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The YouTube channel with unknown works of Polish composers

pThe new project „Cudze słuchacie, swego nie znacie” (You listen to outlandish, you dont know yours") aims to present the unknown works by Polish composers. These will mostly be the first and sometimes the only recordings of works, nearly 200 years after being composed. YouTube channel of the Foundation "Sztuka i Pasja" will start on 4 September 2020.

The 10-episode series aims at popularizing the work of Oskar Kolberg, Zygmunt Noskowski, Stanisław Moryta, Mikołaj Gomółka, Antoni Stolpe, Józef Nowakowski, Witold Maliszewski, Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński and Karol Lipiński. We will hear their works interpreter by Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Piotr Janowski, the Amadeus Orchestra conducted by Agnieszka Duczmal, Andrzej Wróbel, the Juenesses Musicales Choir conducted by Ewa Strusińska, Justyna Stolarska-Reczeniedi, Mateusz Zajdel, the Camerata Vistula ensemble, Anna Wróbel, Marta Gębska, Grzegorz Skrobiński and many chamber musicians representing the highest level of performance.

Each recording will be preceded by a short preface, introducing the presented works, the composer and performers. Among the lecturers - the National Philharmonic prelectors Barbara Szczęsna-Remisz and Malina Sarnowska, the music critic Tadeusz Deszkiewicz and well-known classical music authorities: Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Andrzej Wróbel and Janusz Olejniczak.

Co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Contemporary music doesn’t bite!

PTMWThe Polish Society for Contemporary Music invites you on 31 August 2020 to attend the online premiere of a series of films about three Polish composers „Contemporary music doesn’t bite!".

Video interviews with composers, associated with the Polish Society for Contemporary Music, will be presented as part of the series on YouTube channel and Facebook of the Society. These will be meetings with: Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska, Alicja Gronau and Adam Sławiński. Composers will tell about the background of their pieces and about themselves. Moreover, after the presentation of the series, each time there will be a live conversation with the composers on the FB profile.

The script writer of project is Jarosław Siwiński, treasurer of the Polish Composers' Union. The interviews were conducted by the double bass player and teacher, Małgorzata Kołcz.

Co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://ptmw.art.pl/ 

Warsaw | The Papal Concert

Papal ConcertThe JAX Association invites to the concert on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Paul II, which will take place on 30 August 2020 at 6.45 p. m. at the Church of the Holy Family (ul. Rozwadowska 9/11).

During this unique cultural event a wide range of Polish and foreign music from the baroque to the present day will be presented. The audience will have the opportunity to discover new cultural contexts, especially by getting to know the works of Polish composers of the Romantic era who worked in Warsaw. We will hear, among others Piosnka Broni from the opera Hrabina and Dumka Zuzi from the opera Verbum nobile by Stanisław Moniuszko, Gdy ostatnia róża zwiędła by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Dumka by Roman Statkowski, Kołysanka by Stanisław Niewiadomski, Frottola Italiana from the opera Zygmunt August by Tadeusz Joteyko, Kołysanka słowiańska by Emil Młynarski. The concert programme will include compositions by Antonio Vivaldi and Victor Herbert. This evening fragments of John Paul II's books will be also read.

Barbara Żarnowiecka (soprano), violinist Róża Lorenc and organist Wiktor Brzuchacz will take part in the concert.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: https://stowarzyszeniejax.pl/ 

Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra: Inauguration of the 2020/2021 artistic season

POSIThe colourful and varied concert on 5 September 2020 at 7.00 p.m., inauguration the 2020/2021 artistic season, will be a true feast for amateurs of orchestra virtuosity, piano artistry and ensemble singing of the highest quality – three exquisite soloists will be accompanied by Poland’s unprecedented proMODERN vocal sextet specialising in ambitious contemporary music, frequently composed (as in this case) specially for the group.

Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A major – a masterpiece of Classicist music will be performed by Paweł Kowalski, one of the most versatile Polish pianists with extensive repertoire. In Dmitri Shostakovich's Concero for piano and trumpet and string orchestra in C minor, Op. 35 the parts of both instruments are exposed, the piano part characterised by its virtuosity with the trumpet part often serving as a witty comment. The piano part will be performed by Piotr Sałajczyk, a valued soloist and chamber musician, who, apart from canonical piano pieces, successfully performs contemporary music as well; the trumpet part will be performed by Sebastian Portka, musician of the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra. The Orchestra’s entire wind section will perform Igor Stravinsky’s extraordinary piece titled Symphonies d’instruments à vent.

