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3rd "Masovian Musical Meetings without Barriers" in Żeliszew Podkościelny and Cegłów

Czas sztukiThe "Czas Sztuki" Foundation invites you to the next events of this year's "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers". The concerts entitled "The premiere" and "Dance on the strings" will take place in Żeliszew Podkościelny and Cegłów on 20 September 2020.

Czas sztuki

The concert in the Holy Trinity Church in Żeliszew Podkościelny at 12 p.m. will be performed by the rector of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, accordionist Klaudiusz Baran, and The Time Quartet. We will hear works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Arcangelo Correlli as well as the premiere of Bartosz Kowalski's Mini Magnificat, which was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the Institute of Music and Dance.

The second concert, dedicated to seniors, will be held at 7.00 p.m. in the Centre for Sustainable Development and Environment Protection in Cegłów. The Time Quartet will present old and modern dances: sarabande, minuet, march, polonaise, mazurka, waltz and tango by such composers as Georg Friedrich Handel, Luigi Boccherini, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Fryderyk Chopin and Astor Piazzolla.

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

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/fundacjaczassztuki/ 

Mińsk Mazowiecki | Musical Meetings with the poetry of John Paul II

Czas sztuki

The second concert in the series "Musical meetings with the poetry of John Paul II" on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Pope's birth will be held on 18 September 2020 at 5.00 p.m. on the open-air stage of the Municipal Public Library in Mińsk Mazowiecki on Kiliński Square.

The concert series is organised by the 'Czas Sztuki' Foundation, which focuses its activities on organising free concerts in picturesque rural towns, in historical churches and cultural institutions in the Mińsk district in the Mrozy commune, where the Foundation is based. The members of the Foundation are musicians of The Time Quartet. The quartet is made up of graduates of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. During several years of artistic work, the ensemble has performed over 350 concerts in Poland and abroad, and has collaborated with many outstanding ensembles and artists, including Andrzej Jagodziński Trio, Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra, Grzech Piotrowski World Orchestra, 'Mazowsze' Folk Song and Dance Ensemble and Trifonidis Downtown Sextet. The quartet's musicians are the founders of the Melanidis Orchestra studio orchestra, with which they recorded music for six Polish and foreign films.

During the upcoming concert we will hear selected poems by Pope John Paul II recited by the famous actor Aleksy Komorowski and compositions by Antonio Vivaldi, Claude Debussy and Camille Saint-Saens performed by The Time Quartet.

Admission to the concert is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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2nd International Józef Madeja Festival

Festiwal Madei

The 2nd edition of the International Józef Madeja Festival will take place on 9–26 October 2020, featuring concerts, master classes and meetings with exceptional artists from Poland and abroad.

The festival is organized by the Józef Madeja Association, based in Poznań and operating throughout Poland, as well as cooperating with cultural institutions abroad. This year, the Association invited the world-famous German clarinetist Dirk Altmann to conduct master classes and perform at a concert at the Jankowice Palace on 10 October. That evening we will also hear the Festival Clarinet Orchestra made up of students of the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań and the Local Government Primary Music School in Tarnowo Podgórne conducted by prof. Zdzisław Nowak. The list of festival's foreign guests will also include violist Esther Alba López.

The programme of the Festival consists of exceptional chamber music works by composers such as Józef Madeja, Henryk Czyż, Ignacy Friedman, Claude Debussy, Robert Schumann, Ludwig van Beethoven and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. The inaugural concert will premiere a new piece by Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, a lecturer of the Academy of Music in Poznań. A concert on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven's birth, celebrated around the world, will take place on 18 October at the Academy of Music in Poznań. The final concert will be held in the Ballroom of the Rydzyna Castle on 26 October.

Admission to all concerts is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

"Don't be afraid to improvise" with Jarosław Siwiński and Grzegorz Ociepka

Nie boj sie improwizowac

The Art Deco Group Music Agency invites children aged 7-12 learning to play instruments to participate in the workshops "Don't be afraid to improvise!", which will be held online on 21-24 September 2020 (4.00 p.m. – 1st group, 5.30 p.m. – 2nd group). The classes will be conducted by composer and pianist Jarosław Siwiński and actor and director of children’s plays Grzegorz Ociepka.

