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Warsaw | Opeaning of a New Concert and Cinema Hall at FCUM


A ceremonial opening of the refurbished Karol Szymnowski Chamber Hall at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music will take place on 20 May 2019 at 12.00 p.m.

Modernization and new arrangement of the next chamber hall at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music has just finished. The ceremonial opening of the renovated hall, named after Karol Szymanowski, will feature the performance of the Chopin University Big Band under the direction of its leader Piotr Kostrzewa.

The new hall will have several functions: it will be a cinema, auditorium and lecture hall. The project was co-financed under the Infrastructure and Environment Operational Programme 2014-2020 VIII Priority axis – Protection of Cultural Heritage and Development of Cultural Resources.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Warsaw | Iuventus' Chamber Concert


The splendid soloists of the Jerzy Semkow Sinfonia Iuventus Polish Orchestra brass section invite you to a concert on May 31, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. in the Służew Cultural Centre (15 J. S. Bacha Street, Warsaw). The programme will feature transcriptions of repertoire from Baroque to contemporary popular music and jazz. 

At the beginning of the 1880s, emperor Joseph II appointed his own court band – Kaiserliche und königliche Harmonie, initially a sextet that soon expanded to an octet including pairs of oboes, clarinets, bassoons and horns. This ensemble was considered to be the noblest and most “classical”. The largest number of compositions was also written for this grouping by Mozart and other composers of this era. Beethoven’s charming and serene Octet in E flat major is actually a canonical example of so-called Harmoniemusik.

The nineteenth century, on the other hand, witnessed the development of the custom of transcribing well-known compositions into various arrangements for wind instruments, selected as needed, a trend that would accelerate in the following century. One special variation was the brass quintet (most commonly consisting of two trumpets, a horn, a trombone and a tuba, although other variations are possible), often accompanied by orchestral soloists who were given the opportunity to show off their dazzling virtuosity.

The programme of the May concert refers to these traditions and provides something for everyone – in addition to original compositions for wind ensembles, such as the above-mentioned Octet by Beethoven and Ewald’s Quintet, listeners will enjoy bold transcriptions of repertoire from Baroque to contemporary popular music and jazz. The splendid soloists of the wind instruments of the Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra cordially invite you to attend.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

Gdańsk | Concerts for Gdańsk Residents: Adam Diesner's Music


A graduation concert of the composer Adam Diesner will take place on May 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Church of the Holy Trinity in Gdańsk as part of the cycle "Concerts for Gdańsk Residents".

The concert will be performed by the Chamber Choir Duc in Altum, the Baltic Chamber Choir and the Orchestra of True Friends conducted by the composer as well as the soloists: Nikola Gąsior (soprano), Damian Giczewski (baritone) and Andrzej Szadejko (organ).

The musicians will present Kaszubskie Te Deum (2016) by Adam Diesner to the text in Kashubian by Zbigniew Joskowski. Numerous quotes throughout the work direct the listener's attention towards the tradition of the Church and the musical themes are based on motifs taken from Gregorian chant. Then, we will listen to the premiere of Kyrie from Missa Solemnis pro toto Mundo for mixed choir, men's choir and symphony orchestra by Diesner. The whole cycle will be presented on April 19, 2020 on the Feast of Divine Mercy, almost twenty years after its establishment by Pope John Paul II.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Warsaw | 4th Festival "TRZY-CZTE-RY: Contexts. Contrasts. Confrontations"


4th edition of the music festival "TRZY-CZTE-RY: Contexts. Contrasts. Confrontations" will take place in Warsaw on May 28 – June 19, 2019.

In a carefully selected programme, the pieces are contrasted and juxtaposed with each other. However, the main idea of ​​the organizers is to confront the listeners with new artistic visions and contexts. The festival stands out due to the possibility of interaction between the audience and the musicians during panel discussions after each concert.

