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Szczecin and West Pomerania are the official hosts of the Fryderyk Festival 2021

ZPAVThe most important Polish music awards for last year's phonographic achievements – "Fryderyki" – will come to Szczecin. This summer, West Pomerania will host stars of the Polish music scene. The Classical Music Gala will be held on 25 June 2021 at the Castle Opera in Szczecin. Popular music and jazz artists will be awarded on 5 August.

The list of this year's nominees includes, among others, singers Aleksandra Kurzak, Agata Zubel and Agnieszka Rehlis, violinist Jakub Jakowicz in a duet with pianist Bartosz Bednarczyk, the "Camerata Silesia" Katowice City Singers' Ensemble, the Wrocław Baroque Ensemble, and the Polish "Sinfonia Iuventus" Orchestra.

This year, the Council of the Phonographic Academy (Classical Music Section) will award the "Golden Fryderyk" awards to two outstanding figures of Polish musical culture: Jadwiga Rappé – a singer and teacher, whose career includes thousands of recitals, symphonic concerts and opera performances in the most famous halls of the world, and Jan Łukaszewski – a conductor, general and artistic director of the Polish Chamber Choir "Schola Cantorum Gedanensis".

The presentation of the statuettes in the historic walls of the Pomeranian Dukes' Castle in Szczecin will be accompanied by concerts performed by outstanding Polish artists, including flautist Ania Karpowicz, winner of this year's Polityka's Passport, promoter of Mieczysław Weinberg's music. The Silesian Quartet, nominated for Fryderyk 2021 in the category "Album of the year – chamber music", will honour the memory of Krzysztof Penderecki. The pianist Piotr Sałajczyk will perform Karol Szymanowski's mazurkas from Op. 50.

The full list of nominees is available at: http://fryderyki.pl/fryderyk-2021/ 

Rzeszów | 9th European Stadium of Culture

Stadion KulturyThe ninth edition of the "Rise of Eastern Culture. European Stadium of Culture" festival will be held on 25-27 June 2021 in Rzeszów. For the first time in its history, the festival will present classical and contemporary music, focusing, among others, on honoring the recently deceased composer Krzysztof Penderecki and on the abstract association of contemporary music with the works of Stanisław Lem, whose 100th birthday is celebrated this year.

The "Art Celebration: Classic Edition" concert will take place at the Institute of Music at the University of Rzeszów on 27 June. It will feature the composer and arranger Anna Maria Huszcza, the violinist and composer Dawid Lubowicz (Atom String Quartet) and the visual artist Jakub Hader, who are associated with Rzeszów. The "Art Celebration" concert will be held in a hybrid formula – with the audience and in the form of live streaming.

For the first time in Rzeszów, the Atom String Quartet will perform a repertoire of original arrangements of works by Polish composers, including Krzysztof Penderecki and Zbigniew Seifert. The second part of the concert will feature the outstanding Polish classical saxophonist Paweł Gusnar and his saxophone orchestra – the Warsaw Saxophone Orchestra – as well as the Nemesis Quartet. They will perform a special programme composed of works by Anna Maria Huszcza for saxophone and electronics. The music will be accompanied by dedicated visuals and graphics by Jakub Hader.

More information: http://stadionkultury.pl/ 

Świdnica | 6th International Christian Schlag Organ Festival

SchlagaThe Good Music Foundation invites you to the 6th International Christian Schlag Organ Festival, which will take place in Świdnica in Lower Silesia on 25 June – 16 July 2021 under the slogan "On Schlag's trail – let's outplay the organ!".

All lovers of organ music will once again have the opportunity to hear the more than 110-year-old symphonic pipe organ by Schlag & Söhne. One of the largest organ festivals in the region will feature five concerts, presenting the possibilities of the instrument from the Church of Peace in Świdnica. The programme will include Polish and foreign music with an emphasis on the works of Władysław Żeleński and Camille Saint-Saëns as this year marks the hundredth anniversary of their deaths. We will also hear pieces by Fryderyk Chopin, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Jacek Rabiński, Krzysztof Olczak and Stanisław Moryto.

The concerts will be performed not only by renowned organists, but also by great accordionists Maciej Zimka and Wiesław Ochwat, violinist Maksymilian Grzesiak and Maciej Afanasjew, who will play the electric violin.

The 6th Schlag Festival will be held both live at the Church of Peace in Świdnica and online on the Foundation's Facebook page in the form of a live broadcast. Free tickets are available to download from the Foundation's website.

Co-financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund and by the Świdnica City Commune.