During the workshops, children will learn about contemporary music and methods of improvisation and they will take part in exercises and games that will help them absorb the knowledge more easily. In this project, it is very important to make music together and collaborate in a group, so children will participate in classes with their instruments and will actively improvise under the guidance of the teachers.

Each workshop cycle includes 4 online classes (approx. 45 minutes each) and 1 mini concert (approx. 40 minutes), presenting the effects of the work with participants. Two concerts of participants and their mentors will take place on 10 October at the Quality Studio in Warsaw and will be broadcast live on Facebook.

Participants are registered by their parents / guardians only via the form available at http://artdecogroup.eu/formularz-zgloszeniowy-nbsi-2020/. Please attach to the form a video file presenting the workshop participant performing any programme (max 5 MB).

Co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttp://artdecogroup.eu/event/nie-boj-sie-improwizowac-z-iza-kowalewska-i-helena-matuszewska/ 

 

Rzeszów | 4th Rzeszów Music Autumn Festival

SPMK "Forgotten Music" is the theme of the fourth edition of the Rzeszów Music Autumn Festival, which will be devoted to chamber music, both its masterpieces and forgotten treasures. The festival will run from 3 to 25 October 2020.

The Rzeszów Music Autumn shows musical and cultural diversity, the criss-crossing of various influences. The multicultural character of the city and the region contributes to the uniqueness of the Festival. This year, the Association of Polish Chamber Musicians organises 6 concerts of various chamber music ensembles and its Kraków branch prepares two concerts. We will hear, among others, rarely performed works by Stanisław Moniuszko, Mieczysław Weinberg, Władysław Żeleński, Grzegorz Fitelberg, Aleksander Tansman, Michał Spisak, Stefan Kisielewski, Witold Lutosławski, Grażyna Bacewicz, Romuald Twardowski and Paweł Szymański.

Among the performers, there will be great instrumentalists: Anna Maria Staśkiewicz and Joanna Konarzewska (violin), Katarzyna Budnik (viola), Marcin Zdunik and Rafał Kwiatkowski (cello), Maksymilian Lipień (oboe), Piotr Lato (clarinet), Damian Lipień (bassoon), Marta Gidaszewska and Robet Łaguniak as Polish Violin Duo (winners of the last year's International Polish Music Competition), Magdalena Molendowska (soprano), Julia Samojło, Jacek Tosik-Warszawiak and Grzegorz Mania (piano). The inaugural and one of the special concerts will be performed by the Extra Sounds Ensemble chamber orchestra under the direction of Alicja Śmietana. The second special concert will feature a string sextet performing an original arrangement of W.A.Mozart’s Requiem.

Admission to all events is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed programme is available at: http://spmk.com.pl/jesien/ 

"New Sounds" Original Vlog on Avant-Garde Performance Techniques

Nowe brzmienia

Original vlog for composers and performers of contemporary music "Nowe Brzmienia" ["New Sounds"] @ModernViola consists of seven full presentations with discussions and examples of new performance techniques of contemporary classical music presented on the viola and relevant to the whole group of string instruments.

The aim of the vlog is to supplement the practical knowledge of the adepts of musical art, which so far required personal consultations between composers and performers. The original vlog was prepared by Aleksandra Demowska-Madejska, doctor of musical arts, member of the Hashtag Ensemble.

Each presentation/lecture is divided into two parts: addressed to composers and to performers (violinists, violists and cellists). It contains a review of the most up-to-date music notation types and performace techniques of the 21st-century music. The examples come from works by Polish composers, including artists of the young generation.

The project is carried out as part of the "Culture on the network" scholarship programme of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

New lectures will be posted every Thursday from 17 September to 29 October 2020 on the YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/aleksandrademowskamadejska 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

"Musique est une femme" competition: Internet users can now vote for the best video on stereotypes about women composers!

TAK

Very inspiring and diverse films were submitted by candidates from various parts of Europe to the "Musique est une femme" competition. The competition is part of the European project of the same name co-financed by the Creative Europe programme and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The project leader is the TAK Foundation.

The subject of the Competition was broad: it could have been a reflection on the stereotypes about the creative abilities of women, a personal discovery of music by composers who were active before the first half of the 20th century, or a presentation of interesting details of their biography. The video could be in the form of a meme or a more serious one. The highest prize of € 650 will be awarded by internet users to the work that addresses the subject of the Competition in the most interesting way.

