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Gdansk | "Chopin at the Motława River"

PFBThe Polish Baltic Frédéric Chopin Philharmonic invites you to the next edition of the series of piano recitals "Chopin at the Motława River" which will be held on 12-26 July 2020. The concerts will take place at 8.30 p.m.

Pianists associated with the Tri-City will take part, performing works of our national composer, but also music of different eras and styles. Daniel Ziomko, Mikołaj Sikała, Maciej Gański, Bartosz Wiśniewski, Piotr Pawlak, Igor Torbicki, Patryk Morgaś, Maciej Frączek, Karol Garwoliński, Bartosz Skłodowski, Bogdan Czapiewski, Paweł Rydel, Sławomir Wilk and Natalia Zaleska will present their skills in a chamber repertoire. They will perform works by Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann and composers in the 20th century, including Karol Szymanowski, Sergiusz Bortkiewicz, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Grażyna Bacewicz and Romuald Twardowski.

Recitals in the foyer of the Philharmonic on the Motława will be held in the new sanitary regime. This time the Philharmonic will only receive a maximum of half the audience compared to previous years. The series of concerts, which last year enjoyed a huge turnout, today, despite the new situation in culture, will probably also attract numerous listeners from both the Tri-City and tourists.

Tickets are available online only at https://filharmonia.gda.pl/pl/ 

Tarnowskie Góry | Interdisciplinary series "Music in the image. Image in the sound”


"Music in the image. Image in the sound” is a series of concerts, workshops and lectures promoting contemporary music, organised by the Elżbieta Chojnacka Centre for Contemporary Harpsichord Music. The events will be held from 12 July to 22 November 2020 at the Palace in Rybna.

Musical works inspired by painting, literature, mathematics, architecture, industry and the Silesian region will be presented in the series. We will witness the first performances of works by Philip Czaplowski, Sławomir Kaczorowski, Tomasz Kamieniak, Dominik Lasota, Weronika Ratusińska-Zamuszko and Adam Wesołowski. The premiere screening of Maciej Jarolim's movie Świat widziany dźwiękami and a meeting with its producers is also planned in September.

Well-renowned artists and scientists were invited to participate in the series: Gabriela Szendzielorz-Jungiewicz, Beata Warykiewicz-Siwy and Piotr Kopiński (Academy of Music in Katowice), Krzysztof Kluszczyński (University of Technology in Kraków), harpsichordist Hanna Balcerzak and Aleksandra Gajecka-Antosiewicz, musicologist Piotr Oczkowski and sound engineer Krzysztof Sztekmiler (Academy of Music in Łódź).

The inaugural concert entitled "When music becomes an image" with an accompanying exhibition of graphic scores will take place on 12 July at 6.00 p.m. Workshops for children and youth "Music graphics" conducted by Piotr Kopiński will take place on the same day at noon.

Full programme is available at: https://www.aleksandragajecka-antosiewicz.com/centrum-współczesnej-muzyki-klawesynowej-elżbieta-chojnacka-center/ 

Miejsca wspólne. Virtual Festival of Polish Contemporary Music

Miejsca wspolneFrom the July 11th to September 2020 we will be able to experience equivalent of musical festival without leaving our homes. The festival is based on the idea of creating a “common place”, in which people will be able to listen to more or less known Polish contemporary composers, learn about the work of Polish composers and discover young Polish performers – all of this connected with the key of topoi, loci communes, common places such as: love, death, nature, ritual dream, labirynth, fairy tales, past and future.

The festival, which will consist of 9 virtual concerts, will be hosted on http://miejscawspolnefestiwal.pl/ for 3 months. The concerts will be created using existing – new and upcoming – pieces of contemporary compositions. Each of them will be accompanied by an original programme essay, touching upon the themes relevant to the selected works, which will help to understand and experience the music more deeply. The programme assumptions are "3x Poland": a cross-sectional view of Polish contemporary music creators – from the classics of the 20th century to the youngest generation of artists; bringing out the work of female composers and only Polish performers – ensembles and soloists specialising in the performance of contemporary music. The event will include Music Criticism Workshops.

Implemented as part of the scholarship program of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage “Kultura w sieci”.

