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Warsaw Wind Ensemble Conducting Competition 2019

Warsaw Wind Music

The Warsaw Wind Music Association announces the 1st Warsaw Wind Music Ensemble Conducting Competition, which will take place on October 23-27, 2019.

This is the first edition of the international competition for wind orchestra conductors which will be held in Warsaw, and the second competition of its kind in Europe. It has been established to recognize the growing number of graduates of wind orchestras conducting specialities from all over Europe and the world. The competition is open – it is addressed to all wind-orchestra conductors without age limits.

The compotetion repertoire will include works by Polish composers: Stanisław Moniuszko, Tomasz Dudziński and Artur Słotwiński. The conductors will conduct various renowned wind orchestras from Warsaw, and will be judged by a professional jury chaired by Prof. Szymon Kawalla, Dean of the Department of Composition, Conducting and Theory of Music at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The competition rules are available at: http://wwecc.warsawwindmusic.pl/ 

Kraków | Children's Day with Sinfonietta Cracovia

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The Orchestra of the Royal City of Krakow Sinfonietta Cracovia invites you to a musical celebration of the Children's Day. A special concert will take place on June 2, 2019 at 10.00 a.m. at the Collegium Medicum of the Jagiellonian University.

Danuta Augustyn as Mrs Sinfonietka will introduce children to the music of Stanisław Moniuszko, Johannes Straus and Domenico Dragonetti. The prgoramme will include pieces for double bass presented by a talented young instrumentalist Antek Trześniewski. The Cracow Children's Choir run by Mateusz Hrynkiewicz will also perform song dedictaed to the youngest music lovers. Before the concert, there will be a picnic in the courtyard of the Collegium Medicum.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: www.sinfonietta.pl Code

Warsaw | Afternoon Tea with Mr Moniuszko

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A family concert entitled "Afternoon Tea with Mr Moniuszko" will take place on June 2, 2019 at 4.00 p.m. in the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra Concert Hall (272 Grochowska Street) as part of the cycle "Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street".

The afternoon chamber concerts will take place every weekend, featuring both renowned artists and rising stars of classical music. During the 30 thematically divided concerts – Not only orchestra, Japan, Moniuszko, Relax, On travel, Improvisation, Old Warsaw – we will have a chance to listen to ensembles of differnet types, such as a reed quintet with saxophone and bass clarinet, a cello octet or a flute quartet. The programme will include music of many styles and eras – from Baroque, through Romanticism, to jazz, contemporary and improvised music.

The "Afternoon Tea with Mr Moniuszko" concert will be will be led by Malina Sarnowska. Justyna Stępień-Grozdew (soprano), Rafał Grozdew (tenor), Tomasz Pawłowski (piano) and Animato Children's Choir directed by Olivia Kaczyńska will present Stanisław Moniuszko's chamber music.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information atwww.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Warsaw | 19th Franciszek Wybrańczyk Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City Festival

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The 19th edition of the Franciszek Wybrańczyk Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City Festival will take place on 31 May – 7 June 2019. Four concerts have been scheduled in three locations in Warsaw on both sides of the river in the course of one week. The 19th edition of the Festival also celebrates the 85th birthday anniversary of Franciszek Wybrańczyk – founder of the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra and originator of the Festival.

The Festival kicks off with a concert titled “A Symphony of Dance” (31 May, 7:30 p.m.) in the Concert Pavilion at 272 Grochowska Street. The Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra will play Moniuszko’s Grand Mazurka from the opera Halka, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet fantasy-overture and Grieg’s Symphonic Dances. The virtuoso solo part in Saint-Saëns’ Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso will be performed by Anna Maria Staśkiewicz – laureate of the Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition and concert master of the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra. The conductor will be Australian Benjamin Bayl in his first appearance with the Orchestra.

On the second day of the Festival Sinfonia Varsovia Brass invites listeners to the intriguing interiors of Prochownia Żoliborz to a concert titled “Brass on the Grass” (2 June, 4:00 p.m.). Under the trees of Żeromski Park, the ensemble will play works originally written for brass ensemble, showcasing the merits of these instruments. The pieces are perfect to spend an afternoon listening to music on the grass and will provide an opportunity to become familiar with lively sounds combining jazz, Latin-American and film scores.

