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Warsaw | Kamionek Festival


The first edition of the festival dedicated to the culture of Kamionek – once an industrial area, which today is full of artistic life, will be held on 8-15 June 2019 in Warsaw.

The festival will allow participants to get to know contemporary Kamionek, people working for local communities, interesting artists and non-governmental organizations. It will also bring a number of attractive cultural events from various fields of art: concerts of classical and contemporary music, performances, workshops, happenings, meetings, visits to art studios, interesting walks, a bicycle ride with architects, and an urban game. The festival events will take place both outdoors – on Kamionek's streets, squares, or in Skaryszewski Park, as well as in the most interesting buildings of the district, including Soho Factory, Church in Kamionek and Powszechny Theatre.

On 9 June in the Skaryszewski Park, the New Warsaw Trio will familiarize the audience with music from France, Argentina and Poland. On the same day in the Church in Kamionek, the concert "Ars Moriendi" will be performed by the Bastarda Trio and the Choir of Grochów under the direction of Maja Kłoskowska. The Atom String Quartet and soloists of the Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra will perform on June 14 at the Soho Factory, presenting the selection of songs from the album "Supernova", awarded with Fryderyk 2019 in the category "Album of the Year – Contemporary Music". The authors of the compositions are musicians of the quartet: Dawid Lubowicz, Mateusz Smoczyński, Michał Zaborski and Krzyszof Lenczowski.

Full programme available at: www.festiwalnakamionku.pl 

Bydgoszcz | 20th anniversary of Pope Jean Paul II's visit to Bydgoszcz


A concert on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the visit of John Paul II in Bydgoszcz will take place on 7 June 2019 at 7pm at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic.

The Pope visited Kujawy and Pomerania twice: in 1991, when he was in Włocławek (6 and 7 June), and in 1999 – when he visited Toruń and Bydgoszcz (7 June). The programme of the concert to commemorate the latter event will be composed of works by eminent Polish composers.

The evening will start with Wojciech Kilar's Vocalise from The ninth gate, famous thriller by Roman Polański. Then, we will listen to Henryk Wieniawski's Second Concerto in D minor, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's Three Dances Op. 35 for orchestra, and Wojciech Kilar's Exodus. The Symphony Orchestra of the Pomeranian Philharmonic, Chamber Choir "Akolada" from Bydgoszcz, Chamber Choir of the Music Academy in Bydgoszcz, and Choir of the Ludwik Rydygier Collegium Medicum UMK in Toruń will be led by Marek Pijarowski. Violinist Mariusz Patyra will perform as soloist

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

The first in Poland series of concerts in the dark


Santander Bank, Santander Foundation, Polfund and the Silesian Philharmonic joined forces to create a unique spectacle with socio-artistic values. On 7-25 June 2019, the first in Poland series of symphonic concerts in the dark will begin under the title "Reach where the eyes cannot reach."

During performances, musicians will play part of the repertoire without a conductor, without seeing each other and relying solely on hearing. The purpose of the events is to increase social sensitivity to the needs of people with visual disabilities and to bring their way of feeling the world closer to our senses.

The series will be composed of 11 concerts which will take place in philharmonics, theaters and congress centers throughout Poland. The events will be honored by outstanding artists, including Waldemar Malicki, Carmen Giannattasio, Krzesimir Dębski, Anna Jurksztowicz, Ewa Uryga and Vołosi ensemble. The programme of the series includes works written by composers who had problems with eyesight, like Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Handel or Joaquin Rodrigo, as well as compositions by Fryderyk Chopin, Wojciech Kilar, or Krzesimir Dębsk

Full programme available at: https://www.filharmonia-slaska.eu

Poznań | Concert inaugurating the Józef Madej Association


A unique concert of Polish music commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding of Poznań University will take place on 6th June 2019 at the Runge College, University of Life Sciences in Poznań at 6.00 p.m. The concert will officialy inaugurate the Józef Madej Association and premiere Agata Jarecka's piece for clarinet and viola.

The main goal of the undertaking is to restore the memory of Poznań artists and lecturers influencing the development of Poznań Universities. During the concert, valuable works of Polish music literature will be presented, including compositions of Professor Józef Madej who rendered a great contribution to Poznań's musical life. In addition, the programme will include works by such composers as: Grażyna Bacewicz, Witold Lutosławski, Jan Adam Maklakiewicz, Stanisław Moniuszko, Olga Hans and Kazimierz Sikorski.

The concert will feature artists assocciated with the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań: Kamil Babka (viola), Maria Bielewicz (cello), Piotr Kosarga (violin), Paweł Kroczek (clarinet), Łukasz Krzemiński (oboe), Hanna Lizinkiewicz (piano), Maria Mikołajczak (soprano), Maria Rutkowska ( piano) and Aleksandra Rykowska (mezzo-soprano).

Admission free!

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Wrocław | Premiere of the album „Romantic works” (Orphée Classics)

Orphee classics

Wrocław artists Katarzyna Zdybel-Nam and Katarzyna Kluczewska invite you to a special evening with chamber music for bassoon and piano at the National Music Festival on June 6, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

Katarzyna Zdybel-Nam and Katarzyna Kluczewska, instrumentalists cooperating with each other for years, will present repertoire from their latest album Romantic works released by Orphée Classics. The upcoming concert is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the works in which the bassoon plays a very important role. This instrument is used not only in the orchestral music, but also in solo and chamber repertoire.

The programme of the concert includes: Sonata Op. 2 No. 6 by Antoine Dard, Sonata Op. 168 by Camille Saint-Saëns, Three Romances Op. 94 by Robert Schumann, Five Miniatures by Gerard Drozd, and Introduction and Polonaise Op. 9 by Carl Jacobi.

