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Warszawa | 40th General Assemby of the Polish Composers' Union


On 24-25 May 2019, the 40th General Assembly of the Members of the Polish Composers' Union was held in Warsaw, during which the new authorities were elected and a number of resolutions were adopted.

A prominent composer Juliusz Łuciuk was chosen the honorary member of the Polish Composers' Union. Mieczysław Kominek, musicologist and director of the Polish Music Information Center, was again elected as the Prisedent of Polish Composers' Union.

The following members were selected for the board:

Vice Presidents: Anna Zawadzka-Gołosz and Krzysztof Baculewski
Secretary General: Alicja Matracka-Kościelny
Treasurer: Jarosław Siwiński
Members of the Presidium: Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska and Alicja Gronau
Members of the Main Board: Marcel Chyrzyński, Wiesław Cienciała, Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska, Iwona Lindstedt, Tadeusz Wielecki and Wojciech Widłak.

On May 26, the Management Board of the Musicologists' Section of the Polish Composers' Union was also elected. The chairman of the Section is again Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska.

The meeting adopted twelve resolutions, the content of which was published on the website of the Polish Composers' Union.

Warsaw | 250th birth anniversary of Józef Elsner


An extraordinary concert to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Józef Elsner's birth will be held on 3rd June 2019 at 6.00 p.m. at the Palace on the Island in the Royal Łazienki Park in Warsaw.

Born on 1st June 1769, the composer, conductor, pedagogue and music culture activist represents in Polish music the classical style of the pre-Chopin period, based on a combination of the Viennese classics with elements of Polish folk music. An important place in Elsner's output occupies religious music (about 130 works) as well as various genres of opera music. The honorary place he has taken in the history of music as a teacher of Chopin cannot, however, overshadow his contribution to the development of national musical culture.

During the concert in the Łazienki Park, violinist Sławomir Tomasik and pianist Robert Morawski will perform. The programme will feature Polish music, including the works by Józef Elsner, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Grażyna Bacewicz and Karol Szymanowski. The concert will be led by Maxymilian Bylicki, Director of the Institute of Music and Dance.

Admission free, although prior reservation is required at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The organizer of the concert is the Institute of Music and Dance and the Tadeusz Wroński's Violin Foundation, supported from the funds of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

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More information athttp://imit.org.pl/programy/inne/2844

Legnica | Premiere of "Missa choralis" by Paweł Łukaszewski


Paweł Łukaszewski's Missa choralis for soloists, mixed choir and orchestra will be premiered on June 2, 2019 in Legnica, during the jubilee edition of the choral festival Legnica Cantat.

Paweł Łukaszewski (b. 1968) has a huge compositional output in the fields of ​​choral and vocal-instrumental music. His works are distinguished by a rare simplicity, but also a great sense of expression. They are appreciated and willingly performed in Poland and around the world, by such ensembles as Kings Singers, BBC Singers and Trinity College Choir.

Missa choralis, composed on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Legnica Cantat festival, will be premiered during a jubilee concert in the Evangelical Church of the Virgin Mary. The solo parts will be performed by: Aleksandra Turalska (S), Ewelina Wojewoda (A), Sebastian Mach (T), Michał Pytlewski (B). The N-Harmony Orchestra and the National Forum of Music Choir will be led by Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny. The concert will also feature Martin Palmieri's MisaTango  Misa a Buenos Aires, inspired by traditional Argentinian tango and Astor Piazzola's tango nuevo. In the finale, the organisers will announce the results and award the prizes in this year's edition of the Legnica Cantat competition.

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Warsaw | BASSO 3. International Biennale of Low Sounds


The 3rd International Biennale of Low Sounds BASSO will be held in Warsaw on June 2–30, 2019.

The idea of ​​the Biennale is to go beyond the framework of a festival of classical music. The core of the programme is music for bass instruments, particularly string instruments like cello or viola da gamba, electronic instruments (bass guitar, synthesizers), historical instruments (saz), and also human voice. The name BASSO refers to basso continuo, a partly improvised form of musical accompaniment popular in the Baroque period.

The festival will be inaugurated by the AUKSO orchestra under Marek Moś and bass-baritone Tomasz Konieczny who will perform works by Stanisław Moniuszko and Tadeusz Baird. The AUKSO orcehstra will also take part in the concert "Dominik Połoński in Memoriam" on June 20, along with vocalist Iza Połońska and cellists Ewa Kędzielska and Tomasz Strahl. The programme will include composistions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Jerzy Wasowki. The last musical event will feature Cezary Duchnowski's improvisations. The concerts will take place in three different venues: Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, Fryderyk Chopin University of Music and Edward Detkens Church in Bielany Forest. The festival will also include master classes, lectures, film screening, and events for children.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttp://basso.warszawa.pl/ 

Katowice | Master Chamber Concerts: Bomsori Kim and Rafał Blechacz


On June 2, 2019 at 7:30 p.m., the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice will host a concert of famous virtuosos. Bomsori Kim and Rafał Blechacz will perform violin sonatas of Mozart, Fauré, Debussy and Szymanowski.

The programme of the concert will be composed of: Sonata in F Major for violin and piano KV 376 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Sonata No. 1 in A Major for violin and piano, Op. 13 by Gabriel Fauré; Sonata in G Minor for violin and piano by Claude Debussy; andSonata in D Minor for violin and piano, Op. 9 by Karol Szymanowski.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/koncerty/1385/mistrzowskie-koncerty-kameralne-bomsori-kim-rafa-blechacz

Lower Silesia | 4th Schlag Organ Festival


The Christian Schlag International Organ Festival is the largest organ festival in the ​​Świdnica region. It's 4th edition will take place on June 2  – July 12, 2019, including 11 concerts in three different cities: Świdnica, Świebodzice and Wałbrzych.

