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Lower Silesia | 4th Schlag Organ Festival


The Christian Schlag International Organ Festival is the largest organ festival in the ​​Świdnica region. It's 4th edition will take place on June 2  – July 12, 2019, including 11 concerts in three different cities: Świdnica, Świebodzice and Wałbrzych.

In addition to chamber concerts and organ recitals, there will be meetings with musicians in the series "Musical Foyer" and two historical walks devoted to the Schlag family. These additional events are organised due to the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Schlag & Söhne company. All concerts will be performed in churches equipped with the organs of this company to show the stylistic diversity of the instruments built by the former Świdnik manufactory. The programme will include classical and sacred music of various eras with emphasis on the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century music. All the performances will be projected on the special screen so that the audience will be able to see the details of ogranists' work.

Polish contemporary and jazz music for trumpet and symphonic organ, composed especially for the Festival by Piotr Damasiewicz and Maciej Batora, will be performed by the authors on June 21, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Church of Peace in Świdnica.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: www.fundacjadobrejmuzyki.pl/christian-schlag/ and https://www.facebook.com/FestiwalSchlaga/ 

Katowice | Vivat Academia!

IPiUM Silesia

The Institution for the Promotion and Dissemination of Music "Silesia" invites you to the next concert of the "Vivat Academia!" series of meetings with outstanding artists and professors of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. The concert will take place on 30 May 2019 at 6.00 p.m. at the Archdiocese Museum in Katowice (16 Wita Stwosza street).

The guest of the May meeting and concert at the Archdiocesan Museum will be Professor Jan Wincenty Hawel, who held the office of the rector of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music for 12 years. This musical evening as part of the "Vivat Academia" cycle will be an opportunity to recall its versatile and valued artistic activity related from the beginning to his alma mater. He graduated from the State High School of Music in Katowice with three diplomas: of the Department of Music Education (1960), Composition (1964, as a student of Bolesław Szabelski), and Conducting (1967, in the class of Karol Stryja). Immediately after finishing his musical education, he became a lecturer, led composition and conducting classes, served as the head of the Department of Composition and Music Theory and Research Team ("Music in Silesia – aspects, trends, activities, people"), and from 1975 managed the Academic Symphony Orchestra. In 1981, on his initiative and under his artistic direction, the Silesian Chamber Orchestra was formed, with whom he gave concerts in Poland and abroad.

Meeting at the Archdiocesan Museum will also be an opportunity to talk about Professor's ouvre. The programme of the concert will include selected works by Jan Wincenty Hawel performed by eminent artists and current pedagogues of the Katowice Academy of Music, Krzysztof Lasoń and Piotr Sałajczyk.

Admission free!.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://www.silesia.art.pl/strona-glowna/koncerty/407_vivat-academia-koncert-i-spotkaniebrz-prof-janem-wincentym-hawelem

Świdnica | Premiere of "Missa Brevis" by Paweł Pudło


The premiere of Missa Brevis for soprano, mezzo-soprano, two horns, flute and string quartet by Paweł Pudło will take place on May 26, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. in the Church of Peace in Świdnica.

The mass was commissioned by the Good Music Foundation as part of the "Collections – Composing Commissions" programme, carried out by the Institute of Music and Dance. It was composed especially for the Church of Peace, in which there are two organs: the symphonic Schlag organ and the Baroque altar organs. The work will be premiered by Świdnik organists Zuzanna and Maciej Bator, soprano Dominika Zamara, currently living in Venice, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Cornelius, horn players Anna and Grzegorz Mondry, flutist Sylwia Waindok and a string quartet composed of: Marcin Ostrowski, Dagmara Swestun, Marlena Grodzicka-Myślak and Jakub Ponder.

The organizers of the concert are the Good Music Foundation, the Evangelical-Augsburg parish in Świdnica and the City of Świdnica. The honorary patrons of the event are the Evangelical Bishop Waldemar Pytel and the President of Świdnica Beata Moskal-Słaniewska.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Warsaw | Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street


The cycle "Summer concerts at Grochowska Street" will be inaugurated on May 25 and 26, 2019 at 4.00 p.m. in the headquarters of the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra (272 Grochowska Street).

Every weekend during the afternoon chamber concerts, both renowned artists and rising stars of classical music will perform. 30 thematically divided concerts – Not only orchestra, Japan, Moniuszko, Relax, On travel, Improvisation, Old Warsaw – will feature ensemblesof differnet types, such as a reed quintet with saxophone and bass clarinet, a cello octet or a flute quartet. The programme will include music of many styles and eras – from the Baroque, through romantic opera arias, to jazz, contemporary and improvised music.

