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Ignacy Paderewski. Patriot and Philanthropist: online concert premiere

PaderewskiThe Culture and Art Foundation invites you to a free online concert in memory of Ignacy Paderewski which will premiere on 29 June 2021 at 8.00 p.m. at: www.paderewski.fkis.org. The programme of the event, organised to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the death of the Great Pole, will include works by Chopin and Paderewski performed by international artists.

Ignacy Paderewski was a citizen of the world, a statesman, diplomat, virtuoso, composer, advocate of independent Poland, and above all a great patriot. The planned concert will bring closer the insufficiently known ethos of charity and philanthropy of the Great Pole, who distributed most of his fortune, especially supporting those who fought for Poland's freedom. There will also be interesting facts and little-known archival materials provided, among others, by the Piłsudski Institute in New York, the Polish Museum of America, the Polish Music Center, and USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles.

We will hear classical pieces by Fryderyk Chopin and Ignacy Paderewski as well as jazz arrangements by Krzysztof Herdzin. The concert will be performed by: Russian pianist Julianna Awdiejewa – the winner of the 16th International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, American pianist Eric Lu – the 4th prize winner of the 17th International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Krzysztof Herdzin, Magdalena Idzik, Marek Bracha and Kamil Pacholec. We will also see the Wrocław Opera Ballet Soloists: Hannah Ho and Robert Kędziński.

Detailed information: https://paderewski.fkis.org/

Korzkiew | Summer Music Festival „Muzyczna Korzkiew”

Muzyczna KorzkiewThe Summer Music Festival „Muzyczna Korzkiew” is a series of artistic events that play an important role in the cultural life in the region of Kraków-Częstochowa Jura. Weekly concerts, as well as meetings with artists and culture animators, will take place every Sunday between 27 June and 29 Autust 2021 at 5:15 p.m. in the historic Nativity of St. John the Baptist Church in Korzkiew, which is famous for its unique acoustics.

After a break in 2020, when cultural life was practically stopped, the Festival returns in 2021 with hope for the better. The festival has been organized since 2011 by the "Muzyczna Korzkiew" Association, whose activity is based on enabling closer contact with high-class music, as well as the promotion of young artists and music and cultural animation in the nearby area.

This year's edition of the Festival will feature outstanding works by world-class composers, including those from Poland: Ludwig van Beethoven's Violin Sonatas, selected piano works by Fryderyk Chopin – including the Piano Concerto in E minor with the accompaniment of a string quartet, Piano Trios by Józef Haydn, Franciszek Lessel, Andrzej Panufnik, Sergiusz Rachmaninow and Ludomir Różycki, works for wind quintet by Wojciech Kilar, Jacques Ibert and Malcolm Arnold, song cycles by Modest Musorgski and Ralph Vaughan-Williams, as well as original compositions for solo piano by Dominik Wania.

During the upcoming edition of the Festival, there will be performances by artsists such as: Cracow Golden Quintet, Farve Ensemble, Daniel Stabrawa, Mirosław Herbowski and Jacek Ozimkowski, Mariola Cieniawa Puchała with Ewa Miecznikowska and Kazimierz Olechowski, Aleksandra Dąbek and Mateusz Dubiel, Sławomir Cierpik and Piotr Bylica, Katarzyna Vernet with Krzysztof Katana and Krzysztof Sadłowski, as well as young Polish winners of significant music competitions.

Admission to all concerts is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Center POLMIC.

Detailed programme of the Festival is available at: www.festiwalkorzkiew.pl 

Radziejowice | 12th Jerzy Waldorff Summer Festival in Radziejowice

Festiwal WaldorffaNearly one hundred outstanding artists will perform during the 12th Jerzy Waldorff Summer Festival, which will take place in Radziejowice near Warsaw between 27 June and 4 July 2021.

Among the performers will be Roby Lakatos (violin), Jenö Lisztes (cymbals), Paolo Pandolfo (viola da gamba), Paweł Kowalski (piano), Jarosław Żołnierczyk (violin) and Ewa Leszczyńska (singing, piano), Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio, Subcarpathian Philharmonic Orchestra, Warsaw Harmony, Piotr Baron Quintet and Jagodziński Trio.