You can vote for the submitted works until 27 Septmber 2020 at: https://fundacjatak.pl/en/musique-est-une-femme/ 

Other partners of the project are Handelsbeurs Concert Hall (Belgium), Molyvos International Music Festival (Greece), Cesis Concert Hall (Latvia) and additionally, in Poland, the New Chamber Orchestra Foundation and the Meakultura Foundation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Polish Viola Symposium online – free workshops!

PVS

The "Zdolni do wszystego" Artists' Association invites you to participate in the Polish Viola Symposium on 1-7 October 2020. Young musicians will have an opportunity to meet online with world-renowned violinists as well as gain inspiration and knowledge for their future creative projects.

Free workshops will be conducted by such famous artists as Paul Neubauer (The Juilliard School, USA), Maxim Rysanov (Great Britain / Ukraine), Isabel Villanueva (La Escuela Superior de Música de Alto Rendimiento / ESMAR /, Spain), Irena Albrecht (former teacher of the Gdańsk Academy of Music), Lech Bałaban (Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz), Ewa Guzowska (Academy of Music in Poznań), Piotr Furmańczyk (graduate of Hochschule für Musik Detmold), Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf and composer Kamil Cieślik (Academy of Music in Gdańsk). Recruitment and registration are obligatory only for workshop candidates.

The programme of the project also includes lectures, talks, Q&A and a concert of participants, featuring the world premiere of a piece composed by Kamil Cieślik especially for this event.

The deadline for applications is 29 September 2020 at 11.59 p.m.

Co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Recruitment and registration at: https://polishviolasymposium.pl/ 

"Music Network for Youth" Online Project

Muzyczna siec

The "Music Network for Youth" project aims to reach students from both music schools and general education schools by organizing various, interesting events. 10 lectures, 10 workshops, 4 concerts and 5 meetings with artists will be held between 12 and 27 September 2020 and made available online for free on the project's YouTube channel.

Individual events will be prepared by lecturers of the I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań – famous artists representing various specialties and generations. The aim of the project is to encourage young people to develop their skills under the guidance of experts in a given musical field and to promote music of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Young people will be able to participate in one-to-one workshops led by artists such as Krzysztof Stencel (French horn), Joanna Horodko (soprano), Magdalena Jakubska-Szymiec (saxophone), Piotr Banyś (jazz trombone), Mikołaj Zgółka (violin, baroque viola), Marcin Suszycki (violin), Ewa Guzowska (viola), Szymon Guzowski (double bass), Jacek Kortus (piano), Łukasz Kuropaczewski (guitar), Zbigniew Kozub, Artur Kroschel (composition), and Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, project coordinator. All participants have to register online by filling in the application form (parents must do it on behalf of minors).

The lectures on 14 and 15 September will be given by Marcin Sompoliński (conducting), Małgorzata Pawłowska (music theory), Mariola Bryła (harpsichord), Maciej Łakomy (trombone), Kinga Ceynowa (rhythmics), Krzysztof Przybyłowicz (percussion), Sławomir Kamiński (organ), Katarzyna Polonek (cello), Monika Kędziora and Katarzyna Taborowska-Kaszuba (composition). On 13, 14, 16 and 27 September there will be concerts with the participation of Anna Budzyńska (soprano), Laura Sobolewska (piano), Bartłomiej Miller (drums), Apeiron Trio and Sepia Ensemble.

The schedule of workshops is available on the project's Fanpage.

The project was co-financed in the "Culture on the Web" programme of the National Centre for Culture.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Warsaw | Sinfonia Iuventus online: Pärt, Mozart and Haydn

SIPolish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra conducted by Przemysław Neumann will perform works by Arvo Pärt, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Joseph Haydn on 19 September 2020 at 7.00 p.m. at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. The outstanding violinist Piotr Pławner will perform as a soloist. The concert will be broadcast online on YouTube and on the website https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/.

After the period of artistic explorations, the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt developed his unique style and technique (representing the broadly-understood trend of “mystical minimalism”), which he defined as tintinnabuli. It is the Latin word for “bells”. The mesmerising and delightful composition Fratres (Brothers) of 1977, which the author translated to different instrumentations, is another early example of the said technique.

In 1773, seventeen-year-old Mozart got a job at the court of Heronymus Colloredo, Archbishop of Salzburg. He composed a number of pieces for the court band, including a series of five violin concertos. The first part of the graceful Concerto in D major refers to Italian patterns. On the other hand, its rondo in the final part sounds French, including the playful style given to dud a la musette.

