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Toruń | 23d International Festival "Nova Music and Architecture"


The 23rd edition of the "Nova Music and Architecture" Festival will take place between 28 June and 7 August 2019. Many historic and modern architectural spaces of Toruń will be filled with an extremely rich range of musical presentations.

At the invitation of the organizers, the Toruń Symphony Orchestra, performers from many countries and different continents will come to the festival. There will be special programmes for children and entire families as well as unique meetings with organ, vocal, chamber and symphonic music.

The festival will start with Marek Napiórkowski's and Artur Lesicki's concert with the Toruń Symphony Orchestra, during which the musicians will present the most beautiful melodies of Polish film music released on the Celuloid album, nominated for the "Fyderyk" award. We will listen to works by Andrzej Kurylewicz, Tomasz Stańko, Marek Napiórkowski, Jerzy "Duduś" Matuszkiewicz, Krzysztof Komeda, Artur Lesicki, Andrzej Korzyński and Wojciech Kilar.

On 13 July at the Artus Court, the Ãtma Quartet string quartet will present a programme composed entirely of works by Polish composers: The String Quartet No. 3 "Paper-cuts" by Andrzej Panufnik, String Quartet "Pages of an Unwritten Diary" No. 3 by Krzysztof Penderecki and String Quartet op. 56 No. 2 by Karol Szymanowski. On August 10 in the Old Town Hall, tenor Piotr Buszewski accompanied by Aleksandra Seredyńska will perform, among others, Four songs op.11 by Karol Szymanowski and selected songs by Stanisław Moniuszko.

Full programme available athttp://muz-arch.pl

Poznań | Summer Stage at the Academy of Music

AM Poznań

Next edition of the "Summer Stage at the Academy of Music" – a series of holiday meetings with music performed by teachers, students and graduates of the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Music Academy in Poznań will be held between 29 June and 31 August 2019.

The Academy of Music Coundation in cooperation with the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music and the Poznań City Hall has prepared an attractive concert offer for all those who plan to spend the summer in Poznań. The tradition of musical meetings in the summertime has more than twenty years – from 2012 the concerts were held in the Poznań City Hall (the cycle was called "Summer City Hall Concerts") and from 2013 at the Academy of Music Auditorium (name changed to "Summer Stage at the Academy of Music").

Holiday concerts in the Stefan Stuligrosz Auditorium will be held on Wednesdays in July and August (3, 10, 17, 24, 31 July and 7, 14, 21, 28 August). The inauguration and final concert will take place at the courtyard of the Poznań City Hall on Saturdays: June 29 and August 31 at 12.15 pm. Admission is fee for all the concerts.

The musicians will present an attractive, varied repertoire, including works by Polish composers: F. Chopin, S. Moniuszko, M. Karłowicz, J. Zarębski, I.J. Paderewski, K. Szymanowski, G. Bacewicz, A. Krzanowski, H. Czyż, B. Kaszuba, B. Dowlasz, T. Joteyko, S. Niewiadomski, K. Brosławska-Zawadzka, and J. Młodziejowski.

Full programme available at: https://amuz.edu.pl/event/scena-letnia-w-akademii-muzycznej-2019/ 

Results of the 60th Tadeusz Baird Young Composers' Competition


The final concert of the 60th Tadeusz Baird Young Composers' Competition, held on 25 June 2019, featured works qualified to the 2nd stage of the competition. The results were announced after the concert.

Among the presented works were: Magic Squares (emblem Triangle), Une saison dans rêve (emblem Rimarth), Singing at the end of the day (emblem Chestnut 12), Sublimation (emblem TBQ), String Quartet Shapes (emblem Maple leave). 

The jury composed of: Eugeniusz Knapik – chairman, Krzysztof Baculewski, Miłosz Bembinow, Arkadiusz Kubica and Hanna Kulenty decided to award the main prize – Tadeusz Baird Award – to the Singing at the end of the day (emblem Chestnut 12). This year's main prize in the amount of $ 2,500 for further compositional studies was funded by Marta Ptaszyńska. The honorable mentiones, funded by the Main Board of the Polish Composers' Union, were given to the Une saison dans rêve (emblem Rimarth) and Sublimation (emblem TBQ). The winners are: Marcin Jachim (Singing at the end of the day), Adam Potera (Une saison dans rêve) and Tomasz Kubiak (Sublimations).

