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Warsaw | The Young to the Younger! A concert by the most talented young artists


During the concert on April 27, 2019 at 7.00 p.m., young talnted musicians of the secondary music schools will present themselves in the concert hall of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. The performance with also a young but fully professional orchestra of graduates of music academies is a proof of recognition for their talent and work, but also a test of their skills.

It is worth coming to this concert and supporting the virtuosos, soon to be invited to perform on prestigious Polish and foreign stages! An additional incentive is a very attractive and diverse programme. Two bassoon concerts – Concerto B Major KV 191 written by 18-years-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Basson Concrto by Michał Spisak, popular among Polish bassonists – will be performed by young musicians. We will also listen to Concerto for trombone and orchestra by French composer Henri Tomasi, and the last of Antonín Dvořák's solo concerts – Concerto for cello and orchestra in B minor, Op. 4.

The concert will be led by Marek Wroniszewski, a talented conductor of the young generation, judged by the jury of the 10th Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition in Katowice (2017) to be the best Polish participant of the contest. He is currently a deputy director of the Jerzy Semkow Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Gdańsk | Academy of Music at Polytechnic: Simon Laks – in between


Solo and chamber music of Szymon Laks will be performed at the next concert from the series "Academy of Music at Polytechnic", which will take place on April 9, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Gdańsk University of Technology as part of the "Open Polytechnic" project.

Szymon Laks belonged to the generation of Polish composers who, due to the Nazi regime and its allies, disappeared from the cultural map of Europe, not only because of Jewish but also Polish origin. Two years spent in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp were taken out of the life of this young artist who was at the peak of fame. These dramatic experiences as well as the return to reality and the attempt to join the modernist wave influenced his music, but did not define it. His life was suspended between presence and nonbeing, between sound and word – two dimentions that Szymon Laks had the greatest love for.

At the end of December 2018, CDAccord released an album entitled Simon Laks – in between, devoted entirely to the music of the composer. The concert will feature Laks's solo and chamber works, interpreted by pianist Dominika Glapiak and excellent chamber musicians associated with the Gdańsk artistic community. The evening will also feature the Polish concert premiere of the Concerto da camera for piano, 9 wind instruments and percussion, included on the CD.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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33rd Warsaw Music Encounters: early music – new music


This year's Warsaw Music Meetings – one of the most important festivals presenting early and new music and the first and only one that has adopted such a formula – will take place on May 11-17, 2019.

Warsaw music lovers, tourists and radio listeners will have the opportunity to listen to the original interpretations of important early music works and the latest pieces of contemporary composers, created in large part for the Festival, including those commissioned by the "Composing Commissions" programme run by the Institute of Music and Dance.

The programme of the festival will consist of the following concerts: a concert of the Lviv Virtuosos Chamber Orchestra, directed by Roman Rewakowicz and featuring soloists Agata and Łukasz Długosz (flutes) in a contemporary Polish-Ukrainian programme; a concert entitled Aforyzjada with brief chamber works by 10 Polish contemporary composers to aphorisms by Krzysztof Bilica. Concert addressed to everyone, but mostly to children. Performers include: Anna Mikołajczyk (soprano), Zdzisław Piernik (tuba), Julia Samojło (piano), and Polonika String Quartet; a concert of the Emotivo vocal ensemble, with popular songs by Polish composers also known for their classical music works, such as Krzesimir Dębski, Krzysztof Knittel, Ryszard Sielicki, Adam Sławiński, and others –in jazz arrangements; a concert of Neoquartet, a string quartet from Gdańsk, performing works by Piotr Moss and Witold Szalonek; a concert of the trio of saxophone (Alicja Wołyńczyk), accordion (Jarosław Gałuszka) and piano (Agnieszka Kopacka-Aleksandrowicz) with Stanisław Moniuszko’s Tańce góralskie (Highland Dances) and some new contemporary works commissioned by the Festival; a concert ofthe Concerto Polacco ensemble directed by harpsichordist Marek Toporowski with soloist Julita Mirosławska (soprano).