The third event of the Festival, a concert in Prom Kultury Saska Kępa will consist of classical repertoire. “Sextet in the Prom” (3 June, 7:00 p.m.) will be a musical meeting of talented, versatile pianist Krzysztof Książek and the Sinfonia Varsovia Wind Quintet. The musicians will tackle works written by Polish and French composers: Bacewicz, Paderewski, Poulenc, and Thuille.

The 19th Franciszek Wybrańczyk Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City Festival concludes in the Concert Pavilion. Dance rhythms and the enormous energy of classical music will be presented by the full cast of the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra under the direction of Adam Sztaba. In “Friday Night Fever” (7 June, 7:30 p.m.), the musicians will play some audience favourites, including Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Shostakovich's Waltz from Jazz Suite, Kilar’s Polonaise and Piazzolla’s Libertango.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available atwww.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Warsaw | „SuperSam +1”: Alexander von Schlippenbach & Wacław Zimpel

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Alexander Von Schlippenbach and Wacław Zimpel will perform together during the next concert in the fourth edition of the "SuperSam +1" series, which will take place on June 6, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. in DZiK club (44A Belwederska Street).

“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. All invited artists will present their premiere works that have never been performed before. The duos themselves will also be premieres since the artists will be performing together for the first time and creating the newest possible pieces. Video recording of all activities and production of documentary films constitute the additional part of the project, which aims at presenting the artists in a close-up.

Alexander Von Schlippenbach began taking lessons at the age of eight, later he studied at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Cologne with composers Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Rudolf Petzold. He is one of Europe’s premier free jazz bandleaders, whose music mixes free and contemporary classical elements, with his slashing solos often the link between the two in his compositions. Schlippenbach formed The Globe Unity Orchestra in 1966 to perform the piece “Globe Unity”, which had been commissioned by the Berliner Jazztage.
 He remained involved with the orchestra into the 80’s. He played with Gunther Hampel in 1963, and was in Manfred Schoof’s quintet from 1964 to 1967.
 Schlippenbach began heading various bands after 1967, including a trio with Evan Parker and Paul Lovens and a duo with Sven-Ake Johansson, which they co-formed in 1976. Schlippenbach has also given many solos performances. In the late 80’s, he formed the Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra,which has featured a number of esteemed European avant-garde jazz musicians including Evan Parker, Paul Lovens, Kenny Wheeler, Misha Mengelberg and Aki Takase. In the 90’s he worked in duos with Tony Oxley, Sam Rivers and Aki Takase. In 1999 he started performing and radiorecording the complete works of Thelonius Monk, (all the compositions) with Rudi Mahall and his group „Die Enttäuschung”.

Wacław Zimpel was born and raised in Poznań. Music has flowed through and from him since an early age; his earliest musical memories are of his father playing the piano. Taking up the violin at the age of six, Wacław Zimpel cast aside the frustrations of formal music lessons by finding salvation in jazz, harmonica and a burning desire to improvise. He is one of the most original and unique talents that have emerged from Poland. He is multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer of rare distinction. He is as much inspired by jazz as he is by electronics, minimalism and roots music from across the world. Wacław Zimpel doesn’t so much blur boundaries as eradicate them altogether to create a whole new musical language. His mastery of woodwind instrumentation including the clarinet and the khaen - a proto-harmonica from Laos - has reached world-class levels. A naturally curious musician who refuses to be boxed in, Wacław Zimpel has also applied the endless possibilities of electronics and loops to his oeuvre and, as displayed by his growing catalogue of music, is signposting the way for future generations. He was nominated in 2014 for Paszport Polityki, the most important cultural award in Poland.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Warsaw | „SuperSam +1”: Franz Hautzinger & Ksawery Wójciński

MozgFranz Hautzinger and Ksawery Wójciński will perform together during the next concert in the fourth edition of the "SuperSam +1" series, which will take place on May 30, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. in DZiK club (44A Belwederska Street).

“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. All invited artists will present their premiere works that have never been performed before. The duos themselves will also be premieres since the artists will be performing together for the first time and creating the newest possible pieces. Video recording of all activities and production of documentary films constitute the additional part of the project, which aims at presenting the artists in a close-up.

