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Starry Night Concert Online: Marcin Łukaszewski

CNK

The Planetarium of the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw invites you to an extraordinary journey into the world of music and constellations. Next "Starry Night Concert" will take place online on 5 June 2020 at 7:00 p.m. and its guest will be Marcin Łukaszewski.

Each concert is a unique combination of live music and space visualizations displayed in the Planetarium. We will visit stars, planets and other celestial bodies, exploring distant corners of the Universe. It is both an artistic experience and a reflection on our place in the Universe. The concerts are carried out as part of the #Kopernikontheweb project: Festival of Change and Starry Night Concerts. The project was co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the web"programme.

Marcin Tadeusz Łukaszewski is a pianist, composer, and music theorist associated with the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. He studied piano under Bronisława Kawalla, Jan Ekier, and Edward Wolanin. He also completed a postgraduate course in contemporary music performance, music theory, and composing. In 2005, he obtained his PhD, and in 2014, a post-doctoral degree in music theory and composing. As a pianist, he specialises in 20th and 21st-century Polish music. He is a winner of numerous composition competitions, and an author of various publications on music of such Polish composers as Franciszek Lessel, Piotr Perkowski and Marian Sawa. During the upcoming concert he will perform works by, among others,  Fryderyk Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, Karol Szymanowski, Marian Sawa, and Marian Borkowski.

Online broadcast will be available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/i0LOfP4CSMk 

13th Historical Event of the Year 2019

WHR

The voting for this year's "Historical Event of the Year", organized by the Polish History Museum in cooperation with the portal https://historia.org.pl/ and the Royal Łazienki Museum, has began! You can vote for the projects selected by the jury from 1 to 30 June 2020.

The aim of the plebiscite is to honour the organizers, creators and initiators of the most interesting historical events of the past year promoting the history and culture of Poland in the country and abroad. The plebiscite consists of two stages. In the first stage, the jury, consisting of representatives of the organizers and people of science and culture, selects five projects in each of the categories: 'Exhibition', 'Event' and 'Education and multimedia'. The final decision is made by internet users in the second stage of the plebiscite by open voting. The announcement of this year's results and the award gala will take place in September.

In the 'Education and multimedia' category, one can vote for 100 for 100 box (PWM Edition), which is an exclusive set documenting the last 100 years of Polish music. 1700 Polish artists got involved in the preparation of this unique publication, completing 61 recordings of the most important music works of the last century. In the 'Event' category, the opening of the Princes Czartoryski Museum, which featured recitals of Szymon Nehring, Krzysztof Książek and Piotr Orzechowski, 'Pianohooligan', has a chance to receive the title of "Historical Event of the Year 2019".

To participate in the plebiscite, please visit www.whr.muzhp.pl, accept the regulations and cast your vote. The final result depends on us!

NOSPR online concerts in June: premiere of "Empty City Radio" by Piotr Peszat and Grzegorz Mart

NOSPR

It will be a unique ending of a very unusual concert season. In June 2020, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra returns to playing concerts, although in the upcoming weeks the musicians will play for an empty hall. The audience will be able to participate in concerts via the Internet.

The pandemic, which deprived the orchestra of the opportunity to meet with an audience for many weeks, prompted the PNRSO to redefine many aspects of its concert tradition. The orchestra musicians will start performing on stage with the required distance.

In addition to classical and chamber repertoire, June will see the premiere of a four-part audiovisual work commissioned by the institution from composer Piotr Peszat and video artist Grzegorz Marta. Empty City Radio was created during the total lockdown of the institution and is an artistic testimony of this extraordinary period.

All online concerts will be available for free, although there will be a possibility of supporting the institution through donations.

More information at: https://nospr.org.pl/pl 

13th Competition of 20th- and 21st-century Music for Young Performers 2020

PTMW

The Polish Society for Contemporary Music announces a call for entries for the 13th Competition of the 20th- and 21st- century Music for Young Performers 2020. The competition is under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Due to the pandemic, participants will be interviewed online on 24-30 October 2020. The deadline for submitting applications is 15 October 2020.

The copetition is open to all instrumentalists and vocalists (regardless of citizenship) as well as Polish citizens who study abroad. The competition aims at presenting 20th- and 21st- century music. The programme of the performance must include at least one piece by a Polish composer. One of the selected works must come from the catalog of the PWM Edition, which is available at https://pwm.com.pl.

The jury consists of: Dariusz Przybylski, Anna Dorota Władyczka and Maciej Żółtowski.

The organizers appreciate the huge work and role of teachers in preparing the competition programme. For this reason, each statury prize (except for special prizes for accompanists) will be divided in half between the winner and his teacher. Extra-statutory material prizes will be provided by the PWM Edition.

The winners will be invited to perform at the gala concert on 20 November 2020 at the Władysław Szpilman Polish Radio Studio in Warsaw.

The project is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme run by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Rules and regulations of the competition as well as all required documents are available at: http://ptmw.art.pl/xiii-konkurs-muzyki-xx-i-xxi-wieku-dla-mlodych-wykonawcow-2020-informacja-wstepna/ 

Daniel Cichy in the latest series of online talks of the PWM Edition

PWM

Can you talk about music in 444 ways? Is copyright for everyone? Can the premiere of the album be more exciting than the first performance? The director-editor-in-chief of the PWM Edition Daniel Cichy will give answers to these and other fascinating questions in a series of online conversations with leading figures of Polish culture. The series will be broadcast until 21 June 2020.