Admission free! On May 16th and 17th, free admission cards will be available at the Royal Castle 1/2 hour before the concerts.

The organizer of the Festival is the Warsaw Branch of the Polish Composers' Union, in cooperation with Programme 2 of Polish Radio S.A.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.wsm.art.pl and www.facebook.com/warspotmuz 

Katowice | Weinberg in Poland


Jonathan Plowright, one of the greatest promoters of the forgotten masters of Polish romantic music, will be a guest of the Silesian Quartet concert, which will take place in the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice on April 6, 2019 at 6.00 p.m.

This time, the artists will recall slightly forgotten silhouettes of the last century composers. Central figure will be Mieczysław Weinberg, whose 100th birth anniversary is an excellent opportunity for this musical flashback. According to Marcin Trzęsiok, String Quartet No. 11 in F major, Op. 89 (1966) clearly reveals one of the main features of Weinberg's music – restraint. It is proved by the unprecedented use of mutes: two and a half (from four) parts are played with mutes and this effect is reinforced by the extensive pizzicato parts. It is a quartet full of ambivalence and suspense, in which neither despair nor consolation can be fully understood.

The programme of the concert will also include String Quartet by Tadeusz Baird, who name was once placed next to such giants as Lutosławski, Penderecki or Górecki. The concert will be completed by Piano Quintet in C minor by Ignacy Friedman, who enjoyed the fame of one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. He grew up in Krakow's Podgórze district but after years of global career, at the outbreak of World War II, he emigrated to Australia. The Sydney Conservatorium of Music awards the prize named after Friedman till this day.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttp://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/koncerty/1405/kwartet-slaski-jonathan-plowright-wajnberg-w-polsce 

Katowice | NOSPR Chamber Concert


Aleksander Tansman's music will be performed in the cycle "NOSPR chamber music" on April 4, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the Polish National Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice.

The programme of the concert will inclulde Suite for bassoon and piano by Aleksander Tansman, Suite for violin, clarinet and piano by Darius Milhaud, Pastorale for flute and piano by Germaine Tailleferre, Fantasy for flute and cello 'Assobio a Jato' ('The Jet Whistle') by Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Suite 'La revue de cuisine' ('The Kitchen Review') from the ballet Pokušení svatoušká hrnec (Temptation of the Saintly Pot) by Bohuslav Martinů.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/koncerty/1336/nospr-kameralnie 

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


The Institution for the Promotion and Dissemination of Music "Silesia" invites you to concerts of participants of the 10th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition, which will take place on April 3 at 7.30 p.m. at the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice and April 30, 2019 at 6.00 p.m. in the Radio Katowice Concert Studio.

Thanks to the cooperation of the "Silesia" Institution with the Grand Theater – National Opera in Warsaw, young vocalists who qualified for the 10th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition will sing in Katowice before the competition. The Competition Office received 378 applications from over 50 countries, out of which the Admissions Committee selected 88 vocalists to the Competition. Its jubilee edition will take place on May 5-11 this year and will be combined with the celebration of the 200th birth anniversary of its Patron.

In Katowice, six vocalists will perform in concert cycles "Moniuszko from the heart" and "The Youth's Wednesday". In the first concert, selected works from the competition repertoire will be presented by graduates of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and participants of the Opera Academy of the Grand Theater – Polish National Opera. In reference to the competition regulations, the programme will be composed of works by Stanisław Moniuszko, Karol Szymanowski, Szymon Laks and arias from world vocal literature.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/koncerty/1369/sroda-modych-silesia-przedstawia-moniuszko-od-serca 

Warsaw | Genius, musician, Pole who shook the world!


