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Gdańsk | 23st Gdańsk Carillon Festival

CarillonThe 23nd edition of the Gdańsk Carillon Festival will take place between 23 July and 28 August 2021. Special concerts from the towers of St. Catherine Church and the Main Town Hall combined with a fountain show will be held every Friday and Saturday. This year, all concerts will be broadcast live on the Internet.

Gdańsk is the only city in Poland that has working instruments consisting of bells weighing from several kilograms to several tons. Performing carillon pieces from the tower of the Main Town Hall is an almost 460-year-old tradition of Gdańsk. Carillon sounds accompanied the most important city events. During this year's Festival, old and new pieces performed on carillons by talented artists will be heard on Fridays at 8.30 p.m. from the tower of the St. Catherine Church and on Saturdays at 12.05 p.m. from the tower of the Main Town Hall.

Among the performers will be Monika Kaźmierczak, the city carillonist and the organiser of the Festival, carillonists Anna Kasprzycka, Gideon Bodden and Paul Maassen from the Netherlands, American Jeffrey Bossin from Berlin and the Polish-Japanese duo: Katarzyna Takao-Piastowska with her husband, Toru Takao. Apart from carillonists, there will also be Tubicinatores Gedanenses, NeoQuartet and Gdańsk-Kraków duo Wood & Bronze. During the final concerts of the event (27 and 28 August), NeoQuartet and Paul Maassen will premiere works composed especially for the Festival: Arachne by Paul Maassen and Solaris by Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz – the work written in tribute to Stanisław Lem.

Full programme and online broadcasts: www.carillongdansk.pl and https://www.facebook.com/carillony/ 

Katowice | Stream on Tour: concerto for saxophone, electronics and stream art

StreamOnThe first concert in the "Stream on Tour" series will be held on 22 July 2021 at 9.00 p.m. Grzesiek Mart and Piotr Peszat, together with representatives of the contemporary Polish classical music scene, will perform audio-visual concerts streamed live online.

"Stream on Tour" is looking for an original way of using live video. Can stream be a new kind of art? How will stream art be different from stream? On 22 July, "Stream on Tour" will visit Katowice.

Peszat and Mart have been working together for a long time, experimenting with ways to combine music and video composition. "Stream on Tour" will present the premieres of Peszat's works written for classical instruments, electronics and stream art. The concert in Katowice will feature Beautiful Music / Easy Listening # 1 "Argo" for alto saxophone, audio playback, video and stream art – performed by Bartłomiej Duś, saxophone teacher at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. The excellent saxophonist will also perform Monodrama for saxophone and electronics in a duet with the composer of the piece – Stanisław Bromboszcz, assistant professor at the Academy of Music in Katowice.

The event was supported as part of the "Musicgrants" competition organised by the Katowice City of Gardens Institution of Culture.

The concert will be available on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrzesiekMartDoc 

Wrocław | Cellos meet Chopin

NFMThe International Cello Academy (ICA) is one of the few events in Europe aimed at cellists from all over the world. ICA was created to bring the world of cello ensembles closer to the audience and to support talents wishing to master their playing on this instrument. The concert in the frames of the ICA 2021 will be held at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław on 2 July 2021 at 8.00 p.m.

The founder and organiser of the International Cello Academy is the Polish Cello Quartet. It was established in 2011 on the initiative of prominent Polish cellists: Tomasz Daroch, Wojciech Fudala, Krzysztof Karpeta, and Adam Krzeszowiec. Their repertoire includes mainly works originally composed for a cello quartet.

The July concert will begin with Fryderyk Chopin’s compositions arranged especially for the Polish Cello Quartet. Then we will hear Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus (The Praise to Eternity of Jesus), the fifth movement of Olivier Messiaen's Quatuor pour la fin du temps. The fragment that will be presented during the concert is a slow, wistful cello cantilena against the steady piano chords (which will be replaced by the cello ensemble).

The concert will end with the premiere of Sentieri interrotti (Trails Interrupted) – a piece by the Italian composer Francesco Bottigliero. It is a work for four solo cellos and cello orchestra. This piece was created as part of the „Composing Commissions” programme, realised by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media partner: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/en/component/nfmcalendar/event/8600 

"Classics Across Poland": Boarte Piano Trio in Masovia

BoarteAfter concerts in Lower Silesia, Kuyavian-Pomeranian and Masuria, the series "Classics Across Poland" returns to Masovia. The concerts of the Boarte Piano Trio will take place on 23, 24 and 25 July 2021 in Żyrardów, Wiaderno and Stawisko.