On May 25th, the "Not only orchestra" concert will feature Serenade in C minor KV 388 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Octet in E flat major Op. 103 by Ludwig van Beethoven performed by the Sinatonia Varsovia Wind Ocetet. The next day, we will listen to the Sinfonia Varsovia Academy String Orchestra under the baton of the excellent violinist Jakub Haufa. The musicians will present works by Edvard Grieg, Franz Schubert, Edward Elgar and Krzysztof Penderecki, the artistic director of the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information atwww.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Warsaw | 15th Kwartesencja Festival


On June 12 – July 2, 2019 the Witold Lutoslawski Polish Radio Concert Studio and the New Theater in Warsaw will host the 15th edition of the Kwatesencja Festival.

A year ago the Royal String Quartet celebrated their 20th anniversary. In 2019 it’s time for the 15th Kwartesencja festival, which this year will host four concerts. The ensemble will take part in all of them, together with their guests, Polish top level artists: one of the most outstanding Polish singers, winner of the 2018 European Composers Award – Agata Zubel, and pianist – originally jazz musician, pushing all genre boundaries – Marcin Masecki.

The programme includes classical string quartets by Beethoven and Schubert, sophisticated compositions by James MacMillan and minimalist meditation by Morton Feldman. Moreover, composer and vocalist Agata Zubel will perform Sonette der Elisabeth Barrett-Browning by Egon Wellesz, written to the love poems of the famous English poet of Victorian times, as well as Songs of a Traveling Journeyman by Gustav Mahler, reflecting the composer's alter ego, as he was called a "romantic wanderer" by Bohdan Pociej.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://royalstringquartet.pl/ 

Warszawa | "Curtis on tour" Special Concert at FCUM

Sozańska Elżbieta

A special concert entitled  "Curtis on tour" will take place on May 25, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the concert hall of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music (2 Okólnik Street).

The unique event will take place as part of the annual concert tour "Curtis on Tour". This is the first concert of musicians from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music from Philadelphia (USA) at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. The Curtis Institute of Music is one of the most prestigious music universities in the world alongside the excellent Juilliard School of Music in New York. Musicians from Poland played a significant role in the establishment and development of the university over its almost century-long history – Józef Hofmann was the first rector of the institute, and among the professors there were several Polish pedagogues.

The concert will be performed by a piano quartet composed of: prof. Roberto Díaz (viola) – President of the Curtis Institute of Music, and its students – Claire Bourg (violin), Sydney Lee (cello), Daniel Hsu (piano). The programme will include Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 15 by Gabriel Fauré and Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25 by Johannes Brahms.

The initiator and organizer of the "Curtis on Tour" visit in Warsaw is Ms. Elżbieta Sozańska from Philadelphia – a patron of music, a long-time director and vice-president of international pharmaceutical concerns, as well as a writer and playwright. Both the concert and the master classes run by the president of the university, prof. Robert Díaz, will be held with the financial support of the Kon-Sozański Family Foundation to commemorate Berta Zofia Kon, graduate of the FCUM in 1920.

Admission free!

Mdia patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Katowice | Silesian String Quartet and AUKSO at NOSPR


On May 25, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the city of Tychy and the Silesian Quartet will perform at the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice. The concert will premiere Eugeniusz Knapik's 2nd String Quartet.

The programme of the concert performed by NOSPR's guests will featured works by British composer Edward Elgar, German artist Werner Egek and Eugeniusz Knapik – professor at the Academy of Music in Katowice.

AUKSO under the direction of Marek Mos will present the Islands for string orchestra by Eugeniusz Knapik, commissioned in 1983 by Musica Viva Australia and the Adelaide Festival. It is a one-part composition with two linking fragments of the form symbolizing two states of matter, namely: water (sea) and earth (island). The work was inpired by an image of an observer on the ship, looking out for land on the horizon and should be understood metaphorically. In the second part of the evening, one of the leading Polish chamber ensembles – the Silesian Quartet – will premiere Eugeniusz Knapik's String Quartet No. 2.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttp://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/ 

Katowice | NOSPR Chamber Orchestra and Silesian Trio


The next concert in the cycle of "NOSPR chamber concerts" will take place on May 23, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.,at the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice. The ecening will feature Polish contemporary music performed by the NOSPR String Orchestra and the Silesian Trio.