Part of the programme of this year's edition is devoted to Witold Lutosławski, whose 25th death anniversary fell on February 7. During the inauguration concert, the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra under the baton of the Italian conductor Renato Rivolta will perform his Livre pour orchestre as well as Symphony No. 1 by Karol Szymanowski. The concert on June 11 will be devoted to the Hungarian composer, improviser and pianist Szábolcs Esztényi who lives in Poland and this year celebrates 80th birthday. Two days later the exceptional soprano Anna Zawisza with the accompaniment of Maciej Grzybowski, the artistic director of the Festival, will perfrom works by Józef Haydn, Karol Szymanowski, Witold Lutosławski and Andrzej Czajkowski. This year also marks the 100th birth anniversary of Mieczysław Weinberg, whose music will be presented by the Silesian Quartet and pianist Piotr Sałajczyk on June 14. The finale will feature, among others, Recitativa and the ariosa "Lerchenmusik", Op. 53 by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: www.festiwaltrzycztery.pl 

Szczecin | Evening of Polish Ballets

Opera na Zamku

The premiere of "Evening of Polish ballets" will take place on May 18, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. in the Castle Opera in Szczecin.>

The spectacle will consist of two one-act ballets: On the Billet by Stanisław Moniuszko and Song of the Earth by Roman Palester. The premiere of Moniuszko's ballet in choreography by Robert Bondara, appreciated for his modern interpretations of Polish historical works, is the main event of the Moniuszko Year celebrations in the Castle Opera. The second ballet will be presented in the choreography by the Italian artist Paolo Mangiola, director of the national ballet in Malta, who will reinterpret the masterly orchestrated and energetic score by Palester.

On May 19, the spectacle will be played at 6.00 p.m.as part of the fifth edition of the Public Theater Day and the accompanying event – "Theatre ticket for 350 groszy". Ticket sales will only take place at the box office of the Castle Opera, starting from May 18, 2019 at 12.00 p.m. (it is not possible to book or buy them through the website). One person will be able to buy a maximum of 2 tickets.

The event coordinated by the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

More information at: http://www.opera.szczecin.pl/ 

Gdańsk Music Festival 2019


The Gdańsk Music Festival, organized by the Polish Baltic Philharmonic, the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre and Radio Gdańsk, will be held on May 18-25, 2019.

The festival is a continuation of a project that started in 2008. The programme of each edition is defined by a leading theme or a figure of the Artist in Residence. The festival also celebrates important anniversaries. The 2019 edition is dominated by both contemporary and historical pianos.

The soloist of the inauguration concert will be an excellent German pianist nominated for the Grammy Award and the winner of the Gramophone Award – Joseph Moog. The Artur Rubinstein Lodz Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Paweł Przytocki will perform among others Overture in E flat major, Op. 115 by Ignacy Jan Paderewski. On May 22, there will be a chamber "Polish Concert" featuring works by Andrzej Panufnik and Ludomir Różycki. Gidon Kremer TRIO will present works by Mieczysław Weinberg on May 23.The soloist of the symphonic concert on May 24 will be a world-famous pianist from Finland – Juho Pohjonen, who will perform with the Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra. The final concert will feature Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz and Korean violinist Bomsori Kim who will perform among others Sonata in D minor for violin and piano, Op. 9 by Karol Szymanowski.

The Festival will exhibit historical Pleyel and Erard pianos. Krzysztof Książek, the winner of the 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments, and Tobias Koch, a juror of this competition, will play on these instruments Polish romantic repertoire.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.gdanskifestiwal.pl 

Poznań | Concert on the occasion of 120th birth anniversary of Jan Adam Maklakiewicz


A unique concert from a series of events commemorating the 120th birth anniversary of Polish composer Jan Adam Maklakiewicz will be held on May 22, 2019 at 6.00 pm in the Seweryn Mielżyńsk Meeting Roomi at the Poznań Society of Friends of Sciences.

The aim of the event is to restore the memory of Jan Adam Maklakiewicz (1899-1954) – an excellent Polish musician, composer, pedagogue, publicist and organizer of musical life. The concert will feature valuable and yet unknown compositions of this Polish artist. The programme will be composed of various solo and chamber pieces: Reflexions, Op. 14, Hutsul Suite, Op. 15 No. 1 and Ave Maria for violin and piano as well as selected songs (I will disappear from your eyes like a bird, Four Japanese Songs, Op. 25, You Can't Help Love, Cradle Song for soprano and piano, Kujawiak for piano). It will also include works by Stanisław Moniuszko, Fryderyk Chopin and Grażyna Bacewicz.

The concert will be peformed by graduates and pedagogues of the Academy of Music in Poznań: Piotr Kosarga (violin), Hanna Lizinkiewicz (piano) and Barbara Tritt (soprano).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Gdańsk | Composing Debuts

AM Gdańsk

A students' concert entitled "Composing debuts" will take place at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk on May 22, 2019 at 5.00 pm.

