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47th Eugeniusz Brańka Summer Organ and Chamber Concerts in Władysławowo

Wladyslawowo

The 47th edition of the Eugeniusz Brańka Summer Organ and Chamber Concerts in Władysławowo will be held on4  July – 22 August 2019. Traditionally, admission to all concerts is free.

A holiday series of classical music concerts, inaugurated in 1973 by the composer, conductor and organist from Częstochowa – Eugeniusz Brańka – became a permanent summer event in Władysławowo. The organizer of the festival is the Center of Culture, Promotion and Sport in Władysławowo with the cooperation of the parish of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Władysławowo and the Eugeniusz Brańka Association.

This year's edition will feature excellent performers from Poland and abroad, and its repertoire will be dominated by Polish music. The festival in Wladysławowo continues the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Independence, launched a year ago. In addition, 2019 marks the celebrations of the 200th birth anniversary of Stanisław Moniuszko. Also, the Festival will commemorate its initiator and long-term Artistic Director, Professor Eugeniusz Branka, on the 10th death anniversary. The series will also feature improvised music performed by, among others, violinist Krzesimir Dębski and trumpeter Robert Majewski. Polish music from the Baroque to the 20th century will fill the programme of the inauguration concert on 4 July.

Media patronage: Polish Music Informatoin Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/koncerty.organowe/ 

Kraków | 5th Sinfonietta Festival

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"Stars and Strings" is the title of the fifth Sinfonietta Festival at the National Museum in Kraków which announces the unique, twenty-fifth season of Sinfonietta Cracovia. The Krakow Orchestra will celebrate with American grandeur on 30 June – 6 July 2019.

The festival will start with minimal music. The director of Sinfonietta – Jurek Dybał will present works of John Cage, Steve Reich, Philip Glass and John Adams. The famous In C by Terry Riley's will be performed under his baton by... the audience!

The "For Our Freedom and Yours" concert will be held in the beautiful interiors of the Krakow Cloth Hall – maintained in the spirit of the broadly understood American idea of ​​freedom and friendship between the nations. The world-famous tenor Stanley Jackson will sing for the first time in Polish! In addition to the songs by Ignacy Jan Paderewski to the words of Adam Mickiewicz, the American singer will perform spirituals songs. This concert will also premiere Jubilee Sinfonietta written by the winner of the 5th International Composers' Competition "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta" under the honorary patronage of Professor Krzysztof Penderecki.

On the 4th of July, the American Independence Day, Sinfonietta Cracovia chamber musicians and friends will present works by George Gershwin, Steve Reich and Paweł Szymański. The annniversary edition of the Festival will end on 6 July with the final concert in the Cloth Hall featuring unique guests associated with Sinfonietta Cracovia for many years – world-renowned American conductor John Axelrod and legendary clarinettist Michel Lethiec.

Among the non-standard proposals there will be barbecue clubbing and open-air jam sessions.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available atwww.sinfonietta.pl 

Subcarpathian Organ Festival 2019

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In the summer months, from 7 July to 18 August 2019, continuously for 28 years in Rzeszów and also in three other locations in the Subcarpathian region, organ and chamber music concerts as well as oratorio and artist performances will take place as part of The Sucarpathian Organ Festival.

The concerts will take place in modern and historic temples of the capital of the region: the Cathedral, the Bernardine Basilica, the Saint Cross Church as well as the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Zalesie and, for the first time, the Church of Saint Roch in Słocina, equipped with a high-class concert organs. In addition, traditionally two important sacral buildings of the Subcarpatian region are included in the festival calendar: Abbey of Jaroslav and the Jesuits Basilica in Stara Wieś. The church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Lutcza debuts this year as a concert venue. As a result of the systematic expansion of the geographical area of ​​the festival, the Organ and Chamber Music Evenings in the Cathedral and Churches of Rzeszów with accompanying cycles this year takes the name of the Subcarpathian Organ Festival.