In the series of meetings entitled "Po cichu. O muzyce i literaturze" ["Quietly. About music and literature"] Daniel Cichy will talk with composers, authors and artists associated with the PWM Edition and Anaklasis Records. We will learn about their new compositions, artistic inspirations, the history behind their music and research work.

On 27 May Prof. Magdalena Dziadek, author of the book Podróż przez dźwięki [Travel through sounds], will share her latest discoveries about Stanisław Moniuszko. On Children's Day Katarzyna Huzar-Czub will talk about her musical stories for children about the most eminent Polish composers. On 21 June – World Music Day – Daniel Cichy will talk with Danuta Gwizdalanka about the essence of music and her latest publication Symfonia na 444 głosy [Symphony for 444 voices].

The meetings will be also devoted to cooperation of composers with performers and making of phonografic records. Daniel Cichy will visit well-known artists associated with the Anaklasis Records established by the PWM Edition: composers Maciej Zieliński and Zygmunt Krauze, bass-baritone Tomasz Konieczny and jazzman Kuba Stankiewicz.

New episodes will be available on the PWM YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Call for applications open for the "Blank pages – music and dance" research grant programme 2020/2021

IMiT

The "Blank pages – music and dance" programme is addressed to Polish and foreign scholars who intend to carry out research related to neglected or little known areas of Polish music and dance. The research priorities of this edition of the programme concern composers Władysław Żeleński and Henryk Pachulski.

The research may span a broad chronological spectrum and a variety of genres, and may investigate composing, artistic activity, musicological activity, reception of music, as well as the history, theory and aesthetics of Polish dance, in particular performance dance. The expected outcomes – such as an academic paper, catalogue of an artist’s output, database, reconstruction of a piece, study of source materials – will be financed and published by IMiT.

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2020. Electronic applications should be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ("Blank pages – music and dance" – application).

The evaluation committee will select the winning projects by 27 July 2020. The list of projects approved by the committee will be announced on the Institute's website. If the pool of funds allocated to the 2020/2021 edition of the programme is not exhausted, the Director of the Institute of Music and Dance may announce the second round of the call for applications.

The budget of the 2020/2021 programme edition is PLN 150,000.

The rules and regulations are available at: https://imit.org.pl/programy/departament-muzyki/4430 

Theatres, philharmonics and cinemas may reopen from 6 June

MKiDN

Minister of Culture Prof. Piotr Gliński during a press conference with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Minister of Health Łukasz Szumowski announced that on 6 June 2020 cinemas, theatres, concert halls, culture centres and circuses may start operating again.

This is not an obligation, but an opportunity for the owners of these institutions to make individual decisions whether they want to reopen or stay closed for a longer period. There are two basic requirements for reopening of these institutions: reduce in capacity to 50 percent in order to maintain sanitary requirements and obligation to wear masks. The Minister of Culture also pointed out that outdoor concerts may be organised from 30 May as the gatherings up to 150 people will be legal from this date.

More information at: https://www.gov.pl/web/kultura/od-6-czerwca-mozliwosc-odmrozenia-min-kin-teatrow-i-filharmonii 

Pomeranian Music Society's "Composer on the web" series

PTM

The Pomeranian Music Society invites you to a series of online meetings and music premieres "Kompozytor w sieci" ["Composer on the Web"] dedicated to Toruń composers, which will be held every Friday at 6.00 p.m.

Each episode will be devoted to one composer who will talk about his or her work, inspirations and extra-musical interests. We will learn what the composer's everyday life looks like under normal conditions and during the pandemic, what circumstances induce creativity, and whether a great work can be created during a lockdown. Each meeting will be accompanied by music. We will listen to works already performed at concerts as well as written especially for the series.

The project will feature well-known graduates of the Karol Szymanowski Music School Complex in Toruń: Magdalena Cynk, Jędrzej Rochecki, Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, Mateusz Ryczek, Rafał Kłoczko, Maciej Jabłoński, Michał Ossowski, Prasqual, Dobromiła Jaskot, Zuzanna Koziej, Dariusz Kubicki and Adam Falenta.

Live broadcasts will be held on Fridays at 6.00 p.m. on the Pomeranian Music Society Facebook Page; the recordings will be later availbale on its Youtube channel.

"Sinfonietkowe e-przedszkole" – online music classes with Ms Sinfonietka

SC

"Sinfonietkowe e-przedszkole" ("Sinfonietka e-nursery school)" is another initiative of the Sinfonietta Cracovia Orchestra addressed to young music lovers as part of the free artistic and educational offer "Smash the virus with music!".

"Sinfonietkowe e-przedszkole" are online music classes that refer to the popular series of concerts for children "Sinfonietka". Children who are not attending nursery shools for the time being will have a chance to spend interesting time with Ms Sinfonietka. The classes will be conducted by Danuta Augustyn, beloved by young music lovers – a valued violinist of Sinfonietta Cracovia, a member of the DAFO quartet and an academic teacher. Children will learn songs, have fun and play homemade instruments. Sinfonietka Karaoke Songs will also provide a lot of laughter, music and fun. Let's show that children at home are not bored!

Classes will be held individually or in small groups via an instant messenger. Caregivers will be informed by e-mail about their dates and details before each class. Applications should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.sinfonietta.pl/e-przedszkole/