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Toruń | 24th "Nova Music and Architecture" International Festival


The 24th "Nova Music and Architecture" International Festival will highlight interesting elements of Toruń architecture by running artistic events in various parts of the city. 16 different projects will be held between 26 June and 5 September: symphony and chamber concerts, a film projection with live music and a photo exhibition.

The idea of ​​the Festival, which is organized by the Toruń Symphony Orchestra, is to present music in both the historical and modern interiors of Toruń architecture. This year's edition will feature concerts combining symphony and popular music, among others "One, Two, Three Symphonic", "Beethoven Electric 2D", concerts commemorating such important events as the 100th birth anniversary of Pope John Paul II, the 100th anniversary of the Miracle on the Vistula, the Polish Army Day and the 100th anniversary of Toruń's return to free Poland. The programme will include well-known works by Edvard Grieg, George Bizet, Gioachino Rossini and Giuseppe Verdi as well as compositions of Polish composers: Mikołaj from Kraków, Jan Podbielski, Fryderyk Chopin, Henryk Wieniawski, Mieczysław Surzyński, Gustaw Roguski, Karol Szymanowski, Wojciech Kilar, Krzysztof Baculewski and Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil. We will also witness the first performance of Iwona Kisiel's Once Upon the See 2 for 2 flutes and harpsichord. Violin recitals will be a unique opportunity hear the winners of the 5th Karol Lipiński International Violin Festival and Competition: Elias David Moncado and Robert Łaguniak. The festival finale will feature opera works performed by outstanding Lithuanian soloists and the Toruń Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dainius Pavilionis.

Full programme is available at: http://www.tos.art.pl/ 

"Hommage a Penderecki" in the series "Krakow Philharmonic at Your Home!"


A concert in "Hommage a Krzysztof Penderecki" will take place on 28 June 2020 at 6.00 p.m. in the "Krakow Philharmonic at Your Home" series, co-financed from the "Culture on the Web" programme of the National Centre for Culture.

The concert will be performed by musicians of the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra percussion group and percussionsts collaborating with the institution. It will be led by Ryszard Haba – the first timpanist of the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, founder of the Haba Percussion Group and originator of the "Meetings with percussion music", which have been organised at the Krakow Philharmonic for over a decade.

We will hear Three pieces in old style, originally written for string quintet, but this time presented in an extraordinary instrumentation: three sets of orchestra bells, vibraphone and five-octave marimba (arranged by Ryszard Haba). Penderecki's Song of Cherubim, originally intended for mixed choir, will be performed on Burmese and Javanese gongs, symphonic bells, marimbas, vibraphones and crotales. In total, twelve human voices have been replaced by 12 melodic percussion instruments. The programme will also include Ryszard Haba's Capriccio per Tubaphone e strumenti percussione, which was composed under the influence of Krzysztof Penderecki's music for a new instrument invented by the author – the tubaphone.

The "Krakow Philharmonic at your home!" is an initiative aimed at maintaining the continuity of the cultural offer of the Krakow Philharmonic until the end of the anniversary 75th artistic season and during the summer months. The series will include 8 concerts that will take place from June to September. Each concert broadcast will be held on the Krakow Philharmonic website, Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Pruszcz Gdański | Art'n'Voices – we meet again


The Association of Young Artists of the Wejherowo Land invites you to the first concert of the vocal group Art’n’Voices after the quarantine, which will take place on 27 June 2020 at 8.00 p.m. in the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Pruszcz Gdański and will be streamed online.

The concert programme will include music from the latest Art'n’Voices album entitled Midnight Stories and other songs from their repertoire.

Midnight Stories is an album dedicated entirely to songs inspired by the theme of the night, composed by Paweł Łukaszewski, Krzysztof Komeda, as well as the atists of the young generation – Szymon Godziemba-Trytek, Zuzanna Falkowska, Anna Rocławska-Musiałczyk and Jakub Szafrański. The album was recorded at Ars Sonora Studio and was published by DUX. The premiere performance took place at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdansk at the end of February 2020 and started the promotional concert series. After a four-month break, the ensemble resumes concerts and invites you to one of the oldest churches in Pomerania – the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Pruszcz Gdański.

Admission to the concert is free, but the number of places is limited.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Wigrosfera – Festival online


The Wigrosfera Festival, which will take place on 26 and 27 June 2020 in the Wigry National Park, is a sonic response to the natural human need for communing with nature and culture.

The festival concerts will be broadcast online from the stage located on the PTTK beach in Stary Folwark with a view of one of the most beautiful Polish lakes – Wigry in the Suwałki Region. The Festival aims at popularising classical Polish music and its latest achievements. Two days will feature four concerts presenting, among other, string trios by Karol Lipiński, contemporary works by Paweł Szymański and Krzysztof Penderecki, electric string quartet with synthesizers, electronic music and classical cello. By using latest innovative technologies, the organisers will transfer listeners to the multilayer world of contemporary art.

Among the performers will be Resina (Karolina Rec), NeoQuartet, Roshko Brothers and Voytek Proniewicz. The artists will also take part in the meetings held after the concerts. A special guest of the event will be composer Paweł Szymański.

The festival is co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the web" programme and by the Podlaskie Voivodeship.

Full programme is available at: https://www.facebook.com/wigrosfera/ 

Licheń Stary | Summer Organ Concerts


The Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń inivites you to the summer concerts on the unique Licheń organ which will be held three times a day (at 11.00 a.m., 1.30 and 8.00 p.m.), except Sundays, until 10 September 2020.

