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”Save the Music” Campaign

Save the Music"Save the Music" campaign, organized by MEAKULTURA Foundation, will have its opening at the press conference held on January 27, 2016 at 12.00 in the PWM Editon at 8 Fredry St.

The campaign’s main goal is to promote good music and artists (regardless of genre) with the use of fashion and visual art. The programme includes concerts, fashion shows and exhibitions. One of the first events involves a presentation of clothes (designed by Kinga Król) with Max Skorwider’s graphic images of Fryderyk Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven, Frank Sinatra, Astor Piazzolla, Sid Vicious and Enrico Caruso.

More information: www.savethemusic.eu

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Oratorio ”Peregrinus” in Lusławice

Oratorium PeregrinusOratorio Peregrinus written by Dariusz Swoszowski to the text by Ryszard Ostrowski will be performed on January 15, 2016 at 4.00 pm in the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławice.

The composition will be interpreted by over 200 musicians conducted by Waldemar Groń, including students and teachers of the Primary Music School in Domosławice, Jurkowski Chamber Choir (dir. by Aleksandra Bośković-Róża), solists Magda Niedbała, Ewelina Szybilska, and Anna Wilk, organist Iwona Karwacka, and narrator Jacek Wojnicki. The work was premiered in November 2015.

Organizers: Primary Music School in Domosławice, Czchów and Zakliczyn Commune.

See: FB profile

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Joanna Freszel’s Album ”real life song” – Promotional Concert

Joanna FreszelSinger Joanna Freszel, joined by chamber ensemble, will promote her debut album at the concert on January 11, 2016 at 7.00 pm in the Studio Bar (Palace of Culture and Science) in Warsaw.

The artists will present compositions included on the album, written by such composers as Miłosz Bembinow, Andrzej Borzym jr, Katarzyna Szwed, Rafał Janiak, Aleksander Kościów, Sławomir Zamuszko, Agata Zubel and Jagoda Szmytka.

More information: www.reallifesong.wix.com

Facebook event

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Adam Zalas in the “Music +” cycle

Koncert gitarowy Adama ZalasaAnother concert of the "Music +" cycle will be held on January 13, 2016 at 7.00 pm in the Youth Culture Centre in Krakow (“House of the Scouts”, 18 Reymonta Street).

The programme, which includes works by Gaspar Sanz, Fernando Sor, Isaak Albéniz, Leo Brouwer and Carl Domeniconi, will be interpreted by guitarist Adam Zalas and pianist Joachim Kołpanowicz.

Admission free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Joanna Freszel launches her debut album for Christmas

Real Life SongThe artist’s album real life song will be released on December 23, 2015 just in time for the Christmas rush.

Meant to break stereotypical thinking about contemporary music as hermetic and overwhelmed by incomprehensible elements, the CD astonishes, enchants, and presents a rich range of emotions, discovered when going into precise forms, structures and sophisticated harmonies. Their diversity allows to show the mastery of the soloist.

Joanna Freszel’s album is a result of almost two-year work and an expression of musical enquiries of people, who create music on the highest level and represent various trends in Polish music. 8 young composers (Miłosz Bembinow, Andrzej Borzym jr, Rafał Janiak, Aleksander Kościów, Jagoda Szmytka, Katarzyna Szwed, Sławomir Zamuszko, Agata Zubel), invited to participate in the project, either wrote new works or changed the instrumentation of previously composed pieces.

The next promotional concert will be held on January 11, 2016 in the Studio Theatre in Warsaw.

More information: www.reallifesong.wix.com/reallifesong

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

MAKSYMIUK | Sinfonia Varsovia

Maksymiuk | Sinfonia VarsoviaWarner Music Poland will release new album MAKSYMIUK | Sinfonia Varsovia on January 29, 2016.

The appearance of the unparalleled talent of Jerzy Maksymiuk on our musical landscape and the ensuing artistic phenomenon that bears the name of the Polish Chamber Orchestra was a sui generis earthquake for all of us – wrote Adam Rozlach in the CD booklet.

The double album showcases both historical recordings which have undergone careful remastering and new interpretations recorded in 2015. The CDs include compositions by Mozart, Bach, Rossini, Debussy, Bartók, Stravinsky, as well as works by Polish composers - Grażyna Bacewicz, Tadeusz Baird, Adam Jarzębski, and Maestro himself (Vers per archi).

The album is a sentimental journey back to the time when Jerzy Maksymiuk’s chamber players drenched audiences attending their first concerts with great technique and artistry. It is also a record documenting the present coolaboration of the famous conductor with his beloved orchestra.

