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Kraków | "Stars with Sinfonietta”: Marisol Montalvo


A star of contemporary music – the American soprano Marisol Montalvo – will perform on May 6, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. at the Karol Szymanowski Kraków Philharmonic in the series "Stars with Sinfonietta".

"Stars with Sinfonietta" is Sinfonietta Cracovia's flagship concert series, enjoying great popularity and bringing to Kraków the greatest international musicians. The star of the May evening will be Marisol Montalvo American soprano specializing in contemporary music. With a "stratospheric" and at the same time "sweet" voice, she has an extremely wide repertoire. As an opera singer, she is valued for her enormous temperament and stage charisma. She already performed with Sinfonietta Cracovia during the Opera Rara festival in Kraków.

The programme of the concert will include Witold Lutosławski's Chantefleurs et Chantefables (Songs and chants nine short songs for soprano and orchestra based on the texts by Robert Desnos, and Karol Szymanowski's Słopiewnie  five songs composed to the poems by Julian Tuwim. The orchestra under the baton of Jurek Dybał will also present Polish chamber music: Karol Szymanowski's String Quartet No. 2 and Witold Lutosławski's Little Suite.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: www.sinfonietta.pl 

Elbląg | Musical Spring According to EOK


"Vive la Gioacchino Rossini!" – under this slogan a spring concert of the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra will take place on and April 28, 2019 in the Concert Hall of the Elbląg City Hall.

Although Gioacchino Rossini is known primarily as the author of operas, his sonatas are no less worthy of interest. Elbląg Chamber Orchestra along with the conductor and violinist Jan Stanienda will perform a special concerts of Rossini's sonatas for the Elbląg music lovers. The programme of the evenieng will be complemented by chamber music of Mieczysław Karłowicz and Andrzej Panufnik. The concert will be hosted by Jarosław Praszczałek.

The concert is held under the patronage of the PWM Edition as part of the TUTTI.pl project promoting performances of Polish music.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.eok.elblag.eu/pl/news/dwa-akty-sonatowej-maestrii 

International Composition Competition "Sinfonietta Per Sinfonietta" under the Honorary Patronage of Prof. Krzysztof Penderecki

SCThe Orchestra of the Royal Capital City of Krakow Sinfonietta Cracovia announces the International Composition Competition "Sinfonietta Per Sinfonietta" 2019 under the Honorary Patronage of Professor Krzysztof Penderecki.

The Competition is aimed to promote young composers and to broaden the repertoire for string orchestra. The subject of the Competition is an original piece entitled ‘Jubilee Sinfonietta’ for a string orchestra (max. ensemble formation: 6-5-4-4-1). Duration of the piece must be from 7 to 12 minutes. Entry into the Competition is open to all composers under 40 years of age.

The Competition’s Jury consists of recognized experts in the field of composition: Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa, Eugeniusz Knapik, Marcel Chyrzyński, Jurek Dybał. The Competition’s Prize consists of the premiere performance of the winning composition ‘Jubilee Sinfonietta’ at the Sinfonietta Festival at Krakow including its professional audio-video recording and other performances of the piece during the 2019/2020 concert season.

All entry materials must be submitted by 19 June 2019 (date of recepit).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Terms and conditions are available at: http://en.sinfonietta.pl/composition-competition/ 

Katowice | At Moniuszo's Manor House


On Stanisław Moniuszko's birth anniversary, 5th May 2019, the Institution for Promotion and Dissemination of Music "Silesia" invites small music lovers together with their caretakers to celebrate the special anniversary together. A concert of the series "Moniuszko from the heart" will be held in the concert hall of the Mieczysław Karłowicz State Music School in Katowice at 4:00 p.m.

Exactly 200 years will pass from the birth of our great composer on Sunday 5th May 2019. The organisers inivite everyone to meet at 3.00 p.m. at the Stanisław Moniuszko monument at Miarki Square in Katowice and leave a bouquet of flowers for the Jubilarian.

