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Multigenerational musical meetings are back!


The Association of Polish Chamber Musicians – Kraków Branch returns with a unique music and artistic university of the third century. The "Intergenerational Academy of Music: Kraków / Dobczyce" will be held on 13 September – 14 December 2020 at Villa Decius in Kraków and the Mayor M. Pawlak Regional Educational and Sports Centre in Dobczyce.

The project involves a series of four artistic and educational meetings in each town, including classical music recitals, lectures and meetings with artists. The idea of ​​the project is to present chamber music that derives from home and salon music making. In addition, the concept of the series refers to the tradition of musical societies. The assumption is that the repertoire should be both ambitious and attractive, engaging for a multigenerational audience (grandparents and grandchildren), and presented by the best performers, who will also meet with the listeners and talk about their interpretations of musical works.

Each concert will take place in two venues: Villa Decius in Krakóww and Mayor M. Pawlak Regional Educational and Sports Centre in Dobczyce. The list of performers will include outstanding Polish artists: pianists Julia Samojło, Monika Gardoń-Preinl, Wioletta Fluda-Tkaczyk, violinist Maria Sławek, clarinetist Piotr Lato, and the Extra Sounds Ensemble led by Alicja Śmietana. We will hear pieces by Roman Ryterband, Stefan Kisielewski, Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński, Mieczysław Weinberg, and Ludwig van Beethoven.

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

Prusz Gdański | "The Three Marys" – Gothic sculptures hold the floor

Trzy MarieThe Three Marys oratorio will be premiere by Les Femmes ensemble on 13 September 2020 at 7.00 p.m. in the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Pruszcz Gdański. We will have the opportunity to watch and listen to the work of Anna Rocławska-Musiałczyk under the direction of Piotr Jamioł both live and in broadcast. At a time when the gothic cathedrals are burning, three Marys – the heroines of the medieval mystery play – descend from the altar and speak up.

The Three Marys oratorio tells the story of the title women: Mary – Mother of God, Mary Magdalene and Mary of Clopas, accompanying Jesus in his passion and resurrection. The sculptures and painted figures of the Holy Women "come to life" and "descend from the altar" in Crucifixion – a late medieval Antwerp polyptych currently located in the National Museum in Warsaw. Sophisticated costumes designed by Małgorzata Sosińska-Wasik are almost exact copies of the sculptures' robes, while Cyprian Wieczorkowski's set design refers to gothic stained glass windows.

Anna Rocławska-Musiałczyk uses texts from the Old and New Testaments, old church songs and contemporary religious poetry – their common denominator is the Marian theme, focusing on the history of the three Marys. The new sound shape of songs and the sum of all the elements of the work ultimately transform the performance into a mystery play. The oratorio beautifully and harmoniously combines tradition with modernity: “The Three Marys presents an innovative approach, both in terms of form, performance and selection of texts. It is difficult to find a piece that would address this subject musically in a similar way", explains the composer. The work for three voices and chamber ensemble has a thoroughly universal message. The women from the altar are crying out for hope and joy of life. The Three Marys is a mystery play about the aesthetics of beauty and universal values.

Live broadcast will be available on Les Femmes Opera You Tube Channel.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Zakopane | 12th "Music on the Heights" International Chamber Music Festival

ZakopaneThe 12th edition of the “Music on the Heights” International Chamber Music Festival, organised by the Mieczysław Karłowicz Association in Zakopane, will run from 12 to 19 September 2020.

The “Music on the Heights” International Chamber Music Festival has been held every year in Zakopane, southern Poland, since 2009. The festival’s name refers both to the Tatra mountains which lie next to Zakopane, the resort town where the festival is held, and is also a reference to the high quality of music performed.The event promotes artists associated with Zakopane, as well as the city itself on the national and international arena.

This year's programme will feature works by Stanisław Moniuszko, Zygmunt Noskowski, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Tomasz Sikorski, Paweł Szymański and Paweł Mykietyn. The concerts will take place in the Holy Cross Church, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz Theatre, as well as in Our Lady of Częstochowa Church at Pęksowy Brzyzek. This year's guests of the "Discussion Club on the Hights" series will be conductor Bassem Samir Akiki, baritone Szymon Komasa, harpsichordist Małgorzata Sarbak, Belcea Quartet and violinist Elias David Moncado. Moncad's performance during the inaugural concert is the award of the director of the "Music on the Heights" Festival, Paweł Mykietyn for winning the 1st prize in the 5th International Karol Lipiński Violin Competition in Toruń in 2019. The concerts will be accompanied by numerous cultural events, including screening of the film Second concerto for cello and orchestra directed by Maciej Stuhr with music by Paweł Mykietyn, interactive educational concert and exhibitions.

