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Concert in Memory of John Paul II


An extraordinary online concert in tribute to John Paul II will be held on 21 June 2020.

Outstanding soloists from around the world will take part in the unique concert dedicated to the memory of John Paul II. On the 100th anniversary of the birth of Karol Wojtyla, nearly 40 performers from Poland, the United States, England, Germany, Korea, Italy, Japan, Taiwan, Turkey and Switzerland will pay tribute to the great Pole. The invitation was accepted by conductor, jazz violinist and composer Krzesimir Dębski, as well as soloists: Angel Blue, Latonia Moore, Aleksandra Olczyk, Lisette Oropesa, Brandie Sutton (Metropolitan Opera); Rafał Bartmiński, Iwona Hossa, Edyta Piasecka, Tadeusz Szlenkier (Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera); Aneta Łukaszewicz (Polish Royal Opera); mezzo-soprano MaryAnn McCormick and Urszula Kryger; baritone Kenneth Overton, artistic director of the Opera Noire of New York; Natsuki Katayama, Robert Kędziński, Hannah Cho (ballet of the Wrocław Opera); Dagmara Dryl (first soloist of the ballet of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera); guitar virtuoso Adam Palma; violinists Richard Lin, Piotr Pławner, Veriko Tchumburidze and Janusz Wawrowski; pianists: Szymon Nehring, Piotr Sałajczyk, Paweł Cłapiński, Mariusz Rutkowski, Magdalena Baczewska, Damien Sneed; and the Primuz String Orchestra.

The concert programme is composed of sacred and classical music, including the first performance of two arias from the Job opera based on Karol Wojtyła's drama of 1940 with music by Krzesimir Dębski, Legend by Henryk Wieniawski, Prelude from the Chopiniana ballet to the music of Fryderyk Chopin in choreography of Mikhail Fokin, On Wings of Song prayer, arias from the opera Halka and The Haunted Manor and songs from the Songbook for Home Use by Stanisław Moniuszko, Melody by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Roxana's Song from the opera King Roger by Karol Szymanowski, songs by Mieczysław Karłowicz, Pray for my soul from Polish Mass by Jan Maklakiewicz and Polish Capriccio from Violin Miniatures by Grażyna Bacewicz.

Polish Radio Chopin invites you to the concert broadcast on the website: https://jp2concert.com/

Radom | Inauguration of "Summer with ROK"


After a long break, the Radom Chamber Orchestra (ROK) returns with a concert to welcome summer. A new "Summer with ROK" series will be inaugurated on 21 June 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the ROK Concert Hall. Pianist Michał Drewnowski will perform as a soloist.

The inaugural concert will be filled with beautiful romantic melodies that will allow us to start the summer season in joyful mood. This year marks 210 birth anniversary one of the greatest Polish composers, Fryderyk Chopin. To celebrate this occasion, Michał Drewnowski, student of Marek Drewnowski at the Academy of Music in Łódź and Dominique Merlet and Pascal Devoyon at the Music Conservatoire in Geneva, will perform Chopin's Piano Concerto in E minor, Op. 11. The programme will also include Edward Elgar's Serenade for string orchestra, Op. 20 as well as fragments of romantic serenades by Mieczysław Karłowicz, Antonin Dvořák and Piotr Czajkowski.

The next concerts of the series will take place in the courtyard of the Concert Hall (entrance from Staszica St.) on 5 July and 30 August 2020 at 7.00 p.m. Tickets are available at the cash register and online at https://biletyna.pl/.

More information at: http://rok.art.pl/ 

Szczecin | End of the season at the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic


The Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin invites you to the premiere online concert, which will be held on 21 June 2020 at 7:00 p.m. and willl symbolically end the ongoing artistic season. After the concert, the Philharmonic building will be illuminated in a unique way.

The Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and its artistic director Rune Bergmann, who is currently residing in Norway, prepared a surprise for the audience. We will hear their joint performance of the last part of Mieczysław Karłowicz's Symphony in E minor "Rebirth", Op. 7, which – despite the distance between Poland and Norway – will be possible thanks to modern technology. In addition, the orchestra led by its concertmasters, Paweł Maślanka and Karolina Hyla-Wybraniec, will present Karłowicz's Serenade, Op. 2 for string orchestra and The Last Spring, one of Two Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34 by Edvard Grieg, one of Karłowicz's favorite composers.

The concert will end the ongoing artistic season, however online concerts will take place regularly every Sunday during the holiday season.

More information at: https://filharmonia.szczecin.pl/pl 

Tychy | AUKSO x-tra: Penderecki and Górecki


Krzysztof Penderecki and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki – two great composers of the 20th century, avant-garde masters and co-creators of the so-called Polish Composers' School. Their works will be presented by the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy on 21 June 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at Tychy Mediateka.

The recent deatch of Maestro Penderecki has moved the whole world. Composer with inexhaustible energy, winner of an impressive number of awards and titles. His work has a special place in the repertoire of AUKSO. During the upcoming concert, the orchestra will perform his Three pieces in old style, Chaconne and Sinfonietta No. 3. Henryk Mikołaj Górecki – composer and teacher associated with Silesia all his life – has no less merit for Polish culture. AUKSO will present his Three pieces in old style and Concerto for harpsichord and string orchestra, Op. 40 together with one of the leading Polish harpsichordists, Marcin Świątkiewicz.