The Boarte Piano Trio was formed in 2019. It consists of experienced Polish chamber musicians who have already played in many renowned ensembles: pianist Konrad Skolarski, violinist Jarosław Nadrzycki and cellist Karol Marianowski. The members of the ensemble are awarded artists, laureates of many prestigious competitions. They gained international recognition thanks to numerous performances in Europe, both Americas and Asia.

In the coming days, the trio will perform at the Resursa in Żyrardów (23 July at 7.00 p.m.), in the newly opened Community Centre in Wiaderno (24 July at 5.00 p.m.) and at the Museum of Anna and Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz in Stawisko (25 July at 5.00 p.m.). The programme will include Paweł Łukaszewski's Piano Trio, as well as Joseph Haydn's Piano Trio in G major "Gypsy" and Felix Mendelssohn's Trio in C minor, Op. 66 No. 2.

The series of concerts "Classics Across Poland" is financed by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport. The project is caried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

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3rd Czarnolas Festival of Arts

CzThe 3rd Czarnolas Festival of Arts, one of the biggest summer music festivals in Poland, will run from 18 July to 1 August 2021. There will be piano recitals, early music concerts, symphonic concerts, performances of folk groups, debuts by young artists, thematic discussions, lectures, piano workshops, painting workshops and literary meetings. The motto of this year's edition of the festival is "The Art of Freedom", referring to the 265th birthday and 230th death anniversary of W. A. ​​Mozart – the first "free" artist.

The festival events will take place in various places associated with Jan Kochanowski: in Czarnolas, Gródek, Policzna, Zwoleń, Janowiec, and Opactwo. Among the performers, there will be stars of the Polish music and theatre scene: Włodek Pawlik, Łukasz Pawlik, Rafał Janiak, Jerzy Zelnik, Marek Toporowski, Concerto Polacco, the Polish Royal Opera, Edward Wolanin and Filip Wojciechowski. This year's edition will be inaugurated by the Czarnolas Festival Orchestra, which was established especially for the festival. The ensemble will perform on 18 July at 6:30 in the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Zwoleń.

The programme of this year's event includes, among others, music by Jakub Reys Pole, Wojciech Długoraj, Fryderyk Chopin, Henryk Wieniawski, Karol Szymanowski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Tadeusz Baird, Romuald Twardowski as well as Włodek and Łukasz Pawlik.

Admission to all events is free when booking in advance by phone or e-mail: www.czarnoleskifestiwalsztuk.pl/festiwal 

Lusławice | "Emanacje" Festival – contemporary and jazz music

EmanacjeThe upcoming weekend in Lusławice will bring extraordinary repertoire combinations and interesting performance contexts. Agata Zubel (mezzo-soprano), Karolina Mikołajczyk (violin), Ivo Jedynecki (accordion) and the New Music Orchestra conducted by Szymon Bywalec will perform on 17 July 2021. The next day we will hear the jazz legend – Adam Makowicz.

EmanacjeThe artistic mission of the New Music Orchestra is to explore the area of ​​contemporary music in search of works that are significant, important for Polish and world music culture, which are worth to be widely promoted. During the concert, the ensemble and soloists will present various works of 20th and 21st century music. We will hear Strophes by Krzysztof Penderecki, Folk songs by Luciano Berio and Opole Concerto by Piotr Moss.

Adam Makowicz – a world-class piano virtuoso, one of the most respected Polish jazz artists abroad  collaborated with the most outstanding jazzmen, including Teddy Wilson and Benny Goodman. In 1977 he emigrated to the USA. He recorded an album Adam for the CBS Columbia record label, performed at Carnegie Hall and at prestigious European and American jazz festivals. From the 1990s, Makowicz regularly came to Poland, giving solo recitals and performing with symphony orchestras, often in classical repertoire. The concert in Lusławice will end the celebrations of the artist's 80th birthday.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: www.emanacje.pl 

Krościenko on the Dunajec | 11th Summer Festival "Pieniny – Kultura – Sacrum"

PIeninyAfter a two-year break caused by the epidemiological situation, the Summer Festival "Pieniny – Kultura – Sacrum" returns to the Church of Christ the Good Shepherd in Krościenko on the Dunajec river. For five consecutive Saturdays, starting on 17 July 2021 at 7.00 p.m., we will be able to listen to organ and chamber music performed by renowned instrumentalists and vocalists from Poland and Hungary.