Franz Hautzinger was born in 1963 in Seewinkel, Burgenland. He has taken long and bendy detours and turned to many dead ends, he has spent years without instrumental activity and has made a hopeful new start. All this, those victories and defeats made him the highly profiled musical personality that he is today. Hannibal Marvin Peterson’s concert at Jazzgalerie Nickelsdorf was his “awakening experience”. He studied at the Jazz Department of today’s Art University in Graz from 1981 to 1983 until lip palsy forced him to take a six year total break from trumpeting. After moving to Vienna in 1986 he started in 1989 to explore the trumpet in his very own and un-academic way. He became attached to the circles around Christoph Cech and Christian Mühlbacher, played in the Nouvelle Cuisine Big Band and the octet Striped Roses. A 10 month stay in London provided new ideas and contacts, amongst others Kenny Wheeler, Henry Lowther, John Russel, and Steve Noble. Franz Hautzinger has been teaching at the Vienna Music University since 1989. He has been a member of the Berliner Ensemble “Zeitkratzer” since 1999. He is a globetrotter whose unmistakeable musical signature is known from Vienna to Berlin, London to Beirut, or in Tokyo, New York, and Chicago. Franz Hautzinger has shown that even in times where postmodernism is history an instrument can still be reinvented.

Ksawery Wójciński was born in 1983 and is one of the most wanted jazz double bass players in Poland. He has many faces and plays within various genres starting from jazz, through avant-garde to Polish folk music. Thanks to his lightness, easiness and musical erudition he is an interesting and unique musician. He became one of the most recognisable characters of Polish jazz thanks to regular concerts he played in Warsaw’s club Pardon To Tu, where he performed with bands such as Hera or Charles Gayle Trio, in a duo with Wojciecj Jachna or solo. He co-operated with artists such as American pianist Uri Caine, saxophonist Charles Gayle and Michael Zerang, Nicole Mitchell, Marco Eneidi. He also played and recorded with Polish artists including Mikołaj Trzaska, Raphael Rogiński, Wacław Zimpel or band Emergency. He is a member of due Maniucha i Ksawery with Maniucha Bikont and together they play traditional music.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Katowice | Starlets form the Karłowicz Music School

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On June 2, 2019 at 4.00 p.m. the Mieczysław Karłowicz Katowice State Music School in Katowice (16 Teatralna Street) will host another concert as part of the series "Mom, Dad, let's go to a concert!".

"Starlets from Karłowicz" or "Children for Children" – this could be the title of the next concert from the series "Mom, Dad, let's go to a concert!". The students of the Mieczysław Karłowicz State Music School will perform at their school on Sunday afternoon. They will look for the answers to such questions as: Can two clarinets play simultaneously in the rhythm of tango? Why is the bassoon so big and makes such unusual and strange sounds? What does Jan Sebastian Bach have to do with rock? Is it easier to act as a soloist or to perform in an ensemble? They will perform pieces in the rhythms of polonaise, minuet, tango and bolero There will also be some additional attractions for the listeners, like coloring books and many interesting stories about music and instruments.

Free tickets are available at the IPiUM Silesia office (2 Sejmu Śląskiego Square, ground floor, room 20) or by phone 32 219 33 44 at 26.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://www.silesia.art.pl/aktualnosci/koncerty/413_mamo-tato-chodzmy-na-koncert-gwiazdeczki-z-karlowicza 

Lower Silesia | 4th Schlag Organ Festival

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The Christian Schlag International Organ Festival is the largest organ festival in the ​​Świdnica region. It's 4th edition will take place on June 2  – July 12, 2019, including 11 concerts in three different cities: Świdnica, Świebodzice and Wałbrzych.

In addition to chamber concerts and organ recitals, there will be meetings with musicians in the series "Musical Foyer" and two historical walks devoted to the Schlag family. These additional events are organised due to the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Schlag & Söhne company. All concerts will be performed in churches equipped with the organs of this company to show the stylistic diversity of the instruments built by the former Świdnik manufactory. The programme will include classical and sacred music of various eras with emphasis on the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century music. All the performances will be projected on the special screen so that the audience will be able to see the details of ogranists' work.

