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Warsaw | "Penderecki" - Premiere of the New Album by Atom String Quartet


Premiere of the Atom String Quartet's new album "Penderecki" will take place on 25 August 2019 at 4:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra as part of the cycle "Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street". 

The album includes arrangements of the selected compositions by Krzysztof Penderecki – an outstanding Polish composer of our time: Capriccio for tuba solo, Three miniatures for clarinet and piano, Three pieces in old style, Suite for cello solo and Prelude for clarinet solo. The recording was realized at the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin, which is also the publisher of the album. The ensemble has already recorded five original albums, two of which were awarded with the "Fryderyk" award.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.sinfoniavarsovia.org/pl/2019-05-18-letnie-koncerty-na-grochowskiej-9-edycja1.html?t=1564094730 

Leszno | 5th Leszno Baroque Plus Festival

Leszno Barok Plus

The fifth edition of the Leszno Baroque Plus festival will take place between 25 August and 1 September  2019, featuring a dozen concerts and theatrical performances.

This year's events will be held in the Municipal Theater, the MOK Hall and the St. John and St. Cross. The programme includes baroque, romantic, ethnic, medieval and contemporary music, dramatic performances and pantomime. Warsaw Akt Theatre and Gdańsk Theater of Dreams will present their own performances. The festival will feature Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio, Tiburtina Ensemble from Czech Republic, outstanding pianists Lukas Geniuszas and Anton Batagow (first time in Poland), Capella Savaria from Hungary, singer and composer Agata Zubel with Warsaw Cellonet conducted by Andrzej Bauer. The Amadeus Orchestra will present Variations sur un thème de Mozart by Piotr Moss, who this year celebrates 70th birthday and 50th anniversary of artistic work. Actors of the Akt Theatre will take part in the performance The Flowers of evil according to Baudelaire's poetry with music by Robert Jędrzejewski.

Moreover, three special projects will be premiered at the Festival: To Sing Brecht with conductor Agnieszka Nagórka and actors Hanna Śleszyńska and Bartosz Bandura, Don Juan by Christoph Willibald Gluck with actors of the Warsaw Pantomime Centre and Haendel XXI with composer and pianist Nikola Kołodziejczyk, jazz vocalist Julia Sawicka and countertenor and composer Michał Sławecki.

Leszno Barok Plus is held under the patronage of President Łukasz Borowiak, and the city of Leszno is the main patron of the event. Admission to all concerts and performances is free.

Full programme available at: http://www.lesznobarokplus.pl/ 

Elbląg | Celluloid – Polish Film Music


Polish film music will fill the programme of the concert entitled "Celluloid – on the musical side of the screen", which will take place on 25 August 2019 at 7:00 pm in the concert hall of the State Music School Complex in Elbląg.

The concert of the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Krzysztof Herdzin will feature excellent guitarists Marek Napiórkowski and Artur Lesicki. It will be a tribute to the origins of cinematography as well as Polish composers of film music. The programme will include compositions by Wojciech Kilar, Tomasz Stańko, Krzysztof Komeda, Andrzej Korzyński, Jerzy Matuszkiewicz as well as a few original works by the soloists.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.eok.elblag.eu  

Katowice | 100th Anniversary of the First Silesian Uprising


On 24 August 2019 at 8:30 p.m., on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First Silesian Uprising, Silesian Museum will host a unique open-air concert to remember all those who stood up to fight for Upper Silesia, offering what they had the most precious – their lives.

Concert organizers – Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic and Silesian Museum – want to promote the highest values: freedom, social and national community, understanding above all divisions. They honor the memory of those who were irrevocably "snatched out of life", leaving boundless sadness and regret in their relatives hearts.

The Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra will perform with world-class soloist, Iwona Sobotka. The musicians will be led by an outstanding Polish artist – Krzysztof Penderecki. Maestro will perform a double role that day: as a conductor and composer. During the concert, we will listen to, among others his Chaconne, referred to as "music of lamentation without words." The programme will also include the most famous piece by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, patron of the Silesian Philharmonic: the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs op. 36.

More information at: https://www.filharmonia-slaska.eu/ 

Kraków | 140th Anniversary of the National Museum in Kraków


The National Museum in Kraków and Sinfonietta Cracovia invite you to the concert on the occasion of the 140th anniversary of the National Museum in Krakow, which will take place on 24 August 2019 in the Kraków Cloth Hall.

The concert repertoire will incude the premiere of songs by Bolesław Raczyński in Jan Stańczyk's arrangement for string orchestra and baritone. We will also listen to the Death of Ellenai by Feliks Nowowiejski in the arrangement for string orchestra, clarinet and reciter. The work inspired by a poem of the same title by Juliusz Słowacki and a painting by Jacek Malczewski from the Gallery of Polish Art of the 19th in the Cloth Hall, will be performed in the Siemiradzki Room, in the immediate vicinity of the painting. The programme will also feature Roxana's Song from Karol Szymanowski's opera King Roger in the arrangement for solo violin and string orchestra, Szymanowski's Etude in B flat minor Op. 4 No. 3 in the arrangement for string orchestra and Serenade for string orchestra Op. 2 by Mieczysław Karłowicz.

The works will be performed by Jakub Kosiniak (reciter), Michał Janicki (baritone) and the Sinfonietta Cracovia orchestra conducted by Maciej Lulek.