Karolina Dąbek

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed information on the website: http://miejscawspolnefestiwal.pl/ 

Lublin | "Time is Love" – vocal recital by Małgorzata Grzegorzewicz-Rodek

FLA vocal recital by Małgorzata Grzegorzewicz-Rodek from the concert cycle "Time is Love" – a tribute to the Primate of the Millennium in the year of beatification, will take place on 11 July 2020 at 5.00 p.m. in the Zamoyski Museum in Kozłówka.

The concert will be filled with music of different eras, styles and genres in the interpretation of soprano Małgorzata Grzegorzewicz-Rodek and pianist Tomasz Krawczyk. We will hear, among others, sacred music by baroque-era composers, as Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, and Polish composers – Damian Stachowicz and Marcin Józef Żebrowski. The epoch of classicism will be represented by a fragment of the motet Exultate jubilate KV 165 of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The programme will include romantic compositions by Józef Wieniawski, Stanisław Moniuszko, César Franck but also Mieczysław Karłowicz, associated with the group of artists known as "Young Poland".

The concert will be complemented by Fryderyk Chopin's piano pieces, including the magnificent Polonaise in A flat major pp. 53 called "Heroic". The subtitle of the work comes from Chopin's muse – George Sand. The Polonaise composed in 1842 belongs to one of the most important works of the piano repertoire. The Polonaise was called by critics the most perfect work in the history of the genre. At the end of the concert, Paderevsky’s works will be performed.

Admission to the concerts in the "Time is love ..." series is free. According to the guidelines of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, audience participants are required to submit a special statement regarding the epidemiological status.

Concert cycle is co-financed by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund, under the “Muzyka” programme, implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

More information at: https://filharmonialubelska.pl/pl,0,s257,d812,recital_wokalny_malgorzata_grzegorzewicz-rodek.html 

Warsaw | XXVII International Organ Music Festival "Arch Cathedral Organ"

OAThe International Organ Music Festival "Arch Cathedral Organ"is – one of the most important Warsaw festivals and the most important organ festivals in Europe – will last until 20 September 2020. Festival concerts take place every year in three summer months (July, August and September) on Sundays at 16.00 in the Arch Cathedral of St. John (Świętojańska Street).

Festival was established in 1994 on the initiative of the Polish organist Przemysław Kapituła, who is the artistic director of the festival.

The Warsaw Arch Cathedral is one of the most important places of Polish culture and tradition. It is also a dream place for the presentation of organ music. In 1987, one of Germany’s most prominent organ builders, Eule, built the new Warsaw Arch Cathedral mechanical organ. This great 60-voice instrument is an example of the excellent organ craftsmanship. A highly suitable design, excellent workmanship, high artistic standards and universality which allows for performing music of all ages make it an example of top organ-making mastery and a world-league instrument.

Among the performers of this year's festival will be ogranists Piotr Rachoń, Przemysław Kapituła, Ignacio Ribas Taléns, Donato Giupponi, Fabio Ciofini, Józef Kotowicz, Jean-Christophe Geiser, Ennio Cominetti, Hans Ole Thers, Stefan Kagl i Andrea Trovato presenting the repertoire they have proposed. This event helps to promote music by Polish composers, notably Karol Kurpiński, Mieczyslaw Surzynski and Feliks Nowowiejski.

This year, the prize of the Chairman of the Polish Episcopal Conference (formerly the Primate of Poland award) "Silver Pipe" will be handed out on 13 September during a concert by Stefan Kagel from Germany. Every year, this award was granted during the International Festival of Sacred Music. This year, the event did not take place because of the epidemic. Therefore, the award for outstanding achievements and contribution to the development of sacred music in Poland will be exceptionally hand during the Festival.

Detailed programme – at http://kapitula.org/ 

Krakow | Contert series of the concert series by the Academy of Music in Krakow at the ICE Krakow Congress Center

ICE"Playing the classical music" is a new concert series by the Academy of Music in Krakow and the Krakow Festival Office, which will last until 13 September 2020. Talented young artists and academic teachers at The Academy of Music in Krakow. The modern space of the ICE Kraków Auditorium, and in the virtuoso repertoire of Chopin, Schubert, Szymanowski, Rachmaninow and Prokofiew, among others.