Winner of the audience award for the best documentary at the 34th Warsaw International Film Festival 2018 – Maksymiuk. Concerto for two. The movie directed by Tomasz Drozdowicz will be released in cinemas on April 12, 2019. A pre-premiere screening of the film accompanied by a meeting with its creators will take place on April 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio in Warsaw.

The conductor Jerzy Maksymiuk and his wife Eve make up a special relationship. The charismatic maestro, successful in the world of music, seems to be totally helpless and lost in the daily life without the help of his wife, who supports him in the simplest everyday activities and takes many life decisions on his behalf. The camera accompanies the artist during his work with outstanding musicians (including Janusz Olejniczak, Marcin Wyrostek, Sebastian Karpielą-Bułecka) and orchestras, as well as shows the fascinating world of the genius composer, absorbed in the score to the very boundaries of madness.In the film's soundtrack we will recognise music of 13 composers, including Brahms, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Lutosławski, Kilar, Penderecki and Maksymiuk himself.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Official trailer of the movie: https://youtu.be/RLorFYlnZXs

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Requiem Records

The Warsaw premiere of the latest album by Marzena Majcher Chemistry of Love (Requiem Records – Opus Series) will take place on 4 April 2019 at 8:00 p.m. at the DZiK club.

Chemistry of Love is a cycle of works for soprano and string quartet by Marzena Majcher – a composer of contemporary classical and film music, who is considered to be one of the most interesting artists involved in projects comprising music and science. Her latest interdisciplinary album is based on an original concept of finding analogies between music and chemistry. The structure of music is inspired by the patterns of chemicals (such as phenylethylamine or dopamine) responsible for the state of falling in love, colloquially called the "chemistry of love". The most importan part of this experiment was to find harmony, melody and the source of emotion in these patterns. 

Chemistry of Love is already known to audiences of music festivals in Poland and abroad. It was performed at the Music Festival Ecos Urbanos in Mexico (Mexico City, 2017), 14th International Festival of Contemporary Music and Visual Arts (Bydgoszcz, 2018), and in the Planetarium of the Copernicus Science Institute (Warsaw, 2017). Małgorzata Kubala, an electrifying soprano, and NeoQuartet, one of the most active Polish ensembles specializing in contemporary music, will premiere the album in Warsaw withvisualization by Andrzej Wojciechowski.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Białystok | 2nd National Choir Music Conference


The Chair of Choir Studies and Artistic Education of the Department of Instrumental and Educational Studies at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music invites you to participate in the 2nd National Science and Art Conference "Choir music – achievements, perspectives. Choir music of the 20th and 21st centuries", which will take place in Białystok on April 1-2, 2019.

The Scientific Committee of the Conference consists of: prof. zw. dr hab. Bożenna Sawicka, prof. zw. dr hab. Violetta Bielecka and dr hab. Anna Olszewska, prof. FCUM. Invitation to participate in the conference was accepted by conductors, choirmasters, musicologists, theoreticians and composers, including prof. dr hab. Paweł Łukaszewski, dr hab. Michał Sławecki, dr. Daniel Cichy, dr Tomasz Opałka, Katarzyna Danel and Marcin Gumiela.

As part of the Conference, a concert of choral music will take place on April 1 at 7.00 p.m. in the Saint Anna Church in Białystok. The Female Choir of the I. J. Paderewski Music Schools Complex "Schola Cantorum Bialostociensis" and the Intrascholastic Female Choir at the K. K. Baczyński General Upper Secondary School in Białystok conducted by Anna Olszewska will perform works by Tadeusz Szeligowski, Stanisław Moryto, Marcin Łukaszewski and Marek Raczyński. In addition, the premieres of works by Michał Sławecki, Marcin Gumiela and Katarzyna Danel will take place.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Complete programme available at: https://chopin.man.bialystok.pl/wydarzenie/konferencja-naukowa-2/?instance_id=305

Kraków | Sinfonietta Cracovia — Nowa Huta


The celebrations of the 70th anniversary of Nowa Huta, organized by the City of Kraków, coincide with the 40th anniversary of the first pilgrimage of Pope John Paul II to Poland. Sinfonietta Cracovia joyfully joins the celebrations by giving a concert of new sacred music on April 6, 2019 at 7.30 p.m. in the Church of Our Lady of Częstochowa in Kraków.