In addition to chamber concerts and organ recitals, there will be meetings with musicians in the series "Musical Foyer" and two historical walks devoted to the Schlag family. These additional events are organised due to the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Schlag & Söhne company. All concerts will be performed in churches equipped with the organs of this company to show the stylistic diversity of the instruments built by the former Świdnik manufactory. The programme will include classical and sacred music of various eras with emphasis on the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century music. All the performances will be projected on the special screen so that the audience will be able to see the details of ogranists' work.

Polish contemporary and jazz music for trumpet and symphonic organ, composed especially for the Festival by Piotr Damasiewicz and Maciej Batora, will be performed by the authors on June 21, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Church of Peace in Świdnica.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: www.fundacjadobrejmuzyki.pl/christian-schlag/ and https://www.facebook.com/FestiwalSchlaga/ 

Warsaw | Peter and the Wolf – a Concert for Children’s Day


On 1 June 2019 at 12:00 and 2:00 p.m., all children age 7 and up and their parents are warmly invited to the Royal Castle in Warsaw to attend the Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra performance of Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf op. 67.

The protagonist of the work is the valiant pioneer Peter, who succeeds in capturing the wolf himself (despite the warnings of his grouchy grandfather) and takes him to the zoo in a joyful parade. The work written in 1936 still sparkles with grace, wit and melodic beauty and imparts a carefully concealed lesson – an ingenious presentation of individual instruments to young listeners (and ‘guiding motives’) corresponding to the heroes of the story. In the original score, the flute is assigned to the bird, the oboe to the duck, the clarinet to the cat and the bassoon to the grandfather, while the horns signal the part of the wolf and the strings of Peter. The hunters who want to catch the wolf are represented by percussion.

During the June concert dedicated especially to young audiences, the role of the narrator will be played by Paweł Królikowski, a popular film, TV, theatre and dubbing actor, as well as television producer and president of the Association of Polish Stage Artists. The arrangement will feature a quintet of woodwind and brass instruments.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/piotrus-i-wilk-koncert-z-okazji-dnia-dziecka/ 

Warsaw | Iuventus' Chamber Concert


The splendid soloists of the Jerzy Semkow Sinfonia Iuventus Polish Orchestra brass section invite you to a concert on May 31, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. in the Służew Cultural Centre (15 J. S. Bacha Street, Warsaw). The programme will feature transcriptions of repertoire from Baroque to contemporary popular music and jazz. 

At the beginning of the 1880s, emperor Joseph II appointed his own court band – Kaiserliche und königliche Harmonie, initially a sextet that soon expanded to an octet including pairs of oboes, clarinets, bassoons and horns. This ensemble was considered to be the noblest and most “classical”. The largest number of compositions was also written for this grouping by Mozart and other composers of this era. Beethoven’s charming and serene Octet in E flat major is actually a canonical example of so-called Harmoniemusik.

The nineteenth century, on the other hand, witnessed the development of the custom of transcribing well-known compositions into various arrangements for wind instruments, selected as needed, a trend that would accelerate in the following century. One special variation was the brass quintet (most commonly consisting of two trumpets, a horn, a trombone and a tuba, although other variations are possible), often accompanied by orchestral soloists who were given the opportunity to show off their dazzling virtuosity.

The programme of the May concert refers to these traditions and provides something for everyone – in addition to original compositions for wind ensembles, such as the above-mentioned Octet by Beethoven and Ewald’s Quintet, listeners will enjoy bold transcriptions of repertoire from Baroque to contemporary popular music and jazz. The splendid soloists of the wind instruments of the Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra cordially invite you to attend.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

Katowice | Vivat Academia!

IPiUM Silesia

The Institution for the Promotion and Dissemination of Music "Silesia" invites you to the next concert of the "Vivat Academia!" series of meetings with outstanding artists and professors of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. The concert will take place on 30 May 2019 at 6.00 p.m. at the Archdiocese Museum in Katowice (16 Wita Stwosza street).

The guest of the May meeting and concert at the Archdiocesan Museum will be Professor Jan Wincenty Hawel, who held the office of the rector of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music for 12 years. This musical evening as part of the "Vivat Academia" cycle will be an opportunity to recall its versatile and valued artistic activity related from the beginning to his alma mater. He graduated from the State High School of Music in Katowice with three diplomas: of the Department of Music Education (1960), Composition (1964, as a student of Bolesław Szabelski), and Conducting (1967, in the class of Karol Stryja). Immediately after finishing his musical education, he became a lecturer, led composition and conducting classes, served as the head of the Department of Composition and Music Theory and Research Team ("Music in Silesia – aspects, trends, activities, people"), and from 1975 managed the Academic Symphony Orchestra. In 1981, on his initiative and under his artistic direction, the Silesian Chamber Orchestra was formed, with whom he gave concerts in Poland and abroad.

Meeting at the Archdiocesan Museum will also be an opportunity to talk about Professor's ouvre. The programme of the concert will include selected works by Jan Wincenty Hawel performed by eminent artists and current pedagogues of the Katowice Academy of Music, Krzysztof Lasoń and Piotr Sałajczyk.

Admission free!.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://www.silesia.art.pl/strona-glowna/koncerty/407_vivat-academia-koncert-i-spotkaniebrz-prof-janem-wincentym-hawelem