Free admission!

More information at: http://www.muzykanaszczytach.com 

Łódź | Pianos of Freedom


This year marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the post-war Polish film industry and education. The two upcoming recitals as part of the "Pianos of Freedom" series in Łódź will be dedicated to film music. Witold Janiak will present melodies from popular animated films on 12 September 2020 at 12.30 p.m. at the Schiller Passage. Adam Kośmieja will interpret the most famous pieces of film music composed by Poles on 13 September 2020 at 4.00 p.m. in Fuzja Łódź.

The project, which consists of piano chamber concerts organised in the city space of Łódź, was initiated by the Soundedit Festival in 2018. The upcoming September concerts will feature pianists associated with Łódź and Bydgoszcz.

Composer, pianist and organist Witold Janiak teaches jazz piano, harmony and improvisation at the Academy of Music in Łódź. He is a winner of many industry awards. He has performed with leading Polish musicians and released six original albums. The artist also wrote music for the musical Dlaczego Maciek nie poszedł do nieba. Adam Kośmieja is a rising star of Polish avant-garde pianism. He has performed, among others, at the famous Carnegie Hall or at the Festival of Contemporary Music in Beijing. After studying in Poland, he graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in the piano class of Solomon Mikowsky. He was awarded the Harold and Helen Schonberg scholarship, dedicated to the memory of the eminent music critic of 'The New York Times'. Currently, as a PhD holder, he is a lecturer at the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz.

On 12 September Witold Janiak will present works by Piotr Hertl, Andrzej Korzyński and others, including themes from animated films Miś Uszatek, Przygody misia Colargola and Akademia Pana Kleksa. The organizers invite whole families to this concert. On Sunday, 13 September, Adam Kośmieja will perform famous pieces of film muisic composed by Wojciech Kilar, Waldemar Kazanecki, Zbigniew Preisner and Krzesimir Dębski.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/Fortepianywolnosci/ 

Katowice | Inauguration of the 76th artistic season of the Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra


The Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra will naugurate its 76th artistic season on 11 September 2020 at 7.00 p.m. with works by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Ludwig van Beethoven. Janusz Wawrowski, considered one of the greatest Polish violinists of his generation, will perform as a soloist.

The new season will open with the work of the patron of the Silesian Philharmonic – Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's Three Dances, Op. 34 for orchestra. The Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski will also perform works by Ludwig van Beethoven on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of his birth.

Janusz Wawrowski, who – courtesy of Roman Ziemian – plays the Antonio Stradivari violin built in 1685, will perform the solo part in Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61. The work with an extremely melodious violin part requires sensitivity and virtuosity from the soloist, especially in the final rondeau. The concert finale will feature Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92, dedicated to Count Moritz von Fries. The work was called by Richard Wagner 'the apotheosis of dance'.

More information: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/ 

Wrocław | 55th International Andrzej Markowski Festival Wratislavia Cantans


The theme of the 55th International Andrzej Markowski Festival Wratislavia Cantans, which will be held on 11-13 September 2020 at the National Forum of Music and the Collegiate Church of the Holy Cross and St Bartholomew, is ‘Lights to the World’. 

'Sound and light are waves, differing in length. Sound waves need air to propagate. Music will not sound in a vacuum. Light and air are a living environment for people, plants and animals – music is a space for beauty. We think of all who help each other in these difficult times. Music supports such attitudes. It is a space in which people unite. It helps you look forward to the future. We want it to be better and more beautiful thanks to people who work for the good. They are lights to the world', emphasizes Andrzej Kosendiak, general director of the Festival.

The first concert of this year's International Festival Wratislavia Cantans will be a tribute to Krzysztof Penderecki, who is considered by many scholars to be the greatest Polish composer active in the last six decades. The programme of the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra will feature four captivating works of artists active in the 20th century: Andrzej Panufnik, Benjamin Britten and Edward Elgar. The concert featuring Giovanni Antonini, Julia Lezhneva and Il Giardino Armonico will be a meeting with outstanding Baroque composers. It has become a tradition of Wratislavia Cantans to present Polish early music. This time, Wrocław Baroque Ensemble under the direction of Andrzej Kosendiak will perform the works of Jacek Różycki, a composer active in the second half of the 17th century.

