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Warsaw | Sinfornia Varsovia at Grochowska Street – Arias at dusk

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In mid-May, the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra will inaugurate a series of concerts which will be held on spring and summer weekends (May 17 – September 22, 2019) in the Concert Pavilion at Grochowska Street.

From May to September, more than seventy events will be held at 272 Grochowska Street. Most of them will take place, like last year, in the Concert Pavilion for over 400 people. Besides the usual afternoon concerts, there will be the 19th Franciszek Wybrańczyk Festival "Sinfonia Varsovia to its City", "Sinfonia Varsovia at Grochowska Street" concert seies, Museum Night, Dance Evenings, and special events dedicated to children: Children's Day with many musical attractions, "Smykofonie at Grochowska Street" concert series, as well as newly inaugurated "Mornings for Entire Families".

During four symphonic concerts from the cycle "Sinfonia Varsovia at Grochowska Street", which will be held between May 17 and September 6 (7:30 p.m.), the orchestra's musicians along with recognized soloists will present a vast repertoire from operatic arias, through the works of Polish composers, to Russian or American music. The first concert of the series will be an opportunity to listen to the most beautiful arias from the operas of Stanisław Moniuszko, Piotr Czajkowski and Giacomo Puccini. In addition to vocal works, the programme will feature instrumental pieces performed by the orchestra under the baton of Gaetano d'Espinosa.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information about the concerts at: www.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Wrocław | 9th International Festival Musica Electronica Nova

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The upcoming edition of the Musica Electronica Nova festival, which will take place on May 17-25, 2019, is entitled ‘Signs’.

As the festival's artistic director Pierre Jodlowski put it: "Because humanity has organized itself into societies, signs occupy a very important place in our lives: from prehistoric images to the banners of the Middle Ages, from signs spreading in the streets to the abundance of digital signals. What do these signs say about ourselves? What role do they play in the space of music, whose language has been based on specific signs and notations? What are the trajectories that contemporary composers indicate to us? Where do they want to lead us?".

This theme will be emphasized at the opening of the festival with a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001. A Space Odyssey accompanied by live music performed by the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic and the NFM Choir. This inauguration will also define Musica Electronica Nova as an interdisciplinary festival, in which genres and aesthetics intersect. This year, the programme will include premieres of works by Polish composers commissioned by the festival, including are there hidden figures? for string quartet, electronics and video by Monika Szpyrka. The "Reverse Simultaneous" concert will feature premieres of compositions by the composers of the Wroclaw Branch of the Polish Composers' Union, as well as collective compositions with violin part written by Anna Zielińska. The Akusma Forum will present the profiles of young composers from Italy, Poland and Mexico, and a special session dedicated to Elżbieta Sikora, the former artistic director of the festival. The Mini Akusma Forum electroacoustic sessions have been specially designed for our young audience – they will be a great opportunity to discover new sounds and new signs with your family!

Musica Electronica Nova is not only concerts. It also includes short meetings with composers, during which there will be an opportunity to talk about their daily work, and accompanying events prepared specially for this edition of the festival.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/musica-electronica-nova-2019 

Warsaw | Between Turkey and Poland

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On May 16, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, the 20th-century Turkish music will be performed by invited artists from Turkey and the Jerzy Semkow Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus. The concert under the patronage of the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Poland is part of the celebrations of the Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day in Turkey.

A prominent figure on the Turkish musical scene was Cemal Reşit Rey, regarded as a pioneer of a movement which brought into Turkey artistic music influenced by Western trends in the wake of the country’s ‘Westernisation’ under the rule of Kemal Atatürk. In his rich oeuvre, he gave a special place to stage works – operas and operettas, which enjoy immense popularity. One of the prominent pieces of orchestral music is his symphonic rhapsody entitled Türkiye (Turkey), in ten colourful images contrasted by tempo and nature, and influenced by motifs from Turkey’s native music – the three selected episodes will be performed during the concert.

Together with four other composers, Rey co-founded an informal group known as the ‘Turkish Five’. His peer Hasan Ferit Alnar, other member of the group, was particularly fascinated by the possibilities of stylisation and harmonisation of traditional music and the use of native instruments. One of the results of this fascination was his concerto for a Turkish zither – kanun, still very popular nowadays. Of more universal nature is Alnar’s Cello Concerto, a melodious and expressive piece which includes themes with scales and rhythms typical for the Orient. During the concert on 16 May, the concerto will see its first performance outside Turkey.