Polish contemporary and jazz music for trumpet and symphonic organ, composed especially for the Festival by Piotr Damasiewicz and Maciej Batora, will be performed by the authors on June 21, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Church of Peace in Świdnica.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: www.fundacjadobrejmuzyki.pl/christian-schlag/ and https://www.facebook.com/FestiwalSchlaga/ 

Katowice | Vivat Academia!

IPiUM Silesia

The Institution for the Promotion and Dissemination of Music "Silesia" invites you to the next concert of the "Vivat Academia!" series of meetings with outstanding artists and professors of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. The concert will take place on 30 May 2019 at 6.00 p.m. at the Archdiocese Museum in Katowice (16 Wita Stwosza street).

The guest of the May meeting and concert at the Archdiocesan Museum will be Professor Jan Wincenty Hawel, who held the office of the rector of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music for 12 years. This musical evening as part of the "Vivat Academia" cycle will be an opportunity to recall its versatile and valued artistic activity related from the beginning to his alma mater. He graduated from the State High School of Music in Katowice with three diplomas: of the Department of Music Education (1960), Composition (1964, as a student of Bolesław Szabelski), and Conducting (1967, in the class of Karol Stryja). Immediately after finishing his musical education, he became a lecturer, led composition and conducting classes, served as the head of the Department of Composition and Music Theory and Research Team ("Music in Silesia – aspects, trends, activities, people"), and from 1975 managed the Academic Symphony Orchestra. In 1981, on his initiative and under his artistic direction, the Silesian Chamber Orchestra was formed, with whom he gave concerts in Poland and abroad.

Meeting at the Archdiocesan Museum will also be an opportunity to talk about Professor's ouvre. The programme of the concert will include selected works by Jan Wincenty Hawel performed by eminent artists and current pedagogues of the Katowice Academy of Music, Krzysztof Lasoń and Piotr Sałajczyk.

Admission free!.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://www.silesia.art.pl/strona-glowna/koncerty/407_vivat-academia-koncert-i-spotkaniebrz-prof-janem-wincentym-hawelem

Świdnica | Premiere of "Missa Brevis" by Paweł Pudło

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The premiere of Missa Brevis for soprano, mezzo-soprano, two horns, flute and string quartet by Paweł Pudło will take place on May 26, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. in the Church of Peace in Świdnica.

The mass was commissioned by the Good Music Foundation as part of the "Collections – Composing Commissions" programme, carried out by the Institute of Music and Dance. It was composed especially for the Church of Peace, in which there are two organs: the symphonic Schlag organ and the Baroque altar organs. The work will be premiered by Świdnik organists Zuzanna and Maciej Bator, soprano Dominika Zamara, currently living in Venice, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Cornelius, horn players Anna and Grzegorz Mondry, flutist Sylwia Waindok and a string quartet composed of: Marcin Ostrowski, Dagmara Swestun, Marlena Grodzicka-Myślak and Jakub Ponder.

The organizers of the concert are the Good Music Foundation, the Evangelical-Augsburg parish in Świdnica and the City of Świdnica. The honorary patrons of the event are the Evangelical Bishop Waldemar Pytel and the President of Świdnica Beata Moskal-Słaniewska.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Warszawa | "Curtis on tour" Special Concert at FCUM

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A special concert entitled  "Curtis on tour" will take place on May 25, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the concert hall of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music (2 Okólnik Street).

The unique event will take place as part of the annual concert tour "Curtis on Tour". This is the first concert of musicians from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music from Philadelphia (USA) at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. The Curtis Institute of Music is one of the most prestigious music universities in the world alongside the excellent Juilliard School of Music in New York. Musicians from Poland played a significant role in the establishment and development of the university over its almost century-long history – Józef Hofmann was the first rector of the institute, and among the professors there were several Polish pedagogues.

The concert will be performed by a piano quartet composed of: prof. Roberto Díaz (viola) – President of the Curtis Institute of Music, and its students – Claire Bourg (violin), Sydney Lee (cello), Daniel Hsu (piano). The programme will include Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 15 by Gabriel Fauré and Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25 by Johannes Brahms.