The programme of the concert is composed of Grażyna Bacewicz's Divertimento for string orchestra, Mikołaj Górecki's Trio concerto for clarinet, horn, piano and string orchestra, Krzysztof Penderecki's Chaconne per archi, Edward Grieg's Suite "From Holberg's Time", Op. 40, and Wojciech Kilar's Orawa for string orchestra.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/ 

Warsaw | Opeaning of a New Concert and Cinema Hall at FCUM


A ceremonial opening of the refurbished Karol Szymnowski Chamber Hall at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music will take place on 20 May 2019 at 12.00 p.m.

Modernization and new arrangement of the next chamber hall at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music has just finished. The ceremonial opening of the renovated hall, named after Karol Szymanowski, will feature the performance of the Chopin University Big Band under the direction of its leader Piotr Kostrzewa.

The new hall will have several functions: it will be a cinema, auditorium and lecture hall. The project was co-financed under the Infrastructure and Environment Operational Programme 2014-2020 VIII Priority axis – Protection of Cultural Heritage and Development of Cultural Resources.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Warsaw | Iuventus' Chamber Concert


The splendid soloists of the Jerzy Semkow Sinfonia Iuventus Polish Orchestra brass section invite you to a concert on May 31, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. in the Służew Cultural Centre (15 J. S. Bacha Street, Warsaw). The programme will feature transcriptions of repertoire from Baroque to contemporary popular music and jazz. 

At the beginning of the 1880s, emperor Joseph II appointed his own court band – Kaiserliche und königliche Harmonie, initially a sextet that soon expanded to an octet including pairs of oboes, clarinets, bassoons and horns. This ensemble was considered to be the noblest and most “classical”. The largest number of compositions was also written for this grouping by Mozart and other composers of this era. Beethoven’s charming and serene Octet in E flat major is actually a canonical example of so-called Harmoniemusik.

The nineteenth century, on the other hand, witnessed the development of the custom of transcribing well-known compositions into various arrangements for wind instruments, selected as needed, a trend that would accelerate in the following century. One special variation was the brass quintet (most commonly consisting of two trumpets, a horn, a trombone and a tuba, although other variations are possible), often accompanied by orchestral soloists who were given the opportunity to show off their dazzling virtuosity.

The programme of the May concert refers to these traditions and provides something for everyone – in addition to original compositions for wind ensembles, such as the above-mentioned Octet by Beethoven and Ewald’s Quintet, listeners will enjoy bold transcriptions of repertoire from Baroque to contemporary popular music and jazz. The splendid soloists of the wind instruments of the Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra cordially invite you to attend.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

Szczecin | Evening of Polish Ballets

Opera na Zamku

The premiere of "Evening of Polish ballets" will take place on May 18, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. in the Castle Opera in Szczecin.>

The spectacle will consist of two one-act ballets: On the Billet by Stanisław Moniuszko and Song of the Earth by Roman Palester. The premiere of Moniuszko's ballet in choreography by Robert Bondara, appreciated for his modern interpretations of Polish historical works, is the main event of the Moniuszko Year celebrations in the Castle Opera. The second ballet will be presented in the choreography by the Italian artist Paolo Mangiola, director of the national ballet in Malta, who will reinterpret the masterly orchestrated and energetic score by Palester.

On May 19, the spectacle will be played at 6.00 p.m.as part of the fifth edition of the Public Theater Day and the accompanying event – "Theatre ticket for 350 groszy". Ticket sales will only take place at the box office of the Castle Opera, starting from May 18, 2019 at 12.00 p.m. (it is not possible to book or buy them through the website). One person will be able to buy a maximum of 2 tickets.

The event coordinated by the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

More information at: http://www.opera.szczecin.pl/ 

Gdańsk | Concerts for Gdańsk Residents: Adam Diesner's Music


A graduation concert of the composer Adam Diesner will take place on May 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Church of the Holy Trinity in Gdańsk as part of the cycle "Concerts for Gdańsk Residents".

The concert will be performed by the Chamber Choir Duc in Altum, the Baltic Chamber Choir and the Orchestra of True Friends conducted by the composer as well as the soloists: Nikola Gąsior (soprano), Damian Giczewski (baritone) and Andrzej Szadejko (organ).

