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Warsaw | Relax with Sinfonia Varsovia

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On the first weekend of July 2019 at 4.00 pm the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra invites you to the concerts of the series "Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street". The audience will learn about the music of Maklakiewicz's family as well as the music of French and Belgian composers.

The cycle of afternoon chamber music concerts returns to the home of Sinfonia Varsovia. Just like last year, each Saturday and Sunday at 4:00 p.m. features performances by well-known artists and rising stars on the classical music scene. There will be 30 concerts arranged by common themes: Not just for Orchestra, Japan, Moniuszko, Relax, Travelling, Improvisation, Old Warsaw. The music will be performed by traditional ensembles and some rare configurations, including a reed trio with saxophone and bass clarinet, a cello octet and a flute quartet. The works performed will feature music of many periods and genres – from the Baroque to opera arias, jazz and contemporary and improvised music.

The concert on 6 July will feature the Maklakiewicz Ensemble, composed of graduates and pedagogues of the music academies in Poznań and Wrocław. The ensemble will perform works by Jan Adam Maklakiewicz and his brother Franciszek Maklakiewicz as part of the project on the occasion of the 120th birth anniversary of the composer. On 7 July, talented young Polish artists: violinists Karolina Gutowska, Karolina Mikołajczy, Weronika Weiss and pianists Wojciech Pyrć and Weronika Chodakowska will perform works by Grażyna Bacewicz, Maurycy Moszkowski, Eugene Ysaÿe and Camille Saint-Saëns.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information available atwww.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Lublin | 10th Congress of the Polish Federation of Pueri Cantores

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The Congress of the Polish Federation of Pueri Cantores – a great religious and cultural event –will be held in Lublin on 4-7 July 2019 under the slogan "Ut unum sint".

The Polish Federation of Pueri Cantores is an association of boys ', girls', children's and youth choirs operating within the framework of the Roman Catholic Church in Poland, as well as in music schools and cultural centers. The anniversary Congress will feature international choirs of the Pueri Cantores Federation, among others, from Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine, and Hungary. The Congress in Lublin, held in the spirit of the prayer of Jesus Christ "Ut unum sint", will be an opportunity to build unity thorugh the adoration of the Holy Trinity.

For four days, the participants of the congress events will be celebrating the 450th anniversary of the Union of Lublin, and pray for peace throughout the world, using a rich spectrum of religious compositions – from traditional Gregorian chant to the latest music literature. The Congress will feature religious compositions by Stanisław Moniuszko and thus join the celebrations of the Moniuszko Year. The programme includes several musical events. During the "Night of choirs" on 5 July, the concerts will take place in the churches of Lublin, Kazimierz Dolny, Lubartów, Chełm, and Puławy. The next day, there will be a choral picnic and a gala concert in Lublin. About 1000 participants from all over Poland, as well as foreign guests, will premiere the composition Ut unum sint by Henryk Jan Botor.

The honorary patron of the event is the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://lublin2019.puericantores.pl/kongres/ 

Laureates of the 5th International "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta" Composition Competition

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We know the results of the 5th International "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta" Composition Competition under the honorary patronage of Professor Krzysztof Penderecki.

The jury of the 5th International "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta" Composition Competition composed of: Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa, Eugeniusz Knapik, Marcel Chyrzyński, and Jurek Dyba has reached its verdict. The first prize was awarded to Mr. Tomasz Citak (Poland) for the piece Jubilee Sinfonietta: Akira. The jury has also decided to award an honorable mention to Mr. Youngkwang Yang (South Korea) for the piece Jubilee Sinfonietta: Per Aspera ad Astra.

The composition of the first prize laureate, Mr. Tomasz Citak, will receive its premiere on 2 July during the 5th Sinfonietta Festival’s concert For Our Freedom and Yours (The Gallery of the 19th Century Polish Art in The Cloth Hall ‒ MNK branch, 7.00 pm).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttp://sinfonietta.pl/ 

Warsaw | Musical Summer with Sinfonia Varsovia

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In the last days of June 2019 at 4pm, the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra invites you to the concerts as part of the "Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street" series. Wwe will listen to the music of the Land of Cherry Blossom and works from the repertoire of the Sounds of Air trio.