The virtuosos of organs from Poland, Germany, Italy and Hungary were invited to participate in this year's concerts. The programme will include chamber and vocal music with the accompaniment of organs, oratorio works of Stanisław Moniuszko on the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth, as well as an artistic spoken word reminiscent of the persistent message of eminent Poles: Saint John Paul II, bl. Fr. Jerzy Popiełuszko and cardinal Stefan Wyszyński.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: www.arsproarte.pl 

Katowice | Vivat Academia! Concert and meeting with prof. Joachim Pichura

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The Institute for the Promotion and Dissemination of Music "Silesia" invites you to the next concert of the series "Vivat Academia!", which precedes the 90th anniversary of the Academy of Music in Katowice. The concert will take place on 27 June 2019 at 6pm at the Archdiocesan Museum in Katowice (16 Wita Stwosza St.).

Accordion music and the Silesian accordion school will be the main topic of a meeting with Professor Joachim Pichura in the Archdiocesan Museum. It is prof. Pichura who founded the accordion class at the State High School of Music in Katowice. Since the establishment of the Accordion Department in 1983, he has been its head. In the years 1982-87 he was a vice-rector, and in 1987-90 he held the office of the rector of the Katowice Music Academy. The June meeting and concert will be an opportunity to recall Professor's artistic activity as well as his competition successes, including the Grand Prix d'Europe in Saint-Etienne in 1985, and the Premio Internationale Citta di Castelfidardo in 1986. For many years he has been invited to the jury of well-known European competitions, he has also conducted master classes in Poland, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine and Slovakia. His pedagogical achievements are equally significant. Among his students were Franciszek Prus, Bogdan Precz, Marek Andrysek and Marcin Wyrostek.

The musical part of the evening will feature Symetrio – the ensemble of prominent young accordionists and pupils of prof. Joachim Pichury already known to the Silesian audience – Krystian Saciłowski, Marcin Jabłoński and Adam Potera. The programme will include: Franck Angelis – Étude sur le thème "Chiquilín de Bachín" by Astor Piazzolla, Václav Trojan – Tarantella for two accordions, Georgij Szenderiow – Concert suite, Marcin Jabłoński - Better together, Maria Kalaniemi – Ahma. The concert and meeting will be hosted by Grażyna Brewińska.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Warsaw | Sinfonia Iuventus for Independence

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The concert "Sinfonia Iuventus for Independence" on 22 June 2019 at 7pm in the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw, devoted entirely to Polish music of the twentieth and twenty-first century, will showcase outstanding cellist Tomasz Strahl.

This highly appreciated soloist, chamber musician and academic teacher has won many prestigious awards and distinctions and is one of the most esteemed cellists of his generation. The two cello concertos featured in the programme are the perfect way to show off the versatility of this artist’s talent in a single evening.

The work by Stanisław Moryta from 1992 is saturated with dramatic, elegiac expression, as expressed in the character of each movement: Drammatico / Lugubre / Aggresivo; it also displays cello virtuosity. Cello Concerto No. 2 by Piotr Moss titled Prières (Prayers) was composed in 2003 and premiered in Poland, performed by Tomasz Strahl of the NPRSO in 2005.

The programme is supplemented by two overtures – the first opened the now forgotten opera Maria by Roman Statkowski (1904), acknowledge when it premiered to be one of the best Polish works of its kind since the days of Moniuszko. The interwar period will be represented in the programme by the Overture for orchestra by Antoni Szałowski, one of the many Polish students of the famous Nadia Boulanger (interestingly, two generations before the young Piotr Moss also studied with her near the end of her long career), in tribute to neoclassical style – which is also present in this brilliant piece.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/sinfonia-iuventus-dla-niepodleglej/ 

Warsaw | 9th Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street: Polish and Japanese Music

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On 15 and 16 June 2019 at 4pm in the concert hall of the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra (272 Grochowska Street) concerts "Japan" and "Moniuszko" will take place as part of the cycle "Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street".

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.

On 15 June, the music of Japanese artists and composers inspired by the culture of Japan will be presented by young talented Warsaw percussionists Mikołaj Rytowski and Franciszek Prokopiuk. They will present, among others, K'an by Wojtek Blecharz. The next day, Stanisław Moniuszko's quartets will be performed by the musicians of Sinfonia Varsovia and violinist Piotr Markowski, the deputy concertmaster of the Płock Symphony Orchestra.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Warsaw | Sinfornia Varsovia at Grochowska Street – A Musical Feast

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The upcoming concert of the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra entitled "A Musical Feast" will take place on 21 June 2019 at 7:30pm. It will be an opportunity to listen to Polish and Russian symphonic works performed by the orchestra under Maestro Alexander Vedernikov and pianist Andrei Korobeinikov.