The solo part will be performed by a Turkish cellist Can Kehri, a summa cum laude graduate of Professor Reşit Erzin’s cello class at the Istanbul Conservatory, and Professor Tomasz Strahl’s student at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. As a soloist and chamber musician, he is also a member of the cello section of the Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra. The concert will be conducted by Can Okan, a recognised young-generation Turkish conductor and pianist.

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Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Warsaw | Panel discussion "Nadia Boulanger and Polish 20th-century Composers"

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On May 15, 2019 at 3.30 p.m., the Institute of Musicology at the University of Warsaw will host a panel discussion "Nadia Boulanger and Polish 20th-Century Composers. Between European Tradition, Artistic Discipline and the Play of Imagination" as part of the 33rd Warsaw Music Encounters Festival.

The subject of the panel discussion accompanying this year's festival will be Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979), the most prominent composition teacher in the 20th century, the master of many famous contemporary musicians. Professor at L'École Normale de Musique in Paris and the Conservatoire américain de Fontainebleau took special care of students from three areas: the USA, the Far East and Poland.

Among her Polish students were Zbigniew Bargielski, Jerzy Bauer, Marian Borkowski, Joanna Bruzdowicz, Zygmunt Krauze, Krzysztof Meyer, Piotr Moss, Zygmunt Mycielski, Piotr Perkowski, Marta Ptaszyńska, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Tadeusz Szeligowski, Romuald Twardowski, Antoni Wit, Stanisław Wiechowicz, and Bolesław Woytowicz. Polish artists, captivated by Karol Szymanowski's idea of ​​opening our music to the West, traveled to Paris since the end of the 1920s to be introduced by the Professor to the entire Latin musical tradition.

On the 40th anniversary of the death of the Professor, the organisers want to bend over the phenomenon of Nadia Boulanger's "school" in the group of eminent Polish students of the Mademoiselle and researchers of 20th-century Polish music. The panel will be attended by: prof. Jerzy Bauer, prof. Marian Borkowski, Małgorzata Gąsiorowska, Michal Klubiński, prof. Zygmunt Krauze, prof. Marta Ptaszyńska, dr Radosław Romaniuk and prof. Antoni Wit.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information about the Festival at: https://www.wsm.art.pl/index.php/pl/ 

Gdańsk | Accordion Variations – World Accordion Day

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On May 15, 2019 at 6.00 p.m. in the Theatre Hall of the Faculty of Philology at the Gdańsk University there will be a concert entitled "Accordion Variations – World Accordion Day in Gdańsk".

The concert is organized on the initiative of the Accordionists' Academic Circle at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk. Professor Elżbieta Rosińska will talk about the history of the World Accordion Day. The programme of the concert will include both compositions originally written for the accordion and transcriptions. We will listen to works by Mikołaj Majkusiak, Krzysztof Olczak, Krzysztof Penderecki and others.

Prominent young accordionists from different academic institutions in Poland and Europe will come to Gdańsk at the invitation of the organisers, among them Sara Wienczek, Konrad Nowakowski, Bartosz Kołsut and Paweł Sławiński. Students and graduates of Gdańsk accordion class (Paweł Ratajek and Maciej Kacprzak) and pupils from Gdańsk music schools (Błażej Reiter) will also perform during the concert.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://ack.ug.edu.pl/events/akordeonowe-wariacje-world-accordion-day-w-gdansku/ 

Białystok | 38th International Festival of Orthodox Church Music „Hajnówka”

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On 15-19 May 2019, the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic in Białystok will host the 38th International Festival of Orthodox Music "Hajnówka".

The event, which has been held since 1982, is the largest church music festival in Poland. The aim of the Festival is to present the great artistic and spiritual values of Orthodox Church music. In 1995, the Ministry of Culture proclaimed it as having the 0th category, thus putting the festival on a par with the Chopin Competition and the International Festival of Contemporary Music „Warsaw Autumn”. Every year, the festival gathers choirs from around the world. This year's auditions will be attended by 27 ensembles from 11 countries: Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Russia, Estonia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Serbia, Poland and Ghana.

The choristers are evaluated by an international jury composed of the most distinguished composers and church conductors. For many years the jury has been led by Romuald Twardowski – an outstanding Polish composer and teacher. His works will also be included in the competition programme. The concerts will take place not only in Bialystok, but also in other cities. This year, participants of the Festival will perform in as many as 20 cities: Warsaw, Legionowo, Sokole, Narwia, Hajnówka, Bielsko Podlaski, Wasilków, Michałów, Krynki, Białowieża, Ciechanowiec, Sejny, Szczuczyn, Studzianki, Zduńska Wola, Krasnystaw, Orla, Augustów, Mielnik and Dąbrowa Białostocka.

