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Świdnica | Premiere of "Missa Brevis" by Paweł Pudło


The premiere of Missa Brevis for soprano, mezzo-soprano, two horns, flute and string quartet by Paweł Pudło will take place on May 26, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. in the Church of Peace in Świdnica.

The mass was commissioned by the Good Music Foundation as part of the "Collections – Composing Commissions" programme, carried out by the Institute of Music and Dance. It was composed especially for the Church of Peace, in which there are two organs: the symphonic Schlag organ and the Baroque altar organs. The work will be premiered by Świdnik organists Zuzanna and Maciej Bator, soprano Dominika Zamara, currently living in Venice, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Cornelius, horn players Anna and Grzegorz Mondry, flutist Sylwia Waindok and a string quartet composed of: Marcin Ostrowski, Dagmara Swestun, Marlena Grodzicka-Myślak and Jakub Ponder.

The organizers of the concert are the Good Music Foundation, the Evangelical-Augsburg parish in Świdnica and the City of Świdnica. The honorary patrons of the event are the Evangelical Bishop Waldemar Pytel and the President of Świdnica Beata Moskal-Słaniewska.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Warsaw | Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street


The cycle "Summer concerts at Grochowska Street" will be inaugurated on May 25 and 26, 2019 at 4.00 p.m. in the headquarters of the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra (272 Grochowska Street).

The afternoon chamber concerts will take place every weekend, featuring both renowned artists and rising stars of classical music. During the 30 thematically divided concerts – Not only orchestra, Japan, Moniuszko, Relax, On travel, Improvisation, Old Warsaw – we will have a chance to listen to ensembles of differnet types, such as a reed quintet with saxophone and bass clarinet, a cello octet or a flute quartet. The programme will include music of many styles and eras – from Baroque, through Romanticism, to jazz, contemporary and improvised music.

On May 25th, the "Not only orchestra" concert will feature Serenade in C minor KV 388 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Octet in E flat major Op. 103 by Ludwig van Beethoven performed by the Sinatonia Varsovia Wind Ocetet. The next day, we will listen to the Sinfonia Varsovia Academy String Orchestra under the baton of the excellent violinist Jakub Haufa. The musicians will present works by Edvard Grieg, Franz Schubert, Edward Elgar and Krzysztof Penderecki, the artistic director of the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information atwww.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Warsaw | New Music Scene: The Music of Trance

Nowy Teatr

Another concert of the series "New Music Scene", organized by the Witold Lutosławski Society, will take place on May 25, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. at Nowy Teatr in Warsaw. Chain Ensemble will perform work by Simeon ten Holt and Witold Lutosławski.

Palimpsest for string septet (4 violins, viola, cello and double bass) by Dutch composer Simeon ten Holt (1923–2012), composed in the early 1990s, is music for the lovers of pleasant sounds, where traditional tonality and obsessive minimalistic trance are arranged in 11 parts. Witold Lutosławski's Silesian melodies date back to Stalinist times, when tonality was a very political subject...

More information at: http://www.nowyteatr.org/pl 

Warszawa | "Curtis on tour" Special Concert at FCUM

Sozańska Elżbieta

A special concert entitled  "Curtis on tour" will take place on May 25, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the concert hall of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music (2 Okólnik Street).

The unique event will take place as part of the annual concert tour "Curtis on Tour". This is the first concert of musicians from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music from Philadelphia (USA) at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. The Curtis Institute of Music is one of the most prestigious music universities in the world alongside the excellent Juilliard School of Music in New York. Musicians from Poland played a significant role in the establishment and development of the university over its almost century-long history – Józef Hofmann was the first rector of the institute, and among the professors there were several Polish pedagogues.

The concert will be performed by a piano quartet composed of: prof. Roberto Díaz (viola) – President of the Curtis Institute of Music, and its students – Claire Bourg (violin), Sydney Lee (cello), Daniel Hsu (piano). The programme will include Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 15 by Gabriel Fauré and Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25 by Johannes Brahms.

The initiator and organizer of the "Curtis on Tour" visit in Warsaw is Ms. Elżbieta Sozańska from Philadelphia – a patron of music, a long-time director and vice-president of international pharmaceutical concerns, as well as a writer and playwright. Both the concert and the master classes run by the president of the university, prof. Robert Díaz, will be held with the financial support of the Kon-Sozański Family Foundation to commemorate Berta Zofia Kon, graduate of the FCUM in 1920.