Sinfonia Varsovia will start a concert with Stanisław Moniuszko's Fairytale on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth. After that, the audience will listen to a rarely presented Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major Op. 44 by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. A virtuoso solo part will be performed by Andrei Korobeinikov – an acclaimed Russian pianist and perfect interpreter of Tchaikovsky's works. The concert will end with the Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27 by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information CentrePOLMIC.

More information atwww.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

4th Polish Circles of Art in China Festival

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The 4th Polish Circles of Art in China Festival is another year of presenting the best in our art. The upcoming edition will begin on 6 June 2019 with a tour of Grzegorz Niemczuk. The tour will end on 15 June at the Chongqing Guotai Arts Center.

The renowned pianist will perform first in the concert hall of the Beijing Tsinghua University, then in the prestigious halls of Zibo, Shijiazhuang, Wuhan and Chongqing. Grzegorz Niemczuk's concerts mark the beginning of the fourth edition of the Festival of Polish Circles of Art in China, where other artistic activities will be held until December 2019.

The Polish Circles of Art Festival in China has been organized by the Foundation of the Circles of Art since 2016. Already after the first edition, the event was hailed by the Chinese media as "the most important Polish cultural event of 2016 in the Middle Kingdom". Until now, Polish creators of visual arts, music, film and video games have shown their achievements at the Festival in 16 significant cities in the PRC. Pianist Grzegorz Niemczuk has been associated with the with the Polish Art Circles Festival in China since its second edition. His concerts have always been a special part of the programme. This year, his repertoire will consist of works by Wojciech Kilar, Fryderyk Chopin and Wang Jianzhong.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://kregisztuki.com/ 

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Lublin | Moniuszko and French music

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On 9 June 2019 at 6pm, the Association of Polish Musicians invites you to the Crown Tribunal in Lublin for a concert "Moniuszko and French music" as part of the concert series "Fonie Lublina".

Probably every music lover knows what value had Moniuszko's music to Poles in the days of positivism. Due to the use national motifs, attachment to national traditions as well as satirical and comedic sense, Moniuszko's works became a representation of the national belonging to the opressed nation. A slightly different approach to opera was presented at that time in France – a country that was undoubtedly the capital of European culture in the second half of the 19th century. It was there that the most prestigious opera performances were produced, attracting musicians from all over the world.

During the concert "Moniuszko and French music", Stanisław Moniuszko's works will be confronted with the works of French composers of the second half of the nineteenth century. The clash of different ways of perceiving music – Moniuszko's focused on national themes and the French composers' focused on the cosmopolitan values, the power of art and creating new trends – is reflected in the programme of the upcoming concert. Apart from Moniuszko's arias (also in the violin transcriptions), we will listen to the works by Georges Bizet, Charles Gounod and Cesar Franck.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Katowice | Accordion, clarinet and violin

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On 5 June 2019 at 19.30pm, the Institution for the Promotion and Dissemination of Music Silesia invites you to a concert in "The Youth's Wednesday" series at the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra concert hall in Katowice. The event will feature works for accordion, violin and clarinet by Andrzej Tuchowski and Mikołaj Majkusiak.

The works by Polish artists, as well as compositions by Franck Angelis, Astor Piazzolla, Artem Nyzhnyk, Masayoshi Oishi, Richard Gallian, Horace Silver, Frank Churchil and Paul Jorge Ferreira will be performed by a group of talented students and alumnus of the Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice: accordionist Piotr Zarzyka, clarinettist Kamil Janas, and violinist Wojciech Barteczek.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: www.nospr.org.pl 

Elbląg | Chamber Music conducted by Thomas Kalb

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German conductor Thomeas Culb will lead the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra during the concert on June 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the concert hall of the State Music Schools Complex in Elbląg.