In the Krzysztof Penderecki Auditorium Hall at the ICE Kraków Congress Center musicians will perform who will lead us into the most beautiful world of sounds, where music becomes the highest value of beauty. As part of the "Playing the classical music" series we will hear soloists and chamber ensembles composed of students, PhD students and academic teachers of the Academy of Music in Krakow, who will perform works from the Baroque era to the present day. The program of the concert series will include works by Fryderyk Chopin, Henryk Wieniawski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Wanda Landowska, Karol Szymanowski, Roman Statkowski, Ludomir Różycki, Grażyna Bacewicz, Mieczysław Wajnberg, Witold Lutosławski, Roman Palester, Józef Świder and Wojciech Kilar.

Events will available online for a long time on the event organizers' Facebook profiles.

Detailed programme – at http://icekrakow.pl/ 

The position of the Polish Composers' Union on the reprographic fee for smartphones

Warsaw, 3 July 2020

Karta wolności w sieciIn connection with the announcement by the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda of the "Freedom Card on the Web", the Polish Composers' Union presents its position on the fifth point of this Card "Not for smartphone tax".

1. Financial resources obtained from the reprographic fee, which includes a fee for smartphones, are intended to compensate authors for their works downloaded to smartphones by their users. These financial resources will partly contribute to the pension fund for artists who are not covered by the Social Security Association pension system. It is worth adding that these are usually people with low and usually sporadic incomes.

2. Artistic environment is struggling to add smartphones to the existing list of devices covered by the reprographic fee for years. Recently, work on the preparation of relevant regulations has been successfully completed. These works were carried out in close cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, which for years has been declaring full support for the implementation of postulates of artistic environment regarding the introduction of smartphones on the list of devices covered by the reprographic fee.

The Polish Composers' Union appeals to the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda to withdraw the possible intention to block the relevant regulations regarding the case discussed.

Mieczysław Kominek, President of the Polish Composers' Union

The ZKP – POLMIC library has been awarded the status of a scientific library!

POLMICThe Music Library of the Polish Composers' Union – Polish Music Information Center POLMIC received the status of a scientific library.

Vice President of the Council of Ministers, Minister of Culture and National Heritage prof. Piotr Gliński on the basis of the regulation of April 2, 2012 on the method and procedure for classifying libraries as part of some scientific libraries and determining their list (Dz. U. z 2016 r. poz. 137, z późn. zm.) awarded the Music Library of the Polish Composers' Union – Polish Music Information Center POLMIC the status of a scientific library.

The application for inclusion in the scientific libraries previously was positively assessed by the National Library Council.

At present, 33 libraries classified as scientific libraries in the whole country have been included in the list constituting an attachment to the Ministry's regulation.

The list of libraries is available on the website https://www.bn.org.pl/index.php/aktualnosci/4025-polskie-centrum-informacji-muzycznej-polmic-biblioteka-fonoteka-zwiazku-kompozytorow-polskich-zaliczona-do-bibliotek-naukowych.html 

Lusławice | 8th Emanacje Music Festival


The eighth edition of the Emanacje Music Festival will be held in Lusławice between 5 July and 30 August 2020. The inaugural concert will include works by Krzysztof Penderecki performed by chamber musicians of Sinfonietta Cracovia.

Music lovers will have the opportunity to rediscover Lusławice, also in virtual space, take part in various concerts and meetings with great performers. Above all, however, the 8th Emanacje Festival will pay tribute to the memory of Krzysztof Penderecki, a great Pole, Patron and Founder of the European Centre for Music.

Artist – Work – Meetings. These key words open up a universe, in which the composer's heritage resonates with thousands of sounds. This year's Festival will be an emanation of the timeless presence of Krzysztof Penderecki in his beloved Lusławice, where the Artist realized his visionary ideas: an impressive park dedicated to young musicians of the Centre, subsequent works enthusiastically received around the world.

Penderecki's chamber and solo works will be performed by leading Polish ensembles and soloists and their recordings will be made available online, gradually filling up the widely available content of the festival website. The Festival will also include a permanent multimedia exhibition entitled "Krzysztof Penderecki – Heritage of Polish Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries", presenting the artist and his work in the context of the achievements of Polish composers of the last century. The opening of the famous Lusławice Arboretum, which is the fruit of Krzysztof Penderecki's long-term passion and contains a unique dendrological collection on a European scale, will be a special event accompanying this year's Festival. A unique park setting will also become a scenery of part of festival concerts.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: www.emanacje.pl