Then the artists, dressed up as noblemen and noblewomen from the period, will invite us to a meeting at the Moniuszko's manor house, where one will be able to meet many unusual characters – heroes of songs and operas like Halka, Verbum nobile and The Haunted Manor. The soloists will be Anna Ogińska (soprano), Katarzyna Ćwiek (mezzo-soprano) and Stanisław Duda (baritone), accompanied on piano by Mateusz Lasatowicz. The concert will be led by Alicja Kotyl. At the end of this Sunday afternoon, the artists will invite on behalf of Stanisław Moniuszko for a sweet birthday party.

Free tickets are available at the IPiUM Silesia office (2 Sejmu Śląskiego St., ground floor, room 20) and by phone (32) 219 33 44 at 21.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://www.silesia.art.pl/ 

"Moniuszko Days" with the Toruń Symphony Orchestra


"Moniuszko Days" with the Toruń Symphony Orchestra will take place between May 5 and June 21, 2019.

The year 2019 sees the 200th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko, premier composer, conductor, organ player, educator, director of Warsaw’s Grand Theatre, and the father of Polish opera. Embracing operas, art songs, cantatas, religious music, symphonic works, chamber and solo pieces, operettas, ballets, and theatre music, his oeuvre impresses with its diversity, melodic richness, and deeply-rooted connection with the Polish music heritage. His operas and art songs are the core of Polish vocal literature and often the linchpin of the repertoires of Poland’s greatest singers.

"Moniuszko Days" organized by the Toruń Symphony Orchestra will begin on May 5 with a piano recital during which Lithuanian pianist Nering Valuntonyte will perform compositions by Stanisław Moniuszko, Fryderyk Chopin, Clara Wieck Schumann, and Grażyna Bacewicz. The final symphony concert is titled "Moniuszko's Hits". The Toruń Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mariusz Smolja will perform fragments of the composer's opera masterpieces, his songs arranged for symphony orchestra and The Fairy Tale overture. In addition to the above-mentioned events, concerts and programmes for children are planned, as well as a march along Moniuszko street, a musical spectacle and a performance of a concert version of the Flis opera.

"Moniuszko Days" will take place as part of the programme of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage "Moniuszko 2019 – Promesa", implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://tos.art.pl/pl/static_218_394_DNI_MONIUSZKOWSKIE.html 

Warsaw | 10th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition


10th edition of the International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition will take place at the Grand Theatre – Polish National Opera in Warsaw on May 6-11, 2019.

This unique jubilee event coincides with the celebrations of the 200th birth annniversary of the patron of the Competition – Stanisław Moniuszko. On this occasion, on the composer's birthday, May 5, 2019, an Opening Gala and a concert of the laureates of previous editions will take place. The programme will consist of fragments of Moniuszko's operas and gems of vocal music.

Distinguished artists and singers as well as managers of the world's leading opera theaters are invited to the Competition Jury: John Allison, Piotr Beczała, Jonathan Friend, Tobias Oliver Hasan, Boris Ignatov, Peter Mario Katona, Izabella Kłosińska, Robert Körner, Gianluca Macheda, Pål Christian Moe , Nicholas Payne, Alain Perroux, Ewa Podles, Tobias Truniger, and Evamaria Wieser.

The Competition's repertoire includes both the heritage of the patron of the Competition – an outstanding composer, considered to be the founder of the Polish national opera, as well as works of Fryderyk Chopin, Karol Szymanowski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Polish contemporary composers such as Tadeusz Baird, Grażyna Bacewicz, Henryk Czyż, Witold Friemann, Stefan Kisielewski, Szymon Laks, Jerzy Lefeld, Jan Maklakiewicz, Tadeusz Maklakiewicz, Paweł Mykietyn, Stanisław Niewiadomski, Zygmunt Noskowski, Feliks Nowowiejski, Edward Pałłasz, Krzysztof Penderecki, Stanisław Szeligowski, Mieczysław Weinberg, and Władysław Żeleński.