Due to the guidelines introduced by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage for organisers of cultural and entertainment events during the SARS-CoV-2 virus epidemic in Poland, only a person who, to his/her best knowledge, is not infected or is not in quarantine / under epidemiological supervision may participate in the concert. Purchase of an admission ticket to the concert and participation in the concert are tantamount to acceptance of, among others, such a condition as self-protection with necessary personal protective equipment.

More information at: http://www.aukso.pl 

25th Concert in the Courtyard as part of the "Sine scientia ars nihil est" Academic Festival


The Computer Composition Studio of the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław invites you on 20 June 2020 at 8.00 p.m. to the 25th edition of the Concert in the Courtyard as part of the "Sine scientia ars nihil est" Academic Festival.

"Sine scientia ars nihil est" – this thought attributed to Jean Mignot, a 14th-century French architect, perfectly illustrates the kind of music that is presented at this mini festival. The festival is dedicated to computer and electroacoustic music. The originators of the undertaking are the Avant-Garde Orchestra of the Music Academy in Wrocław, Sound Factory Orchestra and Computer Composition Studio. Due to the CoVid-19 pandemic, this year's edition could not take place in the Academy building. However, according to the words of Gustav Mahler: "Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire." The concert will be held online and streamed live on YouTube.

The programme includes widely understood electronic music written by students of the Academy of Music accompanied by visualizations created by students of the Academy of Fine Arts – works by Berenika Wojnar, Paulina Zujewska, Agata Zemla, Rafał Fundowicz, Krzysztof Rau, Olgierd Żemojtel and Adam Skórzewski, Magdalena Gorwa and Oliwia Drozdowicz.

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"House Party with Dwójka" – an evening with Marek Bracha


Pianist Marek Bracha will be the host of the next "House Party with Dwójka" episode held on 20 June 2020 at 7:00 p.m. The concert will be broadcast on Polish Radio Channel 2, its website and Facebook page.

During the concert broadcast live from his Warsaw studio, the artist will perform a "lunar" programme: fragments of the famous Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven, Clair de lune by Claude Debussy, Lento con gran espressione by Fryderyk Chopin, and works by Robert Schuman, Mieczysław Weinberg and Władysław Szpilman.

Marek Bracha is a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (2012) and the Royal College of Music in London in the class of Kevin Kenner (2011). He also completed postgraduate studies in piano performance with Vanessa Latarche and historical instruments performance with Geoffrey Govier (2012). The pianist gave concerts in all the most important venues in Poland as well as in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Albania, USA, Japan, Venezuela, China and Ukraine.

Opole | We are back in the game!


On 19 June 2020 at 7:00 p.m. the Józef Elsner Opole Philharmonic Orchestra, led by their concertmaster Andrzej Krawiec, will perform after a long break caused by the pandemic. The 68th artistic season will end with a live broadcat concert.

The programme of this concert creates a perfect symmetry. First, two works by 20th-century composers referring to early music: Krzysztof Penderecki's and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's Three Pieces in Old Style. Then, two Ludwig van Beethoven's Romances for violin and orchestra and two symphonies by Carl Philip Emanuel Bach. The Opole Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by its concertmaster, Andrzej Krawiec, who will also perform as a soloist.

The concert is held as part of the "Philharmonic. Caution, it draws you in!" programme co-organised by the Institute of Music and Dance.

The concert will be available to watch on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/filharmoniaopolska/ 

Gdańsk | Premiere of Magdalena Cynk's "Reflection I"


Magdalena Cynk's Reflection I will be first performed on 19 June 2020 at 5:00 p.m. at a carillon concert at the St. Catherine's Church in Gdańsk.

The latest piece by the composer from Toruń will be performed by the city carillonist Monika Kaźmierczak. This is an extremely emotional reaction of Magdalena Cynk to the pandemic situation. The mosaic form of Reflection I consists of thematically and agogically contrasting episodes in which the closing motif dominates. The concert programme also includes Healing Bells, a work written by Jet Schouten and Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, performed by carillonists from around the world. The concert can be heard around the tower of the St. Catherine's Church, as well as online on the Gdansk Carillon Facebook page.

Polish music will be also included in the programme of the next carillon concert on 20 June at 12.05 p.m. from the tower of the Main Town Hall in Gdańsk. We will listen to, among others, Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz's Ad Fontes. The composition was written for the Holy Week 2020 and was dedicated to all people who seek hope.

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

Katowice | Last concert of the season – online and in the concert hall!


On 19 June 2020 at 7.00 p.m., the Silesian Philharmonic will be filled with music and joy of experiencing it together. After the pandemic break, the long-awaited final concert of the season will be open to public.

The concert will be inaugurated by a unique work, which was co-created by five composers and hundreds of music lovers through online voting as part of the project #stayathomeandcreate, organized by the Silesian Philharmonic and PWM Edition. The project coincided with the sad news about the death of one of the most important and outstanding composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, Krzysztof Penderecki. The artists agreed to devote a joint work to the deceased Master. Suite in Memoriam Krzysztof Penderecki consists of five parts that differ in subject, character, form, harmonics and style. Each of them was created by Facebook users with a different composer, including: Mikołaj Górecki, Enjott Schneider, Adam Wesołowski, Marcel Chyrzyński and Jerzy Kornowicz. The composition is therefore a kind of review of the paths followed by contemporary artists, it illustrates how different are their approaches to composing and how these approaches can be combined by a common mission.

The Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk will also present two works by Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture "Coriolan" and Symphony No. 4 in B flat major.

The project was co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://bit.ly/3eVy7ns