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Warsaw | 34th Warsaw Music Encounters

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The 34th Warsaw Music Encounters were cancelled in May 2020 due to the pandemic, however, we know the new date and formula of the festival. Thanks to the collaboration with the PROM Kultury Saska Kępa and the Służew Culture Centre, four chamber concerts will take place on 5, 7, 8 and 9 August at 7.00 p.m. with live broadcast on the Internet.

In the year of coronavarius, Bastarda Trio will present its project Ars moriendi – a musical passage through the ritual of death and funeral in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Members of the Hashtag Ensemble will perform a premiere Polish-German programme, including new compositions by Wojciech Błażejczyk, Jacek Domagała, Thomas Gerwin, Aleksandra Kaca, Gisbert Naether, Dariusz Przybylski, Jarosław Siwiński and Lothar Voigtländer.

Karolina Mikołajczyk & Iwo Jedynecki will present Polish works for violin and accordion, including premieres of new pieces and compositions dedicated to this excellent duo (Marcin Błażewicz, Andrzej Karałow, Wojciech Kostrzewa, Jacek Sienkiewicz and Ignacy Zalewski). We will also hear very interesting transcriptions of works by Mieczysław Weinberg and Krzysztof Penderecki.

The title of the last concert – "Ars vitae" – should be a good omen for the future. Let the inspiring meeting of Krzesimir Dębski (violin, synthesizer) and Tadeusz Sudnik (electronics) be a symbol of overcoming the first (and hopefully last) pandemic of the 21st century.

All events will be broadcast live on the Internet (www.wsm.art.pl) and will be available to watch on YouTube afterwards. The organisers also invite the audience to participate in the concerts (limited number of seats, no reservations, free tickets), which will take place at the PROM Kultury Saska Kępa (23 Brukselska Street) and Służew Culture Centre (15 J.S. Bacha Street).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Sopot | Dedications to the Sopot Trio

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The concert "Dedications to the Sopot Trio" on 3 August 2020 at 7.00 p.m. in the St. Andrew Bobola Church in Sopot will premiere works by Gdańsk composers Zbigniew Pniewski and Kamil Cieślik.

Sopot Trio consists of graduates of the Academy of Music in Gdańsk associated with their home university and music institutions of the Tri-City: Małgorzata Skorupa (violin), Anna Sawicka (cello) and Elżbieta Rosińska (accordion). Since 1991 the ensemble has been presenting a wide repertoire of trio and duo pieces from various eras.

During the August concert in the famous seaside resort the Sopot Trio will premiere Sopot accordion suite by Zbigniew Pniewski and a new version of Kamil Cieślik's Accordion trio. The programme will be complemented by other pieces dedicated to the performers: Jerzy Mądrawski's Polish Album, Łukasz Woś's Dedication and Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély's Hymn a la Vierge for violin, cello and harmonium in the version with accordion. The concert will be hosted by Andrzej Zawilski. The recording will be available online.

The event is carried out with the financial support of the City of Sopot Commmune.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

"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 one featured Three Capriccios for double bass solo by Stefan Bolesław Poradowski. The second one, scheduled for 30 July at 7.00 p.m., will include Three pieces for double bass and piano by Jan Kolasiński, and the third one on 28 August – ContraForte, 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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Final Concert of the 5th "TRZY-CZTE-RY. Contexts. Contrasts. Confrontations" Music Festival

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The final concert of the 5th "TRZY-CZTE-RY. Contexts. Contrasts. Confrontations" Music Festival will take place on 26 July 2020 at 7:00 p.m. and will be broadcast live on the Internet.

"TRZY-CZTE-RY. Contexts. Contrasts. Confrontations" is a unique event that combines elements of timelessness and contemporaneity. Presented works are sometimes contrasted with each other, but the main idea is to confront listeners with new artistic visions and new contexts. This year's edition featured music by such Polish composers as Karol Szymanowski, Mieczysław Wajnberg, Krzysztof Penderecki, Andrzej Panufnik, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Hanna Kulenty, Paweł Szymański, Cezary Duchnowski and Andrzej Karałow.