The evening will begin with Krzysztof Penderecki's poignant Chaconne in memoria del Giovanni Paolo II, written after the death of John Paul II and dedicated to the Pope. The programme will include works of the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt who in the mid-1970s developed his own original style, called tintinnabuli (Latin: small bell). He turned to the roots of European sacred music and breathed into his works the atmosphere of deep reflection, harmony, and contemplation. In the ascetic interiors of the Church of Our Lady of Czestochowa, we will listen to his Berlin Mass, Trisagion and Stabat Mater.Sinfonietta Cracovia and Cracow Singers will perform the works under the direction of Jurek Dybał.

Free admission cards are available at InfoKraków points or by e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.sinfonietta.pl 

Warsaw | Resounds. New Polish Music – Mykietyn, Kościów, Strawiński

Sinfonia Varsovia

The first edition of the cycle "Resound. New Polish music" will end with the premiere of two concertos for solo instruments and orchestra composed by Paweł Mykietyn and Aleksander Kościów. On March 29, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw, Sinfonia Varsovia under the baton of Bassema Akiki will accompany soloists, Marcin Zdunik and Klaudiusz Baran, dedicatees of the new works.

The cycle "Resound. New Polish music", organized by the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, has become a platform for the presentation of the latest works by leading Polish composers in confrontation with the 20th-century tradition. The finale of the first edition presents two different perspectives on the form of a concerto for a solo instrument accompanied by a symphony orchestra.

Concerto for cello and orchestra No. 2 by Paweł Mykietyn, featuring cellist Marcin Zdunik as a soloist, will begin the evening. Then Klaudiusz Baran, an extremely valued and versatile accordionist, rector of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, will perform the solo part in Aleksander Kościów's Concerto for accordion and orchestra. The works were commissioned as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance. The concert will end with the Suite from the ballet The Fire Birdby one of the classics of the last century, Igor Stravinsky

A meeting with Paweł Mykietyn and Aleksander Kościów, conducted by Jan Topolski, will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the foyer of the Polish Radio Concert Studio.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Poznań | 120th Birth Anniversary of Jan Adam Maklakiewicz

Centrum Kultury Zamek

A unique concert inaugurating a series of events to commemorate the 120th birth anniversary of the outstanding composer Jan Adam Maklakiewicz will take place on April 7, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Zamek Cultur Center in Poznań.

The main aim of the celebrations is to restore the memory of Jan Adam Maklakiewicz (1899-1954) – Polish musician, composer, teacher, recognised publicist and organizer of musical life. The concert will feature his valuable, yet unknown solo and chamber compositions: Reflexions, Op. 14, Hutsul Suite, Op. 15 No. 1 for violin and piano, Triptych Spring in the Village, Op. 18,  Ave Maria for cello and piano, as well as selected songs: I zniknę z oczu Wam jak ptak, a cycle of Four Japanese songs, Op. 25, Na kochanie nie masz rady, Lullaby for soprano and piano.

The works will be performed by graduates and pedagogues of music academies in Poznań and Wrocław: cellist Krzysztof Karpeta, violinist Piotr Kosarga, pianist Hanna Lizinkiewicz and soprano Barbara Tritt.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Poznań | 48th Contemporary Music Festival "Poznań Music Spring"

Poznańska Wiosna

The 48th edition of the "Poznań Music Spring" International Festival of Contemporary Music will take place on March 28 – April 4, 2019.