The musicians will present Kaszubskie Te Deum (2016) by Adam Diesner to the text in Kashubian by Zbigniew Joskowski. Numerous quotes throughout the work direct the listener's attention towards the tradition of the Church and the musical themes are based on motifs taken from Gregorian chant. Then, we will listen to the premiere of Kyrie from Missa Solemnis pro toto Mundo for mixed choir, men's choir and symphony orchestra by Diesner. The whole cycle will be presented on April 19, 2020 on the Feast of Divine Mercy, almost twenty years after its establishment by Pope John Paul II.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Gdańsk Music Festival 2019


The Gdańsk Music Festival, organized by the Polish Baltic Philharmonic, the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre and Radio Gdańsk, will be held on May 18-25, 2019.

The festival is a continuation of a project that started in 2008. The programme of each edition is defined by a leading theme or a figure of the Artist in Residence. The festival also celebrates important anniversaries. The 2019 edition is dominated by both contemporary and historical pianos.

The soloist of the inauguration concert will be an excellent German pianist nominated for the Grammy Award and the winner of the Gramophone Award – Joseph Moog. The Artur Rubinstein Lodz Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Paweł Przytocki will perform among others Overture in E flat major, Op. 115 by Ignacy Jan Paderewski. On May 22, there will be a chamber "Polish Concert" featuring works by Andrzej Panufnik and Ludomir Różycki. Gidon Kremer TRIO will present works by Mieczysław Weinberg on May 23.The soloist of the symphonic concert on May 24 will be a world-famous pianist from Finland – Juho Pohjonen, who will perform with the Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra. The final concert will feature Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz and Korean violinist Bomsori Kim who will perform among others Sonata in D minor for violin and piano, Op. 9 by Karol Szymanowski.

The Festival will exhibit historical Pleyel and Erard pianos. Krzysztof Książek, the winner of the 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments, and Tobias Koch, a juror of this competition, will play on these instruments Polish romantic repertoire.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.gdanskifestiwal.pl 

Warsaw | 4th Festival "TRZY-CZTE-RY: Contexts. Contrasts. Confrontations"


4th edition of the music festival "TRZY-CZTE-RY: Contexts. Contrasts. Confrontations" will take place in Warsaw on May 28 – June 19, 2019.

In a carefully selected programme, the pieces are contrasted and juxtaposed with each other. However, the main idea of ​​the organizers is to confront the listeners with new artistic visions and contexts. The festival stands out due to the possibility of interaction between the audience and the musicians during panel discussions after each concert.

Part of the programme of this year's edition is devoted to Witold Lutosławski, whose 25th death anniversary fell on February 7. During the inauguration concert, the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra under the baton of the Italian conductor Renato Rivolta will perform his Livre pour orchestre as well as Symphony No. 1 by Karol Szymanowski. The concert on June 11 will be devoted to the Hungarian composer, improviser and pianist Szábolcs Esztényi who lives in Poland and this year celebrates 80th birthday. Two days later the exceptional soprano Anna Zawisza with the accompaniment of Maciej Grzybowski, the artistic director of the Festival, will perfrom works by Józef Haydn, Karol Szymanowski, Witold Lutosławski and Andrzej Czajkowski. This year also marks the 100th birth anniversary of Mieczysław Weinberg, whose music will be presented by the Silesian Quartet and pianist Piotr Sałajczyk on June 14. The finale will feature, among others, Recitativa and the ariosa "Lerchenmusik", Op. 53 by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: www.festiwaltrzycztery.pl 

Poznań | Concert on the occasion of 120th birth anniversary of Jan Adam Maklakiewicz


A unique concert from a series of events commemorating the 120th birth anniversary of Polish composer Jan Adam Maklakiewicz will be held on May 22, 2019 at 6.00 pm in the Seweryn Mielżyńsk Meeting Roomi at the Poznań Society of Friends of Sciences.

The aim of the event is to restore the memory of Jan Adam Maklakiewicz (1899-1954) – an excellent Polish musician, composer, pedagogue, publicist and organizer of musical life. The concert will feature valuable and yet unknown compositions of this Polish artist. The programme will be composed of various solo and chamber pieces: Reflexions, Op. 14, Hutsul Suite, Op. 15 No. 1 and Ave Maria for violin and piano as well as selected songs (I will disappear from your eyes like a bird, Four Japanese Songs, Op. 25, You Can't Help Love, Cradle Song for soprano and piano, Kujawiak for piano). It will also include works by Stanisław Moniuszko, Fryderyk Chopin and Grażyna Bacewicz.

The concert will be peformed by graduates and pedagogues of the Academy of Music in Poznań: Piotr Kosarga (violin), Hanna Lizinkiewicz (piano) and Barbara Tritt (soprano).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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