As the final performance of the evening, the splendid proMODERN sextet, which in its several years’ history won numerous awards, distinctions and was an object of admiration of all critics and audiences, will, together with Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra conducted by Marek Wroniszewski, perform Copernicus – our Planet by one of the most eminent contemporary Polish composers, Zygmunt Krauze. The piece is inspired by the great astronomer’s words (from his letter to Pope Paul III), unconventionally translated into a musical piece. The piece also features fragments of the Paris Agreement within the Convention on Climate Change. The author wrote: “Most of my recent works have expressed an idea or a message. It is a Romantic, sometimes idealistic attitude introduced by Ludwig van Beethoven. When I was composing Copernicus – our Planet, I wanted to express my personal attitude to the present, to the times we live in. I also emphasize my refusal to accept thoughtless actions that destroy our planet, disregarding its future and the future of humans.” The piece conveying the profound humanitarian and ecological message was composed on commission from KODY Festival and the Foundation of Culture and Education ARTE.

Piotr Maculewicz

Concert will be broadcasted online on You Tube and on the website: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/inauguration-of-the-2020-2021-artistic-season/

Lusławice | Final of the "Emanacje" Festival – Penderecki's 'musica domestica'

Emanacje

The eighth edition of the "Emanacje" Festival, dedicated to the memory of Krzysztof Penderecki and symbolically entitled "The Artist – Work – Meetings", is coming to an end. The final concert on 30 August 2020 at 7.00 p.m. promises to be extremely impressive and reflective. In the concert hall of the European Music Centre we will hear the most personal works that can be desribed as Penderecki's musica domestica.

Chamber music occupied an important place in the composer's oeuvre in the 1990s. Critically labeled the "path by the main road", it was in fact an important line of Penderecki's work. The last festival concert will feature lyrical compositions interpreted by great musicians – Janusz Wawrowski (violin), Marcin Zdunik (cello), Szymon Nehring (piano), Katarzyna Budnik (viola), Andrzej Ciepliński (clarinet) and Tomasz Bińkowski (horn).

Quartet for clarinet and string trio is one of the most subtle and personal works by Krzysztof Penderecki, marking a turning point in the career of the 60-year-old artist. The composer wrote the piece in June 1993 on the porch of the Lusławice manor, when azaleas and rhododendrons were blooming around. The time and atmosphere of this place changed the sound language and revealed themselves fully in the aesthetic ideal of claritas, a new kind of music – transparent and intimate, perfectly balanced in terms of form and content. The Sextet (2000) was born out of the tradition of chamber music and is part of the "clarity" trend initiated by the Quartet for clarinet and string trio. It is one of Penderecki's most extensive chamber works. The Sextet was written for Mstislav Rostropovich and Jurij Baszmet who premiered the piece.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: www.emanacje.pl 

3rd "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers" – The Symphony of Everyday Life

Czas SztukiThe "Czas Sztuki" Foundation invites you to the third concert of this year's edition of the "Masovian Musical Meetings without Barriers". The concert entitled "The Symphony of Everyday Life" will take place on 28 August 2020 at 6:00 p.m. on the outdoor stage of the Cultural Center in Kałuszyn.

The "Czas Sztuki" Foundation was established in November 2017 and one of its main goals is to organise free artistic events for poor people from small rural towns, who are excluded from participating in cultural life. The organization has already conducted two series of concerts "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers" in 2018 and 2019. The third edition of the series will feature 8 concerts, which will take place in very small towns in the counties of Mińsk, Siedlce and Węgrów, where residents are deprived of cultural offer and access to cultural goods.

The next concert is dedicated to seniors. The Time Quartet will present an overview of dances in musical works. The programme will feature a sarabande, minuet, march, polonaise, mazurka, waltz and tango by Georg Friedrich Handel, Luigi Boccherini, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Fryderyk Chopin and Astor Piazzolla.

The project is co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund. Free admission!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/fundacjaczassztuki/ 

"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 two events featured Three Capriccios for double bass solo by Stefan Bolesław Poradowski and Three pieces for double bass and piano by Jan Kolasiński. During the last concert, scheduled for 28 August at 7.00 p.m., we will hear ContraForte, a 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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Gdańsk | "Cold Bastard" – a show to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Dariusz Wójcik's artistic work

Dariusz Wójcik

On the 35th anniversary of his artistic work, Dariusz Wójcik will be honored with the "Gloria Artis" Medal for Merit to Culture – the highest award in the field of culture. The ceremony will take place on 6 September 2020 at 7.00 p.m. at the Artus Court in Gdańsk during the show entitled "Cold bastard". The honorary patron of the event is Jarosław Sellin, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and Dariusz Drelich, Pomeranian Voivode.

