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2nd "Mazovian musical meetings without barriers"

Mazowieckie muzyczne spotkania

The final concerts of the second series of "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers" will take place on 5 September 2019 at 6 p.m. at the historic House of Creative Work "Reymontówka" in Chlewiska andon 8 September 2019 at 12 p.m. at the Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Seroczyn.

The "Czas Sztuki" Foundation runs a series of concerts of classical and jazz music entitled "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers". The events take place in very small towns in the Minsk, Szydłowiec and Siedlce counties, where residents do not have access to cultural goods.

During the concert in Chlewiska, excellent mezzo-soprano Magdalena Cornelius will perform in the company of accordionist Maciej Zimka. The repertoire will include the most beautiful songs by Fryderyk Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, Mieczysław Karłowicz, and Pyotr Tchaikovsky. In Seroczyn, organists Zuzanna and Maciej Bator will perform pieces for four hands and four legs by such composers as Johann Sebastian Bach, Correa de Arrauxo, Bert Matter, Hieronymus Praetorius and Franz Tunder.

The project is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund. Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/Mazowieckie-Muzyczne-Spotkania-bez-Barier-2242077129152441/ 

Warsaw | Inauguration of the 2019/2020 artistic season of the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra


Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra will inaugurate the 2019/2020 artistic season with a concert on 14 September 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio. The honorary patronage over the event was taken by the Embassy of Switzerland and the Polish UNESCO Committee.

Inauguration of the new season will begin with lively, dazzling and insterstingly instrumentated Overture by Antoni Szałowski – one of the Polish students of Nadia Boulanger, who used to appreciate neoclassic style present as well in this piece.

The Leningrad audience rewarded the premiere of Symphony No. 5 by Dmitri Shostakovich, directed by Mrawiński in 1937, with 30 minutes of applause. Despite accusations of a certain eclecticism, the scale of Shostakovich’s talent determined the lasting success of this symphony, and its neo-Mahlerian power and expression still moves listeners today.

One generation after Shostakovich, Alfred Schnittke also struggled against the many obstacles faced by an ambitious artist in the USSR. Today, he is acknowledged as an important precursor and representative of post-modernism in music and his Concerto Grosso No. 1 of 1977 was one of the flagship pieces in this trend, representing a humorous (but not mocking) combination of neo- and post-Baroque, and modern elements.

The inauguration of the new season of the Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra will feature this piece, played by solo performers Marcin Markowicz and Jakub Jakowicz and conducted by Nicolae Moldoveanu, a valuable Romanian conductor who is active as opera and philharmonic performer around the world.

Piotr Maculewicz

More information athttps://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

Częstochowa | Music in the Temples 2019

Muzyka w Świątyniach

Next edition of the historic concerts "Music in the Temples" will take place on 23-25 Septembe 2019 in Częstochowa. This is a unique, mystical journey through time, accompanied by soothing sounds of sacred choral music.

The concerts will take place in three Churches in Częstochowa: St Joseph Church, St. Barbara and Andrew the Apostle Church and Church of Of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The programme will include pearls of Polish and European a cappella music – works by Juliusz Łuciuk, Paweł Łukaszewski and Romuald Twardowski. The concert will be performed by the Częstochowa Philharmonic Choir Collegium Cantorum conducted by maestro Janusz Siadlak. A short historical introduction will be provided by the head of the Częstochowa Documentation Center, Dr Juliusz Sętowski.

The project organized by the Institute of Art Development in cooperation with the Częstochowa Philharmonic was co-financed by the Częstochowa City Hall and the Polish History Museum in Warsaw.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.filharmonia.com.pl/ 

Zakopane | Premiere of the album "Polish Landscape"

Pejzaż polski

Premiere of the new album Polish Landscape by Les Femmes ensemble will take place on 8 September 2019 at 7 p.m. at the St. I. Witkiewicz Theatre in Zakopane as part of the 'Music on the Heights' Festival.