The common denominator of the concerts will be organ music, which the Festival has been dedicated to from the very beginning. We will listen to organ solo, as well as an accompaniment to the violin, flute and voice. The All Saints Parish Choir will perform for the first time during the festival with a programme representing the unique sacred music of the Pieniny Mountains. We will hear works by Mikołaj Gomółka, Marcin Józef Żebrowski, Feliks Nowowiejski and Michał Lorenc. Moreover, Błażej Musiałczyk and Jacek Ścibor will present compositions by Stanisław Kwiatkowski and Otto Mieczysław Żukowski.

Traditionally, all concerts will be accompanied by an exhibition prepared by members of the Pieniny Artists Association. Admission to the concerts is free!

The organiser of the 11th "Pieniny-Kultura-Sacrum" Summer Festival is the ARS PRO ARTE Foundation for the Promotion of Culture and Art.

More information: www.arsproarte.pl and https://www.facebook.com/arsproarte/.

Gdańsk | 24th "Music in the gazebo. Guests of the Polish Chamber Choir"

PChKThe 24th edition of the concert series "Music in the gazebo. Guests of the Polish Chamber Choir" will be held in Gdańsk from 17 July to 14 August 2021. The concerts will take place in the Oliwa Park on Saturdays at 12.00 p.m.

It was 1997 when Jan Łukaszewski invited the outstanding singer Łucja Prus to prepare a programme for the celebration of the 1000th anniversary of Gdańsk. The residents of the city liked this idea so much that the director of the Polish Chamber Choir decided to continue the unique musical meetings in the beautiful Oliwa Park. The organisers invite you on a journey full of musical impressions for the 24th time.

The concerts will be performed by talented musicians: violinists Jan Szczypiorski and Małgorzata Wójcik, accordionist Paweł Wiśniewski, tenor Krzysztof Lorek, pianists Wiktoria Browarek and Marta Kur, Mateusz Bliskowski Quartet and young artists from the Suzuki Institute in Gdańsk. The programme will include works by outstanding Polish composers – Stanisław Moniuszko, Fryderyk Chopin, Henryk Wieniawski, Mieczysław Karłowicz – and music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonio Vivaldi, Astor Piazzolla and Antonin Dvořák.

Admission to all the concerts is free!

Full programme: https://www.polskichorkameralny.pl/pl/ 

Vilnius | St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra in tribute to Krzysztof Penderecki

Penderecki The Vilnius City Municipality St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra conducted by Modestas Barkauskas will perform a concert devoted to Krzysztof Penderecki on 15 July 2021 at 7 p.m. at the St. Catherine Church in Vilnius. The event with live broadcast by LRT Klasika is a part of the project “Krzysztof Penderecki: Europe in tribute to the Master” carried out by the Polish Composers’ Union in collaboration with foreign partners.

With this concert, we want to commemorate the world-famous composer, conductor and teacher, a long-time Honorary Member and the Honorary President of the Polish Composers’ Union, who passed away on 29 March 2020. The programme includes Penderecki’s Sinfonietta per archi alongside corresponding works by other composers from Poland, including students of the Maestro and winners of the composers’ competitions under his name, as well as a piece by one of the most famous contemporary Lithuanian composers, Raminta Šerkšnytė.

Penderecki’s Sinfonietta is the orchestral equivalent of his String Trio (1990/91). It is a perfect example of a neo-classical work influenced by the Baroque form of concerto grosso with clear references to Bartók’s music. The piece will be juxtaposed with Sinfonietta – Time is ticking written by Penderecki’s student, Maciej Bałenkowski. This motoric piece inspired by the concept of time received the 1st prize in the "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta" Composition Competition (2018) held under the honorary patronage of Krzysztof Penderecki. The programme will also include Wojciech Kostrzewa’s Novelette (2018, 1st prize in the 3rd Krzysztof Penderecki International Composers’ Competition “Arboretum”), and Andrzej Ojczenasz’s Tech-uniques (2019, 1st prize in the 5th Krzysztof Penderecki Composers’ Competition as part of the 9th NDI Sopot Classic Festival). The concert will be completed by Raminta Šerkšnytė’s early work De profundis (1998), which aims at displaying a wide range of sound possibilities in various orchestral textures.

The project is realised by the Polish Composers’ Union / Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC in partnership with the Vilnius City Municipality St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra with the support of the Polish Institute in Vilnius. Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund.

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Live broadcast: LRT Klasika website, Šv. Kristoforo Kamerinis Orkestras’ Facebook page and YouTube channel.