Dariusz Wójcik – a valued artist from Gdańsk and a culture animator well known on the coast, has great merits for Polish culture. Throughout the period of his creative work, he was constantly looking for new inspirations and forms of stage expression. He established a number of valuable cultural initiatives. He was a soloist of the Musical Theatre in Gdynia and a founder of the Gdańsk Open Theatre. Over the years of experience, he has developed his own style and artistic profile focused primarily on verbal and musical performances, shows, concerts and staged concerts. For several years he has been performing concerts and shows with the music of the interwar period. Fascinated with retro music, he decided to celebrate the anniversary of his artistic work with a project involving music, for the popularization of which he received the "Golden Retro Leaf" honorary distinction from Michał Fogg – great-great-grandson of the doyen of Polish song Mieczysław Fogg.

The programme of the show to celebrate the anniversary of Dariusz Wójcik's artistic work, combined with the promotion of the CD album of the same title (Soliton), will include works from the repertoire of Eugeniusz Bodo – a Polish star of pre-war cinema and stage, written by outstanding Polish composers: Roman Palester, Henryk Wars, Jerzy Petersburski, Artur Gold, Bronisław Kaper and Zygmunt Karasiński.

The concert promoting the album will feature guest singers: Bogna Forkiewicz, Aga Skawińska, Jacek Szymański – well-known and respected stage artists from the Tri-City who take part in the Open Theater projects. The singers will be accompanied by the Fogg Trio. The show will also feature dancers of the AKAT Ballroom Dance Club.

Tickets will be on sale at the venue on the day of the concert. Ticket reservation: +48 600 290 214.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Prusz Gdański | "The Three Marys" – Gothic sculptures hold the floor

Trzy MarieThe Three Marys oratorio will be premiere by Les Femmes ensemble on 13 September 2020 at 7.00 p.m. in the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Pruszcz Gdański. We will have the opportunity to watch and listen to the work of Anna Rocławska-Musiałczyk under the direction of Piotr Jamioł both live and in broadcast. At a time when the gothic cathedrals are burning, three Marys – the heroines of the medieval mystery play – descend from the altar and speak up.

The Three Marys oratorio tells the story of the title women: Mary – Mother of God, Mary Magdalene and Mary of Clopas, accompanying Jesus in his passion and resurrection. The sculptures and painted figures of the Holy Women "come to life" and "descend from the altar" in Crucifixion – a late medieval Antwerp polyptych currently located in the National Museum in Warsaw. Sophisticated costumes designed by Małgorzata Sosińska-Wasik are almost exact copies of the sculptures' robes, while Cyprian Wieczorkowski's set design refers to gothic stained glass windows.

Anna Rocławska-Musiałczyk uses texts from the Old and New Testaments, old church songs and contemporary religious poetry – their common denominator is the Marian theme, focusing on the history of the three Marys. The new sound shape of songs and the sum of all the elements of the work ultimately transform the performance into a mystery play. The oratorio beautifully and harmoniously combines tradition with modernity: “The Three Marys presents an innovative approach, both in terms of form, performance and selection of texts. It is difficult to find a piece that would address this subject musically in a similar way", explains the composer. The work for three voices and chamber ensemble has a thoroughly universal message. The women from the altar are crying out for hope and joy of life. The Three Marys is a mystery play about the aesthetics of beauty and universal values.

Live broadcast will be available on Les Femmes Opera You Tube Channel.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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NeoQuartet – NeoCollection

Neokolekcja

"NeoCollection" is a project aimed at creating an audio-video collection of the most outstanding Polish contemporary string quartets, which will be made available online for free between 27 August and 24 September 2020.

The originator of the project is NeoQuartet, a string quartet specializing in the performance of contemporary music, which will produce and make available online three works written by outstanding Polish artists. The visual artists Andrzej Mańkowski, Piotr Wyrzykowski and Filip Ignatowicz were invited to participate in the project. Each quartet will be a separate audio-visual work that will promote Polish cultural heritage in a comprehensible and attractive way. We will hear and see new interpretations of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's 'Already It Is Dusk' String Quartet, Witold Lutosławski's String Quartet and Krzysztof Penderecki's String Quartet No. 2.