The Opening Gala and all auditions will be available for watching at http://vod.teatrwielki.pl/ and https://operavision.eu/en 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Competition Website: https://teatrwielki.pl/dzialalnosc/konkurs-moniuszkowski/x-konkurs-moniuszkowski/ 

3rd Kwidzyn Music Spring International Festival

Kwidzynska Wiosna

On April 24-28, 2019, the Kwidzyn Castle will host the third edition of the Kwidzyn Music Spring International Festival. All concerts will take place in the dormitory, famous for its excellent acoustics.

The festival was founded on the initiative of Dr Iwona Glinka, a flutist and educator from Kwidzyn who works with various European music schools. One of the aspects of her activity is the promotion of classical music among the residents of Kwidzyn city and county. The main idea of ​​the Kwidzyn Music Spring is the presentation of the most interesting interpretations of music from different periods, as well as portaying artistic phenomena inspired by music.

The programme will feature Kwartet Gdański and Bartosz Paprot in exquisite works for guitar. The Whoop Group will present popular classical music pieces and new compositions for saxophone quartet. We will also listen to the Evolution of classical music written by saxophonist and composer Krzysztof Koszowski. The festival will end on April 28 with a performance of the Progress Chamber Orchestra and soloists Iwona Glinka and Mirosław Pachowicz under the baton of Szymon Morus. It will also feature a premiere of new transcriptions of Fryderyk Chopin's works for flute and string orchestra, written by the founder of the Phasma-Music foundation and an award-winning composer Michail Travlos.

The "Kwidzyn has talent" Music and Children Competition and the "Blind for the Blind" charity concert for Magdalena Mucha will be held as part of the festival.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://www.phasma-music.com/projects/kwidzyn-music-spring/iii-kwidzyn-music-spring-international-festival-iii-miedzynarodowy-festiwal-kwidzynska-wiosna-muzyczna?pli=1

Katowice | Vivat Academia!


Institution for Promotion and Dissemination of Music "Silesia" is the organizer of a series of concerts "Vivat Academia!", announcing the 90th anniversary of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music. A guest of the concert on April 25, 2019 at 6.00 p.m.  in the Archdiocesan Museum in Katowice (16 Wita Stwosza St.) will be Professor Władysław Szymański, the Rector of the Academy since 2016.

Władysław Szymański is a graduate of the Katowice Academy of Music, where he studied in the organ class of prof. Julian Gembalski and at the Department of Music Theory. In addition to the pedagogical activity at his home university, he is a concert organist, juror of organ and composing competitions, organist of the Saint Adalbert Basilica in Mikołów and the artistic director of Mikołów Days of Music. He is also a composer of organ, chamber and vocal-instrumental works, which received distinctions at composing competitions, and an author of many publications on organ and organ music. In 2008-2016 he was the dean of the Vocal and Instrumental Department.

During the April concert, prof. Władysław Szymański will perform together with dr hab. prof. AM Beata Warykiewicz-Siwy, who is a graduate of the Katowice Academy of Music and currently runs the violin class there. The musicians will perform compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händel, Johann Pachelbel, Johann Gottfried Walther, Maria Theresa von Paradis, as well as Jan Podbielski and Grażyna Bacewicz.

Admission to the concerts of the cycle is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://www.silesia.art.pl/ 

Katowice | Participants of the 10th Stanisław Moniuszko International Vocal Competition


In the Year of Stanisław Moniuszko, the Institution for the Promotion and Dissemination of Music "Silesia" celebrates the 200th birth anniversary of the father of the Polish national opera with the series of concerts "Moniuszko from the heart". Participants of the 10th Stanisław Moniuszko International Vocal Competition in Warsaw will perform on 30 April 2019 at 6.00 p.m. in the Polish Radio Concert Studio in Katowice (29 Ligonia St.).

