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"Polskie Muzyczki": educational films on Polish composers

Polskie Muzyczki

The idea of ​​a new project "Polskie Muzyczki" ("Polish Women Musicians") is to create a series of educational films devoted to Polish composers, which will be posted on YouTube and Facebook. The premiere of the project will take place on1 August 2020 at 5.00 p.m.

The project was created in response to the needs of the audience participating in joint concerts of clarinetist Barbara Borowicz and pianist Anna Miernik, who promote Polish music and the achievements of Polish composers.

In times of uncertainty for culture, the winners of international competitions temporarily transferred some of their activities to the Internet. The artists want to pursue the idea of ​​"learning through play" –  their short film episodes will contain high-quality content presented in a light and pleasant form of a dialogue. Facts from the history of music will intertwine with funny anecdotes, which will make the materials accesible to an average audience and help to break the "artist-viewer" barrier. Each of the eight episodes will be devoted to a different Polish composer, including Piotr Rytel, Witold Friemann, Antoni Szałowski, Grzegorz Fitelberg, Marcel Chyrzyński, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Mikołaj Górecki. The composers themselves – Maciej Zimka, Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, Martyna Kosecka and Michał Papara – will take part in a few episodes. The aim of the project is to encourge listeners to participate in live concerts when it is fully possible. 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Subsequent episodes will be available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE6etN2Avl9NSZqMhxwA5Gg 

Two distinguished PWM Editors has passed away in July

Szurmiak Bogucka

With a delay, we learned about the death of the senior editors for many years associated with the PWM Edition, who rendered great services to the publishing movement and the Polish musicological community. Mirosława Kaczorowska-Guńkiewicz died on 2 July 2020 in Kraków at the age of 88. Aleksandra Szurmiak-Bogucka (in the photo) passed away on 17 July 2020 in Kraków at the age of 91.

Late Mirosława Kaczorowska-Guńkiewicz – musicologist, from 1966 a member of the Musicologists' Section of the Polish Composers' Union, was the closest collaborator of the editor-in-chief Eżbieta Dziębowska in publishing the monumental "PWM Music Encyclopedia". In 2012 she took part in a film devoted to the history of this ambitious publishing venture, which is available online on the PWM website. She also worked on music editions, preparing for publication, among others, works by Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki. She was active in her community until the last years of her life.

Late Aleksandra Szurmiak-Bogucka – an outstanding ethnomusicologist, member of the Musicologists' Section of the Polish Composers' Union, specialized in the traditional music culture of the Polish Carpathians and Subcarpathia. In the 1950s, together with her husband Kazimierz Bogucki, she made recordings of traditional musical folklore as part of the so-called 'Action to Collect Folk Music'. In the years 1965-91 she was the Head of the Editorial Office of Early Polish Music and Folklore (editor of the series "Rites and Folk Customs"). In 1986 she received the Oskar Kolberg Award for contributions to the folk culture. Professionally active almost until the end of her life, she was a juror of numerous folklore competitions, the author of many publications, the unquestionable authority of several generations of musicians, folklorists and regionalists.

Sopot | Dedications to the Sopot Trio

Trio Sopot

The concert "Dedications to the Sopot Trio" on 3 August 2020 at 7.00 p.m. in the St. Andrew Bobola Church in Sopot will premiere works by Gdańsk composers Zbigniew Pniewski and Kamil Cieślik.

Sopot Trio consists of graduates of the Academy of Music in Gdańsk associated with their home university and music institutions of the Tri-City: Małgorzata Skorupa (violin), Anna Sawicka (cello) and Elżbieta Rosińska (accordion). Since 1991 the ensemble has been presenting a wide repertoire of trio and duo pieces from various eras.