Full programme: https://fundacjadobrejmuzyki.pl/ 

Kraków | World Opera Arias

OKThe beginning of the summer at the Kraków Opera will be marked with the "World Opera Arias" concert. The programme will include famous arias, duets and ballet excerpts from the most valued Polish and world opera repertoire. The concert performed by the soloists, orchestra, choir and ballet of the Kraków Opera with a guest appearance by Artur Ruciński will be held on 25 June 2021 at 8.00 p.m.

The annual series of summer concerts enjoys unwavering interest, as the programme consists of impressive opera arias and carefully selected performers. Apart from Kraków Opera’s soloists, they have been attended by Polish singers of international renown. Artur Ruciński, whose career has recently been developing very dynamically, will take part in this year’s concert. During the concert, there will also be performances by soloists of the Kraków Opera: Monika Korybalska, Katarzyna Oleś-Blacha and Tomasz Kuk, who will be accompanied by a choir. 

The programme will include excerpts from opera masterpieces by V. Bellini, G. Donizetti, G. Verdi, P. Tchaikovsky, G. Bizet as well as S. Moniuszko. The co-organiser of the concert is the “Rzeczpospolita” daily, which is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its existence. The newspaper was set up in 1920 upon the inspiration of genial pianist and composer, great patriot Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Therefore, the concert also includes the compositions of the father of independence and the founder of “Rzeczpospolita.”

More information: https://opera.krakow.pl/en/

Bytom | "Insurgent Triptych – In Memory of the Earth" as part of the Metropolitan Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Third Silesian Uprising

TryptykOn 25 June 2021 at 9:00 p.m. in the heart of the city, on the Bytom's Market Square, there will be an interdisciplinary multimedia perfromance with the participation of 500 artists from the Metropolis of Upper Silesia and Zagłębie. We will hear the music of Wojciech Kilar and Józef Świder.

"Insurgent Triptych – In Memory of the Earth" is a performance in which singing, music, dance and visual art will lead the viewer through a touching story about sacrifice, love for the family and the Silesian land. The theme that binds the individual parts of the concert together is the narrative presenting the history of the region, leading the listener to the main event, i.e. the 100th anniversary of the Third Silesian Uprising.

The performance will consist of three parts (History, Fight and Memory) with a prologue featuring Klaudiusz Jania's In Memory of the Earth for five brass bands. In the following parts, the artists will present the works of famous Silesian composers. We will hear, among others, film music by Wojciech Kilar and Józef Świder's Insurgent Triptych to words by Tadeusz Kijonek. The soloists Joanna Woś (soprano) and Piotr Lempa (bass), the Symphony Orchestra and Choir of the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic in Katowice and a number of brass bands, choirs and dance groups associated with Silesia will perform on one multi-level stage built on three platforms. The choreography and music will be complemented by an effective video art, displayed both on elements of multimedia stage desing and in projection mapping on Bytom tenement houses.

The show will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube channel of the Bytom Cultural Centre and the Commune of Bytom and made available on the Internet for 24 hours after the end of the event.

More information: https://becek.pl/

Wrocław | Glass Pyramids

NFMLutosławski Quartet will perform at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław on 24 June 2021 at 7.00 p.m. We will hear works that have entered the canon of contemporary classical music, as well as premieres of two pieces by Polish artists.

The concert will premiere works by the Lutosławski Quartet musicians: String Quartet No. 5 by Marcin Markowicz, co-founder and second violinist of the ensemble, as well as On Difficulties in Building Pyramids  a script for string quartet by Marcin Młodawski, the quartet's cellist and concertmaster of the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic.

The programme will also include compositions by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, which are among the most popular and most frequently performed works of the present day. His Summa from 1977, which will open the concert, was written for choir to the text of Credo, but later the composer developed different instrumental versions. The concert will end with another composition originally intended for choir and later arranged for other ensembles, Da pacem Domine from 2004. It was commissioned by Jordi Savall, who wanted to add splendour to a concert for peace in Barcelona by performing this beautiful, meditative work. We will also listen to Philip Glass’s String Quartet No. 3 ‘Mishima’ written in 1985.

Media partner: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More informationhttps://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/ 

"Impresjowizacja" – Project Inauguration

ChmielewskaThe inauguration of the project "Impresjowizacja", supervised by Polish composer Aleksandra Chmielewska, will take place on 23 June 2021 on the Julian Cochran Foundation's Instagram account. The institution, which has been popularizing classical music since 2016, has prepared an innovative challenge for its followers – the first Polish interactive piece written specifically for Instagram!