During the April concert organized by "Silesia" in cooperation with the Grand Theater – National Opera in Warsaw, we will listen to three participants of the Opera Academy and the "Programme for the Development of Young Talents". Karolina Makuła is a graduate of the Feliks Nowowiejski Music Academy in Bydgoszcz in the class of prof. Hanna Michalak. Jan Żądło graduated from the Karol Szymanowski Music Acadmy in Katowice under the direction of dr Adam Szerszeń, and currently he pursues doctoral studies at his alma mater. Mateusz Hoedt was educated at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław in the class of prof. Bogdan Makala, and in recent years at the Opera Academy of the Paris National Opera.

In Katowice, these talented vocalists will present selected works from the competition repertoire, which, in reference to the competition regulations, includes not only Polish music, but also arias and songs from world vocal literature. We will listen to, among others, works by Karol Kurpiński, Stanisław Moniuszko and Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.silesia.art.pl/ 

Kraków | 3rd International Piano Duo Festival"Duettissimo!"


The Academy of Music in Kraków invites you to the 3rd International Piano Duos Festival "Duettissimo!" which will take place on April 23-27, 2019, featuring nine concert and an academic session.

Piano duos are often perceived as a non-demanding offshoot of chamber music, even though the truth is that playing as a duet – whether for four hands or on two pianos – is incredibly challenging: the performers must come together to create a single musical entity to achieve perfect sound. The diversity and beauty of the form will be explored during the 3rd International Piano Duo Festival “Duettissimo!”, organised by the Academy of Music in Kraków and hosted at the Academy and the Kraków Philharmonic. The initiator of the event is dr hab. Bartlomiej Kominek – the Artistic Director of the Festival.

The programme will include classical works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Maurice Ravel and Sergei Rachmaninov, contemporary compositions by Charles Camilleri, Derek Charke and Anne Louise-Turgeon as well as works by Polish composers. Ravel Piano Duo (Agnieszka Kozło and Katarzyna Ewa Sokołowska) will perform Five Waltzes by Ignacy Friedman, Sonatina by Roman Palester, Lullaby by Roman Maciejewski and Divertimento in Three Pieces by Jerzy Bauer. Chopin Piano Duo (Anna Boczar and Bartłomiej Kominek) will present Album form the Tatra Mountains by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Negro Spirituals by Roman Maciejewski and the Grand Duo Concertant by Fryderyk Chopin. Among the performers there will also be acclaimed Duo Turgeon, lecturers and students of the Academy of Music in Kraków and winners of the International Piano Duo Competition in Białystok. The festival will be accompanied by an academic session discussing the role of piano duet repertoire in music education.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

SEE: Festival Website

Electroacoustic Composers from Poznań in Kraków


The first concert of electroacoustic music organized by SMEAMuz Poznań, will take place on April 13, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the CCA Solvay in Krakow (62 Zakopiańska Street).

This event marks the beginning of academic cooperation initiated by prof. Lidia Zielińska from the I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań and prof. Marek Chołoniewski from the Academy of Music and Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków.

Electroacoustic Composition students and pedagogues from the Academy of Music in Poznań will present in Kraków their own electroacoustic ptojects. A joint improvisation of Poznań musicians and Kraków hosts with the participation of hurdy gurdy, singing, analogue tape recorders and various electronic media is also planned. On May 18 Kraków composers will perform in Poznań.

Three years ago Poznań Academy of Music introduced a new study programme with the innovative specialty "Electroacoustic Composition" – a project unique in the scale of Europe. Candidates without formal musical education are invited to apply every year, taking classes on sound computer technologies as well as classical and contemporary professional music. Since the studies last three years, in late spring the programme will have its first graduates.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed concert programme: https://www.facebook.com/events/537928763398878 

Information about the Electroacoustic Composition studies: https://amuz.edu.pl/dla-kandydata/ 

Warsaw | The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross


The Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra under the direction of Paul Esswood will perform Haydn's The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross Hob. XX / 1A on Holy Wednesday, 17 April 2019, at 7.30 p.m. in the Church of the Holy Cross in Warsaw.