Jacek Hyżny, Maciej Wota, Piotr Kaczmarczyk, Paweł Opala, Dymitr Morozow, Sebastian Kuczyński, Roksana Kalinowska and Maciej Somerla will perform on the largest organ in Poland, designed by Andrzej Chorosiński. The instrument is composed of 5 independent sections, arranged in several places. The programme will include works of different eras and styles, compositions by Mikołaj from Kraków, Michał Kleofas Ogiński, Fryderyk Chopin, Mieczysław Surzyński, Feliks Nowowiejski, Michał Lorenc and organ improvisations on Polish church songs.

From 5 July, Marian priests will also invite listeners to concerts at 2.30 p.m. held as part of the 2nd International Organ Festival.

More information atwww.lichen.pl 

David Pituch has passed away...

Famous saxophonist, music historian and teacher David Pituch died on 22 June 2020 in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

The American saxophonist was a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University and the University of Colorado Boulder. As a Fulbright scholarship holder, he completed an internship at the Institute of Musicology at the University of Warsaw (1974). Pituch was the first performer of the third, final version of Roman Palester's Concertino for saxophone and orchestra (1978). In 1980, he founded the saxophone class at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, where he lectured until 1989. In 1998 he defended his doctoral dissertation entitled A Reception History of the Saxophone Between 1918 and 1942 at Northwestern University. He is the author of the book Saxophone from A to Z published by PWM Edition (2000). He lectured at Columbia College of Missouri Online Campus.

The saxophonist has performed at many festivals in Europe and the United States, took part in events organized by the Polish Composers' Union, including the "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music. As a soloist, he performed with such well-known orchestras as the Boston Symphony, Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra and Berlin Radio and Television Orchestra.

The artist's death brought us great sorrow. We honor his memory with gratitude.

Katowice | Concert dedicated to the memory of Krzysztof Penderecki


The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra invites you on 26 June 2020 at 7.30 p.m. to a concert dedicated to the memory of the great artist and friend of PNRSO – Krzysztof Penderecki. The concert will be streamed live on Facebook.

It will be a unique ending to a very unusual concert season. After more than three months, the audience will be able to participate in the concert not only via the Internet but also in the concert hall. The musicians will be placed on stage with the required distance and they will prerfomed chamber repertoire.

Piotr Tarcholik – first concertmaster of the PNRSO, leader of the PNRSO String Sextet, concertmaster of the Przemyśl Chamber Orchestra and leader of the Sinfonietta Cracovia ensemble – will lead the ucpoming concert. The programme will be composed of Krzysztof Penderecki's Fanfare for Independent and Chaconne for string orchestra from the Polish Requiem and Joseph Haydn's Symphony in F sharp minor "Farewell", Hob. I: 45.

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Gdańsk | 63. International Organ Music Festival in the Oliva Cathedral


The 63rd International Organ Festival in the Oliwa Cathedral, organised annually by the Polish Baltic Frédéric Chopin Philharmonic, will run from 26 June to 25 August 2020.

Festival concerts in the historic Oliwa Cathedral will feature the most outstanding organ virtuosi, representing different countries and generations. Music lovers will have a chance to familiarize themselves with diverse music repertoire of different periods and styles, as well as witness world and Polish premieres of such compositions as: Chromatisches Poem by composer of Polish descent Sergei Słonimski, L’A.B.C. Musical by Gustav Kirchhoff, Blue Sunrise by Paolo Bougeat, Basque Suite by Stefan Kagel, Trinity Suite by Diego Cannizzar and But if I am laid into the tomb... by Maciej Zakrzewski. The programme will also include works by such Polish composers as Mieczysław Surzyński, Juliusz Łuciuk, Marian Sawa, and Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz. Among the guests of the festival will be Christophe Mantoux, Vincent Thevenas, Roman Perucki, Inger-Lise Ulsrud, Francesco Bongiorno, Wojciech Wojtasiewicz, Roberto Marini, Jan Bokszczanin, Andrei Bardin, Andrzej Chorosiński, Johannes Skudlik, Paulo Bougeat, Maciej Zakrzewski, Stefan Kagl, Daniel Zaretsky, Diego Cannizzaro, Józef Serafin and the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio.

The Festival opening gala will take place on 26 June at 8.00 p.m. in Gdańsk Oliwa Cathedral and will be open to public. Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Jacek Rogala and organists Hanna Dys and Roman Perucki will perform works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Charles-Maria Widor and Dariusz Przybylski (Concerto for Two Positives and Orchestra). The concert will be hosted by Konrad Mielnik. 

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

1st Ise-Shima International Composition Competition – Japan 2020

ISIse-Shima Art Committee invites you to participate in the 1st Ise-Shima International Composition Competition. The deadline for submitting applications is 1 June 2021.

The aim of the Competition is to promote young composers. The Competition is open to all nationalities, there is no age limit and there are no restrictions regarding the instrumentation or duration of the piece. The submitted work may be already performed or awarded. Composers may submit more than one work, but they must complete a separate entry form and pay a fee for each composition.

Full score (pdf format) must be submitted via application form: https://en.iseshimaart.com/international-composition-competiti 

The head of the jury is Polish composer ​Marcin Stańczyk​. The jury will award the Grand Prize in the amount of $1,000 and 35 special prizes. Ise-Shima Art Committee reserves the right not to award the prizes, to change the regulations, or to reduce or divide the prize pool, which is generated by the entry fees.

Competition winners will be notified by email until the end of August 2021. The results of the Competition will be published on the website: https://en.iseshimaart.com/c 

Rules and regulations are available at: https://bit.ly/37SqagR