Additional information at: https://mnk.pl 

Lublin | Stanisław Moniuszko & Fryderyk Chopin

Fonie Lublina

"Fonie Lublina" concert series continues during the summer. A concert entitled "Stanisław Moniuszko and Fryderyk Chopin" will take place on 24 August 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Crown Tribunal in Lublin.

Fryderyk Chopin is spoken of as a romantic; Stanisław Moniuszko is often portrayed as a positivist. It is true on historical and aesthetic basis, but when you look closely at the music of both artists, it turns out that they have much in common. The programme of the upcoming concert includes songs of both composers as well as works by continuators of their traditions – outstanding pianist-composers and creators of operas and songs. The concert will feature soprano Ewa Biegas and pianists Agnieszka Schulz-Brzyska and Grzegorz Biegas.

The project is implemented thanks to the support of the City of Lublin. Admission to the concert is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Coryphaeus of Polish Music 2019 – submit your nomination!


The 9th edition of the Polish Music Community Award "Coryphaeus of Polish Music" has officially started. Nomination forms for candidates can be submitted in the categories: "Personality of the Year", "Event of the Year" and "Honorary Award", as well as in the "Discovery of the Year" category for debuting artists, until 10 September 2019 through the website www.koryfeusz.org.pl.

Since 2011, Polish music community has awarded the "Coryphaeus of Polish Music" award to its most prominent representatives. The award is organized by the Institute of Music and Dance. "Coryphaeus" is a distinction for people, groups of artists and institutions operating in the area of ​​Polish music. The award is granted for achievements in the last artistic season, with the exception of the "Honorary Award", which is awarded for overall activity. Applications can be submitted by members of the community.

The winners in the categories "Personality of the Year", "Event of the Year" and "Honorary Award" are selected in a secret ballot by the Electoral College. It consists of rectors of music academies and universities, directors of musicology and music institutes, music journalists, representatives of unions and organizations, as well as all winners who have been awarded in all categories. The award in the "Discovery of the Year" category is granted based on the results of open voting from the audience, which will take place between 16 and 19 September at www.koryfeusz.org.pl.

Winners will be announced during the Awards Gala on 1 October 2019. They will receive statuettes by Professor Adam Myjak as well as financial awards funded by ZAiKS Authors' Association and STOART Performing Artists' Union.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The rules and regulations are available at: www.koryfeusz.org.pl 

20th AUKSO Summer Philharmonic


Orchestral and chamber concerts, workshops, meetings and other events accompanying the 20th anniversary edition of the AUKSO Summer Philharmonic will take place in the Suwałki region between 16 and 22 August 2019.

Among the invited artists there will be cellist Andrzej Bauer, winner of the German Record Critics' Award, opera singer Tomasz Konieczny and chamber musicians from the Alternative Ensemble. The artists will be accompanied by the musicians of the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy conducted by Marek Moś. The festival programme will mark an important anniversary for the world of culture and art – bicentenary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko, the father of Polish national opera. Next to classical compositions by Wolfgang Amadeusz Mozart or Piotr Czajkowski, the repertoire will include contemporary works by Tadeusz Baird and Krzesimir Dębski.

The festival will be inaugurated on 16 August with a concert dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. During the final concert on 22 August, soloist Kasia Moś accompanied by the musicians of the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy under the direction of Marek Moś will present new compositions announcing her next album, as well as songs from the album "Inspination", works by Krzesimier Dębski and ...  Stanisław Moniuszko.

Andrzej Bauer will lead the workshops and masterclasses for young cellists from Emil Młynarski State School of Music in Suwałki. There will be also meetings with Krzesimir Dębski, Marek Moś and Andrzej Strumiłło.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://soksuwalki.eu/xx-letnia-filharmonia-aukso-wigry-2019/ 

Warsaw | WarszeMuzik 2019


Next edition of the WarszeMuzik festival – a series of chamber concerts in preserved pre-war courtyards in the Warsaw ghetto area – will take place between 10 August and 1 September 2019.

This year concerts will take place at 41 Chłodna Street and next to the Umschlagplatz monument at Stawki Street. There will also be a walking tour through the Wola district entitled "In the footsteps of Weinberg" lead by Warsaw activist Aleksandra Stefaniak.

During the inaugural concert, Hashtag Ensemble will present improvisations to photographic scores consisting of archival photographs from the collections of the Jewish Historical Institute. On 11 August, pianists Tymoteusz Bies and Piotr Sałajczyk will perfrom works by Mieczysław Weinberg, Franz Schubert, Dmitrij Szostakowicz and Władysław Szpilman. On 17 and 18 August, Marek Bracha – pianist and curator of the festival, will perform a recital composed of mazurkas written by Polish composers of Jewish origin: Maria Szymanowska, Józef Wieniawski, Aleksander Tansman, Mieczysław Weinberg and Władysław Szpilman.

The world premiere of the Concerto for flute, piano and strings (2019) by Mikołaj Majkusiak will take place on 24 August. The work inspired by the compositional style of Mieczysław Weinberg, containing a quote from his 21st Symphony "Kaddish", is dedicated to the curators of WarszeMuzik. One more premiere will be featured in the final concert: A piece for tenement house, 4 gramophones and chamber ensemble by Agnieszka Stulgińska, composer-in-residence at WarszeMuzik 2019. The work will be performed by Hashtag Ensemble, residents of the house at 41 Chłodna Street and activists. The performance is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Composing Commissions" programme, implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Full programme available athttp://www.warszemuzik.org/