German critics described him as a "sovereign interpreter". No wonder, since Thomas Kalb's original and ambiguous musical creations surprises even the most sophisticated music lovers. As one critic stated, "a conductor who, from every note, develops a bouquet of ideas and transfers his creativity to musicians". Under the baton of Thomas Kalb, the Elbląg chamber musicians will perform Franz Schubert's String Quartet No. 12 in C minor D 703, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's String Symphony No. 12 in G minor, Edvard Grieg's String Quartet No. 1 in G minor Op. 27, and Canzona di barocco for string orchestra by Henryk Czyż.

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.

Information on tickets at: http://www.eok.elblag.eu/pl/news/kameralne-oblicza-thomasa-kalba 

Warsaw | 9th Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street in June

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On 8 and 9 June 2019 at 4pm in the concert hall of the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra (272 Grochowska Street) concerts "Japan" and "Moniuszko" will take place as part of the cycle "Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street".

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 upcoming June concerts will feature Piotr Nikiel (tenor), Miho Kurihara (piano) and participants of the Opera Academy. The musicians will present chamber music by Stanisław Moniuszko and Japanese composers. We will also listen to romantic vocal music and works by Polish composers of the twentieth century: Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Ludomir Różycki, Witold Lutosławski, Piotr Perkowski, and Mieczysław Weinberg, whose 100th birth anniversary falls this year.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: www.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Warsaw | Peter and the Wolf – a Concert for Children’s Day

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On 1 June 2019 at 12:00 and 2:00 p.m., all children age 7 and up and their parents are warmly invited to the Royal Castle in Warsaw to attend the Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra performance of Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf op. 67.

The protagonist of the work is the valiant pioneer Peter, who succeeds in capturing the wolf himself (despite the warnings of his grouchy grandfather) and takes him to the zoo in a joyful parade. The work written in 1936 still sparkles with grace, wit and melodic beauty and imparts a carefully concealed lesson – an ingenious presentation of individual instruments to young listeners (and ‘guiding motives’) corresponding to the heroes of the story. In the original score, the flute is assigned to the bird, the oboe to the duck, the clarinet to the cat and the bassoon to the grandfather, while the horns signal the part of the wolf and the strings of Peter. The hunters who want to catch the wolf are represented by percussion.

During the June concert dedicated especially to young audiences, the role of the narrator will be played by Paweł Królikowski, a popular film, TV, theatre and dubbing actor, as well as television producer and president of the Association of Polish Stage Artists. The arrangement will feature a quintet of woodwind and brass instruments.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/piotrus-i-wilk-koncert-z-okazji-dnia-dziecka/ 

Elbląg | Piano History of Europe

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Wojciech Waleczek will introduce the audience to the piano works by European composers of different periods during the concert on 9th June 2019 in the Old Town Hall in Elbląg. The concert will celebrate the 15th anniversary of Poland's accession to the European Union.

The audience will follow the piano history of the Old Continent. History, whose chapters were written not only by Chopin, Paganini and Bach, but also less known but equally intriguing artists. For example, Johan Helmich, a composer, oboist and conductor, who would embarrass people of the Renaissance with versatility, and went down in history as a "Swedish Haendel".

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttp://www.eok.elblag.eu/pl/news/fortepianowa-historia-europy

Warsaw | BASSO 3. International Biennale of Low Sounds

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The 3rd International Biennale of Low Sounds BASSO will be held in Warsaw on June 2–30, 2019.

The idea of ​​the Biennale is to go beyond the framework of a festival of classical music. The core of the programme is music for bass instruments, particularly string instruments like cello or viola da gamba, electronic instruments (bass guitar, synthesizers), historical instruments (saz), and also human voice. The name BASSO refers to basso continuo, a partly improvised form of musical accompaniment popular in the Baroque period.

The festival will be inaugurated by the AUKSO orchestra under Marek Moś and bass-baritone Tomasz Konieczny who will perform works by Stanisław Moniuszko and Tadeusz Baird. The AUKSO orcehstra will also take part in the concert "Dominik Połoński in Memoriam" on June 20, along with vocalist Iza Połońska and cellists Ewa Kędzielska and Tomasz Strahl. The programme will include composistions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Jerzy Wasowki. The last musical event will feature Cezary Duchnowski's improvisations. The concerts will take place in three different venues: Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, Fryderyk Chopin University of Music and Edward Detkens Church in Bielany Forest. The festival will also include master classes, lectures, film screening, and events for children.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttp://basso.warszawa.pl/