The awards ceremony will take place during this year's "Warsaw Autumn" festival on 25 September.

Laureates of the 5th International "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta" Composition Competition


We know the results of the 5th International "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta" Composition Competition under the honorary patronage of Professor Krzysztof Penderecki.

The jury of the 5th International "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta" Composition Competition composed of: Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa, Eugeniusz Knapik, Marcel Chyrzyński, and Jurek Dyba has reached its verdict. The first prize was awarded to Mr. Tomasz Citak (Poland) for the piece Jubilee Sinfonietta: Akira. The jury has also decided to award an honorable mention to Mr. Youngkwang Yang (South Korea) for the piece Jubilee Sinfonietta: Per Aspera ad Astra.

The composition of the first prize laureate, Mr. Tomasz Citak, will receive its premiere on 2 July during the 5th Sinfonietta Festival’s concert For Our Freedom and Yours (The Gallery of the 19th Century Polish Art in The Cloth Hall ‒ MNK branch, 7.00 pm).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttp://sinfonietta.pl/ 

Warsaw | The New Music Scene: Amok Koma


The next concert of the "New Music Scene" series at the New Theatre in Warsaw will take place on 30 June 2019 at 7pm under the title "Amok Koma". The Chain Ensemble will perform works by Bauckholt, Kwieciński, Lutosławski, Romitelli and Stockhausen.

The concert under the palindromic name "Amok Koma" will begin with the hypnotic Kreuzspiel by Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007). This unusual piece composed in 1951 for amplified instruments – oboe, bass clarinet, piano and extended percussion – was recognized by the composer as his first fully original composition. It consists of phases in which the obsessive rhythmic pulsation, on the background of which violent percussive eruptions sound, is combined with a punctual texture, with isolated inputs of individual instruments.

Amok by Carola Bauckholt (born 1959) expresses itself in the image of a particular type of propulsion mechanism (Laufwerk, 2011) treated by this composer in its proper way – mechanistic-animalistic, and at the same time slightly mocking. A somewhat similar attitude is perceptible in the a 6 [+1] by Andrzej Kwieciński (born 1984), whose composition Canzon de 'baci for solo voice and chamber orchestra won in 2014 in the category of Young Composers at the 61st International Tribune of Composers in Helsinki and was included in the group of 10 works recommended in the main category. Subito for violin and piano (1992) by Witold Lutosławski (1913-1994) combines the suddenness of the main theme's attack in the title of the work with a condensed, youthful energy present in the last work written by the composer.

The duality of states between amok and coma – a strong blow alternating with a detachment from reality – is the main concept of the whole concert, and above all the work from which this idea originates: fascinating Amok Koma for instruments and electronics (2001) by the prematurely deceased new music visionary Fausto Romitelli (1963-2004). The composer was interested in "the epiphany of a hidden violence that reveals itself only through the chaotic derivation of [musical] material, through the ritual of its destruction as a discursive element . . . and its resurrection as incandescent material, alien, out of control".

More information athttp://www.nowyteatr.org/

Łowicz | Golden Jubilee – Inauguration Concert of the 20th "Colors of Poland" Festival

FŁThe inauguration concert of the 20th Touring Festial of the Łódź Philharmonic "Colors of Poland" will be held on 29 June 2019 at 7.30pm in the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Nicholas in Łowicz.

In the jubilee year of the Łódź Philharmonic Choir, the programme of the "Colors of Poland" festival has to include a performance of this experienced ensemble. The choir has been enriching the repertoire of the Philharmonic since 1969. Previously, it operated as an amateur band.

The celebration of the golden jubilee began on 17 February 2019 and it will last until March 2020. During this time, there will be over a dozen concerts presenting diverse repertoire. "The philharmonic choir is composed of talented, fully engaged artists - professional enthusiasts whose skills have been appreciated not only by music lovers from Łódź – emphasizes Tomasz Bęben, the general director of the Łódź Philharmonic. – I'm glad that from season to season the choir becomes more and more recognizable as an ensemble of our institution".

