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Polski kompozytor w London Philharmonic Orchestra Young Composers

LPOMaciej Bałenkowski – młody polski kompozytor rekomendowany przez Instytut Adama Mickiewicza – został przyjęty do najnowszej edycji programu London Philharmonic Orchestra Young Composers.

Każdego roku London Philharmonic Orchestra organizuje warsztaty dla młodych artystów. Trwający rok program zakłada pracę nad nowym utworem z pomocą mentora – kompozytora i dyrygenta Jamesa MacMillana. Kompozycje przeznaczone są na 30-osobową orkiestrę. Uczestnicy poza pracą nad własną twórczością mają też okazję obserwować próby orkiestry, bywać na koncertach oraz uczestniczyć w działalności edukacyjnej LPO. Zwieńczeniem rocznego programu jest publiczna prezentacja skomponowanych przez uczestników dzieł w ramach odbywającego się wczesnym latem koncertu „Debut Sounds”.

LPO, współpracująca z Instytutem Adama Mickiewicza w ramach programu „Polska Music”, co roku oferuje udział w programie warsztatowym jednemu kompozytorowi z Polski. W sezonie 2019/20 będzie to Maciej Bałenkowski (*1993), laureat i finalista ponad 20 międzynarodowych i krajowych konkursów kompozytorskich, którego promotorem jest Krzysztof Penderecki.

Natomiast polskim uczestnikiem kończącym ubiegłoroczną edycję LPO Young Composers jest Andrzej Karałow. Koncert, na którym London Philharmonic Orchestra wykona jego kompozycję, odbędzie się 1 lipca w Queen Elizabeth Hall w Southbank Centre. W sezonie 2018/2019 młodzi kompozytorzy musieli zmierzyć się z zagadnieniem cantus firmus i zinterpretować je w swoich kompozycjach. Program lipcowego koncertu zbudowany jest na zestawieniu nowopowstałych utworów z dziełami współczesnych kompozytorów z już ugruntowaną pozycją. W tym roku włączono również do programu Nie piej, kurku Henryka Mikołaja Góreckiego oraz Agnus Dei z Missa Paschalis Grzegorza Gerwazego Gorczyckiego.

Warsztaty LPO umożliwiają młodym kompozytorom rozwój artystyczny, a także ułatwiają im nawiązywanie kontaktów i otwierają nowe perspektywy zawodowe i twórcze. Doskonałym tego przykładem jest prezentacja w Londynie twórczości polskiego uczestnika edycji 2017/2018 Karola Nepelskiego. 28 lipca br. jego opera Ptasiek, oparta na utworze Williama Whartona, będzie miała premierę w Londynie, w trakcie Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2019.

Olena Skwiecińska

Licheń | 1st International Organ Music Festival

Festiwal Licheński

Professor Chorosiński's concert on 30 June 2019 at 2.30pm will inaugurate the 1st International Festival of Organ Music in Licheń. The concerts will take place every week on Sundays at 2.30pm.

This summer the Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń will host outstanding European organists: Bernhard Gfrerer (Salzburg), Jan Van Mol (Antwerp), Jean-Christophe Geiser (Lausanne), Marek Stefański (Krakow), Christophe Mantoux (Paris), Władysław Szymański (Katowice). The performers will present the most beautiful organ music pieces by Fryderyk Chopin, Johann Sebastian Bach, Charles Gounod, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Richard Wagner, Theodore Dubois, Feliks Nowowiejski and Cesar Franck. The organ of the Licheń basilica designed by prof. Chorosiński is currently the largest instrument in Poland and the fourth largest in Europe.

Full programme available at: http://www.lichen.pl/pl/24/n_2134/pierwszy_miedzynarodowy_lichenski_festiwal_muzyki_organowej

Lublin | Celebration of the 450th anniversary of the Polish-Lithuanian Union

Unia Lubelska

Celebration of the 450th anniversary of the Union of Lublin will take place on 30 June 2019 in Lublin with the participation of the Marshals of the Sejm and the Senate, the Chairman of the Sejm and foreign guests. The anniversary concert in the Center for the Meeting of Cultures will feature a new work by Mikołaj Górecki – Missa for baritone solo, mixed choir and orchestra.

"Missa is based on Latin text. The five-part cycle is divided into three major movements: Kyrie and Gloria performed attacca, Credo, Sanctus and Agnus Dei, between which resounds the silence of the mystery of Transubstantiation." – said the composer.