Admission free!

Mdia patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Katowice | Silesian String Quartet and AUKSO at NOSPR


On May 25, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the city of Tychy and the Silesian Quartet will perform at the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice. The concert will premiere Eugeniusz Knapik's 2nd String Quartet.

The programme of the concert performed by NOSPR's guests will featured works by British composer Edward Elgar, German artist Werner Egek and Eugeniusz Knapik – professor at the Academy of Music in Katowice.

AUKSO under the direction of Marek Mos will present the Islands for string orchestra by Eugeniusz Knapik, commissioned in 1983 by Musica Viva Australia and the Adelaide Festival. It is a one-part composition with two linking fragments of the form symbolizing two states of matter, namely: water (sea) and earth (island). The work was inpired by an image of an observer on the ship, looking out for land on the horizon and should be understood metaphorically. In the second part of the evening, one of the leading Polish chamber ensembles – the Silesian Quartet – will premiere Eugeniusz Knapik's String Quartet No. 2.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttp://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/ 

Lublin | Lublin Youth Spring


On May 24-26, 2019, the Lublin Philharmonic invites you to a series of concerts under the common name of "Lublin Youth Spring".

The project aims to discover, promote and integrate young music talents. It will gather students from the music schools of the Lublin Province and from Wrocław (Youth Chamber Orchestra of the Chevalier de Saint-George). As part of the project, on the initiative of the General Director of the Lublin Philharmonic Orchestra Wojciech Rodek, the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Lublin Philharmonic will be created – a novelty in the musical environment of the region.

The concerts' repertoire is extremely rich. We will be able to listen to the works of such masters as: Bellini, Haydn, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Moniuszko, Mozart, Rachmaninow, Szostakowicz, Wieniawski and others, performed not only by instrumentalists but also by vocalists. The project will be inaugurated by a concert of music school students, featuring a Small concert for piano and instrumental group by Romuald Twardowski. The final concert will include a Melody by Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

Full programme available at: http://filharmonialubelska.pl/ 

Warsaw | Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra and sensational conductor


The Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra invites you to the Royal Castle in Warsaw on May 24, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. The musicians will perform under the baton of Anna Duczmal-Mróz, who was hailed as a "sensational conductor" by the German press.

The programme of the concert will be composed of 20th-century Polish music as well as works by Gustav Holst and Dmitry Shostakovich. Sinfonia Iuventus under the baton of Anna Duczmal-Mróz will perform a splendid four-part Serenade, Op. 2 for string orchestra by Mieczysław Karłowicz and Orawa by Wojciech Kilar, a composer's tribute to the beloved mountains and musical folklore of Podhale. The programme will also include Gustav Holst'sSt Paul’s Suite,Op.29, No. 2, and Dmitri Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Opole | Silesian String Quartet and Polish Music


On May 24, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. the Józef Elsner Opole Philharmonic will host a concert of Polish contemporary music performed by the Silesian Quartet.

The Silesian Quartet is one of the leading Polish chamber ensembles. The ensemble’s musicians have honed their craft in master classes led by members of such quartets as LaSalle, Amadeus, Juilliard, Smetana, Alban Berg and others. The Quartet’s repertoire consists of over 400 chamber pieces, with around 300 of them representing works from the musical canon of the 20th and 21st-centuries. The chamber musicians of Silesia have premiered over 100 string quartets by Polish and foreign composers, with a significant number of works dedicated to them. They were nominated to the "Fryderyk" award 24 times, winning six statuettes.

During the May concert in Opole, the ensemble will performe String Quartet No. 4 by Grażyna Bacewicz, String Quartet No. 2 "Quasi una Fantasia" by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and the works of Grzegorz Ciechowski (Republic band) arranged for string quartet.

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

Kraków | Summer in the Philharmonic


A final concert in the series "Musica-ars amanda" will take place on May 24, 2019 at 6.00 p.m. at the Krakow Philharmonic.

The programme of the musical evening entitled "Summer in the Philharmonic" is a summary of the entire concert season. The works by Wojciech Kilar, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonín Dvořák, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, George Gershwin and Johann Strauss will be performed by the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Maciej Tarnowski.

More information about the project at: http://www.filharmonia.krakow.pl/