Read more: MAKSYMIUK | Sinfonia Varsovia

New album by Paweł Gusnar and MSG Clamaverunt Iusti

Verbum IncarnatumAlbum Verbum Incarnatum, released in December 2015 by Ars Sonora record label, was created by saxophonist Paweł Gusnar and Mulierum Schola Gregoriana Clamaverunt Iusti – Warsaw-based ensemble directed by Michał Sławecki, specializing in the interpretation and performance of Gregorian chant.

The diversity of theological themes is taken by Schola Clamaverunt Iusti in the proposed programs. The ensemble, while remaining faithful to the principles of Gregorian chant interpretation, is not afraid either of musical experiments. On the eve of the canonization of Saint John Paul II, a program Verbum Incarnatum was created, in which works from Gregorian and Ambrosian tradition of the oldest singing of the Church have been implemented in an unchanged form and summarized with the part of soprano saxophone (mostly improvisations), realized by Paweł Gusnar. The program’s content focuses on the mystery of the Incarnation.

More information: www.sklep.ars-sonora.pl/verbum-incarnatum-p-9.html

Partners: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC, Radio Warszawa, Presto, UMFC, SPMK, Dobre Miejsce Culture Centre, Carpe Diem Foundation, Portal Płock, Yamaha, D’Addario Woodwinds, Clamaverunt Iusti Association

Projects organized by the Podkarpacka Foundation for the Development of Culture

XI Forum Pianistyczne Bieszczady bez granicNext editions of the Podkarpacka Foundation’s projects, i.e. 11th International Piano Forum "Bieszczady Without Boundaries", 7th International Piano Competition "Young Virtuoso" and 5th Master School of Piano Pedagogy, will be held on February 7-12, 2016.

Podkarpacka Foundation for the Development of Culture was established in 2009. The main objective of its projects is to support the education and development of young Polish pianists, maintain national tradition by cultivating and developing national, civic and cultural consciousness as well as to promote international cooperation and integration, particularly in the Carpathian region and within music cultures of Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine.

Deadline for application: December 31, 2015

More information: www.interpiano.pl

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Results of the 2nd Karol Szymanowski International Composers Competition

II Międzynarodowy Konkurs Kompozytorski im. Karola SzymanowskiegoOn December 10, 2015 the results of the 2nd Karol Szymanowski International Composers Competition were announced.

The subject of the competition was a piece for large symphony orchestra (duration: 10-20 minutes). The jury (members of the Karol Szymanowski Music Society: Eugeniusz Knapik – chairman, Krzysztof Meyer, Rafał Augustyn and Sławomir Czarnecki) awarded the following composers:
1st prize - Daniele Gasparini (Italy) for Snowise, snowhere, snoway. Snowsence
2nd prize - Hyunsuk Jun (South Korea) for Vistara
3rd prize - Jonathan Posthuma (USA) for Strings of Pearls
distinction - Andrzej Karałow (Poland) for Multicolour Horizon

Special prizes:
Daniele Gasparini (Italy) - prize of the Polish National Symphony Radio Orchestra in Katowice (performance in 2016/2017)
Hyunsuk Jun (South Korea) - prize of the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic in Cracow (performance in 2016/2017)
Jonathan Posthuma (USA) - prize of His Magnificence Rector of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice (performance by the Karol Szymanowski Academic Symphony Orchestra in 2016/2017)
Andrzej Karałow (Poland) - prize of PWM Edition (set of Polish contemporary scores)

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

More information: www.szymanowski-competition.com  


"Warsaw Camerata à la carte!" – final concert

Warsaw Camerata a la carte!The final concert of the 4th edition of the cycle Warsaw Camerata à la carte! will be held on December 20, 2015 at 1.30 pm in the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel and St. Florian the Martyr in Warsaw (3 St. Florian's Street).

The project, co-financed by the City of Warsaw and organized in the the years 2012-2014, aims at connecting and activating the listeners and musicians. It is the audience that chooses the repertoire performed during the concerts which are regularly held in the Praga district in Warsaw.

Justyna Stępień - soprano
Richard Berkeley - countertenor
Andrzej Marusiak - tenor
Piotr Pieron - bass

Warsaw Choir
Richard Berkeley - artistic director
Warsaw Camerata
Paweł Kos-Nowicki - conductor

Joseph Haydn – Symphony in G major Hob.I:88
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Coronation Mass in C major K. 317

Admission free.

Organized by the New Chamber Orchestra Foundation, co-financed by the City of Warsaw.
Sponsor: Raiffeisen Polbank
Cooperation: Warsaw Camerata, Art Deco Group, Culture Centre Praga, Strategia Group, Marek Rychłowski Law Firm.
Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC, "Presto" Magazine, In Your Pocket, Wawcity.pl, Cameralmusic.pl

International Violin Competition in Łódź

1. Międzynarodowy Konkurs Skrzypcowy im. Grażyny Bacewicz65 violinists from 23 countries will participate in the 1st Grażyna Bacewicz International Violin Competition held in Łódź between 9th and 13th of December 2015. Admission to all concerts and auditions is free.

