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Wrocław | Faces of the Cello


Concert of the 6th International Cello Academy celebrating the 70th birth anniversary and 50th anniversary of work of Piotr Moss will take place in the National Forum of Music in Wrocław on 21 July 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

International Cello Academy (ICA) is one of the few events in Europe directed at cellists from around the world. As part of ICA, seven concerts are organized with a very wide repertoire – from Baroque to jazz and contemporary music. During the workshops, the Cello Academy Orchestra comprising a few dozen musicians is formed, involving all participants, lecturers and guests of the ICA. This year, this unique ensemble of cellists will perform at a special concert at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław.

The Cello Academy Orchestra and the Octet of lecturers of the International Cello Academy will perform under the baton of Piotr Moss, who celebrates this year 70th birthday and the 50th anniversary of artistic work. The musicians will present works by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Giovanni Sollimy, and above all Piotr Moss himself, including the wold premiere of Suite Elegiaque for cello octet, commissioned by the International Cello Academy.

The founder and organiser of the International Cello Academy is the Polish Cello Quartet bringing together prominent Polish cellists: Tomasz Daroch, Krzysztof Karpeta, Adam Krzeszowiec and Wojciech Fudala.

Full programme available at: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/ 

Warsaw | Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street


The summer music scene at 272 Grochowska Street is in full swing! Chamber music concerts take place every Saturday and Sunday throughout July and August 2019 in the Concert Pavilion as part of the "Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street" series.

The repertoire of July Saturday concerts will help the audience to relax. On 20 July we will listen to the impressionist's works performed by violinist Maria Ołdak and harpist Malwina Lipiec-Rozmysłowicz, and on 27 July the Warsaw Accordion Duet with cellist Izabela Buchowska will present the music seasons: spring and summer by Astor Piazzolla, and autumn and winter by Antonio Vivaldi. Sunday concerts will be an opportunity to listen to the works from different parts of the world. Triumphal Brass Quintet and Reedbeat will perform in different configurations on 21 and 28 July. 

Afternoon "Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street" are part of the "Summer with Sinfonia Varsovia" season, which runs from May to September. Thematic chamber concerts, symphonic concerts of Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra, dance parties as welll as morning concerts for families and 'Smykofonie' series directed to the youngest listeners will be held for more than two months.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available atwww.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Summer Concerts of the Polish National Youth Choir 2019


Summer concerts of the Polish National Youth Choir will take place in Częstochowa, Wieliczka and Kraków on 19-21 July 2019.

Polish National Youth Choir is an artistic and educational project directed at youth between 18 and 26 years old: pupils and students of vocal departments of music schools and academies, and the best singers of Polish choirs. It is financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and run by the National Forum of Music. Each PNYCh edition includes two sessions devoted to a specific topic. Quartets, sections and tutti rehearsals as well as individual singing lessons, lectures and workshops conducted by specialists in their fields are held as part of individual sessions. All these activities are finalised with concerts during which young people can present the results of their work. A characteristic feature of the project is to invite guest conductors and singing teachers from Poland and abroad to collaborate on subsequent editions.

During this year's concerts at the end of the summer session 2019, the Polish National Youth Choir will perform under the direction of Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny and Bob Chilcott. They will present works of Bob Chilcott himself, Uģis Prauliņš, Benjamin Britten, William Albright, as well as Totus Tuus Op. 60 by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki.

The project is carried out as part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of regaining independence and rebulding of the Polish statehood "Niepodległa".

More information at: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/ i https://www.facebook.com/PolskiNarodowyChorMlodziezowy/ 

Warsaw | 12th New Town Summer Festival

Letni Festiwal Nowego Miasta

12th edition of the New Town Summer Festival will take place in Warsaw between 19 July – 4 August 2019.

This year's edition will start at the Dominican Monastery with a recital of excellent violinist Katarzyna Duda accompanimed by pianist Hanna Holeksa who will perform works by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski and Henryk Wieniawski. The Sunday concert on 21 July at the St. Mary's Church will feature early music ensemble La Tempesta and foreign guests: cornetist Jeremy West and violinist Tomáš Kardoš, who will perform Mikołaj Zieleński's Communiones.

The second weekend of the Festival will be opened by Joanna Klisowska (soprano) and Katarzyna Neugebauer (piano) who will present nineteenth-century salon music: songs by Stanisław Moniuszko on his 200th birth anniversary and works by Karol Szymanowski and Ignacy Jan Paderewski. On 28 July, Italian pianist Leonora Armellini and Polish cellist Michał Zieliński will present works by Fryderyk Chopin. The last Friday of the Festival will be filled with music by Moniuszko and Chopin in an extremely interesting arrangement for glass harp and verrophone performed by the Wiener Glasharmonika Duo (Austria). In the finale, Warsaw Camerata under the baton of Paweł Kos-Nowicki and pianist Paweł Kowalski will perform Chopin's Concerto in E minor, Op. 11, and Haczewski's Sinfonia in D.

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

Krościenko nad Dunajcem | 10th "Pieniny – Culture – Sacrum” Festival


The anniversary 10th edition of the "Pieniny-Kultura-Sacrum" Summer Festival will take place on 19 July – 17 August 2019 in two temples located in Krościenko nad Dunajcem in Pieniny region: in the historic All Saints Church at the Market Square and in the new Christ the Good Shepherd Church.