The concert will feature compositions for chamber ensembles written by the freshman year students of composition. We will listen to such works as: River Course and a cycle of three songs Memories by Anna Janowicz, Song from the heart...The Illusion variations for celesta solo and Fantasy for cello, harpsichord and bells by Krzysztof Tomasz Jurczak, Songs for Voice and Piano to words by Adam Mickiewicz and third part of String Quartet by Piotr Kasiłowski as well as first part of String Quartet No. 1 and Reed Trio by Milosz Kowalewski. The finale will feature pieces by Milena Słowikowska: Lullaby for solo vibraphone and Two Crosses for voice and instrumental ensemble.

The works will be performed by talented students of the Gdańsk university classes of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, tuba, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, harpsichord, harp, guitar, accordion, percussion instruments, and singing.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://www.amuz.gda.pl/events/kompozytorskie-debiuty-koncert-studentow-i-roku-studiow-licencjackich-specjalnosci-kompozycja/ 

Warsaw | Retro Night of Museums


On May 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music will host a Retro Night of Museums.

Retro Night of Museums at the FCUMc is an authorial project by the artistic circle of Warsaw-based musicians, prepared in collaboration with the Warsaw Film School. It is a concert presenting Polish songs with lyrics by Wojciech Młynarski, in jazz-dance arrangements. Both the arrangers and performers are FCUM students (of faculties: symphony and opera conducting, choral conducting, composition, instrumental studies, solo opera singing, musical, sound engineering).

The Retro Night's continuation will be a swing evening on the UMFC patio featuring live music and a jazz jam session.

Entry cards are available from May 9 at: http://www.efryderyk.pl/73-bilety 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/Artystyczna.NocMuzeow/

Warsaw | Folk Songs Arranged for String Quartet

Czas sztuki

The "Czas Sztuki" Foundation invites you to the tenth concert ending the first edition of the cycle "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers". The final event will take place on May 19, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. in the Church of Saint Adalbert in Jeruzal.

The programme will be composed of folk songs in arrangement for string quartet and white voice as well as works by Weronika Ratusińska-Zamuszko: II string quartet "The Last Moments" and Agnus Dei for string quartet and white voice. Agnus Dei was premiered in October 2018 during the third concert of "Mazovian Musical Meetings Without Barriers" and was composed especially for this series of concerts. The works will be presented by Weronika Grozdew-Kołacińska and The Time Quartet.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Tykocin | 2nd National Festival of Sacred Music "Hope in the Choir"

Radio Nadzieja

The second edition of the National Competition of Sacred Music "Hope in the Choir" will take place on May 18, 2019 in the church of Holy Trinity in Tykocin.

Among the participants there will be 26 choirs from all over Poland, representing, among others, Białystok, Kielce, Warsaw, Bielsko-Biała and Kalisz. The competition will be divided into 7 categories, including male, female, mixed and parish choirs. The jury composed of experienced choirmasters will evaluate the quality of sound, interpretation, selection of the repertoire, agogic, diction and general artistic expression. A number of prizes have been prepared for the best performers. It is enough to mention that the winner will receive the Grand Prix and a cash prize of 5,000 PLN. There is also a special award of the Mayor of the City of Tykocin for the best performance of a work by Polish composer. The director of Radio Nadzieja will also give an honorable mention to the best conductor.

The Competition will also include workshops for conductors and choristers, led by prof. dr hab. Elżbieta Wtorkowska. The prize-giving ceremony and the laureate's concert will start at 7.00 p.m. The 2nd National Competition of Sacred Music is a great proposition not only for those who love sacred music. The event will take place at the Night of Museums. It will be a great opportunity to visit Tykocin together with friends and family, listening to the world's finest choral compositions.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.konkurschoralny.radionadzieja.pl/ 

Katowice | Moniuszko at the Osiedle Tysiąclecia


The Institution for the Promotion and Dissemination of Music "Silesia" invites you to a concert from the series "Moniuszko from the heart" which will take place on May 18, 2019 at 5.00. p.m. in the Katowice Youth Cultural Center (5 Tysiąclecia Street).