The album is an anthology of Polish vocal lyrics of the last 150 years. The rich selection of songs by Polish composers from the Romantic era to the present day is the basis of the ensemble's original performance, staged under the title Polish Landscape. Individual songs create a script of an artistic spectacle about the experiences and emotions that have accompanied women over the last two centuries. Part of the selected repertoire was recorded for the first time (Stanisław Niewiadomski's Cupid and Heart, Bohdan Riemer's Sunset, Stefan Kisielewski's Request for happy islands, Romuald Twardowski's Vocalization).

Coming from the Tri-City, Les Femmes is known for their innovative approach to classical music. By realizing their own artistic needs, the artists created a new stage form – opera collage. As a chamber ensemble, they successfully recreate ambitious repertoire, enhancing the musical effect with acting, set design and beautiful costumes. Works connected by a coherent plot are shown in a new context and create a captivating musical collage with a consistent stage action. In addition, the ensemble uses the latest technical improvements: visual and sound effects as well as multimedia graphics.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.muzykanaszczytach.com/pl/ 

Festival "Chopin without borders"

Chopin bez granic

The Lower Silesian Society of Fryedryk Chopin in Wroclaw invites you to the 'Chopin without borders' festival, which will take place between 22 September and 6 October 2019.

The event is directed to a wide audience, music lovers and classical music enthusiasts. The concerts will take place in the St. Adalbert Roman Catholic Church in Wroclaw, the hall of the County Office in Trzebnica, the church of Peace of the Holy Trinity in Świdnica and the Topacz Castle in Ślęza. We will listen to works of Fryderyk Chopin in various arrangements as well as pieces of other musical geniuses, including Stanisław Moniuszko and Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

The performers will be musicians from Lower Silesia: mezzo-soprano Magdalena Wachowska, organists Zuzanna and Maciej Bator, trumpeter Marcin Król, violinists Karol Lipiński-Brańka and Mateusz Marut, pianists Tomasz Marut, Michał Michalski and Iwona Sukienik, guitarist Michał Daniel Bąk, L'Opera quartet and the special guest of the final concert – world-famous pianist Karol Radziwonowicz.

Admission to all events is free. The project is co-financed from the budget of the Lower Silesian Self-Government and the PZU Foundation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.chopinwroclaw.eu 

Chlewiska | Virtuosity of music for violin and piano

Mazowieckie Muzyczne spotkania bez barier

The third concert of the second edition of the "Mazovian musical meetings without barriers" series will take place on 1 September 2019 at 2 p.m. at the House of Creative Work "Reymontówka" in Chlewiska.

The "Czas Sztuki" Foundation runs a series of concerts of classical and jazz music entitled "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers". The events take place in very small towns in the Minsk, Szydłowiec and Siedlce counties, where residents do not have access to cultural goods. They are organised in churches and community centers, which are the only places available in this area, gathering most of the local community. Diverse music programme (each concert has a different repertoire) is adapted to the mentality and needs of the target group. The offer includes works by composers from various eras, including Polish ones.

The September concert will feature violinist Maksymilian Grzesiak – graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, laureate of many international competitions, founder and concertmaster of the Melanidis chamber orchestra, and pianist Aleksandra Dallala. The repertoire will include the most beautiful virtuoso compositions for violin and piano written by Henryk Wieniawski, Karol Szymanowski, Pablo Sarasate and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Admission to the event is free. Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Warsaw | Sinfonia Varsovia at Grochowska Street – City Sketches


At the end of the summer, Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra prepared a concert inspired by American cities. The event entitled "City Sketches" will take place on 6 September 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the concert hall  at 272 Grochowska Street. The programme includes music by Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland as well as Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Henryk Wars. The orchestra will be led by Maestro Mariusz Smolij and the soloist of the concert will be a talented and charismatic pianist Piotr Orzechowski "Pianohooligan". 

Sinfonia Varsovia under the baton of Mariusz Smolij will begin the concert with Three dances episodes by Leonard Bernstein from the musical On The Town and Quiet City by Aaron Copland. After the works about American cities, the audience will listen to the Concerto for harpsichord (or piano) and string orchestra by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. The work based on a constantly repeated melodic and rhythmic structure keeps listeners and musicians in suspense, allowing harmony to influence its character. Piotr Orzechowski "Pianohooligan" will perform the solo part on the Rhodes piano – an electric instrument with a characteristic timbre.