During the August concert in the famous seaside resort the Sopot Trio will premiere Sopot accordion suite by Zbigniew Pniewski and a new version of Kamil Cieślik's Accordion trio. The programme will be complemented by other pieces dedicated to the performers: Jerzy Mądrawski's Polish Album, Łukasz Woś's Dedication and Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély's Hymn a la Vierge for violin, cello and harmonium in the version with accordion. The concert will be hosted by Andrzej Zawilski. The recording will be available online.

The event is carried out with the financial support of the City of Sopot Commmune.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Gdańsk | St. John's A-New. Baltic Evening

NCKThe Baltic Sea Cultural Centre invites you for the next event as part of the "St. John's A-New" project, which will take place on 2 August 2020 at 6.00 p.m. at the St. John's Centre.

This year the BSCC became one of the partners of Östersjöfestivalen/Baltic Sea Festival – a prestigious classical music festival organised by the Swedish Radio and directed by an exquisite conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the festival has been cancelled, but the work of the partners is still continuing.

As part of this collaboration, the BSCC is organising a "Baltic Evening", which includes a performance of NeoQuartet, a music group from Tricity, and a meeting with a special guest, Mariusz Szczygieł – reporter, writer and journalist, laureate of Nike Literary Award. The NeoQuartet accompanied by clarinetist Emilia Maciak – this year's graduate of the Academy of Music in Gdańsk – will present works by Paweł Szymański and Jörg Widmann, as well as compositions for electric instruments. After the concert, Dorota Karaś will lead a meeting with Mariusz Szczygieł on the role of culture in today's complicated reality.

Due to restrictions for public events and cultural centres related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the audience of the St. John's Centre is limited to 175 seats.

More information at: https://www.nck.org.pl/en/event/4771/st-johns-new-baltic-evening

Warsaw | Concert on the 76th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising

Warszawo ma

The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the National Centre for Culture invite you to a special concert commemorating the 76th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising on 1 August 2020 at 7.00 p.m.

Natalia Sikora, accompanied on the accordion by Paweł Janas, will sing uprising songs in front of Kordegarda – the Gallery of the National Cultural Centre. We will hear the most famous songs related to the Warsaw Uprising, including Warszawo ma by Aleksander Olszaniecki, Warszawskie dzieci by Andrzej Panufnik, Marsz Śródmieścia by Zbigniew Krukowski, Zośka by Jerzy Zakrzewski, Dziś idę walczyć, mamo! by Małgorzata Godlewska, Ukochana, ja wrócę by Tadeusz Artur Miller, Hej chłopcy by Krystyna Krahelska, Sanitariuszka Małgorzatka and Marsz Mokotowa by Jan Krzysztof Markowski.

Prior reservation is required to participate in the concert, which will be also streamed live. Special songbooks have been prepared for people who will be in Krakowskie Przedmieście. All texts and sheet music are also available on the website https://www.zaspiewajmy.pl/

Financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage under the Multiannual Programme "NIEPODLEGŁA 2017-2022".

More information at: https://www.nck.pl/projekty-kulturalne/projekty/galeria-kordegarda/aktualnosci/koncert-warszawo-ma 

"With classics through Poland": music for two voices and piano


Next concerts as part of the "With classics through Poland" series will take place on 1 August 2020 at the St. Martin Collegiate Church in Opatów (7.00 p.m.) and on 2 August 2020 in the Parish Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Strożyska (1.40 pm).

The aim of the project, which began in the second half of 2019, is to bring music performed by the most outstanding Polish artists to smaller community centres, cities, towns and villages; to reach audiences who have difficult access to classical music. Through contact with the great art and artists, new audiences are being introduced to the world of classical chamber music, having a chance to become its new enthusiasts.

The upcoming concerts will feature songs and chamber works by Stanisław Moniuszko, Fryderyk Chopin, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski and Gioacchin Rossini performed by outstanding artists: Anna Radziejewska (mezzo-soprano), Milena Lange (soprano) and Paweł Sommer (piano).

Admission to the concerts is free. Invitations can be collected at the Poviat Starosty in Opatów (17 H. Sienkiewicza St.) and at the Hospice in Busko-Zdrój (67 Bohaterów Warszawy St.).