To highlight the rank and scope of the event from 450 years ago, the concert will be performed by combined ensembles from Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus: Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir of the Lublin Philharmonic, Choir of the Lviv Philharmonic "Gloria", Choir "Capella Sonorus" from Minsk, Mixed Choir of the Cathedral School in Riga and the Choir of the Academy of Music and Theater in Vilnius. The solo part will be performed by Vytautas Juozapaitis. The whole event will be led by Wojciech Rodek.

The rebroadcast of the concert is scheduled on the same day, 30 June at 11pm on TVP1.

The celebration programme is available at:https://www.spotkaniakultur.com/pl/node/1582

Warsaw | Musical Summer with Sinfonia Varsovia

SV

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

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

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

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information atwww.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

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

Per musicam

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

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

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

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

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

21st Gdańsk Carillon Festival

Carillony Gdańsk

21 concerts will take place between 29 June to 31 August 2019 as part of the 21st Gdańsk Carillon Festival. The programme includes 10 concerts in the St. Catherine Church, 10 concerts in the Main Town Hall and a special concert on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Gdansk Water and Wastewater Infrastructure, featuring milonga workshops.

Every weekend, Gdańsk residents and tourists will have an opportunity to take part in these free summer concerts that are unique in the scale of  Poland: Gdańsk, as the only city in the country, has active carillons. Two of them are in the towers of the St. Catherine Church (50 bells) and the Main Town Hall (37 bells), and the third one called "Gdańsk" is a mobile carillon and consists of 48 bells.

The inauguration will take place at the Hevelius Square and it will feature the Epitaph by Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz dedicated to the late Paweł Adamowicz, the mayor of Gdańsk. "Through the Epitaph, we want to commemorate a great friend of carillon music, thanks to which the ancient tradition of our city was restored after the Second World War. The president of Gdańsk has privately funded 2 of 135 bells on which we perform" – says Monika Kaźmierczak, director of the Festival. The inauguration concert will also premiere new compositions: Liquid matter by Beniamin Baczewski and Echos of Gdansk by Jakub Nikiel. Each Friday concert will end with The Hevelius Fountatin Stories by Kamil Cieślik combined with a fountain show.

Full programme available at: https://www.facebook.com/carillony 

Gdańsk | 62nd International Organ Music Festival in the Oliva Cathedral

MFMO

62nd International Festival of Organ Music in the Oliva Cathedral – one of the three oldest music festivals in Poland – will take place between 28 June and 27 August 2019.

Once again, organ music will be performed in the historic Gdańsk Oliva Cathedral. The festival concerts will feature renowned organists from Poland and abroad who will present diverse repertoire of different musical periods and styles, as well as world and Polish premieres.

The inauguration concert will be devoted to Polish music. The evening will begin with Latin Mass in E flat major for mixed choir, strings and organ by Stanisław Moniuszko, whose 200th birth anniversary is celebrated this year. After the performance of the Academic Choir of the University of Gdańsk, Hanna Dys (organ) and Mirosław Pachowicz (bassoon) accompanied by the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jan Miłosz Zarzycki will perform works of Andrzej Panufnik and Mieczysław Surzyński.

Full programme available at: https://www.filharmonia.gda.pl/pl/ 

Warsaw | Sinfonia Iuventus: Gershwin & Bizet

POSI

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

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

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

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Radziejowice | 11th Jerzy Waldorff Summer Festival

Waldorff

The 11th edition of the Jerzy Waldorf Summer Festival in Radziejowice will be held between 28 June and 6 July 2019.

The year 2019 sees the 200th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko. The House of Creative Work in Radziejowice joins the anniversary celebrations by devoting three of the nine festival concerts to this outstanding composer. The festival will be inaugurated by Dziady-Widma with the text of the second part of Dziady by Adam Mickiewicz and music from the Widma by Stanisław Moniuszko. The dramatic spectacle in the staging and direction of Ryszard Peryt will be performed by the Polish Royal Opera.

The programme of festival concerts will also include works by Adam Jarzębski, Zygmunt Noskowski, Karol Szymanowski, Grażyna Bacewicz and Krzysztof Komeda. Among the performers we will find the Symphony Orchestra of the Oskar Kolberg Świętokrzyska Philharmonicin Kielce, Elbląg Chamber Orchestra, Royal String Qurtet, Jerzy Semkow Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus and renowned soloists. The host of the festival evenings will be, as every year, Jerzy Kisielewski. All concerts will take place in the Festival Tent. Admission free!

Full programme available athttp://palacradziejowice.pl/xi-letni-festiwal-im-jerzego-waldorffa-w-radziejowicach/