The eight days long festival will be filled with extremely diverse music. The programme will include works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Henryk Wieniawski, Stanisław Moniuszko, Emil Młynarski, Vincenzo Bellini, Szymon Laks and Mikołaj Górecki as well as well-known pieces in completely new arrangements, e.g. Zbigniew Wodecki's songs in a jazz version. We will also hear talented artists of the young generation, who have performed at the concerts organised in cooperation with the National Institute of Music and Dance and the Opera Academy of the Grand Theater – National Opera. This year's edition of the Festival will be accompanied by the exhibition The Life of One Musician – Stanisław Wisłocki on the occasion of the artist's centenary.

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

Gdańsk | 64th International Organ Music Festival in Oliwa

MykietynThe Polish Baltic Philharmonic invites you on 25 June – 24 August 2021 to the 64th edition of the International Festival of Organ Music in Oliwa. 18 concerts of outstanding Polish and foreign organists will be held in the Cathedral of Oliwa in Gdańsk.

The city of Gdańsk has a rich organ tradition. The Festival in Oliwa aims at presenting organ music in virtuso performances. As the event is organised in the holiday period and the concerts take place in the vicinity of the Oliwa Park, it attracts both the inhabitants of the Tri-City and the surrounding area, as well as tourists visiting Gdańsk. Famous organists of various generations from European and world music centres will present their repertoire during festival concerts.

The opening concert will feature the world premiere of Paweł Mykietyn's Spa(s)m for flute piccolo, organ and orchestra. The piece commissioned by the Polish Baltic Philharmonic will be performed by flutist Łukasz Długosz, organist Roman Perucki and the Polish Baltic Philhramonic Orchestra under the direction of Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk.

Co-financed under the "Music" programme implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

More information: www.filharmonia.gda.pl 

Świdnica | 6th International Christian Schlag Organ Festival

SchlagaThe Good Music Foundation invites you to the 6th International Christian Schlag Organ Festival, which will take place in Świdnica in Lower Silesia on 25 June – 16 July 2021 under the slogan "On Schlag's trail – let's outplay the organ!".

All lovers of organ music will once again have the opportunity to hear the more than 110-year-old symphonic pipe organ by Schlag & Söhne. One of the largest organ festivals in the region will feature five concerts, presenting the possibilities of the instrument from the Church of Peace in Świdnica. The programme will include Polish and foreign music with an emphasis on the works of Władysław Żeleński and Camille Saint-Saëns as this year marks the hundredth anniversary of their deaths. We will also hear pieces by Fryderyk Chopin, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Jacek Rabiński, Krzysztof Olczak and Stanisław Moryto.

The concerts will be performed not only by renowned organists, but also by great accordionists Maciej Zimka and Wiesław Ochwat, violinist Maksymilian Grzesiak and Maciej Afanasjew, who will play the electric violin.

The 6th Schlag Festival will be held both live at the Church of Peace in Świdnica and online on the Foundation's Facebook page in the form of a live broadcast. Free tickets are available to download from the Foundation's website.

Co-financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund and by the Świdnica City Commune.

Full programme: https://fundacjadobrejmuzyki.pl/ 

Winners of the "Fryderyk" 2021 awards!

Fryderyk 2021The most important Polish music awards for last year's phonographic achievements in the categories of classical music – "Fryderyk" – were presented on 25 June 2021 at the Castle Opera in Szczecin. Winners have been announced in ten categories, representing a variety of styles and genres. The award in the Album of the Year – Contemporary Music category went to Art'n'Voices's Midnight Stories (DUX) – a project under the media patronage of the Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Album of the Year Early and Baroque Music: Mikołaj Zieleński. Offertoria et communionestotius anni (Witold Lutosławski National Forum of Music, CD Accord),

Album of the Year Oratorio and Opera Music: Aleksander Nowak, Olga Tokarczuk. Ahat-ilī. Siostra bogów (PWM Edition, Anaklasis),

Album of the Year Choral Music: Roman Padlewski, Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa. Tearfully (DUX Recording Producers),

Album of the Year Chamber MusicHenryk Mikołaj Górecki. Songs (DUX Recording Producers),

Album of the Year  Symphonic MusicSemkow – NOSPR – Brahms: Symphonies 1-4 (Polish Radio Music Agency),

Album of the Year  Concert Music: Penderecki. Concerto per fisarmonica ed orchestra, Concerto per flauto (sassofono) ed orchestra da camera (DUX Recording Producers),

Album of the Year  Solo Music: Moniuszko. Complete Solo Piano Works (Chopin University Press),

Best Recording of Polish Music: Grażyna Bacewicz. Sonatas for violin and piano (Polish Radio Music Agency),

Best Polish Album Abroad: Desire. Aleksandra Kurzak (Sont Classical),

Lifetime Achievement ‘Golden Fryderyk’ Award: Jadwiga Rappé, Jana Łukaszewski.