Full programme is available at: http://www.wratislaviacantans.pl/ 

Kraków | 4th Krakow Music Salon – chamber music in the salons!

Krakowski Salon Muzyczny

Recalling the memory of the tradition of music salons as a popular element of the cultural life of 19th-century Kraków is the goal of a unique festival organized for the fourth time by the Association of Polish Chamber Musicians. The 4th edition of the Kraków Music Salon will be held between 10 and 29 September 2020 at the Jan Matejko House.

The festival aims at popularizing chamber music, including works by Polish composers, not only 19th- century, but also by contemporary ones. This year's edition will feature six concerts and two lectures, introducing the concert customs, the works of underrated, forgotten composers and the profiles of forgotten figures of Kraków and European artistic life. The list of performers will include soloists and chamber ensembles: Dorota Szczepańska (soprano), Hanna Hipp (mezzo-soprano), Karol Kozłowski (tenor), Łukasz Hajduczenia (baritone), Zarębski Piano Duo, Bartosz Koziak (cello), Agnieszka Kozło (piano), Anna Maria Staśkiewicz (violin), Katarzyna Budnik (viola), Marcin Zdunik (cello), Michał Francuz (piano), Joanna Konarzewska (violin), Rafał Kwiatkowski (cello) and Herbert Trio. The concert programme will include works by Polish and European composers of the 19th and 20th centuries, among others, Władysław Żeleński, Karol Szymanowski and Grzegorz Fitelberg.

Admission to all events is free! Due to sanitary restrictions, the number of places is limited. Information on tickets will be posted on the Association of Polish Chamber Musicians website and Facebook page. The whole festival will be broadcast online on YouTube.

The project was co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Music" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: www.spmk.com.pl/salon 

"With classics through Poland": concert of Polish songs

IMiTNext concerts in the series "With classics through Poland" will take place on 9 September 2020 in Niemcza (Hotel Niemcza Wino & SPA), on 10 September at the Ziębice Cultural Centre and on 11 September at the Culture and Arts Municipal Centre in Bielawa.  We will hear songs by Polish composers.

The aim of the project, which began in the second half of 2019, is to bring music performed by the most outstanding Polish artists to smaller community centres, cities, towns and villages; to reach audiences who have difficult access to classical music. Through contact with the great art and artists, new audiences are being introduced to the world of classical chamber music, having a chance to become its new enthusiasts.

The upcoming concerts will feature Olga Pasiecznik (soprano), Zuzanna Nalewajek (mezzo-soprano) and Dagmara Barna-Kosowicz (soprano), accompanied on the piano by Paweł Sommer. The programme will include songs by Stanisław Moniuszko, Mieczysław Weinberg, Witold Lutosławski, as well as rarely performed works by Jan Karłowicz, Witold Friemann, Emil Młynarski, Jan and Franciszek Maklakiewicz.

The project is carried out by the Polish Music Management, operating at the Institute of Music and Dance, thanks to the support of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage Prof. Piotr Gliński and under his patronage.

More information at: http://muzycznyimpresariat.pl/ 

Łódź | Symphonic concert on the 150th birth anniversary of Emil Młynarski


A symphonic concert on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Emil Młynarski's birth will take place on 11 September 2020 at 7.00 p.m. at the Arthur Rubinstein Łódź Philharmonic. 

The excellent violinist Piotr Pławner, together with the Łódź Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Paweł Przytocki, will perform Emil Młynarski's Violin Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 11. This work, together with the composer's Violin Concerto No. 2 in D major, Op. 16, was included in the album which received this year's "Fryderyk" award of the Polish Phonographic Academy in the category "Classical Music / Album of the Year – Concert Music" (DUX).

Emil Młynarski is most often associated with his huge commitment and contribution to the dynamic development of Warsaw's musical life at the turn of the 20th century. What is more, the number of honorable and responsible functions he would hold for years ensured him the position of an undisputed authority. Today, unfortunately, hardly anyone remembers that during his lifetime the artist was also valued for his compositional output, which is confirmed by, for example, a prestigious award he received for the Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 11. The present album perfectly fits into promotional activities of unjustly forgotten Polish music. Piotr Pławner, as the first instrumentalist in the world, decided to present Emil Młynarski's two violin concertos, which are among the most representative examples of Polish music at the turn of the 20th century

The programme of the concert will also feature Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60.

Information on tickets at: https://filharmonia.lodz.pl/pl