The festival will feature organ music, chamber music, the artistic word as well as the exhibitions by Ewa Majerczak, the Pieniny Artists Association and the Polish Association for People with Intellectual Disability Koło in Szczawnica. It will be a truly interdisciplinary artistic event with a comprehensive and strong culture-developement potential. Outstanding Polish artists, guests from Italy, Hungary and, for the first time, from China will participate in this year's edition. The programme will include music from four differnet centuries, beginning with the works of European Baroque, through improvisation to contemporary highlander presentations. The main organizer of the Festival is the Foundation for the Promotion of Culture and Art ARS PRO ARTE.<

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available athttp://arsproarte.pl/#/kroscienko-nad-dunajcem/10-na-10-jubileuszowy-festiwal-pieniny-kultura-sacrum-w-kroscienku-n-d 

Zakopane | Chopin Piano Duo in the Villa 'Atma'


A concert of Chopin Piano Duo will take place on 18 July 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Karol Szymanowski Museum in the Villa 'Atma' in Zakopane.

Villa 'Atma' is the world’s only biographical museum of Karol Szymanowski, the father of modern Polish music. This historic chalet in Zakopane, where the composer made his home, is filled with music. The central theme is the work of Szymanowski, as well as that of his predecessors and followers. Performers include both renowned masters and talented young artists, winners of music competitions who interpret the work of the creator of Myths and Harnasie in innovative ways.

The upcoming concert will feature Chopin Piano Duo composed of Anna Boczar and Bartłomiej Kominek. We will listen to their renditions of the works by Edvard Grieg and Franz Schubert as well as the Tatra Album op. 12 by Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Grand Duo Concertant in E major on Themes from "Robert le Diable" by Fryderyk Chopin. The concert will be hosted by dr hab. Małgorzata Janicka-Słysz, Professor of the Academy of Music in Kraków and programme curator at the "Atma".

Admission free.

Full programme available at: https://mnk.pl/aktualnosci/koncert-chopin-piano-duo-anna-boczar-bartlomiej-kominek 

Wrocław | China-Europe International Culture and Arts Festival


On 16-21 July 2019 the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław will host a group of 150 young musicians from China who will take part in the Sino-European Festival of Culture and Arts.

The festival is the first event co-organized by the Wrocław Academy of Music with a partner from Beijing. The idea of ​​the Festival is international integration, exchange of artistic experiences and establishing contacts between European and Chinese art academies. In 2017 and 2018, the festival took place at universities in Italy and Spain, which initiated fruitful cooperation between European and Asian creative environments. This year a group of young Chinese artists will take part in music courses, instrumental and vocal competitions and will present recitals and concerts at the AMKL Concert Hall in Wrocław. Classes and competitions will be conducted by the pedagogues of the Wrocław Academy and invited artists from China.

An important aspect of the project is the presentation of Polish music, including works by composers associated with the Wrocław Academy of Music. The festival will include two large artistic events in the AMKL Concert Hall, which will be open to the public: a ceremonial opening of the Festival on 16 July at 4.30 p.m., and a final concert on 21 July 7.00 p.m. During the last festival concert, the Symphony Orchestra of students and graduates of the Academy of Music in Wrocław will perform Largo by Stanisław Krupowicz and Fjörd-dur by Michał Moc.

Free admission cards to the concerts are available at the reception of the E building of the Academy of Music.

Full programme available at: http://amuz.wroc.pl/program-festiwalu-5032 

Frombork | 52nd International Organ Music Festival

Fromborg 2019

52nd International Festival of Organ Music will take place in Frombork between 14 July and 4 August 2019.

The International Organ Music Festival in Frombork takes place at the Archcathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Andrew, equipped with the organ from 1683-1684, funded by Bishop Michał Radziejowski and built by Daniel Nitrowski from Gdańsk. It is one of the best organs in Poland, located in a cathedral presenting Gothic and Baroque sacred art. The festival inaugurated in 1967 is one of the oldest in Europe and it's goal is to popularize organ music. The organizers are the archcathedral parish of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Nicolaus Copernicus Museum, Museum of the History Monument "Frombork Cathedral Complex" and the city and commune of Frombork.

This year's festival will be attended by outstanding European musicians: organists Fabio Ciofini, Józef Serafin, Konstantin Volostnov, Mateusz Kotwica, cellist Alessandra Montani, countertenor Sławomir Bronk and Gdańsk Quartet. In their performance, we will listen to masterpieces of European organ and chamber music. The programme of the event also includes works by Polish contemporary composers. The final concert will feature, among others, Michał Sławecki's Alma Redemptoris Mater and Marian Sawa's Last Prayer.

Full programme available at: http://www.muzeum.frombork.pl/festiwal.php 

Korzkiew | Summer Festival of Classical Music 2019


The annual Summer Festival of Classical Music in Korzkiew will be held until 1 September 2019.

The concerts take place every Sunday at 5:15 p.m. in a beautiful baroque Church of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist in Korzkiew. The first edition of the festival organized by the Korzkiew Music Association took place in 2012. The festival presents the finest works of world-class artists, including Polish composers. This year's programme features works by Fryderyk Chopin, Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Mieczysław Karłowicz.

Among the performers, there are Bester Quartet, violinists Michał Nowak, Daniel Stabrawa, Wiesław Kwaśny, singers Jacek Tosik-Warszawiak, Edyta Piasecka, Magda Niedbała, clarinetist Tomasz Sowa, cellist Piotr Bylica, pianists Jerzy Stryjniak, Piotr Machnik, Mariola Cieniawa, Sławomir Cierpik, Mirosław Herbowski and Judyta Herbowska, as well as young laureates of music competitions. The festival is accompanied by the exhibition "Polish Madonnas and Cracow in a cut-out" by Anna Małecka-Beiersdorf.

Admission to all concerts is free.

Full programme available at: http://muzycznakorzkiew.pl/