The Festival is held under the Honorary Patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda as well as the Artistic Patronage of Krzysztof Penderecki, the Polish Composers' Union and the President of the City of Białystok.

More information at: http://festiwal-hajnowka.pl/ 

Krakow | 12th Film Music Festival

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The Krakow Film Music Festival (FMF), organised by the Krakow Festival Office and RMF Classic, is a captivating showcase of the highest quality musical interpretations of the moving image and one of the most important festivals in the world of film music. Performed by leading musicians and orchestras in Europe and the world, the festival provides a unique concert experience by setting it to live screenings of the world’s most spectacular films. FMF is an important industry event, the sight of international and Polish premieres, which often take place in the presence of world-class directors and composers.This year's special guest of the Festival will be Alexandre Desplat.

The inauguration concert in the Gothic church of St. Catherine de Alexandria will feature the most beautiful film music in choir arrangements performed by the Pro Musica Mundi ensemble under the direction of Wiesław Delimat. The programme will include Agnus Dei by Wojciech Kilar from the so-called "small mass", composed for the German historical television series King of the Last Days of Tom Toelle. The world premiere of the live in concert version of Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker’s Dracula with Wojciech Kilar's music will take place on May 15. "Dracula live in Concert" is a co-production of two friendly festivals – FMF and FIMUCITÉ.

On May 16, during the concert "Scoring4Polish Directors", the organisers will award two prizes: for the Polish Soundtrack of the Year (for the first time in FMF's history) and Young Talent Award. The concert will feature music by Wojciech Kilar as well as by Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz, Marcin Masecki, Bartosz Chajdecki and the winner of the Young Talent Award. On May 19, during the FMF Gala "The Galmorous Show", composer Craig Armstrong will receive the Wojciech Kilar Award.

The Festival programme also includes the Audiovisual Forum – master classes, panel discussions and meetings with renowned composers.

Full programme available at: http://fmf.fm/ 

Poznań | Premieres from New York

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The Poznań Philharmonic invites you to a concert at the Adam Mickiewicz University Auditorium on May 17, 2019 at 7.00 pm, featuring the world premiere of Ignat Waghalter's work.

The 477th Poznań concert entitled "Premieres from New York" will premiere New World Suite by Ignatz Waghalter reconstructed by Alexander Walker. Waghlater was a Polish-German composer and conductor of Jewish origin who emigrated to the United States before World War II. Similar to other less known Polish-Jewish composer Karol Rathaus, he found refuge in New York.The concert will also include Poznań premiere of Rathaus' Piano Concerto performed by Daniel Wnukowski. The Orchestra of the Poznań Philharmonic will be conducted by Ariel Zuckermann.

The Poznań concert will be recorded by Deutschlandfunk Kultur and retransmitted on May 28 at 8.00 pm.

The event is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Music" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

More information at: https://www.filharmoniapoznanska.pl/ 

Gdańsk Music Festival 2019

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The Gdańsk Music Festival, organized by the Polish Baltic Philharmonic, the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre and Radio Gdańsk, will be held on May 18-25, 2019.

The festival is a continuation of a project that started in 2008. The programme of each edition is defined by a leading theme or a figure of the Artist in Residence. The festival also celebrates important anniversaries. The 2019 edition is dominated by both contemporary and historical pianos.

The soloist of the inauguration concert will be an excellent German pianist nominated for the Grammy Award and the winner of the Gramophone Award – Joseph Moog. The Artur Rubinstein Lodz Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Paweł Przytocki will perform among others Overture in E flat major, Op. 115 by Ignacy Jan Paderewski. On May 22, there will be a chamber "Polish Concert" featuring works by Andrzej Panufnik and Ludomir Różycki. Gidon Kremer TRIO will present works by Mieczysław Weinberg on May 23.The soloist of the symphonic concert on May 24 will be a world-famous pianist from Finland – Juho Pohjonen, who will perform with the Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra. The final concert will feature Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz and Korean violinist Bomsori Kim who will perform among others Sonata in D minor for violin and piano, Op. 9 by Karol Szymanowski.

The Festival will exhibit historical Pleyel and Erard pianos. Krzysztof Książek, the winner of the 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments, and Tobias Koch, a juror of this competition, will play on these instruments Polish romantic repertoire.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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