It is planned that the collection will be regularly expanded with new works, so that in the end it will be released on a durable medium as an audiovisual collector's edition.

Co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Streaming online at: https://kulturanawynos.pl/ 

Warsaw | "Experimental Tuesdays": Small Instruments

SVThe "Experimental Tuesdays" series taking place as part of the Sinfonia Varsovia To Its City 2020 Festival will end with the performance of the Small Instruments ensemble. The latest works by Paweł Romańczuk will be premiered on 25 August 2020 at 8.00 p.m. on the stage at 272 Grochowska street.

"Experimental Tuesdays", a new series of contemporary music concerts, examine the relationship between music and nature as well as respond to the challenges of modernity, including man’s influence on the environment, the climate crisis, the progressing digitization of life, the lack of algorithmic transparency, and the lack of internet privacy.

The Small Instruments ensemble based in Wrocław and founded by Paweł Romańczuk became famous for exploring new sounds using a wide array of small instruments. The instruments used in their sonic experiments feature an ever expanding array of professional instruments, sound toys made for children or naive in nature, strange musical inventions as well as a whole array of small items that aren't really instruments but do make a sound. Small Instruments recycle not only the materials from which sound structures are built, but also the tradition of classical music. At the concert as part of the festival organized by Sinfonia Varsovia, the ensemble will perform works by Igor Stravinsky, Erik Sati and Dmitri Shostakovich. We will hear instruments and playing mechanisms built by Paweł Romanczuk himself, among others. in his works Szemrzą te bory from the album Samoróbka and Stone's dances. We will also hear the first performance of compositions created along with new constructions.

The meeting with the artists after the concert will be hosted by Wioleta Żochowska, curator of the series.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre.

Information on tickets at: https://www.sinfoniavarsovia.org/ 

"Don't be afraid to improvise" – workshop for children with Iza Kowalewska and Helena Matuszewska

Nie bój się improwizować

The Art Deco Group Music Agency invites children aged 7-12 learning to play instruments to participate in the workshop "Don't be afraid to improvise!", which will take place online on 25-26 August and 2-3 September 2020 (4.00 p.m. – 1st group, 5.30 p.m. – 2nd group). The classes will be conducted by vocalist Iza Kowalewska and multi-instrumentalist Helena Matuszewska.

The workshops are free of charge and are intended for children learning to play any instruments at music schools or institutions that conduct music classes. Each cycle includes 4 online classes (approx. 45 minutes each) and 1 mini concert (approx. 40 minutes), presenting the effects of the work with participants. The final concert will take place in September and will be broadcast on the FB profile and the website of the Art Deco Group Music Agency.

The classes are conducted by artists who use the language of contemporary music and employ various unconventional techniques of producing sound. During the workshops, children will learn about contemporary music and methods of improvisation and they will take part in exercises and games that will help them absorb the knowledge more easily. In this project, it is very important to make music together and collaborate in a group, so children will participate in classes with their instruments and will actively improvise under the guidance of the teachers.

The workshop group will have a maximum of 5 participants. Participants are registered by their parents / guardians only via the form available at http://artdecogroup.eu/formularz-zgloszeniowy-nbsi-2020/. Please attach to the form a video file presenting the workshop participant performing any programme (max 5 MB).

Co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttp://artdecogroup.eu/event/nie-boj-sie-improwizowac-z-iza-kowalewska-i-helena-matuszewska/ 

"Don't be afraid to improvise" – workshop for children with Krzesimir Dębski and Jarosław Siwiński

Art Deco GroupThe next online workshop for young musicians as part of the "Don't be afraid to improvise!" series will take place on 24-27 August 2020. Online classes will be held in two groups (at 4.00 p.m. and 5.30 p.m.) under the supervision of outstanding composers and improvisers: Krzesimir Dębski and Jarosław Siwiński.

The organizers' goal is for as many children and teenagers as possible to experience improvisation. Therefore, this time, the Art Deco Group Music Agency invites blind or partially sighted young musicians from 7 to 15 years of age learning to play any instruments at music schools or institutions that conduct music classes to participate in the workshop. Two groups of participants will work with famous artists.

The workshops are free and will be held online every day from 24 to 27 August. Each cycle includes 4 classes (approx. 45 minutes each) and 1 mini concert (approx. 40 minutes) presenting the effects of the work with participants. The final concert will take place in September and will be broadcast on the FB profile and the website of the Art Deco Group Music Agency.

