-dzialalnosci-instytucji-kultury--teatrow-oper-filharmonii-i-kin 

Myroslav Skoryk has passed away…


Famous Ukrainian composer, pianist, conductor and musicologist Myroslav Skoryk died on 1 June 2020 in Kiev, at the age of 81. In 2006-2010 he was the vice president of the Ukrainian Composers' Union. The funeral will take place on 5 June at the Lychakiv Cemetery in Lviv.

Skoryk was a graduate of Lviv and Moscow Conservatories. He taught composition at the Lviv (1963-1966) and Kiev Conversatories (1966-1988), and until 1999 lectured at universities in the United States and Australia. After returning to Ukraine, he was the head of the Department of the History of Ukrainian Music at the Ukrainian National Academy of Music, artistic director of the Kyiv Music Fest, and artistic director of the Taras Shevchenko National Opera of Ukraine (2011-2016). He also taught composition at the Lviv Conservatory.

His work include an opera, two ballets, four cantatas for choir and symphony orchestra, four symphonic poems, concerto for orchestra, three piano and nine violin concertos, suites and partite for chamber orchestra, music for films, as well as many chamber and choral works, including Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom.

Myroslav Skoryk received a number of honourary titles, important state awards and decorations, among others The Hero of Ukraine, the People's Artist of Ukraine, the Order of the State and the Golden Star, the Order of Merit I, II and III degree, and Taras Shevchenko National Award.

Condolences from the Polish Composers' Union are available in Polish and Ukrainian.

Agnieszka Budzińska-Bennett in "House Party with Dwójka” - transmission of a concert from Switzerland


Founder and manager of the Ensemble Peregrina based in Basel, twice nominated for "Polityka" Passports Awards. Vocalist, harpist and musicologist who knows all secrets of early music. Agnieszka Budzińska-Bennett will be the guest of the next, eighth broadcast from the series "House Party with Dwójka". The concert from her home in Switzerland will be held at 7 p.m. on 6 June 2020.

Every weekend, Polish Radio Channel 2 (Dwójka) invites you to concerts taking place in the homes of artists who want to share their music with listeners and Internet users in these difficult times of isolation. This Saturday, Agnieszka Budzińska-Bennett will perform with Elizabeth Rumsey – an instrumentalist who specializes in performing 15th- and 16th-century music.

Their concert programme will include medieval and Renaissance motets, psalms and songs, some in instrumental versions, as well as works by composers of the turn of the 20th century – Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Karol Szymanowski. During the concert, you'll be able to hear several historical instruments, such as the gothic harp, viola d'arco and lirone. There will be also a surprise for listeners – Agnieszka Budzińska-Bennett, who is also a pianist by education, will play the piano in public for the first time since graduation.

Broadcast of the concert in the "House Party with the Dwójka" series on 6 June at 7.00 p.m. – on Polish Radio Channel 2, its website and Facebook page.

Ballet "The Song of the Earth" – online premiere


The Castle Opera in Szczecin invites you on 6 June 2020 to the online premiere of the ballet The Song of the Earth with music by Roman Palester and choreography by Paolo Mangioli.

The Song of the Earth was performed in 2019 by the Castle Opera group under the musical direction of Jerzy Wołosiuk during the "Polish Ballet Evening". Commissioned by the World’s Fair in Paris for the Polish Ballet, The Song of the Earth is one of Palester’s last folklore-inspired works. The ballet libretto was developed by the composer himself from Leon Schiller’s idea. The work consists of three scenes preceded by an orchestral introduction. They depict successively Midsummer Day, Wedding and Harvest Festival. Palester’s vivid music was highly appreciated at the World’s Fair and awarded with a gold medal. A French reviewer wrote: "Palester’s composition is superb, with its nervous dance-like rhythm, colourful and skilful orchestration, full of poetry".

The choreography for the Szczecin performance is the work of Italian artist Paolo Mangioli, director of the national ballet in Malta. The surprising choreography comes along with costumes and stage design straight from the Matrix. Paolo Mangioli did not follow the work's plot in his dance composition. Instead, he presented the complex relationship between modern man and digital world.

The broadcast will be available on YouTube.

Starry Night Concert Online: Marcin Łukaszewski


The Planetarium of the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw invites you to an extraordinary journey into the world of music and constellations. Next "Starry Night Concert" will take place online on 5 June 2020 at 7:00 p.m. and its guest will be Marcin Łukaszewski.

Each concert is a unique combination of live music and space visualizations displayed in the Planetarium. We will visit stars, planets and other celestial bodies, exploring distant corners of the Universe. It is both an artistic experience and a reflection on our place in the Universe. The concerts are carried out as part of the #Kopernikontheweb project: Festival of Change and Starry Night Concerts. The project was co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the web"programme.