Aleksandra Chmielewska is a young composer, improviser, author of youth literature, president of the Youth Circle of the Polish Composers' Union, member of the ZAiKS Authors' Association and the CIAM International Council of Artists executive committee. In her music, she focuses on developing emotional relationship with the listener.

For three days (23-25 June), the followers of the Julian Cochran Foundation's Instagram will have the opportunity to listen to Aleksandra's improvised composition in 3 parts which will be uploaded to IG TV. Then, each follower will be able to share 15 second fragments of the work in the configuration of their choice (#123 #132 #213 #321 #231 #312) on their Insta Story. Each of the participants of this innovative action will be a co-creator of a new interactive piece.

What will the 45 second composition for Instagram sound like? Will a popular form of contemporary music seduce the users of this famous social networking site? We will find out on Friday.

The project partner is Hałas Studio.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.


Regamey & Regamey / Pasiecznik & Pasiecznik: online album presentation

RegameyThe Polish Composers' Union invites you on 24 June 2021 at 4.00 p.m. for a virtual meeting devoted to Konstanty and Konstanty Kazimierz Regamey. We will present the premiere recording of songs and piano pieces by the outstanding composer and his father, performed by Olga and Natalia Pasiecznik, and realised in collaboration with Polish Radio Channel 2.

Ewa Guziołek, a singer, pianist and sound director, will talk about the music and the recording. Jerzy Stankiewicz – the initiator of the project, Małgorzata Małaszko – director of Polish Radio Channel 2, Marek Mejor – orientalist from the University of Warsaw, Katarzyna Naliwajek – musicologist from the Univesity of Warsaw, and Ryszrad Gabryś – Konstanty Regamey's student will talk about the work and personalities of both composers. Each participant of the meeting will receive a copy of the album composed of two discs as a gift!

The last album released in 2020 by the Polish Composers' Union as part of the "Polish Music Today – Portraits of Contemporary Polish Composers" series is completely unique. Due to the special relationship and fate of both characters, the publisher made an exception and decided to devote the album to two composers instead of one. In addition to works by the "Polish-Swiss composer" Konstanty Regamey, the CD includes pieces by his father, Konstanty Kazimierz – an almost completely unknown composer, who worked mainly in distant Ukraine, and in 1938 was sentenced to death by the Soviet regime. The originator of the project and the author of the essay for the album is Jerzy Stankiewicz, who has devoted many years to researching the life and work of both Regamey (as well as popularizing the discovered works and contexts).

Co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Musical Trace" programme operated by the National Institute of Music and Dance. The album was released thanks to the support of the ZAiKS Authors' Association. The project partner was Repliq Media Sp. z o.o. Co-producer of the recording and CD edition is Polish Radio Channel 2.

The meeting will be held on the Zoom platform: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83685217310?pwd=NnBLYmRpYnVhcmQ0UG1OYmdZOTlFQT09  (Meeting ID: 836 8521 7310; Passcode: UqM2Sv).

Mieczysław Kominek, PCU's President

Warsaw | 6th SuperSam + 1: Tony Buck & Krzysztof Ostrowski

SuperSamThe 6th edition of the SuperSam + 1 series of performances will begin on 24 June 2021 at the SPATiF club in Warsaw at 8.00 p.m. It will be inaugurated by Tony Buck and Krzysztof Ostrowski.

“SUPER” in the title means that the programme will be based on renowned artists – masters. “SAM” (from Polish, means „alone”, "by himself/herself") refers to the solo performances as well as the creative loneliness. “+ 1” in the title means that each evening will be crowned with a duo performance. In most cases, the artists will meet on stage for the first time.

Tony Buck is regarded as one of Australia's most creative and adventurous exports, with vast experience across the globe. After his studies, he spent two years in Japan, where he formed PERIL with Otomo Yoshihide and Kato Hideki. He moved to Europe in the mid-nineties. Some of the more high profile projects he has been involved with, aside from The Necks, include the band Kletka Red, The EX, and The Exiles. He performs solo pieces that often including video and installation elements.

Krzysztof “Freeze” Ostrowski is a musician, producer and instrumentalist from Bydgoszcz, most frequently associated with a broadly defined electronic scene. His extended set of instruments and broad artistic imagination are the characteristic of an artist who often leans toward experimental solutions. He performs solo, in an audio-visual duo Soundscape Mirror (with Tom Skof), and in many other configurations usually related with Bydgoszcz-founded alternative scene at Mózg club. 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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