The concert will be performed by Justyna Bujak and Karolina Borodziuk, students of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice and participants of the 10th Stanisław Moniuszko International Vocal Competition in Warsaw. Aleksander Chodacki will accompany on the piano. The programme will include the most famous songs from Moniuszko'sHome Songbooks and selected arias from Halka and The Haunted Manoroperas.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://www.silesia.art.pl/ 

Warsaw | Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra and sensational conductor


The Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra invites you to the Royal Castle in Warsaw on May 24, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. The musicians will perform under the baton of Anna Duczmal-Mróz, who was hailed as a "sensational conductor" by the German press.

The programme of the concert will be composed of 20th-century Polish music as well as works by Gustav Holst and Dmitry Shostakovich. Sinfonia Iuventus under the baton of Anna Duczmal-Mróz will perform a splendid four-part Serenade, Op. 2 for string orchestra by Mieczysław Karłowicz and Orawa by Wojciech Kilar, a composer's tribute to the beloved mountains and musical folklore of Podhale. The programme will also include Gustav Holst'sSt Paul’s Suite,Op.29, No. 2, and Dmitri Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

Tricity | 15th International Choir Festival "Mundus Cantat"


Mundus Cantat celebrates the fifteenth anniversary! On May 22-25, 2019, international choirs will perform at the Tricity scenes. The star of this edition will be Paul Phenix, known from the King's Singers ensemble, who will perform in Poland for the first time.

One of the most recognizable choir festivals in the country will celebrate its jubilee not only in the Sopot but also in Tricity. As part of the festival, the "Mobile Mundus Cantat: Gdańsk accompanying concerts" project will be implemented this year. The festival will be attended by singers from Belarus, Great Britain, Georgia, France, Iceland, Lithuania, Colombia and, of course, a strong representation from Poland. The organizers invite adults, seniors, academics, children and youth choirs to compete in several musical categories: sacral music, secular music (including folklore) as well as gospel, jazz, and spirituals. The choirs will be judged by the international jury, whose chairman is prof. Marcin Tomczak.

The winners of this year's edition will be announced during the Final Concert, which will take place on May 25 at 5.00 p.m. in the lecture hall of the Faculty of Economics at the University of Gdansk (Sopot). The Festival Choir of the Sopot High School "Mundus Cantat|, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, will performe Cantemus nostrum canticum written by Beata Wróblewska, the ensemble's conductor.

The festival also includes other events: concerts of young artists, the Choir Parade at Sopot "Monciak" and various forms of artistic expression, such as performance at the train station and the Sopot pier.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme of the Festival is available at: http://munduscantat.pl/ 

Winners of the 10th Moniuszko Competition


Jury of the 10th Stanisław Moniuszko International Vocal Competition awarded 9 statutory prizes and 28 special prizes!

The first prize of the jubilee edition of the competition went to Maria Motolygina from Russia. The winners of the competition were also Slávká Zamečníková, Long Long, Ruslana Koval, Gihoon Kim and Piotr Buszewski. Slávká Zamečníková was invited to participate in the upcoming Festival of Polish Music in Krakow. Tenor from China Long Long was also honored with the Polish Radio Award (invitation to record with the Polish Radio Orchestra) and the Maria Fołtyn Award for the best performance of a piece by Moniuszko.

A great number of awards went to the Polish singer Piotr Buszewski: the Polish Television Prize, an invitation to participate in the 24th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, the Audience Prize, the Bogusław Kaczyński Prize for the best Polish singer, and the Jerzy Semkow Sinfonia Iuventus Prize. Together with Monika Buczkowska, he also received the Karol Namysłowski Symphony Orchestra Prize and the Stanisław Moniuszko Koszalin Philharmonic Prize. Monika Buczkowska was also awarded the Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura Prize for the most promising Polish voice and she was invited to participate in the Krakow Chamber Opera performance.

Other Polish finalists also received special prizes. Hubert Zapiór received the prestigious "Presto" Magazine Prize (one year’s PR services) and the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic Prize; Jan Żądło – the award for the best performance of Mieczysław Weinberg's song; Alina Adamski – the PWM Edition Prize for the most beautiful performance of a Polish song from the 20th/21st century; Aleksandra Nowakowski – the invitation to participate in the International Opera Gala ending the Moniuszko Inspiration! Festival); Paweł Trojak – the invitation to participate in the Moscow Festival "New Opera World 2019".

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://teatrwielki.pl/dzialalnosc/konkurs-moniuszkowski/laureaci-x-konkursu/