With its Symphony in D major no. 104 of 1795, Haydn says a wonderful goodbye to the musical genre that made him flourish and that became a “trademark” of his rich and varied artistic legacy. As Symphony in D major is a part of the second series of “London Symphonies”, in the finale Haydn paid a tribute to English audience by making the tune of the popular folk-like song Hot Cross Buns the main theme, additionally emphasizing it with the accompaniment of a bourdon.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/part-mozart-haydn-2/

3rd "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers" in Kałuszyn and Cegłów

MMSThe "Czas Sztuki" Foundation invites you to the next events of this year's "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers". The concerts entitled "Great Polish composers" and "Nature painted with a bow" will take place on 9 September 2020 in Kałuszyn and Cegłów.

MMSBThe "Czas Sztuki" Foundation was established in November 2017 and one of its main goals is to organise free artistic events for poor people from small rural towns, who are excluded from participating in cultural life. The organization has already conducted two series of concerts "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers" in 2018 and 2019. The third edition of the series will feature 8 concerts, which will take place in very small towns in the counties of Mińsk, Siedlce and Węgrów, where residents are deprived of cultural offer and access to cultural goods.

The concert "Great Polish Composers" will take place next Wednesday at 4.00 p.m. at the Cultural Centre in Kałuszyn. The Time Quartet will perform the most famous works of Polish composers: Stanisław Moniuszko, Fryderyk Chopin, Grażyna Bacewicz, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, as well as Polish folk songs arranged for string quartet.

The concert "Nature painted with a bow", dedicated to seniors, will take place on 9 September at 7.00 p.m. at the Centre for Sustainable Development and Environment Protection in Cegłów. The Time Quartet will perform pieces imitating the sounds of nature composed by Antonio Vivaldi, Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Saens, Modest Mussorgski and Edvard Grieg.

The project is co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund. Free admission!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/fundacjaczassztuki/ 

15th International Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki Festival

Gorczycki Festiwal

The 15th anniversary edition of the International Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki Festival will run from 18 September to 11 October 2020 under the title 'People can be noticed once you close your eyes'. Fifteen concerts will celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of John Paul II in the context of the 335th birth anniversary of the Festival's patron and the 250th birth anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven. The Festival will feature seven premieres of compositions by contemporary artists.

This year's edition will be inaugurated on 18 September in Bytom, the birthplace of the Festival's patron. The festival will consist of 15 concerts in 10 cities, performed by well-known artists: Waldemar Malicki, Aleksandra Gajecka-Antosiewicz, Piotr Sałajczyk, Olga Pasiecznik, Paweł Gusnar, Tomasz Orlow, Beata Warykiewicz-Siwy, Bożena Bujnicka, Anna Radziejewska and ensembles: Polish Royal Opera, Capella Cracoviensis, Camerata Silesia Katowice City Singers' Ensemble and all the ensembles of the Silesian Philharmonic.

The artists will present Polish music, including compositions by Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki, Fryderyk Chopin and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. We will hear many works by contemporary Polish composers and masterpieces of world literature. In line with the keynote expressed in the words of John Paul II – 'People can be noticed once you close your eyes' – the programme will also include works by composers with sight and hearing impairment, among others, Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händela and Ludwig van Beethoven. During a special concert in the dark, on 20 September at the Palace in Rybna, we will hear premieres of works by Weronika Ratusińska-Zamuszko, Adam Wesołowski, Marcin Tadeusz Łukaszewski, Sławomir Kaczorowski and Dominik Lasota. The Festival will end with a concert entitled 'Totus Tuus' at the Zagłębie Palace of Culture in Dąbrowa Górnicza. The finale will feature wonderful works by Antonio Vivaldi and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as well as Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's Totus Tuus and the premiere of Mikołaj Górecki's piece O dolce lume.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: http://gorczycki.pl/ 

10th Coryphaeus of Polish Music 2020 – submit your nomination!

IMiT

The 10th edition of the "Coryphaeus of Polish Music" award of the Polish music community has officially started. Nomination forms for candidates can be submitted until 21 September 2020 through the website www.koryfeusz.org.pl in the categories: "Personality of the Year", "Event of the Year" and "Honorary Award", as well as in the "Discovery of the Year" category for debuting artists.