The initiator and organizer of the "Curtis on Tour" visit in Warsaw is Ms. Elżbieta Sozańska from Philadelphia – a patron of music, a long-time director and vice-president of international pharmaceutical concerns, as well as a writer and playwright. Both the concert and the master classes run by the president of the university, prof. Robert Díaz, will be held with the financial support of the Kon-Sozański Family Foundation to commemorate Berta Zofia Kon, graduate of the FCUM in 1920.

Admission free!

Mdia patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Warsaw | Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street

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The cycle "Summer concerts at Grochowska Street" will be inaugurated on May 25 and 26, 2019 at 4.00 p.m. in the headquarters of the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra (272 Grochowska Street).

The afternoon chamber concerts will take place every weekend, featuring both renowned artists and rising stars of classical music. During the 30 thematically divided concerts – Not only orchestra, Japan, Moniuszko, Relax, On travel, Improvisation, Old Warsaw – we will have a chance to listen to ensembles of differnet types, such as a reed quintet with saxophone and bass clarinet, a cello octet or a flute quartet. The programme will include music of many styles and eras – from Baroque, through Romanticism, to jazz, contemporary and improvised music.

On May 25th, the "Not only orchestra" concert will feature Serenade in C minor KV 388 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Octet in E flat major Op. 103 by Ludwig van Beethoven performed by the Sinatonia Varsovia Wind Ocetet. The next day, we will listen to the Sinfonia Varsovia Academy String Orchestra under the baton of the excellent violinist Jakub Haufa. The musicians will present works by Edvard Grieg, Franz Schubert, Edward Elgar and Krzysztof Penderecki, the artistic director of the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information atwww.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Katowice | Silesian String Quartet and AUKSO at NOSPR

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On May 25, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the city of Tychy and the Silesian Quartet will perform at the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice. The concert will premiere Eugeniusz Knapik's 2nd String Quartet.

The programme of the concert performed by NOSPR's guests will featured works by British composer Edward Elgar, German artist Werner Egek and Eugeniusz Knapik – professor at the Academy of Music in Katowice.

AUKSO under the direction of Marek Mos will present the Islands for string orchestra by Eugeniusz Knapik, commissioned in 1983 by Musica Viva Australia and the Adelaide Festival. It is a one-part composition with two linking fragments of the form symbolizing two states of matter, namely: water (sea) and earth (island). The work was inpired by an image of an observer on the ship, looking out for land on the horizon and should be understood metaphorically. In the second part of the evening, one of the leading Polish chamber ensembles – the Silesian Quartet – will premiere Eugeniusz Knapik's String Quartet No. 2.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttp://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/ 

Warsaw | 15th Kwartesencja Festival

Kwartesencja

On June 12 – July 2, 2019 the Witold Lutoslawski Polish Radio Concert Studio and the New Theater in Warsaw will host the 15th edition of the Kwatesencja Festival.

A year ago the Royal String Quartet celebrated their 20th anniversary. In 2019 it’s time for the 15th Kwartesencja festival, which this year will host four concerts. The ensemble will take part in all of them, together with their guests, Polish top level artists: one of the most outstanding Polish singers, winner of the 2018 European Composers Award – Agata Zubel, and pianist – originally jazz musician, pushing all genre boundaries – Marcin Masecki.

The programme includes classical string quartets by Beethoven and Schubert, sophisticated compositions by James MacMillan and minimalist meditation by Morton Feldman. Moreover, composer and vocalist Agata Zubel will perform Sonette der Elisabeth Barrett-Browning by Egon Wellesz, written to the love poems of the famous English poet of Victorian times, as well as Songs of a Traveling Journeyman by Gustav Mahler, reflecting the composer's alter ego, as he was called a "romantic wanderer" by Bohdan Pociej.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://royalstringquartet.pl/ 

Katowice | NOSPR Chamber Orchestra and Silesian Trio

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The next concert in the cycle of "NOSPR chamber concerts" will take place on May 23, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.,at the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice. The ecening will feature Polish contemporary music performed by the NOSPR String Orchestra and the Silesian Trio.

The programme of the concert is composed of Grażyna Bacewicz's Divertimento for string orchestra, Mikołaj Górecki's Trio concerto for clarinet, horn, piano and string orchestra, Krzysztof Penderecki's Chaconne per archi, Edward Grieg's Suite "From Holberg's Time", Op. 40, and Wojciech Kilar's Orawa for string orchestra.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/