This year's edition will include 14 concerts as well as fringe events of the "Young Spring" and "Atelier" sections. The festival will premiere 22 new works by composers from Poland, Ukraine and Austria. Artists from Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine and Austria will perform during symphony and chamber concerts, recitals and music-installations. Traditionally, there will be a concert of students of the Composition and Electroacoustic Composition Departments at the I. J. Padereski Academy of Music in Poznań.

This year, the festival will introduce a comprehensive educational and artistic programme called "Small Poznań Music Spring". The project will be implemented in Poznań and three towns in the Wielkopolskie Voivodship: Puszczykowo, Luboń and Czerwonak. Several dozen hours of workshops for children and youth will be a unique opportunity to develope interest in contemporary music through different contexts. The classes will be conducted by well-known Poznań artists and culture animators. The organizers of the Festival are: the Polish Composers' Union – Poznań Branch and More Than One Production.

The festival is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Collections" programme – "Composing Commissions" priority, implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media Patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at:: www.wiosnamuzyczna.pl 

Wagner's "The Valkyrie" live from the Metropolitan Opera on March 30


The Valkyrie, the second part of Richard Wagner's tetralogy The Ring of the Nibelung, in the monumental production of Robert Lepage, will be broadcast live to cinemas from The Metropolitan Opera on March 30, 2019. The "Praha" Cinema in Warsaw invites you to broadcast at 4.40 p.m.

The second opera in Wagner’s monumental Ring cycle has long stood on its own as an evening of extraordinarily powerful theater. Part of this appeal lies in its focus on some of the Ring’s most interesting characters at decisive moments of their lives: Wotan, the leader of the gods; his wife, Fricka; his twin offspring, Siegmund and Sieglinde; and, above all, Wotan’s warrior daughter Brünnhilde. These characters and others follow their destinies to some of Wagner’s most remarkable music.

In what is expected to be a Wagnerian event for the ages, soprano Christine Goerke plays Brünnhilde, Wotan’s willful warrior daughter, who loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance. Tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek play the incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde. Greer Grimsley sings Wotan. Philippe Jordan conducts.

The list of places in Poland, where you can watch broadcasts from the MET, is available here.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Bolshoi Ballet Live: Jubilee Season 2019/2020


The tenth, jubilee season of the transmissions and retransmissions "Bolshoi Ballet Live" from the Moscow scene will begin on October 27, 2019 with the HD LIVE performance of Raymonda – a great classical ballet to the music of Alexander Glazunov, rarely performed on western stages due to the extremely high demands placed on dancers.

Traditionally, among the seven presented titles, there will be stagings of great nineteenth-century classical ballets, awaited by ballet lovers all over the world. We will see Piotr Czajkowski's Swan Lake in the new cast of soloists and The Nutcracker around Christmas. Both ballets were choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich, a long-time director of the Bolshoi Theater ballet company. After a huge turnout success and repeated retransmissions, a beautiful romantic ballet Giselle will re-appear on the screens, but in a completely new choreography by Alexei Ratmański. We will also watch a colorful, oriental Le Corsaire – an adventurous story about the pirate Conrad and his beloved Medora abducted to the harem of a sultan.

Following the previous seasons, the programme will also feature 20th-century masterpieces. At the end of the season, the new version of Romeo and Juliet, prepared for the Bolshoi Theater by Alexei Ratmański and broadcast live in 2017, will be screened again. In April, the Jewels – a ballet evening in three parts in George Balanchine's choreography – will shine on the screens. This beautiful spectacle honors three styles of dance, compared to precious stones: emeralds, rubies and diamonds. For over two centuries, the Bolshoi Theater ballet company (the State Academic Grand Theater of Russia) has made a name for itself not only among the dance lovers. The Bolshoi Theater rarely performs outside its headquarters, which is why the annual cycle of transmissions and retransmissions of the most beautiful ballet performances from Moscow has become a real treat for the audiences around the world.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full schedule of the events is available at: http://new.nazywowkinach.pl/bolsoj/sezon-2019-2020-bolshoi-ballet-live-ogloszony