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43rd International Festival of Organ, Choral and Chamber Music


The 43rd edition of the International Festival of Organ, Choral and Chamber Music will begin on 3 July 2020 at the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Gdańsk and will last until 28 August 2020. Traditionally, concerts will take place at St. Mary's Basilica every Friday at 8.15 p.m.

Among the performers of ten festival concerts will be ogranists Bogusław Grabowski, Wiktor Brzuchacz, Maciej Babnis, Michał Markuszewski, Dariusz Hajdukiewicz, Bogdan Narloch, Błażej Musiałczyk and Patryk Dopke, soprano Agnieszka Tomaszewska, violinist Róża Lorenc and saxophonist Maciej Sikała as well as the Art'n'Voices vocal octet, specializing in the performance of Polish contemporary vocal music, and the Schola Cantorum Gedanensis Polish Chamber Choir under the direction of Jan Łukaszewski.

The festival will be inaugurated by Maciej Sikała and Bogusław Grabowski, who will present works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ray Vaughan Williams, Anna Buczek and Maciej Sikała himself, as well as improvisations for saxophone and organ.

Full programme is available athttp://www.festiwalorganowy.pl/ 

Message on the International Day of Music


For 44 years around the world, 1st October is the International Day of Music – a holiday that in 1975 was initiated by Yehudi Menuhin. The purpose of this special Day is to draw attention to the extraordinary value, importance, goodness and place that Music occupies in all of us. Without a great, although often imperceptible impact of music, our lives would be much poorer, and people without access to Music would not be themselves. [...]

The basic and also extremely important message of the International Music Day is to promote artists as those who create and convey beauty through Music. Help, recognition and appreciation of the work of young, highly talented musicians is and should be a satisfaction for slightly older, experienced representatives of the musical environment.

After thirty years of uninterrupted concert activity, I decided to combine stage work with pedagogical activity, transferring my experience to young pianists. I understood that the profession of artist-musician is not only individual work, concerts and travels. Despite many difficulties in combining different currents of my activity, I feel great satisfaction from promoting other artists.

All this year's and previous laureates of the Corypheus of Polish Music Award, presented on the International Music Day, I would like to congratulate with all the best wishes for further development of your talent and artistic personality. But above all, I wish you fulfillment in this difficult profession and true, natural, deep joy coming from the possibility of transmitting the beauty of Music to all those who desire, need and expect it from us, musicians!

Piotr Paleczny

Wrocław | Szymanowski's Heritage


On December 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Chamber Hall of the National Forum of Music in Wrocław, Aleksandra Szwejkowska-Belica (violin) and Cezary Sanecki (piano) will perform a concert entitled Szmanowski's Heritage.

Undoubtedly the leading Polish composer between Chopin and Lutosławski, Karol Szymanowski drew inspiration from a wide range of influences, which he later merged with his explorations of folk music from his native Poland. Together with writers and visual artists, Szymanowski was part of the Young Poland movement, which offended the conservative establishment. Szymanowski expressed his attitude toward “national characteristics” asserting, “Let our music be national in its Polish characteristics but not falter in striving to attain universality. Let it be national, but not provincial.”

Szymanowski's thought is reflected in the work of his successors, whose music will fill the programme of the December concert. We will hear: Stained-Glass Window, Mazovian Dance and Slavic Dance by Grażyna Bacewicz, Polish Suite by Szymon Laks, who emigrated to Paris in 1926, but repeatedly referred to Polish folklore, Polish Dance from the ballet The Song of the Earth by Roman Palester, who also emigrated to France, Three miniatures by Juliusz Łuciuk, and Pleiades and Oberek by Romuald Twardowski.

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

Katowice | New Music Orchestra: Rock & Punk


The concert on October 14, 2018 at 6 pm, in the headquarters of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, will premiere a new composition by Artur Zagajewski.

Święty Boże, Święty Mocny, which Artur Zagajewski dedicated to his wife, was written to the well-known lyrics of Jan Kasprowicz's hymn. The composition was created for the excellent actor, vocalist and director Arkadiusz Jakubik, known, among others, from Wojciech Smarzowski's films. The work is inspired by the music of trashmetal bands, including albums of the Slayer group. Zagajewski's work was co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme, operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Performed by the Orchestra of New Music under the direction of Szymon Bywalc, we will also hear Belgian and American music. Fremdkörper # 3 by the Belgian composer Stefan Prins was created after the death of Michael Jackson and is a kind of "memoriam" for the King of Pop. The composition ... blood blossoms ... (... blood blossoms ...) by the American composer Ken Ueno was influenced by S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch, which suggested to Ueno that "beauty can be found in a medium full of potential power and destruction."

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Wiślica / Kielce | Premiere of "Orare-Torium" by Jakub Sarwas

Jakub Sarwas

The premiere of Jakub Sarvas' Orare-Torium will take place at the Collegiate Basilica of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Wiślica on July 5, 2018, as part of the 24th Krystyna Jamroz International Music Festival in Busko-Zdrój. The next day, the work will be performed at the Kielce Philharmonic.

The inspiration for he work – as the composer notes – was the original meaning of the word oratory, as well as the echoes of events from the tenth century on the land of the Slavs. The work intended for choir, soloists, live electronics and orchestra refers to the primary aspirations of human spirituality and religiosity.

The programme of the concert on July 6 at the Kielce Philharmonic will also include works by W. A. Mozart: Motet Exsultate jubilate KV 165, Ave verum corpus K. 618, and Sancta Maria, mater Dei KV 273. Symphony Orchestra of the Świętokrzyska Philharmonic and Fermata Chamber Choir will be led by Jacek Rogala. Gabriela Gołaczewska will perform as soloist.

The premiere of the work by Jakub Serwas is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Composition Commissions" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

More information at: http://filharmonia.kielce.com.pl/