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55th International Organ Festival in Koszalin

KoszalinThe 55th edition of one of the largest and oldest festivals in Poland – the International Organ Festival in Koszalin – will be inaugurated on 2 July 2021 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The festival organized by the Stanisław Moniuszko Koszalin Philharmonic will last until 27 August, comprising a total of 26 concerts.

In addition to the nine main events, which will be held on the following Fridays at 7.15 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, concerts will take place in Bobolice, Mielno, Darłowo, Sarbinowo, Tychów, Ustronie Morskie and Jamno. We will hear organists from Poland, including Władysław Szymański, Wacław Golonka, Paweł Wróbel, Józef Serafin, Wiktor Brzuchacz, Józef Kotowicz, Bogdan Narloch, Zbigniew Gach, and guests from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Italy and the USA.

Organ music will be performed in the first part of the concerts. The second part will be filled with all sorts of genres and styles. We will hear the most beautiful pieces of organ, chamber and symphonic music, including works by Polish composers: Stanisław Moniuszko – Prelude on the theme of the song "Who takes care"; Mieczysław Surzyński – Chaconne, Op. 14, Capriccio, Op. 36 No. 4, Improvisations on the Polish church song "Holy God", Op. 38; Marian Sawa – Laudes, Chant triste, Op. 36 No.2, Fugue-Bolero.

The final concert will feature Piotr Moss' "According to Memling" – Concerto for flute, organ and orchestra. It will be the second performance of the work which premiered on 28 February 2020 at the Frederic Chopin Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk. The composition was inspired by The Last Judgment triptych by Dutch painter Hans Memling. It was composed for Łukasz Długosz and Roman Perucki, who will perform on 27 August with the Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Jacek Rogala.

Full programme: https://filharmoniakoszalinska.pl/ 

Katowice | Piano-Tężnia Festival

pianoThe 2nd and 3rd editions of the Piano-Tężnia Festival, which was canceled last year due to a pandemic, will be held between 11 July and 22 August 2021. The idea of the festival, financed from the Civic Budget of the City of Katowice, is to combine the health-promoting properties of the Brine Graduation Tower in the Zadole Park in Katowice and music interpreted by outstanding pianists. Admission free!

This year, piano recitals will take place in the park’s Amphitheatre near the Brine Graduation Tower. The first of this year’s editions of the festival (11 July –1 August) is organised by the Municipal Cultural Centre "Ligota" in Katowice. On the next 4 Sundays at 5 p.m., there will be performances by: Anna Górecka, Piotr Sałajczyk, Beata Bilińska and Szczepan Kończal. The next edition (8–22 August ), organised by the Katowice City of Gardens – Krystyna Bochenek Institution of Culture, will include recitals by Andrzej Wierciński, Michał Dziewior, Mateusz Tomica and Paweł Tomaszewski (the last two concerts will take place on 22 August at 5 p.m. and 6.30 p.m.).

The artists will present a diverse repertoire, which will include piano masterpieces – sonatas by Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Sergei Prokofiev, miniatures by Claude Debussy, George Gershwin, Sergei Rachmaninoff, as well as Polish music: two recitals will be composed exclusively of Fryderyk Chopin’s pieces. There will also be works by Władysław Żeleński, Juliusz Zarębski, Bolesław Woytowicz, Grażyna Bacewicz and Ludomir Różycki, as well as Paweł Tomaszewski’s original program for the finale.

On 5 consecutive Sundays (11 July–8 August), immediately after the recitals of the Piano-Tężnia Festival, at 6.30 p.m., there will be workshops organised by MCC "Ligota" called "Breathing by singing", during which invited artists and vocal groups will sing popular songs with the audience.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

SEE: Festival Programme

Katowice | Anniversaries of Great Composers: Eugeniusz Knapik and Jan Wincenty Hawel

FSThe Silesian Philharmonic's concert on 9 July 2021 at 7.00 p.m. is dedicated to two professors, extremely important figures for the Silesian Philharmonic and for the Silesian and Polish composers' schools – Eugeniusz Knapik and Jan Wincenty Hawel, who celebrates their birthday in July. The Silesian Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Maciej Tomasiewicz and soprano Sylwia Olszyńska will perform their works, as well as captivating songs by Mieczysław Karłowicz and Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings.

On 9 July, Eugeniusz Knapik will celebrate his 70th birthday. The concert will begin with the composer's work When Suns Die..., which had its premiere at the Silesian Philharmonic during the 8th International Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Days. Just like then, Sylwia Olszyńska will perform the solo part. This piece is a tribute to Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and is based on the same literary text that inspired the patron of the Silesian Philharmonic in creating his String Quartet No. 3 "... songs are sung".

