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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

Knapik

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

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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

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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

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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

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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/ 

Katowice | NOSPR Chamber Orchestra and Silesian Trio

NOSPR

The next concert in the cycle of "NOSPR chamber concerts" will take place on May 23, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.,at the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice. The ecening will feature Polish contemporary music performed by the NOSPR String Orchestra and the Silesian Trio.

The programme of the concert is composed of Grażyna Bacewicz's Divertimento for string orchestra, Mikołaj Górecki's Trio concerto for clarinet, horn, piano and string orchestra, Krzysztof Penderecki's Chaconne per archi, Edward Grieg's Suite "From Holberg's Time", Op. 40, and Wojciech Kilar's Orawa for string orchestra.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Tricity | 15th International Choir Festival "Mundus Cantat"

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Mundus Cantat celebrates the fifteenth anniversary! On May 22-25, 2019, international choirs will perform at the Tricity scenes. The star of this edition will be Paul Phenix, known from the King's Singers ensemble, who will perform in Poland for the first time.

One of the most recognizable choir festivals in the country will celebrate its jubilee not only in the Sopot but also in Tricity. As part of the festival, the "Mobile Mundus Cantat: Gdańsk accompanying concerts" project will be implemented this year. The festival will be attended by singers from Belarus, Great Britain, Georgia, France, Iceland, Lithuania, Colombia and, of course, a strong representation from Poland. The organizers invite adults, seniors, academics, children and youth choirs to compete in several musical categories: sacral music, secular music (including folklore) as well as gospel, jazz, and spirituals. The choirs will be judged by the international jury, whose chairman is prof. Marcin Tomczak.

The winners of this year's edition will be announced during the Final Concert, which will take place on May 25 at 5.00 p.m. in the lecture hall of the Faculty of Economics at the University of Gdansk (Sopot). The Festival Choir of the Sopot High School "Mundus Cantat|, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, will performe Cantemus nostrum canticum written by Beata Wróblewska, the ensemble's conductor.

The festival also includes other events: concerts of young artists, the Choir Parade at Sopot "Monciak" and various forms of artistic expression, such as performance at the train station and the Sopot pier.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme of the Festival is available at: http://munduscantat.pl/ 

Gdańsk | Composing Debuts

AM Gdańsk

A students' concert entitled "Composing debuts" will take place at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk on May 22, 2019 at 5.00 pm.

The concert will feature compositions for chamber ensembles written by the freshman year students of composition. We will listen to such works as: River Course and a cycle of three songs Memories by Anna Janowicz, Song from the heart...The Illusion variations for celesta solo and Fantasy for cello, harpsichord and bells by Krzysztof Tomasz Jurczak, Songs for Voice and Piano to words by Adam Mickiewicz and third part of String Quartet by Piotr Kasiłowski as well as first part of String Quartet No. 1 and Reed Trio by Milosz Kowalewski. The finale will feature pieces by Milena Słowikowska: Lullaby for solo vibraphone and Two Crosses for voice and instrumental ensemble.

The works will be performed by talented students of the Gdańsk university classes of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, tuba, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, harpsichord, harp, guitar, accordion, percussion instruments, and singing.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://www.amuz.gda.pl/events/kompozytorskie-debiuty-koncert-studentow-i-roku-studiow-licencjackich-specjalnosci-kompozycja/