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Kraków | IAML Congress 2019


The Congress of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML) will take place on 14-19 July 2019 at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. The aim of the IAML Congress, the largest annual event of this type in the world, is the exchange of experience and presentation of scientific achievements of librarians and archivists as well as musicologists associated in IAML.

The IAML 2019 Congress is of international nature and will gather approximately 350 delegates from 40 countries, including 30 Polish speakers. The participants of the congress are musicologists, source experts, music librarians, archivists, scientific information specialists and musicians. Various musical institutions are represented, including departments and institutes of musicology, music departments of the largest national libraries, libraries of music academies and conservatories, music information centers, orchestral and radio libraries as well as music publishers.

The organizers place special emphasis on the scientific, cultural and educational aspects of the event. In addition to scientific sessions, there will also be workshops devoted to the new digital resources and tools. The Congress will be accompanied by an exhibition devoted to the history of the music collection at the Jagiellonian Library entitled "From theoretical treatises to composing masterpieces – music in the Jagiellonian Library over the centuries". There will also be a trade fair for music exhibitors.

The IAML 2019 Inauguration on 14 July will be accompanied by a concert of the Capella Cracoviensis ensemble. In addition, the programme of the Congress will include three concerts of Polish music, organized in Kraków's churches.

Only registered participants can take part in the congress events.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information available at: https://www.iaml2019.confer.uj.edu.pl/pl_PL/programme 

Katowice | Piano Tęźnia Festival

Piano Tężnia

From 14 July to 11 August 2018, piano recitals will take place in Katowice as part of a new local initiative – Piano Tężnia Festival.

The opening of a graduation tower in Zadole Park in April this year became an inspiration for the foundation of Piano Tężnia Festival. The originator of the construction of the object itself, which was supported by as many as 15,000 inhabitants within the participatory budgeting, was a resident of Ligota Adam Łęski. In July and August, this unique place will attract people not only by its microclimate, but also by piano music performed by Silesian pianists. Piotr Banasik, Zbigniew Raubo, Tymoteusz Bies, Joanna Domańska and Magdalena Lisak will play the Steinway pianos rented especially for the recitals.

Outstanding pianists and a rich repertoire of their performances, including compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Fryderyk Chopin, Franz Schubert, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski, Mieczysław Karłowicz, as well as expert comments given by well-known music theoreticians from Katowice will undoubtedly satisfy demanding music lovers.

Admission to all concerts in free.

Warsaw | 20th "Chopin – Górecki” Festival and Music Course

Chopin - Górecki

The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw invites you to take part in the 20th anniversary edition of the Festival and Music Course "Chopin Górecki", which will take place on 9-19 July 2019.

The event will fature individual lessons of piano, organ, string instruments, woodwinds, brass, accordion, harp, guitar, percussion, chamber music, vocal and composition with the best teachers, as well as concerts and lectures. The Festival gives the participants the opportunity to draw inspiration from the very source of the rich heritage of the greatest Polish composers from Chopin to Górecki.

The Inauguration Concert featuring the Kwadrofonik ensemble will take place on 9 July at 7.00 pm at the FCUM. The subsequent concerts will be given by cellist Tomasz Strahl, pianist Janusz Olejniczak, drummer Leszek Lorent and composer Dariusz Przybylski. Dr Aldona Nawrocka will give a lecture entitled Polish music of the twentieth century – from K. Szymanowski to P. Szymański, Prof. Andrzej Dutkiewicz will give a lecture entitle From Szymanowski to Górecki – Polish contemporary piano music of the 20th and 21st centuries. The lectures will feature a presentation of selected Polish piano pieces by contemporary composers. 
A concert of the course participants will take place at the end of the Festival .

More information at: https://www.chg.chopin.edu.pl 

Kraków | 12th Wawel at Dusk Festival


12th edition of the summer outdoor festival "Wawel at dusk" will be held on 6 July –31 August 2019.

