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18th International Festival of Organ and Chamber Music in Zakopane


The gems of Polish music will be presented in the capital of the Tatra Mountains during the 18th International Festival of Organ and Chamber Musicm. The event will take place between 7th July and 11th August 2018 in Zakopane.

The programme of this year's festival focuses on chamber music of our native artists to celebrate the 100th anniversary of regaining independence. The repertoir will include works by Roman Palester, Grażyna Bacewicz, Romuald Twardowski, Karol Szymanowski, Jan Maklakiewicz and Juliusz Łucciuk. The festival will feature: Aleksandra Szwejkowska-Belica, Katarzyna Wiwer, the Krakow Trombone Quartet, Maria Pomianowska with the ensemble, Julieta Goznalez-Springer, Małgorzata Trzaskalik-Wyrwa and Ireneusz Wyrwa and the vocal group Affabre Concinui.

An additional advantage of the event are the unique interiors of the Zakopane churches, in which concerts will take place: the National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima in Krzeptówki, the Holy Cross Church and the historic St. John the Apostle and Evangelist in Harenda.

The organizers of the 18th International Festival of Organ and Chamber Music are the Mayor of the City of Zakopane, Leszek Dorula, and the Zakopane Cultural Center.

Admission to all festival events is free.

More information at: http://festiwale.zakopane.pl/2018/

Gdańsk | Chopin at the Motława River 2018


The series of concerts "Chopin at the Motława River" will be held at the Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk between 9-31 July 2018.

The concerts will take place every day at 8.30 p.m. in the Gdańsk Salon (foyer) at the Baltic Philharmonic, from where you can see the Motława River. Moreover, the music played inside the building will be heard outside – loudspeakers directed to Motława will be an additional advantage for passers-by.

The motto of the series is "Stream of Music Energy". The repertoir will include compositions by Fryderyk Chopin, as well as Polish composers of the 20th century. In the interpretation of Bartosz Skłodowski, Krzysztof Książek, Michał Mossakowski, Igor Torbicki, Paweł Rydl and Bogna Forkiewicz, we will hear piano pieces and vocal poems by Karol Szymanowski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Witold Lutosławski.

Concerts were made possible by the Polkish Baltic Philharmonic strategic sponsor, Energa SA. The project is co-financed by the City of Gdańsk and funds from the National Center for Culture under the "Culture – Interventions" programme 2018.

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

Ostrów Wielkopolski | Baltic Neopolis Virtuosi

Festiwal Muzyczny Południowej Wielkopolski

On 15th July 2018 in Ostrów Wielkopolski Baltic Neopolis Virtuos will premiere Overture for string octet by Mikołaj Górecki as part of the 11th Music Festival of Southern Greater Poland.

The international Baltic Neopolis Virtuosi ensemble will perform in the former Ostrow Synagogue. Eight outstanding artists from the Baltic countries will meet to perform works by composers from Poland, Sweden, Estonia and Germany. What is the temperature of northern European music? You can check on Sunday in the Synagogue Forum at 3:00 p.m.

More information at: http://filharmoniakaliska.pl/

Gorzów | Chopin in the open-air


On 15th July 2018, a series of open-air concerts organized by the Gorzow Philharmonic will take place under the name of "Chopin Picnics".

The concerts will be held every Sunday at 4.00 p.m. on the Arts Square. For about two hours beautiful green areas around the Gorzów Philharmonic will turn into a unique urban picnic. In case of inclement weather, the concerts will take place in the Philharmonic building. They will last until the 2nd September.

This year repertoir will include 20th-century Polish music. During the inaugural concert, Tomasz Marut will perform Variations in B flat minor op. 3 by Karol Szymanowski. On July 22, Martyna Kubik will present Szymanowski's Maski op. 34. We will also hear piano pieces by Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Henryk Pachulski in the interpretation of Sławomir Wilk.

Admission to all summer concerts is free.

Detailed programme at: https://www.filharmoniagorzowska.pl 

Young to Young


On 13, 14, and 15 July 2018, summer sessions of the Polish National Youth Choir will take place in Sandomierz, Radom and Lublin

In 2018 Polish National Youth Choir celebrates its fifth birthday. To celeberate this occasion, twelve young Polish composers wrote songs which praise the act of singing. These compositions are a special gift from "Young to Young" and will be performed during the 2018 Choral Academy.

Among the twelve composers who wrote songs for Polish National Youth Choir this year are: Aleksandra Chmielewska, Katarzyna Danel, Zuzanna Falkowska, Łukasz Farcinkiewicz, Szymon Godziemba-Trytek, Jan Krutul, Michał Malec, Marek Raczyński, Anna Rocławska-Musiałczyk, Sebastian Szymański, Łukasz Urbaniak, and Michał Ziółkowski.

More information at: http://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/ 

Rybna | In Homage to Elżbieta Chojnacka

Aleksandra Gajecka

Next concerts "In tribute to Elżbieta Chojnacka" will be held on July  8, 12 and 14, 2018 at 6.00 pm at the Palace in Rybna, featuring harpsichordists Małgorzata Klajn and Aleksandra Gajecka-Antosiewicz.

During the concert on July 8 we will hear works by such composers as: François-Bernard Mâche, Ton Bruynèl, Jacob Ter Veldhuis and Mauricio Kagel. Next to the electronic layer accompanying the harpsichord (but also inside it), a human voice will appear as one of the elements of nature. The palette of sound colors of harpsichord will be contrasted not only with human speech, but also with the sounds of metal, African language and nature. Małgorzata Klajn, harpsichordist of the young generation, graduate of the Academy of Music in Katowice in the class of prof. Marek Toporowski, will perform along with the assistance of sound engineer Krzysztof Sztekmiler. The concert will be led by Piotr Oczkowski.