Since 2011, the Polish music community has awarded the "Coryphaeus of Polish Music" award to its most prominent representatives. The event is organized by the Institute of Music and Dance. "Coryphaeus" is a distinction for people, groups of artists and institutions operating in the area of ​​Polish music. The award is granted for achievements in the last artistic season, with the exception of the "Honorary Award", which is awarded for overall activity. Applications can be submitted by members of the community.

The winners in the categories "Personality of the Year", "Event of the Year" and "Honorary Award" are selected in a secret ballot by the Electoral College. It consists of rectors of music academies and universities, directors of musicology and music institutes, music journalists, representatives of unions and organizations, as well as all winners who have been awarded in all categories. The award in the "Discovery of the Year" category is granted based on the results of open voting from the audience, which will take place between 1 and 6 October at www.koryfeusz.org.pl.

The winners will be announced on 7 November 2020. They will be presented with statuettes designed by Professor Adam Myjak.

The rules and regulations are available at: www.koryfeusz.org.pl 

Mińsk Mazowiecki | Musical Meetings with the poetry of John Paul II

Czas sztuki

The series of concerts 'Musical Meetings with the poetry of John Paul II' will begin on 13 September 2020 in Mińsk Mazowiecki on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Pope's birth. The first concert will take place at 11.30 a.m. in the Church of St. John the Baptist.

The concert series is organised by the 'Czas Sztuki' Foundation, which focuses its activities on organising free concerts in picturesque rural towns, in historical churches and cultural institutions in the Mińsk district in the Mrozy commune, where the Foundation is based. The members of the Foundation are musicians of The Time Quartet. The quartet is made up of graduates of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. During several years of artistic work, the ensemble has performed over 350 concerts in Poland and abroad, and has collaborated with many outstanding ensembles and artists, including Andrzej Jagodziński Trio, Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra, Grzech Piotrowski World Orchestra, 'Mazowsze' Folk Song and Dance Ensemble and Trifonidis Downtown Sextet. The quartet's musicians are the founders of the Melanidis Orchestra studio orchestra, with which they recorded music for six Polish and foreign films.

The guest of the Sunday concert of The Time Quartet will be Krzysztof Szczepaniak, an excellent actor of the young generation. During this musical meeting, we will hear works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Jules Massenet, César Franck, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and selected poems by Pope John Paul II.

Co-financed from the budget of the City of Mińsk Mazowiecki. Admission to the concert is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.minsk-maz.pl/1102,aktualnosci-wrzesien-2020?tresc=19937 

Sopot | 20th International Festival "Maria Fołtyn Kaleidoscope of Musical Forms" 2020

Kalejdoskop form muzycznych

The 'Maria Fołtyn Kaleidoscope of Musical Forms' Festival has become a summer showcase of the Pomerania region, presenting the best works of Polish and world classical and popular music. Its 20th anniversary edition will take place on 12-27 September 2020, bringing music from the baroque to the present day to the unique venues of the Sopot seaside resort.

The festival is constantly evolving, with each year bringing new inspirations and ideas. Its subsequent editions are extended with new music styles, thus becoming a mixture of sophisticated, modern sounds and sometimes surprising musical solutions. The multicultural nature of the festival refers to the multicultural heritage of Sopot and Pomerania. A great advocate of the International Festival "Kaleidoscope of Musical Forms" in Sopot was a legendary Polish vocalist, maestro Maria Fołtyn. 2020 marks the 8th death anniversary of this great promoter of Stanisław Moniuszko's work in the world.

The programme of this year's edition includes concerts entitled "From Bach to the Present", "Hits of vocal and organ music", "Jewish motifs in world music", and the spectacle "Evening bell". The great finale of the Festival – the show "Milonga between Buenos Aires, Barcelona, ​​Paris and Kraków" – will feature the French-Polish NonStop Tango Trio and dancers of the AKAT Ballroom Dance Club in Łomża. The accompanying event will be a concert to celebrate the Year of the Battle of Warsaw entitled "Buds of white roses were opening". The Year 1920 by Gdańsk composer Kamil Cieślik will be premiered by the Festival directors: Dariusz S. Wójcik (bass) and Jacek Szymański (tenor), accompanied on piano by Paweł Zawada.

Tickets are available at the festival venues (booking: +48 600 290 214).

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Music" programme carried out by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: https://bit.ly/2F2BwEG