Then we will hear Jan Wincenty Hawel's Musical Moments. There are three eponymous "moments" in opus 131. These works are one of the artist's favorite compositions, so it will be the perfect gift on the eve of the 85th birthday of the Honorary Head of the Silesian Chamber Orchestra. The Moments combine traditional notation and aleatorism, so the audience gathered in the concert hall will experience their unique version.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Warsaw | Concert on the 230th anniversary of the adoption of the May 3rd Constitution

DKS The JAX Association invistes you to a concert on the occasion of the 230th anniversary of the adoption of the May 3rd Constitution. The event will take place on 9 July 2021 at 6.00 p.m. at the "Świt" Cultural Centre in Warsaw.

The list of performers includes artists involved in national and international cultural life: Krzysztof Borysiewicz (bass) – collaborating with the Grand Theater – National Opera in Warsaw, Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, Salzburger Landestheater and Staatstheater Kassel, winner of the Grand Prix at the Francisco Vinas Vocal Competition in Barcelona; Róża Lorenc (violin) – winner of national and international violin competitions, multiple scholarship holder of the Mayor of Gdańsk; and Wiktor Brzuchacz (organ) – winner of the "Golden Laurel for Young Organist", graduate of the Conservatory in Saint-Germain-en-Laye and the Academy of Music in Poznań

The concert repertoire includes outstanding works of Polish and European music literature. In addition to compositions by Antonio Vivaldi, Edward Elgar and Gabriel Fauré, we will hear a wide range of Polish music, which impresses with compositional artistry, depth of expression and a variety of moods. Musical works will be intertwined with the historical outline of the adoption of the May 3rd Constitution.

Free admission, limited number of places available.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Olsztyn | 43rd Feliks Nowowiejski Olsztyn Organ Concerts

MOKThe 43rd Feliks Nowowiejski Olsztyn Organ Concerts, organised by the Parish of St. Jacob in Olsztyn and the Olsztyn Municipal Cultural Centre, will run until 29 August 2021. As usual, all concerts will take place in the St. Jacob's Cathedral (5 Staszica St.) on the following Sundays in July and August at 8.00 p.m.

This year's edition of the concert series will feature masterpieces of the old masters as well as contemporary organ music, which provides unbelievable emotions. The soloists will play the small and large organs of the gothic cathedral in Olsztyn.

The list of performers includes organists Jarosław Tarnawski, Michał Białko, Tomasz Orlow, Daniel Prajzner, Agnieszka Tarnawska, Marek Fronc, Maciej Lewandowicz, Tomasz Soczek, Julian Gembalski, as well as violinists Henryk Gembalski and Marek Polański, soprano singer Joanna Soczek, flautist Natalia Chudzicka and the Starck Compagnay ensemble. They will perform, among others, works by August Fryderyk Duranowski, Joachim Kaczkowski, Jan Maklakiewicz, Tomasz Soczek and, of course, the Patron of the concert series. Moreover, on 22 August, Julian Gembalski and Henryk Gembalski will present an improvisation on the themes of Feliks Nowowiejski entitled Hommage a Nowowiejski.

Admission to the events is free. The concerts will take place in the sanitary regime.

Detailed programme is available at: https://www.mok.olsztyn.pl/ 

Poznań | Summer Stage at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań in 2021

Scena LetniaThe Foundation of the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań invites you to a series of summer meetings with music – the project "Summer Stage at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań" will run from 7 July to 11 August 2021.

Poznań musical meetings during the summer period have over twenty years of tradition – until 2012 the concert venue was the Poznań City Hall (the cycle was called "Summer Town Hall Concerts"), and from 2013 – the Stefan Stuligrosz Hall (the name was changed to "The Summer Stage at the Academy of Music"). This year's edition of the project has been planned in the new space that the University has gained to pursue its artistic plans – in the "Olimpia" Academic Music Theater.

Concerts performed by students, doctoral students and teachers will take place on the following Wednesdays: 7, 14, 21, 28 July and 4 and 11 August at 5.00 p.m. The programme of six different events includes works by Polish composers, among others, Fryderyk Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, Henryk Wieniawski, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski, and Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska – a composer and lecturer at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski in Poznań.

Co-financed from the budget of the City of Poznań.

More information: https://amuz.edu.pl/

Kraków | Polish Music OdNova Festival: Stanisław Wisłocki's 100th birth anniversary

OdNova7July 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Wisłocki, whose compositional work, dominated by conducting activity, is being rediscovered by musicians and musicologists. On 3 July at 6 p.m. the Krakow Philharmonic will present Wisłocki's symphonic works. The programme of the concert, which will inaugurate the Polish Music OdNova festival, will include the premiere of Polish Rhapsody – Piano Concerto, Op. 14.