On July 12 Aleksandra Gajecka-Antosiewicz (in the foto) will present various composing techniques reflecting the sensitivity, imagination and intellect of a man of the 20th and 21st century. We will hear, among others, works "for the harpsichordist who speaks" as well as "for the harpsichordist who does not speak and does not play" (sic!). In the program: Claude Debussy, John Cage, and Sergio Ortega, and two premieres: Suite Op. 37 bis for harpsichord by Tomasz Kamieniak and Astartezma for harpsichord and tape by Aleksandra Gajecka-Antosiewicz. The next concert of the series will take place on July 14, and among the performers there will be participants of the Harpsichord Master Classes.

The concerts are co-financed from the funds of the Tarnowskie Góry Commune and the Palace in Rybna.

Free entrance, although advance booking is requested: tel. 32 284 18 37.

6th "Emanations" International Music Festival


On Saturday, 7th July 2018, the sixth edition of the "Emanations" International Music Festival will begin at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Music Center in Lusławice. The event will last until 9th September, and ten festival weeks will be filled with 40 diverse concerts in the Małopolska and Podkarpacie regions.

The festival will be inaugurated by a concert of an Argentinian pianist, second prize winner at the 14th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (2000) – Ingrid Fliter. The artist is known for her excellent interpretations of the works of the Polish composer and her album "Preludes" was included in the list of the top 10 Chopin recordings of all time according to the Gramophone magazine. In Lusławice, we will hear the author's choice of nocturnes, and the recital will be preceded by the first ever performance of the Penderecki Piano Trio chamber ensemble, which includes musicians of the phenomenal Meccore String Quartet.

This will not be the only stage debut during this year's "Emanations". In 2018, we celebrate the 85th birthday of the outstanding Polish artist and patron of the Lusławice Center – Krzysztof Penderecki. The Penderecki Piano Trio, not coincidentally, was brought to life in the Master's jubilee year – soon, a new chamber piece will be written especially for the ensemble. For the second debut, we will have to wait until 31th August, when a new master's education project prepared by the Lusławice Center – Penderecki Youth Orchestra – a string orchestra composed of titled young Polish instrumentalists  and conducted by an outstanding director of the AUKSO chamber orchestra – Marek Moś.

2018 is also the year in which we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence. Hence, Polish music will play a significant role in festival concert programs. We will hear, among others, premiere of a new work by Miłosz Bembinow, a recital by Szymon Komasa "Polish Songs", as well as compositions by Fryderyk Chopin (among others, performed by "wonderful children" of world pianism – charges of the foundation of the famous Chinese pianist – Lang Lang). "Emanations" will end with a September cycle of concerts carried out in cooperation with the Warsaw festival "Chopin and his Europe".

Detailed program available at: www.emanacje.pl

Kraków | 11th "Wawel at dusk" Festival


Eleventh edition of the summer open-air festival “Wawel at dusk” begins on the 7th July and will last until the 25th August 2018. The concerts will take place at the illuminated Arcaded and Batory Courtyards of the Wawel Royal Castle.

The programme of the 11th “Wawel at dusk” Festival puts a special emphasis on Polish values and national culture (Fryderyk Chopin, Henryk Wieniawski, Karol Szymanowski, Wojciech Kilar, Krzysztof Penderecki). Wawel is a very special venue for the people of Poland. Hence, the music played at the Festival will induce the feeling of national pride with the Representative Border Guard Orchestra performing Polish patriotic songs and young singers performing Chopin and Moniuszko. Also, numerous historical and contemporary themes will be present at the festival.

As in the previous years, the international audience will be greeted by musical Masters: pianist Karol Radziwonowicz, cellist Rafal Kwaitkowski, conductor Marek Moś, as well as young talented artists: pianist Szymon Nehring (Polish culture young ambassador to the world), the CORda Cracovia orchestra, and the Octava vocal group. The inaugural concert “TERAZ MLODZI” will see four young talented musician performing: two instrumentalists playing solo, and two conductors presenting exclusively Polish repertoire (Szymanowski, Szałowski, Penderecki).

The organisers: Wawel Royal Castle, Castello Foundation. Creative Group. Artistic director: Małgorzata Janicka-Słysz. Head of the project: Hubert Piątkowski.

Kraków | 14th Polish Music Festival


The 14th Festival of Polish Music will be held in Krakow on July 3-22, 2018, presenting both aerly music and works of contemporary composers performed by outstanding soloists and ensembles from Poland and abroad.

11 days and 11 concerts filled with great works by Krzysztof Penderecki, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Feliks Nowowiejski and Paweł Łukaszewski, as well as pieces written by foreign artists inspired by Poland – this is how the 14th edition of the Polish Music Festival, held in the year of the 100th anniversary of regaining independence by our country, can be described. From July 3 to July 22, prominent artists will perform in Krakow, including American violinist Miranda Liu, Russian pianist Philipp Kopachevsky, Taiwanese conductor Su-Han Yang and esteemed soprano Elżbieta Szmytka.

The inauguration of the 14th edition of the festival (July 3, St. Catherine's Church) will feature Krzysztof Penderecki's Polish Requiem, celebrating its 85th birthday this year. The monumental work completed in 1993 refers to the rich and centuries-old tradition of the Latin funeral mass. The composition will be performed by outstanding soloists: Izabella Matuła – soprano, Isabelle Vernet – mezzo-soprano, Wojciech Parchema – tenor, Liudasa Mikalauskas – bass. The Orchestra and the Choir of the Krakow Philharmonic will be conducted by Maciej Tworek.

Detailed programme available at: http://www.fmp.org.pl/en