During the final concert Jan Krzysztof Broja, a laureate of the international piano competitions in Hanau (1989), Brunswick (1991), Bucharest (1995), Vilnius (1999) and Pasadena – Los Angeles (2002), will perform works by Fryderyk Chopin and Ludwig van Beethoven, to which the fifth edition of the Festival is devoted. We will hear Beethoven's 32 Variations in C minor WoO 80 and Sonata No. 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 and Fryderyk Chopin's mazurkas and nocturnes. As Marcin Majchrowski points out, 'Chopin had no equal in bringing simple forms and genres to the limits of sublimation. This is evidenced by two late opuses – the Mazurkas, Op. 59 and the last Nocturnes, Op. 62 – sophisticated essays on musical beauty ”.

Live streaming: https://youtu.be/ed2NoEBdiBk 

The project was co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund 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: https://www.festiwaltrzycztery.pl/ 

Lusławice | Polish Cello Quartet at the Emanacje Festival

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The next concert of the Emanacje Festival will be filled with cello music, which occupied a special place in Krzysztof Penderecki's work. On 26 July 2020 at 7.00 p.m. in Lusławice, young generation cellists, graduates of the educational programmes of the European Music Centre, will perform together with the Polish Cello Quartet.

The composer's passion for the cello was born out of admiration for the art of several virtuosos, including Siegfried Palm and Mścisław Rostropowicz. The next concert will feature groundbreaking works, which represent the artist's significant gestures towards important events taking place in the history of Poland, as well as expressing the most personal feelings towards his loved ones.

Serenata for three cellos became a birthday present for his beloved wife, Elizabeth. Chaccone per archi, completed in 2005, was dedicated to the memory of the late Pope John Paul II and incorporated into the Polish Requiem. Almost 10 years after the premiere of the piece, the composer arranged it for 6 cellos. Agnus Dei for 8-voice choir a cappella was written in 1981 after the death of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, who was a close friend of the composer. Also a part of the Polish Requiem, the work was arranged for 8 cellos in 2007. The full, low sounds of the cello choir, derived from a nostalgic motif of a minor third, prompt reflections on final matters.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed programme is available atwww.emanacje.pl 

Warsaw | 20th Franciszek Wybrańczyk Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City Festival

SVThe 20th edition of the Franciszek Wybrańczyk Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City Festival will be held between 2 August and 3 September 2020. The Festival will feature 23 concerts and events over the course of a month. Four days a week, Concert Pavilion at 272 Grochowska Street will host music of many styles and genres.

The Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City Festival will showcase guest chamber ensembles and Sinfonia Varsovia’s musicians, including Sinfonia Varsovia Brass, Sinfonia Varsovia String Quintet, and Sinfonia Varsovia Wind Quintet performing together with guest artists. As a part of a larger ensemble, Sinfonia Varsovia’s musicians will perform under the baton of renowned conductors, including Alexander Vedernikov, Jerzy Maksymiuk and Daniel Raiskin. The programme will include works by 20th-century Polish composers such as Andrzej Panufnik, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Witold Lutosławski. For the first time, this year’s edition will feature a new series of contemporary music concerts, Experimental Tuesdays. The programme also has plenty to offer to young audiences and families – Family Mornings are coming back.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://www.sinfoniavarsovia.org/ 

Lusławice | Emanacje Festival 2020 – Maciej Kułakowski

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Maciej Kułakowski – an excellent cellist of the young generation – will perform on 18 and 19 July 2020 during the next two concerts of the 8th Emanacje Music Festival in Lusławice.

The first concert will take place on 18 July at 7.15 p.m. in the Basilica of St. Florian in Krakow, where the urn with Krzysztof Penderecki's ashes is located. This concert will be a way to commemorate the recently deceased composer. Admission to the event is free, however, advance seat reservation is required. The concert on 19 July at 7.00 p.m. will be the first one to take place in the recently opened Elżbieta and Krzysztof Penderecki Arboretum in Lusławice.

The programme of both evenings will include music by Johann Sebastian Bach and Krzysztof Penderecki as interpreted by Maciej Kułakowski. The musician is a laureate of the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels and the winner of the first prize and a special prize at the 10th Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition in Warsaw. Since 2017, he has studied with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt at the Kronberg Academy. He represents the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) based in London.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed programme available at: www.emanacje.pl 

Chopin-Górecki Open Festiwal 2020: Mr. Chopin. Someone Loves You!