Next, the orchestra will present City Sketches by Henry Wars. The cycle consists of three parts: High-Rise, Downtown Blues and Freeway Scherzo. The composer wrote them during his stay in America, hence the references to the blues genre originating in the United States. What does America sound like to a Polish composer? The answer will come with this work. Finally, we will listen to Henryk Wars's Piano Concerto. This unusual one-part concerto with lyrical themes and orchestration evokes associations with film music. After all, Henryk Wars worked primarily for the cinema. The composer conquered Hollywood with his music, and his songs were sung by the greatest stars: Bing Crosby, Brenda Lee and Doris Day.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information available atwww.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Gdańsk | Young Virtuosi of Chamber Music

Mlodzi wirtuozi

Young artists will perform at the Fryderyk Chopin Baltic Philharmonic on 6 September 2019 ay 7 p.m. Talented students and graduates of the Stanisław Moniuszko Gdańsk Academy of Music who make up a dynamically developing BalticAlians Chamber Orchestra will perform together with members of the Zehetmair Quartet.

BalticAlians is a chamber orchestra founded in November last year. Despite the short period of activity, the orchestra has completed many projects, including a concert under the baton of the artistic director of the Polish Baltic Philhamonic – Maestro George Tchitchinadze. In September, the musicians of the orchestra will perform along with the members of the Zehetmair Quartet: Jakub Jakowicz – violin virtuoso, lecturer at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, and Christian Elliott – soloist, concertmaster of the cello group at the Irish Chamber Orchestra in Scotland and member of the Phoenix Piano Trio.

The programme of the concert will include Serenade, Op. 22 by Antonín Dvořák, Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a by Dmitri Shostakovich, Concerto for Violin and Cello, RV 547 by Antonio Vivaldi and To the Cuddled One into the Violin by Marek Czerniewicz. The latter work was written by the esteemed Gdańsk composer, lecturer at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk, for the 60th anniversary of pedagogical activity of Prof. Jerzy Hazuka. The composition will be performed by Jakub Jakowicz together with the three founders of BalticAlians: Rafał Marek Wiśniewski, Jan Staruch and Janina Olszewska.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia.gda.pl/pl/ 

Elbląg | Inauguration of the 13th season of the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra


The Elbląg Chamber Orchestra inaugurates its 13th artistic season with a concert on 22 September 2019 at 6 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the State Music School Complex in Elbląg.

The musicians under the direction of two conductors: Sabrina Stachel and Piotr Jędrzejczyk, will present music composed by Mieczysław Karłowicz, Andrzej Panufnik and Ludwig van Beethoven. The concert will be joined by cellist Maciej Kułakowski, a soloist and chamber musician who won the first prize and a special prize at the 10th Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.eok.elblag.eu 

Warsaw | Premiere of the spectacle "A Hundred Follies or The Candle Went Out"


Premiere of the spectacle A Hundred Follies or A Candle Went Out, based on a play by Aleksander Fredo and Stanisław Moniuszko's music, will take place on 7 September 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Wawer Cultural Centre (1A Żegańska St., Warsaw). 

The spectacle was directed by Szczepan Szczykno on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko. It consists of the one-act play The Candle Went Out by Aleksander Fredro and songs from the operetta The New Don Quixote or A Hundred Follies with music coposed by the young Moniuszko. The outcome is a hilarious and intelligent musical comedy. Songs performed by soprano Anna Maria Adamiak and pianist Andrzej Frołów, excellent acting and a lot of hilarious mistakes guarantee that viewers will not be able to refrain from laughing.

Due to a postal stagecoach crash, two travelers have to spend the night in a forest hut in a remote area. At first they are not interested in each other. The aim of the spectacle is to contrast two completely different stages of their relationship. Initially, when they cannot see their faces, they have definitely unfavorable ideas about themselves and treat themselves very brusquely. The situation changes radically when they notice that they are attracted to each other. What will happen between Jadwiga and Władysław, since – as the author himself claims – the candle went out? A story full of optimism and faith reflected in the beautiful and little-known music of Stanisław Moniuszko.

Before the premiere, at 6 p.m., there will be a meeting with the descendants of Stanisław Moniuszko.

