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Adam Mrygoń's Funeral

MrygonThe funaral of Adam Mrygoń, musicologist, conductor, librarian, a long-time employee of the University Library in Warsaw, will be held on 27 May 2020 in Warsaw. The funeral mass will be celebrated at the All Saints' Church at 1 p.m. and the burial will begin at 2.30 p.m. at the Northern Municipal Cemetery.

Adam Mrygoń died on 10 April 2020, at the age of 84. From 1966 he was an ordinary member of the Polish Composers' Union. He studied musicology at the University of Poznań and the University of Warsaw as well as conducting at the State High School of Music in Warsaw. In 1968-1969 he studied in Vienna as a scholarship holder of the Bundesministerium für Unterricht in Österreich. In 1983 defended his doctoral thesis on Stanisław Wiechowicz.

He was a choir assistant at the State High School of Music in Warsaw and a choir conductor and music consultant of the "Lutnia" Singing Society in Warsaw. He lectured at the Institute of Church Musicology of the Catholic University of Lublin and at the Department of Church Musicology of the Academy of Catholic Theology. In the years 1956-2000 he worked in the Department of Music Collections of the University of Warsaw Library as a librarian (1956-1962), senior librarian (1962-1968), custodian (1968-1984), senior custodian (1984-1987), qualified custodian (1988- 1991), and senior certified curator (1992-2000). In 1971-2000 he was the head of the Music Collections Department. He was a member of the Polish Librarians' Association, and also a member of its board in 1970-1976.

For his research achievements, he was honored twice with the Individual Rector's Award of the University of Warsaw, 1st degree (1982, 1983). He was also awarded the "Ecclesiae populoque servitium praestanti" (1997) for his achievements in choral religious music performance.

Adam Mrygoń was a model of professional integrity, a man of great honesty and goodness. He will forever remain in the grateful memory of the University of Warsaw Library employees and readers who met him during forty-four years of his work in this Library.

Children's Day with Professor Wiolinek


On Children's Day, the Kraków Opera invites the youngest music lovers to meet Professor Wiolinek in the musical and educational project. On 1 June 2020, in the social media of the Kraków Opera, children will be able to sing with Dragon Operoku, see the premiere episode of Wiolinek TV, and in the evening – for a bedtime story – watch the performance Professor Wiolinek and a playing whale.

Professor Wiolinek, a character brought to life by Paweł Wójtowicz, concertmaster of the Kraków Opera Orchestra, composer, director and screenwriter, for many young viewers was the first guide in the world of music. His music series was the first one staged at the Kraków Opera in 2014. The educational performances activated children's imagination and taught what music is. Remembering the great interest that accompanied the series, Paweł Wójtowicz decided to bring back stories, songs, characters, and create new elements, among others Wiolinek TV. During the upcoming episodes children will learn songs, they will meet a new dragon character Operokus, and soon they will be able to participate in interesting competitions and games.

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PLN 20 mln for artists' scholarships! Results of the second part of the "Culture online" programme


The Minister of Culture and National Heritage Prof. Piotr Gliński announced the results of the scholarship part of the "Culture online" programme. Three-month scholarships – each in the amount of PLN 9,000 – will be awarded to 2,223 artists and creators, that is to over half of the applicants.

Scholarships were awarded in 9 categories: music, visual arts, animation and cultural education, literature, film, theatre, folk art, dance, cultural management and staff development support. In total, the minister allocated PLN 20 million for this part of the "Culture online" programme.

Due to a huge number of applicants (4,370 formally accepted applications), it was decided to award more three-month scholarships instead of six-month ones, thus increasing the number of individuals who receive support. 

The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage is also planning to launch a special programme to compensate for cultural losses. Currently, the budget is PLN 50 million.

The list of scholarship holders is available on the website: https://bit.ly/2Ty4Qr0 

Aleksander Dębicz – Cinematic piano


On 31 May 2020 at 7:00 p.m. the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin invites you to the online premiere of the concert "Aleksander Dębicz – Cinematic piano" on YouTube and Facebook.

Aleksander Dębicz – one of the most talented Polish pianists of the young generation –performs both classical and jazz repertoire. He is also a composer, author of music for radio plays and theater performances. Film music and improvisation occupy an important place in his work, as evidenced by, among others, the first prize in the Transatlantyk Instant Composition Contest (2013). In 2015, Aleksander Dębicz's cycle of 12 compositions inspired by films was released by Warner Classics on his debut album Cinematic Piano. Each work has a different mood, referring to different film genres and combiining elements of classical music, light music and jazz.

The concert took place at the Szczecin Philharmonic as part of the "Film-Harmony" series presenting film music or music inspired by films.

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Second Edition of the Polish Virtual Brass Band


The PWM Edition and Polish Brass Band Association invite you to co-create the Polish Virtual Brass Band and perform together with musicians from around the country Łukasz Cieloszyk's Rockflame arranged by Dariusz Krajewski. Applications for the second edition of the project should be sent by 31 May 2020.