During the workshops, the artists will talk to children about contemporary music as well as rules and methods of improvisation, illustrating these themes with musical examples. They will conduct exercises and games that will help children absorb the transferred knowledge more easily. In this project, it is very important to make music together and collaborate in a group, so children will participate in classes with their instruments and will actively improvise under the guidance of the teachers.

The workshop group will have a maximum of 5 participants. Participants are registered by their parents / guardians only via the form available at http://artdecogroup.eu/formularz-zgloszeniowy-nbsi-2020/. Please attach to the form a video file presenting the workshop participant performing any programme (max 5 MB).

Co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://artdecogroup.eu 

Kraków | 4th Krakow Music Salon – chamber music in the salons!

Krakowski Salon Muzyczny

Recalling the memory of the tradition of music salons as a popular element of the cultural life of 19th-century Kraków is the goal of a unique festival organized for the fourth time by the Association of Polish Chamber Musicians. The 4th edition of the Kraków Music Salon will be held between 10 and 29 September 2020 at the Jan Matejko House.

The festival aims at popularizing chamber music, including works by Polish composers, not only 19th- century, but also by contemporary ones. This year's edition will feature six concerts and two lectures, introducing the concert customs, the works of underrated, forgotten composers and the profiles of forgotten figures of Kraków and European artistic life. The list of performers will include soloists and chamber ensembles: Dorota Szczepańska (soprano), Hanna Hipp (mezzo-soprano), Karol Kozłowski (tenor), Łukasz Hajduczenia (baritone), Zarębski Piano Duo, Bartosz Koziak (cello), Agnieszka Kozło (piano), Anna Maria Staśkiewicz (violin), Katarzyna Budnik (viola), Marcin Zdunik (cello), Michał Francuz (piano), Joanna Konarzewska (violin), Rafał Kwiatkowski (cello) and Herbert Trio. The concert programme will include works by Polish and European composers of the 19th and 20th centuries, among others, Władysław Żeleński, Karol Szymanowski and Grzegorz Fitelberg.

Admission to all events is free! Due to sanitary restrictions, the number of places is limited. Information on tickets will be posted on the Association of Polish Chamber Musicians website and Facebook page. The whole festival will be broadcast online on YouTube.

The project was co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Music" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: www.spmk.com.pl/salon 

Kraków | 6th Sinfonietta Festival. A musical tribute to Krzysztof Penderecki

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This year's edition of the Sinfonietta Cracovia flagship event is dedicated to the memory of Professor Krzysztof Penderecki – one of the founders of the orchestra, its great mentor and friend. The concert programme of the Sinfonietta Festival, which will run from 25 August to 3 September 2020, will also include works by Ludwig van Beethoven as 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth.

The festival will be inaugurated on 25 August with an open-air concert of Sinfonietta Cracovia led by Maciej Tworek, a long-time collaborator of Professor Penderecki. On 26 August, the audience will have a chance to take part in the next edition of the "Chamber Clubbing" in the beautiful interiors and gardens of the National Museum in Kraków. The programme of performances by the Dafo Quartet, Cordes Classiques, Sinfo Quartet and 2B3 Ensemble will include compositions by the patrons of this year's Sinfonietta Festival – Ludwig van Beethoven and Krzysztof Penderecki. "Clubbing" will end with an open-air screening of the film Penderecki: Paths Through The Labyrinth (directed by Anna Neuhaus), preceded by a solo performance by Maciej Lulek, concertmaster of Sinfonietta Cracovia.

On 31 August, the orchestra will perform in The Kraków Cloth Hall under the baton of its director, Jurek Dybał. The guest of the Sinfonietta will be the legendary French clarinetist and close friend of the Professor – Michel Lethiec. The concert programme will include compositions by Krzysztof Penderecki and Antonín Dvořák. The evening will also feature the world premiere of one of the two winning works of the 6th International Composition Competition "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta: Hommage à Krzysztof Penderecki" – a composition by Andrea Mattevi for strings and percussion.

The festival will end on 3 September with a spectacular final concert conducted by the first guest conductor of Sinfonietta Cracovia, the world-renowned American conductor John Axelrod. In the historic interiors of the Cloth Hall we will hear compositions by Piotr Czajkowski and Krzysztof Penderecki. This evening, Sinfonietta Cracovia will also premiere a piece by Robin Lilja – the second winner of this year's edition of the Composition Competition organized by the orchestra.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: www.sinfonietta.pl