Free admission is possible after prior booking: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The number of seats is limited.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information atwww.stanislawmoniuszko.com 

Kraków | Premiere of "Vie et Passion du Christ” by Piotr Peszat

Piotr Peszat

Premiere of the para-oratorio for chamber ensemble, live-electronics and video Vie et Passion du Christ by Piotr Peszat will take place on 31 August 2019 at 8 p.m. at the Cricoteka Center for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor in Kraków.

The main inspiration to compose the work was a silent film Life and Passion of Christ (fr. Vie et Passion du Christ) from 1903 directed by Lucien Nongueta and Ferdinand Zecca. It is one of the first color feature films with sequences made in the stencil color process Pathéchrome. In 1995, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of cinema, the Vatican compiled a list of 45 "great films" and theThe 45 movies are divided into three categories: religion, values, and the Life and Passion of Christ was included in the religion category.

Piotr Peszat's oratorio is extremely innovative in terms of genre. It combines music, theatralization of instrumentalists' performance and a non-traditional visual layer. Music is the leading element of the work, but since it is performed in conjunction with the fragments of the silent film, its role is to suggest, anticipate and refer to the image. Traditional sound of the chamber ensemble will be expanded to include non-traditional ways of extracting sound, electronic sounds as well as spoken and sung parts performed by instrumentalists. The choice of the subject of the work emphasizes the topicality of religious themes in the 21st century and indicates the importance of Christian aesthetics in the European culture.

The concert will be performed by the Music Cooperative contemporary ensemble. The project is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the 'Composing Commissions 2019' programme, implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information about the composer at: www.peszat.com 

Katowice | H.M. Górecki Silesian Philharmonic Anniversary Season


The Silesian Philharmonic will celebrate its 75th anniversary in the 2019/2020 season. On this occasion, the institution has prepared a rich artistic programme which includes concerts with world-class soloists and presents music by Silesian composers.

Throughout all the years of its activity, the Silesian Philharmonic has constantly proved that Silesia is not so much an industrial space as it is a musical one. Adam Wesołowski, director of the Silesian Philharmonic, decided to use the cultural wealth of the province: "I want to return to the roots of the Silesian Philharmonic. Until the very beginning, when this institution was established, one of its main tasks was to inspire the musical life of the region. Therefore, I decided to outline the Silesian image of the institution in the repertoire and emphasize its culture-making nature by including works of composers from our region in each concert programme. In turn, it will result in a multitude of newly created works, which will be premiered in the anniversary season. "

The season will be inaugurated by two concerts, on 20 and 27 September. The first one will be performed by the Silesian Chamber Orchestra together with the youngest violinist in the world playing a Stradivarius, Sara Domjanić. A week later, the inauguration of the Silesian Philharmonic Choir and Symphony Orchestra will also feature the winner of the first prize in the Tibor Varga Violin Competition and the Gold Medal of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama – Boris Brovtsyn.

The culmination of the season will be the Grand Anniversary Gala on 26 May2020 at the Spodek Arena. During this unique concert, all the ensembles of the Silesian Philharmonic, as well as outstanding soloists: Leszek Możdżer, Katarzyna Hołysz, Małgorzata Walewska, Andrzej Lampert and Aleksander Teliga, will perform together under the direction of Jacek Mirosław Błaszczyk. The programme will feature works by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Mikołaj Górecki, Wojciech Kilar, Ludwig van Beethoven and Leszek Możdżer.

Ticket sale will start on 26 September.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme of the 75th Anniversary Season is available athttps://filharmonia-slaska.eu/ 

Lublin | Stanisław Moniuszko & Fryderyk Chopin

Fonie Lublina

"Fonie Lublina" concert series continues during the summer. A concert entitled "Stanisław Moniuszko and Fryderyk Chopin" will take place on 24 August 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Crown Tribunal in Lublin.

Fryderyk Chopin is spoken of as a romantic; Stanisław Moniuszko is often portrayed as a positivist. It is true on historical and aesthetic basis, but when you look closely at the music of both artists, it turns out that they have much in common. The programme of the upcoming concert includes songs of both composers as well as works by continuators of their traditions – outstanding pianist-composers and creators of operas and songs. The concert will feature soprano Ewa Biegas and pianists Agnieszka Schulz-Brzyska and Grzegorz Biegas.