The total of 9 concerts will take place in the illuminated courtyards of the Wawel Royal Castle: Arcade and Batory. The main theme of this year's edition – "Preserving Chopin" – will lead to presentation of music by "the ambassador of Polishness in the world" Fryderyk Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, Karol Szymanowski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Witold Lutosławski. Polish music will be portrayed in the broad context of musical culture in different countries. In addition to the music of Maurice Ravel or Claude Debussy, the programme will include wroks by composers associated with Kraków: Artur Malawski, Adam Walaciński and Marcel Chyrzyński.

As every year, the concerts will feature famous artists such as conductor Łukasz Borowicz, pianists Kevin Kenner and Mariola Cieniawa, cellist Bartosz Koziak, sopranos Katarzyna Oleś-Blacha and Iwona Socha. The concerts will be also perforemed by young talented musicians, winners of significant music competitions: pianists Krzysztof Książek and Marcin Koziak, violinist Aleksandra Kuls, guitarist Dmytro Holovenko and orchestra CORDA Cracovia.

Full programme available athttps://wawel.krakow.pl/kalendarium-wydarzen 

Koszalin | 53rd International Organ Festival


The 53rd International Organ Festival organised by the Stanisław Moniuszko Koszalin Philharmonic – one of the largest and oldest festivals in Poland – will be held between 5 July and 30 August 2019.

The International Organ Festival returns to the cathedral in Koszalin. The 9 main concerts will be held there, featuring musicians from around the world: Poland, the Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Luxembourg, Russia, Taiwan, Ukraine and Italy. Festival concerts will also take place in churches in Darłowo, Białogard, Bobolice, Dźwirzyno, Mielno, Szczecinek and Sarbinowo. The world-famous violinist Konstanty Andrzej Kulka will take part in the final concert.

During the inauguration concert, the Choir of the Koszalin University "Canzon", the Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra and soloists under Karol Borsuk will perform works of Feliks Nowowiejski, Marian Sawa, Mieczysław Surzyński and Stanisław Moniuszko. The programme of the Festival also includes compositions by Adam Jarzębski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wojciech Kilar, Krzesimir Dębski, Marek Czerniewicz, Maciej Śmietański, Anna Rocławska-Musiałczyk and Fryderyk Chopin. On 2 June, the vocal group Art'n'Voices will premiere choral works by Polish composers of the young generation: Marek Raczyński and Jakub Szafrański.

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

Kraków | 15th Festival of Polish Music


The 15th an­ni­ver­sa­ry Fe­sti­val of Po­lish Mu­sic will be held on 5-20 July 2019 in Kraków.

The Fe­sti­val has be­en or­ga­ni­zed sin­ce 2005 by the Po­lish Mu­sic As­so­cia­tion, fo­un­ded by a gro­up of mu­si­co­lo­gi­sts, cul­tu­re ma­na­gers and mu­sic lo­vers. The es­sen­ce of the fe­sti­val is not on­ly to pre­sent va­lu­able works by Po­lish com­po­sers, writ­ten from the Mid­dle Ages to the pre­sent day, but al­so to con­trast them with the world's mu­sic and di­splay them in va­rio­us con­te­xts. The or­ga­ni­zers aim to mo­bi­li­ze the cre­ation of com­po­si­tio­nal art by com­mis­sio­ning and pre­mi­èring works of con­tem­po­ra­ry mu­sic.

To da­te, the fe­sti­val's stars ha­ve in­c­lu­ded pia­ni­sts Ivo Po­go­re­lich and Ni­co­lai Kho­zy­ainov, worl­d-fa­mo­us vio­li­nist Ni­gel Ken­ne­dy, as well as the Aca­de­my of St.-Mar­ti­n-i­n-the­-Fields, the Lon­don Sin­fo­niet­ta, Elż­bie­ta Choj­nac­ka, Aki­ko Su­wa­nai, Piers La­ne, Pe­ter Ja­blon­ski, Jo­na­than Plow­ri­ght, Gri­go­ri Zhy­slin and ma­ny others. Such di­stin­gu­ished per­so­na­li­ties on the Po­lish mu­sic sce­ne as Krzysz­tof Pen­de­rec­ki, Agniesz­ka Ducz­mal and Je­rzy Mak­sy­miuk ha­ve al­so ap­pe­ared, and the Fe­sti­val has ho­sted such di­stin­gu­ished com­po­sers as Woj­ciech Ki­lar, Hen­ryk Mi­ko­łaj Gó­rec­ki and Pa­weł My­kie­tyn.