The cycle of afternoon chamber music concerts returns to the home of Sinfonia Varsovia. Just like last year, each Saturday and Sunday at 4:00 p.m. features performances by well-known artists and rising stars on the classical music scene. There will be 30 concerts arranged by common themes: Not just for Orchestra, Japan, Moniuszko, Relax, Travelling, Improvisation, Old Warsaw. The music will be performed by traditional ensembles and some rare configurations, including a reed trio with saxophone and bass clarinet, a cello octet and a flute quartet. The works performed will feature music of many periods and genres – from the Baroque to opera arias, jazz and contemporary and improvised music.

The concert "Japan" on 29 June will feature Japanese musicians who will present not only works by Japanese composers, but also compositions by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Johann Pachelbel, Goerges Bizet, Hermann Necke, Vittoria Montign, Francesco Sartori, Henryk Wieniawski and Fryderyk Chopin. The following day the Sounds of Air trio composed of: Alicja Wołyńczyk (saxophone), Jarosław Gałuszka (accordion) and Agnieszka Kopacka (piano) will present works by Stanisław Moniuszko, Julia Schreitl, Graham Fitkin as well as Arcustico by Anna Maria Huszcza, inspired by the music of Moniuszko's Halka.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information atwww.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

7th International Copernicus Choir Festival and Competition „Per Musicam ad Astra”

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7th International Copernicus Choir Festival and Competition "Per Musicam ad Astra" will be held on 29 June – 3 July 2019 in Toruń and Chełmża. The event is organized by the "Astrolabium" Choral Music Enthusiasts Society in Toruń and co-organized by the German agency Meeting Music and the Tumska 14 Association in Chełmża.

This year's edition will feature ensembles from the Philippines, Indonesia, Lithuania, Latvia, Malaysia, Poland, South Africa, Taiwan and the USA. The programme of the 7th edition of "Per Musicam ad Astra" will include competition auditions and festival concerts with the participation of the contending choirs top out with a competition for the Nicolaus Copernicus Grand Prix in the amount of 5,000 EUR. Two of the the festival events, the aim of which is to present the broad spectrum of choral music, support the work of young composers and promote Polish culture, deserve special attention.

On 1 July in the Main Hall of the Artus Court, the proMODERN ensemble will present the proMODERN shakespired programme featuring music of Polish composers inspired by the works of Shakespeare. The concert is organized in cooperation with the Marshal's Office of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship as part of the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the Local Government. A special concert entitled Swinging chimes – the spinner in distress will feature jazz arrangements of nineteenth-century music, including Stanisław Moniuszko's compositions, made by Jarek Kostka.

For all concerts and auditions the entrance is free. Only for the inauguration concert and 2 special concerts there will be free tickets available to collect at the box office of the Artus Court on weekdays between 12-18pm and, subject to availability, before the concert.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/PerMusicamAdAstra/ and http://pmaa.pl 

Polish Music in Warmia and Żuławy

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The 6th edition of the "Polish Music in Warmia and Żuławy" Festival will take place on 5-7 July 2019. The Elbląg Chamber Orchestra will give concert of Polish music in the Gothic churches of the region.

The festival will contribute to the celebration of the 200th birth anniversary of Stanisław Moniuszko, the father of Polish opera. As one of the Polish critics stated, "Moniuszko's work is a much colorful musical network, full of contrasts and paradoxes". This "network" covers not only the noble landscapes of the Haunted Manor, but also streets of medieval India from the opera Paria. The programme of the Festival will also include music of the outstanding violinist and composer Grażyna Bacewicz.

The Elbląg Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Marek Moś will perform with the invited soloists: Tomasz Mądzielewski, Maciej Magnuski, Mateusz Mosia, Mateusz Kołakowski, and Katarzyna Moś – Polish representative during the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest.

The project is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Moniuszko 2019 – Promesa" programme, implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance. The concert is held under the patronage of the PWM Edition as part of the TUTTI.pl project promoting the performances of Polish music.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at:http://www.eok.elblag.eu/pl/news/vi-festiwal-muzyka-polska-na-warmii-i-zulawach

Chorzów | "Moniuszko from the heart"

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Another concert of the "Moniuszko from the Heart" series will take place on 23 June 2019 at 12am in the Chorzów Museum (25 Powstańców St.).