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The online premiere of the multimedia composition Mr. Chopin. Someone Loves You! by Aldona Nawrocka and Andrzej Kopeć will take place on 14 July 2020 at 7:00 p.m. as part of the Chopin-Górecki Open Festival 2020 at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

The piece for voice, trumpet, piano and electronics, inspired by the work of Fryderyk Chopin whose 210th birth anniversary falls this year, is a result of the creative collaboration of composers Aldona Nawrocka and Andrzej Kopeć. In addition to strictly musical elements, including interactions with electronics, it also involves para-theatrical actions. The premiere will be performed by Agnieszka Tyrawska-Kopeć (soprano), Tomasz Woźniak (trumpet), Aldona Nawrocka (piano) and Andrzej Kopeć (electronics).

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The recording will be available on the Internet at www.chg.chopin.edu.pl and www.facebook.com/chg.umfc 

6th International Composition Compteition "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta: Hommage à Krzysztof Penderecki" ‒ verdict!

SC6th International Composition Compteition "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta: Hommage à Krzysztof Penderecki" has been settled and winners have been selected.

The Orchestra of the Royal Capital City of Krakow – Sinfonietta Cracovia had announced the 6th International Composition Competition "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta: hommage à Krzysztof Penderecki", dedicated to the memory of Maestro associated with the Orchestra from the very beginning of its existence. Competition was aimed to promote young composers and to broaden the repertoire for string orchestra. The subject of the Competition was an original piece entitled Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta: Hommage à Krzysztof Penderecki for a string orchestra and percussion (max. ensemble formation 6-5-4-4-1 / perk. 3).

We have the pleasure to announce, that the jury of the 6. International Composition Competition Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta: Hommage à Krzysztof Penderecki, consisted of: Elżbieta Penderecka ‒ Honorary Chairwoman, Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa, Eugeniusz Knapik, Marcel Chyrzyński i Jurek Dybał, has reached its verdict, awarding the first prize ex æquo to Mr. Andrea Mattevi (Italy) and Mr. Robin Lilja (Sweden) for compositions both titled Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta: Hommage à Krzysztof Penderecki.

The compositions of the first prize laureates will receive its premiere during the 6th edition of the Sinfonietta Festival, which dates will announced in the next few weeks.

Our congratulations go out to the winners!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Miejsca wspólne. Virtual Festival of Polish Contemporary Music

Miejsca wspolneFrom the July 11th to September 2020 we will be able to experience equivalent of musical festival without leaving our homes. The festival is based on the idea of creating a “common place”, in which people will be able to listen to more or less known Polish contemporary composers, learn about the work of Polish composers and discover young Polish performers – all of this connected with the key of topoi, loci communes, common places such as: love, death, nature, ritual dream, labirynth, fairy tales, past and future.

The festival, which will consist of 9 virtual concerts, will be hosted on http://miejscawspolnefestiwal.pl/ for 3 months. The concerts will be created using existing – new and upcoming – pieces of contemporary compositions. Each of them will be accompanied by an original programme essay, touching upon the themes relevant to the selected works, which will help to understand and experience the music more deeply. The programme assumptions are "3x Poland": a cross-sectional view of Polish contemporary music creators – from the classics of the 20th century to the youngest generation of artists; bringing out the work of female composers and only Polish performers – ensembles and soloists specialising in the performance of contemporary music. The event will include Music Criticism Workshops.

Implemented as part of the scholarship program of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage “Kultura w sieci”.

Karolina Dąbek

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed information on the website: http://miejscawspolnefestiwal.pl/ 

"Culture on the web": double bass concerts on the Internet

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The kontrabas.pl project is a series of three online concerts presenting Polish works for double bass, which will start on 30 June 2020 at 7.00 p.m.

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 will take place in the new interactive Castanea hall at the Technopark Pomerania in Szczecin. The first concert of the series (30 June) will feature Three Capriccios for double bass solo by Stefan Bolesław Poradowski, the second one (30 July) will include Three pieces for double bass and piano by Jan Kolasiński, and the third one (28 August) – ContraForte, ballad for double bass and piano by Benedykt Konowalski, written for the performers as a wedding gift.

The project was implemented 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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7th Festival "Music in Warmia and Żuławy"

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A good reason for music lovers to visit Warmia and Żuławy is the 7th edition of the "Music in Warmia and Żuławy" Festival, which will take place on 9-10 July 2020 in different Gothic churches of the region. Festival concerts will be performed by the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Michał Krężlewski.