Marcin Tadeusz Łukaszewski is a pianist, composer, and music theorist associated with the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. He studied piano under Bronisława Kawalla, Jan Ekier, and Edward Wolanin. He also completed a postgraduate course in contemporary music performance, music theory, and composing. In 2005, he obtained his PhD, and in 2014, a post-doctoral degree in music theory and composing. As a pianist, he specialises in 20th and 21st-century Polish music. He is a winner of numerous composition competitions, and an author of various publications on music of such Polish composers as Franciszek Lessel, Piotr Perkowski and Marian Sawa. During the upcoming concert he will perform works by, among others,  Fryderyk Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, Karol Szymanowski, Marian Sawa, and Marian Borkowski.

Online broadcast will be available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/i0LOfP4CSMk 

13th Historical Event of the Year 2019


The voting for this year's "Historical Event of the Year", organized by the Polish History Museum in cooperation with the portal https://historia.org.pl/ and the Royal Łazienki Museum, has began! You can vote for the projects selected by the jury from 1 to 30 June 2020.

The aim of the plebiscite is to honour the organizers, creators and initiators of the most interesting historical events of the past year promoting the history and culture of Poland in the country and abroad. The plebiscite consists of two stages. In the first stage, the jury, consisting of representatives of the organizers and people of science and culture, selects five projects in each of the categories: 'Exhibition', 'Event' and 'Education and multimedia'. The final decision is made by internet users in the second stage of the plebiscite by open voting. The announcement of this year's results and the award gala will take place in September.

In the 'Education and multimedia' category, one can vote for 100 for 100 box (PWM Edition), which is an exclusive set documenting the last 100 years of Polish music. 1700 Polish artists got involved in the preparation of this unique publication, completing 61 recordings of the most important music works of the last century. In the 'Event' category, the opening of the Princes Czartoryski Museum, which featured recitals of Szymon Nehring, Krzysztof Książek and Piotr Orzechowski, 'Pianohooligan', has a chance to receive the title of "Historical Event of the Year 2019".

To participate in the plebiscite, please visit www.whr.muzhp.pl, accept the regulations and cast your vote. The final result depends on us!

NOSPR online concerts in June: premiere of "Empty City Radio" by Piotr Peszat and Grzegorz Mart


It will be a unique ending of a very unusual concert season. In June 2020, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra returns to playing concerts, although in the upcoming weeks the musicians will play for an empty hall. The audience will be able to participate in concerts via the Internet.

The pandemic, which deprived the orchestra of the opportunity to meet with an audience for many weeks, prompted the PNRSO to redefine many aspects of its concert tradition. The orchestra musicians will start performing on stage with the required distance.

In addition to classical and chamber repertoire, June will see the premiere of a four-part audiovisual work commissioned by the institution from composer Piotr Peszat and video artist Grzegorz Marta. Empty City Radio was created during the total lockdown of the institution and is an artistic testimony of this extraordinary period.

All online concerts will be available for free, although there will be a possibility of supporting the institution through donations.

More information at: https://nospr.org.pl/pl 

13th Competition of 20th- and 21st-century Music for Young Performers 2020


The Polish Society for Contemporary Music announces a call for entries for the 13th Competition of the 20th- and 21st- century Music for Young Performers 2020. The competition is under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Due to the pandemic, participants will be interviewed online on 24-30 October 2020. The deadline for submitting applications is 15 October 2020.

The copetition is open to all instrumentalists and vocalists (regardless of citizenship) as well as Polish citizens who study abroad. The competition aims at presenting 20th- and 21st- century music. The programme of the performance must include at least one piece by a Polish composer. One of the selected works must come from the catalog of the PWM Edition, which is available at https://pwm.com.pl.

The jury consists of: Dariusz Przybylski, Anna Dorota Władyczka and Maciej Żółtowski.

The organizers appreciate the huge work and role of teachers in preparing the competition programme. For this reason, each statury prize (except for special prizes for accompanists) will be divided in half between the winner and his teacher. Extra-statutory material prizes will be provided by the PWM Edition.

The winners will be invited to perform at the gala concert on 20 November 2020 at the Władysław Szpilman Polish Radio Studio in Warsaw.

The project is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme run by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Rules and regulations of the competition as well as all required documents are available at: http://ptmw.art.pl/xiii-konkurs-muzyki-xx-i-xxi-wieku-dla-mlodych-wykonawcow-2020-informacja-wstepna/