The concert dedicated to the composer whose 200th birth anniversary is celebrated this year is organised by the Institution for the Promotion and Dissemination of Music "Silesia" in cooperation with the Museum in Chorzów. The programme will include the famous arias and duet Już ogień płonie from The Haunted Manor as well as less frequently performed songs of Stanisław Moniuszko and Jewa's dumka from the opera Jawnuta premiered in Vilnius in 1852.

Moniuszko's music will be performed by Karolina Borodziuk, this year's graduate of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice in the class of dr hab. prof. AM Agata Kobierska and laureate, among others, of the 1st prize and two special prizes at the International Rudolf Petraka Vocal Competition in Żylin (Slovakia 2018) and the 3rd place in the 5th Intercollegiate Chamber Competition for Instrumental and Vocal Duets (Łódź 2018).

The other vocalist will be Karolina Wieczorek, a graduate of the academies of music in Katowice and Kraków, currently cooperating with the Krakow Opera. The artist is a laureate of the International Imrich Godin Vocal Competition – Iuventus Canti Vrable. She also won the Audience Award at the International Festival "Bel Canto" in Nałęczów and honorable mention at the Iwona Borowicka "Golden Voices of Mazovia" competition.

Tickets for PLN 5 are available at the Museum's box office.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://www.silesia.art.pl/strona-glowna/koncerty/429_moniuszko-od-serca-karolina-wieczorek-i-karolina-borodziuk-w-chorzowie 

Warsaw | Summer with Sinfonia Varsovia

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On 22 and 23 June 2019 at 4pm the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra invites you to the concerts as part of the "Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street" series. This time we will listen to the music of the Land of Cherry Blossom and songs from the repertoire of the 10th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition.

The cycle of afternoon chamber music concerts returns to the home of Sinfonia Varsovia. Just like last year, each Saturday and Sunday at 4:00 p.m. features performances by well-known artists and rising stars on the classical music scene. There will be 30 concerts arranged by common themes: Not just for Orchestra, Japan, Moniuszko, Relax, Travelling, Improvisation, Old Warsaw. The music will be performed by traditional ensembles and some rare configurations, including a reed trio with saxophone and bass clarinet, a cello octet and a flute quartet. The works performed will feature music of many periods and genres – from the Baroque to opera arias, jazz and contemporary and improvised music.

The soloist of the concert "Japan" on 22 June will be a great flutist Yuri Matsuzaki, who will perform original Japanese music on various flutes (transverse, shakuhachi, ryūteki). The next day we will listen to the participants of the 10th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition in the programme composed of works by Stanisław Moniuszko, Karol Szymanowski and Mieczysław Karłowicz.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information available atwww.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Kraków | Summer with Sinfonietta Cracovia

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The Orchestra of the Royal Capital City of Krakow Sinfonietta Cracovia and Lady Sinfonietka are going to the Wanda's Green Ravine City Park on the Krzesławickie Hills on 22 June 2019 at 12am.

The concert cycle "Sinfonietka" is organized by the Sinfonietta Cracovia Orchestra for the youngest music lovers. In 2016, the event received an award for the most developmental initiative for children – the Golden Sunflower Statuette.

The next concert will take place as part of the Krakow Picnic, organized by the Krakow Festival Office, Krakow PL and the Management Board of Green Areas in Krakow. There will be plenty of games, competitions and lots of good music, not only for the youngest. The programme of the concert will include a presentation of the works by Antonio Vivaldi, Krzysztof Penderecki, Stanisław Moniuszko – the patron of 2019, and joint music making. The concert will be hosted by Danuta Augustyn. Sinfonietta Cracovia will perform under the baton of Jurek Dybał.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Katowice | Silesian Quartet: Weinberg in Poland

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On 22 June 2019 at 6pm in the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice, the Silesian Quartet will perform works of Mieczysław Weinberg and Józef Krogulski.