More information athttps://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/ 

Warsaw | 19th Franciszek Wybrańczyk Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City Festival


The 19th edition of the Franciszek Wybrańczyk Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City Festival will take place on 31 May – 7 June 2019. Four concerts have been scheduled in three locations in Warsaw on both sides of the river in the course of one week. The 19th edition of the Festival also celebrates the 85th birthday anniversary of Franciszek Wybrańczyk – founder of the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra and originator of the Festival.

The Festival kicks off with a concert titled “A Symphony of Dance” (31 May, 7:30 p.m.) in the Concert Pavilion at 272 Grochowska Street. The Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra will play Moniuszko’s Grand Mazurka from the opera Halka, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet fantasy-overture and Grieg’s Symphonic Dances. The virtuoso solo part in Saint-Saëns’ Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso will be performed by Anna Maria Staśkiewicz – laureate of the Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition and concert master of the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra. The conductor will be Australian Benjamin Bayl in his first appearance with the Orchestra.

On the second day of the Festival Sinfonia Varsovia Brass invites listeners to the intriguing interiors of Prochownia Żoliborz to a concert titled “Brass on the Grass” (2 June, 4:00 p.m.). Under the trees of Żeromski Park, the ensemble will play works originally written for brass ensemble, showcasing the merits of these instruments. The pieces are perfect to spend an afternoon listening to music on the grass and will provide an opportunity to become familiar with lively sounds combining jazz, Latin-American and film scores.

The third event of the Festival, a concert in Prom Kultury Saska Kępa will consist of classical repertoire. “Sextet in the Prom” (3 June, 7:00 p.m.) will be a musical meeting of talented, versatile pianist Krzysztof Książek and the Sinfonia Varsovia Wind Quintet. The musicians will tackle works written by Polish and French composers: Bacewicz, Paderewski, Poulenc, and Thuille.

The 19th Franciszek Wybrańczyk Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City Festival concludes in the Concert Pavilion. Dance rhythms and the enormous energy of classical music will be presented by the full cast of the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra under the direction of Adam Sztaba. In “Friday Night Fever” (7 June, 7:30 p.m.), the musicians will play some audience favourites, including Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Shostakovich's Waltz from Jazz Suite, Kilar’s Polonaise and Piazzolla’s Libertango.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available atwww.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Katowice | Accordion, clarinet and violin


On 5 June 2019 at 19.30pm, the Institution for the Promotion and Dissemination of Music Silesia invites you to a concert in "The Youth's Wednesday" series at the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra concert hall in Katowice. The event will feature works for accordion, violin and clarinet by Andrzej Tuchowski and Mikołaj Majkusiak.

The works by Polish artists, as well as compositions by Franck Angelis, Astor Piazzolla, Artem Nyzhnyk, Masayoshi Oishi, Richard Gallian, Horace Silver, Frank Churchil and Paul Jorge Ferreira will be performed by a group of talented students and alumnus of the Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice: accordionist Piotr Zarzyka, clarinettist Kamil Janas, and violinist Wojciech Barteczek.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: www.nospr.org.pl 

Kraków | Bogusław Schaeffer's 90th Birthday


On 6th June 2019 falls the 90th birthday of Bogusław Schaeffer, an extraordinary composer and playwright. On this occasion, on Sunday, 2nd June 2019 at 6.00 p.m., the Kraków Philharmonic will host a concert titled "Schaeffer Muzyka Centrum".

The title of the event refers to the composer's long-term relationship with the Muzyka Centrum ensemble, founded in 1977 by his student, Marek Chołoniewski. Bogusław Schaeffer from the very beginning was its spiritual father, authority, friend and member. Among the performers of the philharmonic concert there will be co-founders of the ensemble: Mariusz Pędziałek, Kazimierz Pyzik, Olga Szwajgier, Jan Pilch, Jan Cielecki, and also Dominika Peszko, who joined in 2015, and Artur Lis, who is strongly associated with the ensemble.

The programme of the jubilee concert consists of works from various periods of the composer's work, using unusual innovative formal and expressive solutions as well as intermedia elements. These pieces are also an important part of the repertoire of the 42-year activity of the Muzyka Centrum. Free Form I was premiered on January 13, 1978 in the Krzysztofory Gallery in Kraków, Bewegung was written especially for the Muzyka Centrum ensemble, while Proietto Simultaneo was premiered at the "Warsaw Autumn" Festival in 1982. A surprise of the evening will be the Creative Act, a composition in the form of a script that will be performed for the first time in front of an audience.

More information athttp://www.filharmonia.krakow.pl/Home/8401-SCHAEFFER_MUZYKI_CENTRUM.html

Warszawa | 40th General Assemby of the Polish Composers' Union


On 24-25 May 2019, the 40th General Assembly of the Members of the Polish Composers' Union was held in Warsaw, during which the new authorities were elected and a number of resolutions were adopted.

A prominent composer Juliusz Łuciuk was chosen the honorary member of the Polish Composers' Union. Mieczysław Kominek, musicologist and director of the Polish Music Information Center, was again elected as the Prisedent of Polish Composers' Union.

The following members were selected for the board:

Vice Presidents: Anna Zawadzka-Gołosz and Krzysztof Baculewski
Secretary General: Alicja Matracka-Kościelny
Treasurer: Jarosław Siwiński
Members of the Presidium: Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska and Alicja Gronau
Members of the Main Board: Marcel Chyrzyński, Wiesław Cienciała, Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska, Iwona Lindstedt, Tadeusz Wielecki and Wojciech Widłak.

On May 26, the Management Board of the Musicologists' Section of the Polish Composers' Union was also elected. The chairman of the Section is again Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska.

The meeting adopted twelve resolutions, the content of which was published on the website of the Polish Composers' Union.