The concert in Łowicz will feature works from various eras, from Baroque, through Classicism, to the 20th and 21st centuries. We will listen to, among others, the premiere of Glosa for trumpet and mixed choir by Krzysztof Grzeszczak, a composer associated with Łódź. The work is dedicated to: "Dawid Ber and the A. Rubinstein Łódź Philharmonic Choir on the occasion of the 50th Jubilee". Gloria by Sławomir Kaczorowski will also be performed for the first time. The programme will also include Missa Brevis by Krzysztof Penderecki and Bibi Synku, bi by Anna Rocławska.

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

Warsaw | The Solo Flute Project

Serhii Vilka

A concert titled "The Solo Flute Project" will take place on 27 June 2019 at 6pm in the Ukrainian House in Warsaw (1 Zamenhofa St.), featuring premieres of the works by Polish and Ukrainian composers dedicated to the composer, multiinstrumentalist and conductor Serhiy Vilce.

Serhi Vilka is a graduate of the P. Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine in Kiev (flute class of Serhiy Neugodnikov and composition class of Yevhen Stankowycz). He is a co-founder of Sed Contra Ensemble in Kiev. His orchestral and chamber works were performed in Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, the USA, Austria, Moldova and Armenia. Currently, as a scholarship holder of the "Gaude Polonia" in Warsaw, under the supervision of the director of the "Warsaw Autumn" Festival, Jerzy Kornowicz, he is working on new compositions. He was also admitted to the Youth Circle of the Polish Composers' Union.

Serhii Vilka has made over 100 world and Ukrainian premieres of musical works as a soloist and member of chamber ensembles. The upcoming concert will feature Polish premieres of the works dedicated to the artist: Zub' by Oleg Bezborodka, Virus by Andriy Merkel and Breath by Lubawa Sydorenko. The flutist will also perform the world premiere of Insomnia at Dawn composed especially for him by the president of the Youth Circle of the Polish Composers' Union, Aleksandra Chmielewska. For the first time in Poland, the audienco will also listen to Together with light air by Serhija Pilyutikova and A (i) rietta by Serhiy Vilka.

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12th Southern Greater Poland Music Festival

Festiwal Południowej Wielkopolski

12th Music Festival of Southern Wielkopolska, organized by the Kalisz Philharmonic, will last until 21July 2019. The concerts will take place in Kalisz, Kalinowa, Śmiełów and Ostrów Wielkopolski.

To celebrate the 200th birth anniversary of Stanisław Moniuszko, the musicians will recall well-known and less frequently performed works by the father of the Polish national opera. On 20 July in Kalisz, students and graduates of the Vocal Studies at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music Branch in Białystok will perform selected songs from the Songbook for Home Use series. On 29 July in Kalinowa, Ensemble Frédéric and Adam Klocek will present Mazur from Halka and Polonaise from The Countess opera. The programme will also feature two rarely played string quartets composed by Moniuszko in Berlin.

On 30 June, flutists Agata Kielar-Długosz and Łukasz Długosz accompanied by the Witold Lutosławski Płock Symphony Orchestra will premiere Concerto for two flutes and orchestra "Urbex Concerto" by Wojciech Ziemowit Zych. The work was commissioned by the Institute of Music and Dance as part of the "Collections: Composing Commissions" programme. The festival will also feature Divertimento by Krzysztof Penderecki, combining contemporary music language with eighteenth-century aesthetics. A solo cello part will be performed by Maria Lezczyńska.

Admission to all concerts is free!

Full programme available at: www.filharmoniakaliska.pl 

Warsaw | Summer with Children's Music Gardens

Ogrody Muzyczne

Musical and educational meetings for children aged 5-12 will be held as part of the 19th Music Gardens Festival on 3, 10, 17 and 24 July 2019 at 9:30 and 11:00 am in the courtyard of the Royal Castle in Warsaw.

Children's Music Gardens have been held for thirteen years. Since autumn 2016, it includes a series of performances under the name of Magical Music Gardens, in which music meets with other muses: visual arts, theater, literature, architecture and film. Each programme features live music performed by great artists. The culture of selected countries is presented to children with varied and understandable means. This year, these interdisciplinary events will be devoted to Scandinavia, France and the British Isles.

Admission to the meetings is free! Information and registration: Robert Kosim tel. 607 660 810, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://www.dziecieceogrody.pl/terminy-wydarzen/lato-w-miescie-z-dzieciecymi-ogrodami-muzycznymi/