The St. Bartholomew Church in Pasłęk and St. Nicholas Cathedral in Elbląg will be filled with music from different countries and periods. The programme will include, among others, Romance No. 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Concerto for Two Violins in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, Navarra, Op. 33 by Pablo Sarasate as well as Hombark Concerto by Sławomir Czarnecki. The musicians of the Elbląg orchestra will perform both together and as soloists.

Admission to all festival concerts, held in accordance with the directions of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate, is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: https://eok.elblag.eu/ 

Katowice | Summer Season of the Silesian Philharmonic

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Thanks to the collaboration of the Silesian Philharmonic with the Silesian Museum and their joint mission to disseminate culture, both institutions invite you to musical meetings, which will be held every Saturday at 7.00 p.m., starting from 4 July 2020.

In the Silesian Museum's space, away from the hustle and bustle of the streets, the Silesian Philharmonic will present an ideal summer programme, composed of well-known works of composers such as Vivaldi, Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven as well as music of Silesian artists. The concerts will feature both the Silesian Chamber Orchestra, the Choir and Symphony Orchestra of the Silesian Philharmonic, as well as smaller instrumental ensembles. The summer season will be also a preview of the next artistic season of the Silesian Philharmonic. The last concerts in the series – on 15 and 22 August – will be devoted to the Second Silesian Uprising, which 100th anniversary falls in August 2020.

All concerts will be held with recommended restrictions, so that each participant can feel safe and comfortable. Tickets are available at the Silesian Museum ticket office and at http://bilety.muzeumslaskie.pl/ 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/uslysz-nas-w-muzeum-slaskim-sezon-letni-filharmonii-slaskiej/ 

Lusławice | 8th Emanacje Music Festival

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The eighth edition of the Emanacje Music Festival will be held in Lusławice between 5 July and 30 August 2020. The inaugural concert will include works by Krzysztof Penderecki performed by chamber musicians of Sinfonietta Cracovia.

Music lovers will have the opportunity to rediscover Lusławice, also in virtual space, take part in various concerts and meetings with great performers. Above all, however, the 8th Emanacje Festival will pay tribute to the memory of Krzysztof Penderecki, a great Pole, Patron and Founder of the European Centre for Music.

Artist – Work – Meetings. These key words open up a universe, in which the composer's heritage resonates with thousands of sounds. This year's Festival will be an emanation of the timeless presence of Krzysztof Penderecki in his beloved Lusławice, where the Artist realized his visionary ideas: an impressive park dedicated to young musicians of the Centre, subsequent works enthusiastically received around the world.

Penderecki's chamber and solo works will be performed by leading Polish ensembles and soloists and their recordings will be made available online, gradually filling up the widely available content of the festival website. The Festival will also include a permanent multimedia exhibition entitled "Krzysztof Penderecki – Heritage of Polish Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries", presenting the artist and his work in the context of the achievements of Polish composers of the last century. The opening of the famous Lusławice Arboretum, which is the fruit of Krzysztof Penderecki's long-term passion and contains a unique dendrological collection on a European scale, will be a special event accompanying this year's Festival. A unique park setting will also become a scenery of part of festival concerts.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: www.emanacje.pl 

Pruszcz Gdański | Art'n'Voices – we meet again

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The Association of Young Artists of the Wejherowo Land invites you to the first concert of the vocal group Art’n’Voices after the quarantine, which will take place on 27 June 2020 at 8.00 p.m. in the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Pruszcz Gdański and will be streamed online.

The concert programme will include music from the latest Art'n’Voices album entitled Midnight Stories and other songs from their repertoire.

Midnight Stories is an album dedicated entirely to songs inspired by the theme of the night, composed by Paweł Łukaszewski, Krzysztof Komeda, as well as the atists of the young generation – Szymon Godziemba-Trytek, Zuzanna Falkowska, Anna Rocławska-Musiałczyk and Jakub Szafrański. The album was recorded at Ars Sonora Studio and was published by DUX. The premiere performance took place at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdansk at the end of February 2020 and started the promotional concert series. After a four-month break, the ensemble resumes concerts and invites you to one of the oldest churches in Pomerania – the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Pruszcz Gdański.

Admission to the concert is free, but the number of places is limited.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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