This year's anniversary edition will feature eight concerts and a performance of Stanisław Moniuszko's Halka in Italian. The programme will also include Polish contemporary music. On 14 July, the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Franck Chastrusse will perform works by Mieczysław Karłowicz and Emil Młynarski. On 18 July, Sinfonietta Cracovia conducted by Jurek Dybała will present works by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Feliks Janiewicz, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Tadeusz Baird, and Mieczysław Weinberg.

Full programme available at: http://www.fmp.org.pl/ 

Gdańsk | 42nd International Festival of Organ, Choir and Chamber Music


The 42nd edition of the International Festival of Organ, Choir and Chamber Music will begin on 5 July and will last until 30 August 2019. The concerts will take place every Friday at 8:15 pm in St. Mary's Basilica in Gdańsk. Additionally, on Thursday, 15 August, at 8:30 pm a special concert will celebrate the Feast of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Ten concerts will feature artists from Belgium, the United States and Poland. Varied organ and choral repertoire will include works from all periods, written in different styles: from ancient masterpieces of organ music through the well-known classical compositions to contemporary music inspired by folklore and jazz. The programme will also included music by Polish composers: Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Mieczysław Surzyński, Feliks Nowowiejski, Jacek Sykulski, Aldona Nawrocka and Filip Cieszyński. In addition, the festival will premiere Ciacona for violin and organ by Bogusław Grabowski.

More information at: www.festiwalorganowy.pl and www.facebook.com/bazylikamariacka 

7th "Emanacje" International Music Festival


The 7th edition of "Emanacje" Music Festival will be held between 30 June and 1 September 2019, featuring several dozen concerts in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship.

This year's concerts will take place in Szymbark, Gorlice, Biecz, Oświęcim, Niepołomice, Nowy Wiśnicz, Sucha Beskidzka, Szczawnica, Tarnów, Nowy Sącz, Kąśna Dolna, Dębno and Kraków. The festival center will be located in the the Krzysztof Penderecki European Music Center in Lusławice. Festival events will take place every weekend, offering the Lesser Poland audience and visitors of the region a rich musical repertoire performed by the best musicians of the young generation and their masters. The festival will feature, among others, Sinfonietta Cracovia Orchestra, Orchestra of the Leoš Janáček Philharmonic in Ostrava, Tarnów Chamber Orchestra, Arte Dei Suonatori, Penderecki Youth Orchestra and Adam Bałdych Quartet.

The star of the festival will be Janusz Wawrowski, who will lead the Warsaw String Players Orchestra composed of the most talented students and graduates of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. The concertmaster and founder of the orchestra will play the violin of the legendary luthier Antonio Stradivari. The programme will include works by Mieczysław Karłowicz, Béla Bartók, Mieczysław Weinberg and Krzysztof Penderecki.

Full programme available at: https://penderecki-center.pl/ 

Gdańsk | A tribute concert to President Paweł Adamowicz

Euro Chamber

A tribute concert to President Paweł Adamowicz, who passed away tragically half a year ago, will take place on 14 July 2019 in St. Mary's Basilica in Gdańsk as part of the 8th Euro Chamber Music Festival.

Euro Chamber Music Festival Gdańsk is the largest international festival of chamber music in northern Poland which attracts renowned artists as well as promotes upcoming musicinas. The idea of organising a concert in tribute to President Pawał Adamowicz came from the Gdańsk ensemble Duo del Gesú, composed of French violinist of Polish descent Arnaud Kaminski and violist Krzyszrof Komendarek-Tymendorf, an ambassador of the social campaign Save the Music.

Cappella Gedanensis under Rafał Kłoczko will perform works by Giacomo Puccini, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Eugeniusz Głowski, Stanisław Moniuszko and others. The concert will also feature recitation of the texts and thoughts of President Paweł Adamowicz by Jerzy Stuhr.

Admission free.

Festival's Website: www.eurochambermusicfestival.com; Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/357697901608991/