Conductor, composer, pianist, teacher, organiser of musical life associated with Poland and Romania  Stanisław Wisłocki was a colourful figure of the artistic community in post-war Poland. On 3 July, a few days before the 100th anniversary of the artist's birth, his symphonic works will be performed at the Krakow Philharmonic. The concert will inaugurate the Philharmonic's new venture  the Polish Music OdNova festival. The first part of the evening will feature Polish Suite for symphony orchestra (1945) and Piano Concerto (1948). The Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by Sebastian Perłowski, and Piotr Sałajczyk will perform as a soloist.

The second part of the concert will include Symphonic Ballade (1952) and the premiere of Polish Rhapsody  Piano Concerto, Op. 14 (1945). The pieces will be conducted by Przemysław Zych, who found the manuscript of Rhapsody in the composer's home archive and revised it. The piano part will be performed by Michał Drewnowski. Polish Rhapsody is the last piece by Wisłocki that was completed before his return to Poland. It is also his latest composition included in the catalog of PWM Edition.

"Polish Rhapsody – Piano Concerto, Op. 14 is the first of two works by Wisłocki for piano and orchestra, requiring an enlarged ensemble, including a saxophone quartet," comments Przemysław Zych. "Although the title indicates a certain formal freedom, it also directly defines the relationship between the soloist and the ensemble. In the score, we find references to folk patterns, a neoclassical language, and  in lyrical episodes  a nostalgic, not fully defined atmosphere of «Polishness»".

Concert under the patronage of PWM Edition as part of the TUTTI.pl project promoting the performance of Polish music.

Information about ticketshttps://www.filharmonia.krakow.pl/

Gorzów | Chopin Picnics

PiknikiA series of open-air concerts known as "Chopin Picnics" will begin on 4 July 2021. Every Sunday (except 15 August), until the last holiday weekend, the green areas around the Gorzów Philharmonic will turn into a unique city picnic, accompanied by the sounds of the most beautiful live classical music.

The "Chopin Picnics" have become a permanent element of the calendar of outdoor summer events in Gorzów. This year's edition will feature talented young pianists: Michał Mossakowski, Marcin Wieczorek, Małgorzata Rusak, Adam Kałduński, Viet Trung Nguyen (Vietnam / Poland), Ekaterina Matokh (Belarus) and Matteo Zoli (Italy). Apart from compositions by Fryderyk Chopin, the concert repertoire will also include works of world piano literature, from Johann Sebastian Bach to Maurice Ravel. The concerts will always start at 6.00 p.m. and will last about two hours.

On 22 August, Michał Szymanowski, assistant at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz and Łódź, will present a programme composed exclusively of works by Polish composers. We will hear pieces by Fryderyk Chopin, Karol Szymanowski, Miłosz Magin, Zygmunt Stojowski, Maurycy Moszkowski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Zygmunt Stojowski and Józef Wieniawski.

Admission to all summer concerts is free.

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

Warsaw | 9th "Strefa Ciszy" Festival

SCClassical, folk and jazz music will be presented during the ninth edition of the "Strefa Ciszy" [Zone of Silence] Festival in the Royal Łazienki Park. From 3 to 25 July 2021, we will hear over one hundred concerts on several outdoor stages.

The ninth edition of the festival covers four weekends: 3-4 July, 10-11 July, 17-18 July and 24-25 July. The concerts will start at full hours between 10.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. in four places simultaneously – on the Red Stage at Trou Madame, the Purple Stage at the Sybil's Temple, the Orange Stage at the Water Tower, and the Yellow Stage at the Old Guardhouse.

Main events in the "classical interpretations" series will include a concert of Atom String Quartet. The programme will comprise of compositions by the quartet's musicians, as well as works by Krzysztof Penderecki, Zbigniew Seifert and Mieczysław Karłowicz, arranged for an improvising string quartet. The Wah-Wah Brass band, composed of students and graduates of the FCUM in Warsaw, will play film and popular music pieces in brilliant arrangements for brass quintet. The classical repertoire will also include the Polish-Serbian chamber ensemble Circle, the Baroque Cohaere Ensemble and the FCUM Clarinet Quintet.

The offer for the youngest music lovers will include a concert "Sing the painting", featuring romantic songs for voice and guitar inspired by works of the Royal Picture Gallery. As every year, children and parents will be able to take part in the "Melomaluszki" concert series.

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