String Quartet No. 17 Op. 146 (1986), the last work in Mieczysław Weinberg's catalogue, consists of four movements played attacca. Despite some melancholic passages, it has a bright color with references to earlier works. It also has a humorous element. The last movement corresponds with the first one but it's not a synthetic finale: Weinberg had to add a reprise, which he "forgot" to write earlier...

Józef Krogulski was a pianist, composer, conductor and pedagogue (he was Chopin's friend from the composition class of Józef Elsner at the Warsaw School of Music). At the age of 10 he became famous as a prodigy (he was called "Polish Mozart") and he gave a series of concerts in Poland and Germany. His mature work includes mainly vocal eligious music composed in a conservative style. More interesting is his Octet in D minor Op. 6 (1834) for piano, two violins, flute, clarinet, cello and double bass. It represents a brillant style with influence of Johann Nepomuk Hummel's style.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: http://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/koncerty/1408/kwartet-slaski-wajnberg-w-polsce 

Warsaw | 19th Music Gardens Festival

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The 19th Music Gardens Festival will be held on 30 June – 28 July 2019 in the Grand Courtyard of the Royal Castle in Warsaw, under a huge, air-conditioned tent, which can accommodate 1000 spectators.

The Music Gardens Festival has been taking place in Warsaw since 2001. Every year, the Festival programme is comprised of rebroadcasts of the best opera and ballet productions (from, among other houses, the Metropolitan Opera and the Bolshoi Theatre, as well as the Aix-en-Provence, Salzburg and Bregenz Festivals), live concerts – both symphonic and chamber music – as well as music films and film recordings of concerts. Also a special educational and artistic programme for children is organized as part of the festival: the Children’s Music Gardens.

The programme of the 19th Gardens will include 21 film screenings and 5 live concerts. The festival prologue will feature film music of Krzysztof Komeda, Henryk Kuźniak and Jerzy Matuszkiewicz. During the inauguration concert, Janusz Wawrowski, who plays the Stradivarius violin from 1685, together with the Warsaw Players' string orchestra will present, among others, works by Mieczysław Karłowicz and Mieczysław Weinberg. Songs from Moniuszko's Songbook for Home Use will be presented on 15 July in the original interpretation by Agata Zubel, Andrzej Bauer and Cezary Duchnowski.

Since 2008, another inspiration for successive editions of the Festival has been the culture and art of the countries taking over the leadership of the European Council on the day the festival begins, i.e. in the second half of each year. This year, no less than three countries will serve as the Guests of Honor: Finland, which begins its presidency at the European Council on 1 July 2019; Romania, which will lead the Council in the first half of 2019; and, for the second time, Austria. On 8 July, an evening devoted to Leonardo da Vinci will include a concert of Sławomir Zubrzycki on viola organista, an instrument invented by Leonardo da Vinci.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://www.ogrodymuzyczne.pl/ 

Polanica Zdrój | 28th International Organ and Chamber Concerts

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The 28th edition of the International Concerts of Organ and Chamber Music in Polanica-Zdrój will take place on 27 June – 5 September 2019.

International Concerts of Organ and Chamber Music in Polanica-Zdrój is a festival presenting great works of classical and contemporary music performed by renowned artists from Poland and abroad. In addition to important artistic goals, the concerts play a significant educational role through lectures on the history of music as well as socio-cultural role by cultivating the centuries-old tradition of concertising in the Lower Silesian temples, raising the cultural and tourist attractiveness of the region and promoting Polish musical culture among tourists from abroad.

The programme of this year's edition of the Festival will include works by outstanding organ music composers (J.S. Bach, F. Mendelsohn-Bartholdy, J. Pachelbel, G.F. Handel et al.) as well as organ transcriptions of classical and contemporary instrumental music. We will listen to, among others, works by Marian Sawa, Zbigniew Kruczek and Janusz Bielecki.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

DOWNLOAD: program Festiwalu

Kraków | 2nd International Competition for Young Pianists "Chopin at Wawel"

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International Competition For Young Pianists „Chopin at Wawel” – based upon the National Competition For Young Pianists „Chopin at Wawel” – is the first international, monographic, piano competition held in Krakow. This year's edition will be held on 10-14 July 2019.