The Gospels convey seven sayings of Jesus uttered while he was dying on the Cross (commonly referred to as ‘the seven words’) – these messages, so significant for Christians, were often reflected upon by theologists and became a topic of homilies as well as musical compositions, mainly oratorios and cantatas. In 1786, Joseph Haydn received an extraordinary commission from Cádiz, a city in Andalusia located at the edge of the coast of Spain. A local clergyman, Don José Sáenz de Santa María, wanted an instrumental composition accompanying prayers and contemplation of ‘the Seven Words’ to be performed at Oratorio de la Santa Cueva in Cádiz on Good Friday the following year. The composer created a piece of art that was highly unconventional and unprecedented: Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze, including seven sonatas written for orchestra (all in slow tempos: adagio, largo, grave and lento) preceded by an introduction and finished with a lively finale, an illustration of an earthquake that followed the death of Christ.

Haydn’s work was a tremendous success – it was performed not only in Cádiz, but also in Vienna, Paris and Berlin. Deeply inspired by the success, the composer soon created a string quarter version (also popular to this day) and, ten years after composing the original, a choral version. During the April concert, the original version of Haydn’s masterpiece written for full orchestra will be performed under the legendary British conductor Paul Esswood.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Kraków | Viennese with Sinfonietta Cracovia


Ahead of us is another meeting with an exceptional guest from the Austrian capital. In this year's edition of the cycle "Viennese with Sinfonietta" on April 14, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. in the Gallery of 19th-century Polish Art in the Cloth Hall – a branch of the National Museum – music lovers will have a chance to meet Rainer Honeck – a concertmaster of the legendary Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

The star of the evening – Rainer Honeck – is an artist valued for his extraordinary sensitivity and sound culture as well as sophisticated Mozart interpretations. The artist sits on the Programme and Artistic Council of Sinfonietta Cracovia. He plays s Stradivarius ex-Hämmerle violin (1709). During the concert in Kraków, Rainer Honeck will perform in a double role: a soloist and a conductor of the Sinfonietta Cracovia Orchestra.

The programme will include Violin Doncert No. 1 in C major by Joseph Haydn, String Quartet in C sharp minor, Op. 131 by Ludwig van Beethoven, and Verklärte Nacht, the first symphonic poem written for a chamber group and one of the first important works of a twenty-five-year-old modernist, representative of the Second Viennese School, Arnold Schönberg.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://sinfonietta.pl/ 

Lublin | Moniuszko and the Grand Romantic Opera

Fonie Lublina

The Lublin Branch of the Association of Polish Musicians invites you to the next event as part of the concert series "Fonie Lublina". The concert on April 14, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. will be held at the Crown Tribunal as part of the national celebration of the Year of Stanisław Moniuszko.

The programme will include fragments of Halka and Countess, presented in the context of the most renowned arias and duets from the operas of G. Verdi, G. Bizet, G. Puccini, P. Tchaikovsky and R. Wagner. It will be a chance to hear what distinguishes Moszniuszko from many composers of his time and check what their music have in common. The sources of inspiration for Moniuszko's stage works can also be traced in solo and chamber forms. Therefore, the concert repertoire will be complemented by piano miniatures by J. Brahms and F. Chopin. The performers will be soprano Anna Barska, tenor Robert Mojsa and pianist Marta Misztal. The introduction will be given by Ewa Starownik-Kuszewska.

The project is implemented thanks to the financial support of the City of Lublin. Admission to the event is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

SEE: FB Event

Katowice | Master Chamber Concerts: Bomsori Kim and Rafał Blechacz


On June 2, 2019 at 7:30 p.m., the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice will host a concert of famous virtuosos. Bomsori Kim and Rafał Blechacz will perform violin sonatas of Mozart, Fauré, Debussy and Szymanowski.

The programme of the concert will be composed of: Sonata in F Major for violin and piano KV 376 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Sonata No. 1 in A Major for violin and piano, Op. 13 by Gabriel Fauré; Sonata in G Minor for violin and piano by Claude Debussy; andSonata in D Minor for violin and piano, Op. 9 by Karol Szymanowski.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/koncerty/1385/mistrzowskie-koncerty-kameralne-bomsori-kim-rafa-blechacz