The event will have its opening on December 9, 2015 at 6.00 pm – 3 members of the jury (Janusz Wawrowski, Łukasz Błaszczyk and Lars Erik ter Jung) will perform Polish and Norwegian music in the Concert Hall of the Academy of Music in Łódź (2a Żubardzka Street).

Auditions of the 1st stage: December 10-12, Chamber Hall of the Academy of Music in Łódź (4 1-go Maja Street)

Auditions of the 2nd stage: December 13, Concert Hall of the Academy of Music in Łódź (2a Żubardzka Street).

Jury: Łukasz Błaszczyk (chairperson), Bartosz Bryła, Massimiliano Caldi, Lars Erik ter Jung, Robert Kabara and Janusz Wawrowski. The competition is a part of the Grażyna Bacewicz International Music Festival (November 27 – December 13, 2015) co-organized by the Council of the City of Łódź.

More information: www.amuz.lodz.pl
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Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Workshops for children ”Tell Me a Story”

Opowiedz mi bajkęPolish Society for Contemporary Music invites children and parents to participate in the workshops "Tell Me a Story" held on Decemebr 12, 2015 in the Wilanów Culture Centre in Warsaw (3 Kolegiacka Street).

The workshops involve literature- and music-based improvisation, the happiest and most natural form of artistic activity, and will be led by violinist Dagna Sadkowska, clarinetist Michał Górczyński (members of Kwartludium ensemble), double-bassist Małgorzata Kołcz and composer Jarosław Siwiński.

10:00 am – children aged 3-5 years
12:00 pm – children aged 6-8 years

Admission is free, however making a booking is required (mobile: +48 790 395 228 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

The project is co-financed by the Culture Department of the City of Warsaw.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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1st International Choir Festival of Advent & Christmas Music “Mundus Cantat Sopot”

Mundus Cantat Sopot 20151st edition of the festival, during which international choirs will perform carols and Christmas songs from various parts of the world, will be held on December 11-12, 2015 in Sopot.

The concerts will take place in the Forest Opera, the Church of Christ at 21 Obrońców Westerplatte Street and in the local Social Welfare House.

The festival is organized by the "Mundus Cantat" Foundation and co-organized by the Baltic Artistic Agency BART and the City of Sopot.

Admission to all concerts is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Gdańsk Art of Accordion Music Interpretation

VIII Gdańska Sztuka Interpretacji Muzyki Akordeonowej8th edition of the Gdańsk Art of Accordion Music Interpretation will be held on December 14, 2015 at 7.00 pm in the Old Town Hall in Gdańsk (33/35 Korzenna Street).
The programme of this year's edition of the event is divided into two parts - performance of works by young Polish composer and accordionist Paweł Sławiński, Romanian composer Gabriel Mălăncioiu, and Michael Beil from Germany, as well as "Symphony of Improvisation" - a performance combining image, animation, light effects and musical improvisation.

Paweł Zagańczyk – accordion
Anna Wandtke – violin
Wiktoria Vysotska – visual effects, media

Part I
Michael Beil – Und Acht for Accordion and Tape **
Paweł Sławiński – Bolero *
Paweł Sławiński – Prelude and fugue *
Gabriel Mălăncioiu – Pāramitā **

Part II
"Symphony of Improvisation"

** Polish premiere

Admission free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Oskar Kolberg Award For Merit to Folk Culture

40. Nagroda im. Oskara KolbergaProfessor Piotr Gliński, Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland and Deputy Prime Minister, will present the Oskar Kolberg Awards “For Merit to Folk Culture” for the 40th time. The gala will be held on December 11, 2015 in the Royal Castle in Warsaw at 12.00.

The Oskar Kolberg Award For Merit to Folk Culture has been presented since 1974. It has always been the most important Polish distinction for involvement in folk culture, granted in 6 categories – folk visual artists, musicians and dancers; folk tale writers; folk groups (authentic); folk ensembles; scholars and researchers; institutions and organisations (both Polish and foreign). The award is a recognition of these individuals’, ensembles’ and institutions’ long-lasting, consistent efforts aimed at preserving and celebrating traditions and genuine values of regional folk culture in its material, social, and artistic aspects.

This year's edition was organized by the Institute of Music and Dance, Open-Air Museum of Rural Architecture in Radom and Oskar Kolberg Museum in Przysucha. The awards have been funded by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland, the "Cepelia" Polish Art and Handicraft Foundation, and local authorities of the Mazovia Province.

Polish Radio Programme 2, Folk Artists Association

Media patronage:
TVP Kultura, Polish Radio Programme 2, Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC, MuzykaTradycyjna.pl and Folk24.pl.

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