The originator and founder of the Competition, dr hab. Gajusz Kęska, repeatedly emphasized the need to promote the city as a center of performing the Fryderyk Chopin’s music, also by stating that in the past Krakow was the cradle of the Polish piano school. Here, in Krakow, the eminent pianists and pedagogues had lived and had led master classes: Zbigniew Drzewiecki, Halina Czerny-Stefańska, Regina Smendzianka, Adam Harasiewicz, Tadeusz Żmudziński and Jan Hoffman among others. They were all world-renowned interpreters of Chopin's music and laureates of the Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw.

First edition of the Competition in June 2015 has met with a great interest among the Krakow audience.Contestants came from all across the Poland and the jury highlighted the very high level of their performances. 2nd National Competition For Young Pianists „Chopin at Wawel”, which is a continuation of initiated in the previous year "the return of Chopin's music at Wawel", has gained wide acclaim not only in the country but also abroad. This fact convinced organizers to extend the Competition range and give it the international rank.

Next edition of the Competition, organized by “Porta Musicae” Artistic Association with the support od the Academy of Music in Krakow and Fryderyk Chopin Secondary Music School in Krakow, will be held on 10-14 July 2019 in the auditorium "Florianka" – the concert hall of the Music Academy in Krakow, shared for Auditions thanks to the courtesy of the Academy authorities, with support of Pro Musica Humana Association. Participants will perform in four age groups, as it was during the first edition.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed programme and rules of the competition are available athttp://chopinpodwawelem.com

Krościenko nad Dunajcem | 10th "Pieniny – Culture – Sacrum” Festival

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The anniversary 10th edition of the "Pieniny-Kultura-Sacrum" Summer Festival will take place on 19 July – 17 August 2019 in two temples located in Krościenko nad Dunajcem in Pieniny region: in the historic All Saints Church at the Market Square and in the new Christ the Good Shepherd Church.

The festival will feature organ music, chamber music, the artistic word as well as the exhibitions by Ewa Majerczak, the Pieniny Artists Association and the Polish Association for People with Intellectual Disability Koło in Szczawnica. It will be a truly interdisciplinary artistic event with a comprehensive and strong culture-developement potential. Outstanding Polish artists, guests from Italy, Hungary and, for the first time, from China will participate in this year's edition. The programme will include music from four differnet centuries, beginning with the works of European Baroque, through improvisation to contemporary highlander presentations. The main organizer of the Festival is the Foundation for the Promotion of Culture and Art ARS PRO ARTE.<

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available athttp://arsproarte.pl/#/kroscienko-nad-dunajcem/10-na-10-jubileuszowy-festiwal-pieniny-kultura-sacrum-w-kroscienku-n-d 

Warsaw | Sinfonia Iuventus: Gershwin & Bizet

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The Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus under the baton of Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk will present works of George Gershwin and Georges Bizet on 29 June 2019 at 7pm at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio. The renowned Polish pianist Paweł Kowalski will perform as a soloist.

The life of a piece of incidental music is often ephemeral – it does not outlast the run of a specific theatrical play for which it was written. Yet there are some exceptions from this rule. L’Arlésienne (also known as The Girl from Arles) is a play based on a novel by an eminent French writer Alphonse Daudet, an eulogist of beauty and the culture of Provence. Bizet arranged four particularly impressive fragments for an orchestra, featuring, inter alia, themes from Provençal folk music. After Bizet’s premature death, his friend, Ernest Guiraud, collated the second suite on the basis of surviving drafts. In time, both spectacular and colourful cycles turned out to be a major success and built up fame of the author, who had died at 37 in poverty, grief-stricken and with a sense that he had been completely underrated…

With the American composer George Gershwin, Bizet shared both his first name and nearly the same age at which both authors, all too soon, died – yet the similarities end here. Gershwin rose quickly to fame and recognition as a composer who, in an original approach, introduced elements of jazz into his symphonic and operatic music. This is also a characteristic of his Concerto in F Major, composed (1925) right after the immensely successful Rhapsody in Blue. In the intervening period of just one year between the two works, Gershwin’s talent and skills developed remarkably – the new piece, orchestrated by the author himself, is also a proof of excellent knowledge of form and facture, which was appreciated by both the audience and the critics, but also by pianists, who often include it in their repertoires.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/gershwin-bizet/