To participate in the project, make audio-video recording of your performance and upload the file to Dropbox. All recordings will be mixed to create the Polish Virtual Brass Band for the second time. The material will be premiered on the International Orchestra Day, which will take place on the second Saturday in June. Both musicians and entire brass bands can send their recordings. Rockflame's instrumental parts can be downloaded from the PWM online store.

The project initiator and conductor of the virtual orchestra is Dariusz Krajewski, President of Polish Brass Band Association. In the first edition of the Polish Virtual Brass Band, 254 musicians from Poland, Thailand, Great Britain, Ireland and Hong Kong performed Elena's Dance by Michał Lorenc arranged for brass band.

More information: Polish Virtual Brass Band Facebook Page.

75th anniversary of the Silesian Philharmonic online!


The Silesian Philharmonic is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Despite the current difficult situation, the institution invites you to celebrate it with its musicians without leaving home. On 26 May 2020, exactly on the 75th anniversary of the first concert held in the philharmonic hall, you will be able to participate in a great online event. 

Live broadcasts on Facebook and YouTube will ba available almost the whole day. The Silesian Philharmonic invites viewers to have a guided tour of its building and learn about its history through various stories,  anecdotes and memories of world-renowned musicians. During live conversations, music lovers will be able to respond and ask questions. Although the Great Anniversary Gala is postponed, the artists who were supposed to perform – Leszek Możdżer, Katarzyna Hołysz, Małgorzata Walewska, Andrzej Lampert and Aleksander Teliga– will also appear on Facebook to celebrate the anniversary

The Philharmonic will also present fragments of concerts of its orchestras and choir. Additionally, at 7:00 p.m., there will be an online concert with the premiere recordings of works by Witold Friemann, Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven. Especially for this occasion, Adam Wesołowski – director of the Silesian Philharmonic – composed a 75-second fanfare, which premiere will begin the final concert of the day.

During the time spent together, viewers will learn a bit of history, immerse themselves in memories and learn something about what will happen in the future – because the 76th artistic season is just around the corner!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/jubileusz-75-lecia-filharmonii-slaskiej-on-line/ 

Online Concert of Marcin Koziak, Aleksandra Kuls-Koziak and Magdalena Bojanowicz


The Association of Polish Chamber Musicians with the Kraków Philharmonic, Pro Musica Bona Foundation and Władysław Żeleński Secondary Music School in Kraków invite you to an online concert of the series "Faces of pianism". On 30 May 2020 we will listen to works performed by Marcin Koziak (piano), Aleksandra Kuls-Koziak (violin) and Magdalena Bojanowicz (cello).

The two-year concert series will present various faces of pianism – from solo to chamber music for different sets of instruments performed by eleven students of Professor Stefan Wojtas and invited guests. The project is implemented as part of the "Ars Quaerendi" Lesser Poland Voivodeship Award for outstanding contribution to the development and promotion of culture granted to Prof. Stefan Wojtas and Grzegorz Mani. The series has already presented recitals by Szymon Nehring, Piotr Machnik, and chamber concerts of Piotr Lato (clarinet) and Ireneusz Boczek (piano), Katarzyna Budnik (viola) and Grzegorz Mani (piano), Monika Gardoń-Preinl (piano), Karol Gajda (trombone) and Jakub Urbańczyk (tube).

During the upcoming concert, the musicians will perform works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms and Krzysztof Penderecki.

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Elbląg Chamber Orchestra & Mateusz Rusowicz – online concert series


The Elbląg Chamber Orchestra enters the online world with a series of concerts "Historia, jak z nut" ("History, like from the notes"). Every two weekes, beginning from 20 May 2020 at 5.00 p.m., the concerts will be broadcast on the ensemble's YouTube channel and Facebook page.

The Elbląg Chamber Orchestra together with conductor Mateusz Rusowicz will introduce unknown interpretations of well-known works. They will also present mini-concerts performed by the ensemble's musicians. The series will be inaugurated by Wojciech Kilar's Orawa.

Maestro Mateusz Rusowicz was a resident conductor of the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra in the 2018/2019 artistic season as part of the programme run by the Institute of Music and Dance. He has taken part in various festivals, including "Warsaw Autumn" and "Sacrum Profanum". As a trumpeter, he cooperates with the early music ensemble Il Giardino d'Amore. He is also a co-founder and collaborator of the Spółdzielnia Muzyczna Contemporary Ensemble.

Online Concerts of the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra


Several dozen square meters, the necessary distance between music stands and string instruments in hand – that's enough for the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra (EOK) to "infect" the audience with music. Beginning on 31 May 2020 at 6:00 p.m., the ensemble starts a series of online concerts on the EOK Facebook page.

Online broadcasts of the concerts held in the concert hall of the Old Town Hall in Elbląg will be held every two weeks on Sunday afternoons on EOK Facebook page. The "Elbląg Chamber Orchestra infects with music online" series will feature early, classical and contemporary music from Poland and other countries. During the upcoming concert, the orchestra will perform works by, among others, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Romuald Twardowski.

All you need to listen to musical masterpieces interpreted by outstanding Polish artists is a smartphone, tablet or computer!