Full list of winners and nominees: http://fryderyki.pl/fryderyk-2021/ 

Rzeszów | 9th European Stadium of Culture

Stadion KulturyThe ninth edition of the "Rise of Eastern Culture. European Stadium of Culture" festival will be held on 25-27 June 2021 in Rzeszów. For the first time in its history, the festival will present classical and contemporary music, focusing, among others, on honoring the recently deceased composer Krzysztof Penderecki and on the abstract association of contemporary music with the works of Stanisław Lem, whose 100th birthday is celebrated this year.

The "Art Celebration: Classic Edition" concert will take place at the Institute of Music at the University of Rzeszów on 27 June. It will feature the composer and arranger Anna Maria Huszcza, the violinist and composer Dawid Lubowicz (Atom String Quartet) and the visual artist Jakub Hader, who are associated with Rzeszów. The "Art Celebration" concert will be held in a hybrid formula – with the audience and in the form of live streaming.

For the first time in Rzeszów, the Atom String Quartet will perform a repertoire of original arrangements of works by Polish composers, including Krzysztof Penderecki and Zbigniew Seifert. The second part of the concert will feature the outstanding Polish classical saxophonist Paweł Gusnar and his saxophone orchestra – the Warsaw Saxophone Orchestra – as well as the Nemesis Quartet. They will perform a special programme composed of works by Anna Maria Huszcza for saxophone and electronics. The music will be accompanied by dedicated visuals and graphics by Jakub Hader.

More information: http://stadionkultury.pl/ 

Toruń | 8th "Per Musicam ad Astra" International Copernicus Choir Festival

Per musicamThe "Astrolabium" Society of Choral Music Enthusiasts in collaboration with the German agency Meeting Music invites you to the 8th edition of the "Per musicam ad astra" International Copernicus Choir Festival. In 2021, the event will take place on 26-30 June in Toruń with the participation of the invited choirs.

The name of the International Copernicus Choir Festival & Competition refers to the figure and work of the famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus who was born in Toruń in 1473. The city full of history and music, beautifully situated on both banks of the Vistula, is the perfect setting for the event. One can follow in the footsteps of Copernicus and reach "Per musicam ad astra" together with the artists  through music to the stars! The festival will present choral music in its full spectrum, performed by renowned vocal ensembles at the Artus Court, the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Church of the Blessed Father Stefan Frelichowski.

The Festival will open with the performance of the male vocal quartet Thios Omilos from Leipzig. At the Gala Concert, the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir under the direction of Bartosz Michałowski will perform pieces by Paweł Łukaszewski, Miłosz Bembinow and James MacMillan. Art'n'Voices vocal group will present songs from their latest album Midnight stories. The culmination of "Per musicam ad astra" 2021 will be the performance of Misatango – Misa a Buenos Aires by Martin Palmeri.

Tickets can be collected from 21 June at the box office of the Artus Court and one hour before the concert on site.

More informationhttp://pmaa.pl/pl/koncerty2021 

4th National Competition of Sacred Music "Hope in the Choir"

NadziejaThe fourth edition of the Sacred Music Competition "Nadzieja w chórze" ["Hope in the Choir"] will be held on 8 May 2021 in the Church of the Holy Trinity in Tykocin, popularly known as "the pearl in the Crown of Podlasie".

The competition will be divided into 7 categories, including male, female, mixed and parish choirs. The jury composed of experienced choirmasters will evaluate the quality of sound, interpretation, selection of the repertoire, agogic, diction and general artistic expression. A number of prizes have been prepared for the best performers. It is enough to mention that the winner will receive the Grand Prix and a cash prize of 5,000 PLN. There is also a special award of the Mayor of the City of Tykocin for the best performance of a work by Polish composer. The director of Radio Nadzieja will also give an honourable mention to the best conductor.

The 4th National Competition of Sacred Music is a great offer not only for lovers of sacred music. The event will be a great opportunity to visit Tykocin with friends and family, listening to the world's finest choral compositions. Free admission!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Rules and regulations are available at: http://konkurschoralny.radionadzieja.pl/