The project is carried out by the Polish Music Management, operating at the Institute of Music and Dance, thanks to the support of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage Prof. Piotr Gliński and under his patronage.

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Lusławice | Emanacje Festival 2020 – Karol Szymanowski Quartet


The outstanding Karol Szymanowski Quartet will start the August edition of the Emanacje Festival in Lusławice. On 1 and 2 August 2020 the ensemble will perform two late string quartets by Krzysztof Penderecki and an early quartet by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Penderecki often emphasided that for him Beethoven was a very important composer. Although he is considered one of the Viennese classics, he definitely went beyond the classical rules of composition. Beethoven revolutionized almost every genre he created, and his string quartets became a special ground for changes. Twentieth-century music developed in a direction far from Beethoven's harmonic and formal patterns, and the string quartet was finally freed from comparisons with the late works of the last classic, becoming a medium of personal expression.

Penderecki's String Quartet No. 3 (2008) follows this trend. The title "Pages from an Unwritten Diary" indicates that the music brings personal confession. Stylistically, the work is in line with the Haydn-Beethoven tradition, representing the neo-romantic chamber music. String Quartet No. 4 (2016) – the last quartet in Penderecki's catalog of works – was written in a similar style. It was composed for the Belcea Quartet, one of the best string quartets in the world. The composer worked on the extended version of the piece until the end of his life. Death interrupted the process of expanding the work, which remained a nostalgic reflection of memory, the symbolic last page of the Artist's sound diary.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: www.emanacje.pl 

Zakopane | "Karol from Atma. Music Unites": "Breath and Sound"


A concert on 30 July 2020 at 6.00 p.m. at the Karol Szymanowski Museum in the villa "Atma", organized as part of the "Karol from Atma. Music Unites" series, will premiere the latest works by Polish composers.

The concert will feature a trio of outstanding performers: flautists Łukasz Długosz and Agata Długosz and pianist Andrzej Jungiewicz. The evening will be hosted by dr hab. Małgorzata Janicka-Słysz, prof. AMK, Atma's curator for programming.

The programme will include – apart from works by Léo Delibes, Franciszek Doppler and Karol Szymanowski – four world premieres of works by Polish composers. We will hear Lovespell by Iwona Kisiel, Duo by Paweł Mykietyn, Dodecanzon by Adam Sławiński and Gismondo by Jarosław Siwiński. The latter was co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in the programme "Composing Commissions" operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.

For security reasons, the event will take place in the garden in front of the Karol Szymanowski Museum. Keep a distance, cover your mouth and nose, and disinfect hands at the entrance to the museum. The organizers also invite you to the online broadcast of the event on the Facebook profile of the National Museum in Kraków: https://www.facebook.com/muzeum.narodowe.krakow

Admission to the concert is free.

More information at: https://mnk.pl/aktualnosci/karol-z-atmy-muzyka-jednoczy-1 

"Culture on the web": double bass concerts on the Internet

Kontrabas.plThe kontrabas.pl project is a series of three online concerts presenting Polish works for double bass, which will last untill 28 August 2020.

The initiative aims to present works that are hard to find on recordings. The initiator of the project is Karol Nasiłowski – a leader of the double bass section of the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic Orchestra in Szczecin and assistant professor at the Art Academy of Szczecin – together with his wife, pianist Izabella Nasiłowska.

The concerts take place in the new interactive Castanea hall at the Technopark Pomerania in Szczecin. The first one featured Three Capriccios for double bass solo by Stefan Bolesław Poradowski. The second one, scheduled for 30 July at 7.00 p.m., will include Three pieces for double bass and piano by Jan Kolasiński, and the third one on 28 August – ContraForte, ballad for double bass and piano by Benedykt Konowalski, written for the performers as a wedding gift.

The project is carried out as part of the"Culture on the web" programme of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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