The project is implemented thanks to the support of the City of Lublin. Admission to the concert is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Warsaw | SUPERSAM + 1: Marc Ducret & Tomasz Dąbrowski


Marc Ducret and Tomasz Dąbrowski  will perform on 12 September 2019 at 8 p.m. in the DZiK Club (44A Belwederska St., Warsaw) as part of the 4th edition of the "SUPERSAM +1" project.

“Supersam + 1” is a series of master performances. The project focuses mainly on music, however, it also includes other forms of expression such as: performance, multimedia, monodrama. “Supersam + 1” will present respected Polish and foreign artists whose work is original, experimental and innovative. “SUPER” in the title means that the programme will be based on renowned artists – masters. “SAM” (from Polish, means „alone”, "by himself/herself") refers to the solo performances as well as the creative loneliness. “+ 1” in the title means that each evening will be crowned with a duo performance. In most cases, the artists will meet on stage for the first time.

Marc Ducret is a self-taught guitarist and a composer born in 1957. He is interested in many various sound techniques; he plays all sorts of electric and acoustic guitars; both 6- and 12- string, fretless, baritone, soprano and prepared guitar. In 2014, he founded his artistic company SEVEN SONGS. In the beginning of his career he played with dance orchestras and folk bands. Later he founded his own bands and started playing with Daniel Humair, Michel Portal, Joachim Kühn, Henri Texier, David Friedman, Larry Schneider, Andy Emler, Adam Nussbaum, Didier Lockwood. He played concerts and festivals in Germany, France, Italy, Japan, India and Africa. In 1986 he became a member of the first Orchestre National de Jazz (directed by François Jeanneau).

Tomasz Dąbrowski is an award-winning Polish trumpeter and composer settled in Scandinavia. With eight albums released under his own name and dozens of CDs as a co-leader and sideman, he is considered one of the most gifted trumpeters and composers in Europe. Tomasz has mostly been known for his work with groups TOM TRIO (nominated for the Fryderyk Award - Polish Music Industry Award), FREE4ARTS, OCEAN FANFARE, his Japanese quartet AD HOC, string of concerts S-O-L-O: 30th Birthday / 30 Concerts / 30 Cities and projects with Tomasz Stańko, Tyshawn Sorey and Marilyn Mazur. Tomasz is a member of a Danish musician-run collective and record label Barefoot Records. Tomasz Dąbrowski has always been rejecting the conventions of lineup choice: starting with a trio without a harmonic instrument, forming a duo with drums and a trio with piano and drums, playing solo trumpet concerts. Tomasz is always looking for new sounds, textures and forms, proving that the unconventional has its peculiar colour and is beautiful in its own way. AllAboutJazz magazine, named Tomasz as one of the 15 most significant European jazz musicians today [2017].

Mdia patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://supersam.mozg.pl/ 

Katowice | Silesian Philharmonic – Educational Concerts 2019/2020


In its 75th anniversary season, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic invites music lovers of all ages to educational concerts.

A wide range of concerts and educational programmes has been prepared for the youngest. It will not only introduce them to the magical world of music, but will also make them love this world with all their heart.

The concert hall doors are wide open for children – even if they haven't been born yet! "Toddler Philharmonic", "Academy of Musical Taste", "Musical Nursery School", "Chamber Meetings with Music" and "Young Philharmonic" are concerts and programmes that will bring music, instruments and sounds to every listener. "Sound House of Emotions" is a series of classes with elements of art therapy, which have been very popular for several years.

The Silesian Philharmonic, as the first institution in Poland to reach schools with concerts, continues this tradition. Therefore, nursery shools, primary and secondary schools as well as cultural institutions can host philharmonic concerts. "Ms Gama Invites", "Meetings with Music" and "School Broadcasts" are the cycles that combine sounds, commentary and music education into an interesting whole, developing the sensitivity of the youngest listeners and teaching them how to read and listen to music.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://www.filharmonia-slaska.eu/