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Kraków | Ars Moderna

Spoldzielnia muzyczna

This year's series of online concerts of contemporary music "Ars Moderna", organised by Spółdzielnia Muzyczna contemporary ensemble, Kraków Philharmonic and Dworek Białoprądnicki Culture Centre, will last until 19 October 2020.

The artists' performances, almost exclusively solo or in a duet, are intended to illustrate the past six months, which each musician experienced differently while practicing their instruments. The programme of the first five concerts included already existing compositions, works by Bogusław Schaeffer, Hanna Kulenty, Adam Walaciński and Piotr Peszat. The last concert will feature works of the winners  of the "Synchronized" composers' competition.

During the concerts, musical reflections will be confronted with the views of the ensemble's friends who will act as moderators. Krzysztof Pietraszewski and Mateusz Ciupka will not only comment on the music played live, but also confront it with the reactions of the Internet audience. The audience is invited to listen and comment – to exchange experiences.

Co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Live broadcasts are available athttps://www.facebook.com/spoldzielniamuzyczna/

"Don't be afraid to improvise" – workshop for children with Krzesimir Dębski and Jarosław Siwiński

Art Deco GroupThe next online workshop for young musicians as part of the "Don't be afraid to improvise!" series will take place on 24-27 August 2020. Online classes will be held in two groups (at 4.00 p.m. and 5.30 p.m.) under the supervision of outstanding composers and improvisers: Krzesimir Dębski and Jarosław Siwiński.

The organizers' goal is for as many children and teenagers as possible to experience improvisation. Therefore, this time, the Art Deco Group Music Agency invites blind or partially sighted young musicians from 7 to 15 years of age learning to play any instruments at music schools or institutions that conduct music classes to participate in the workshop. Two groups of participants will work with famous artists.

The workshops are free and will be held online every day from 24 to 27 August. Each cycle includes 4 classes (approx. 45 minutes each) and 1 mini concert (approx. 40 minutes) presenting the effects of the work with participants. The final concert will take place in September and will be broadcast on the FB profile and the website of the Art Deco Group Music Agency.

During the workshops, the artists will talk to children about contemporary music as well as rules and methods of improvisation, illustrating these themes with musical examples. They will conduct exercises and games that will help children absorb the transferred knowledge more easily. In this project, it is very important to make music together and collaborate in a group, so children will participate in classes with their instruments and will actively improvise under the guidance of the teachers.

The workshop group will have a maximum of 5 participants. Participants are registered by their parents / guardians only via the form available at http://artdecogroup.eu/formularz-zgloszeniowy-nbsi-2020/. Please attach to the form a video file presenting the workshop participant performing any programme (max 5 MB).

Co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://artdecogroup.eu 

3rd "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers"

Bez Barier

The "Czas Sztuki" Foundation invites you to two concerts that will inaugurate the third edition of the series "Masovian Musical Meetings without Barriers" on 23 and 25 August 2020.

The "Czas Sztuki" Foundation was established in November 2017 and one of its main goals is the organization of free artistic events for poor people from small rural towns, who are excluded from participating in cultural life. The organization has already conducted two series of concerts "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers" in 2018 and 2019. The third edition of the series will feature 8 concerts, which will take place in very small towns in the counties of Minsk, Siedlce and Węgrów, where residents are deprived of cultural offer and access to cultural goods.

The first concert will take place on Sunday, 23 August at 7.00 p.m. on the open-air stage of the Kulturoteka Commune Public Library in Cegłów. The Time Quartet will perform the most beautiful classical compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Ludwig van Beethoven, whose 250th birthday is celebrated this year by the whole world.

The second concert will take place on Tuesday, 25 August at 5.00 p.m. at the "Reymontówka" Creative Work House in Chlewiska. The concert will feature accordionists Klaudiusz Baran – Rector of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Rafał Grząka and violinist Maksymilian Grzesiak. The programme will include compositions by Antonio Vivaldi, Astor Piazzolla, Henryk Wieniawski, Andrzej Krzanowski and Leon Boellmann.

The project is co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund. Free admission!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://www.facebook.com/fundacjaczassztuki/

Wałbrzych | 17th Ensemble International Festival

Ensemble Festival

The 17th Princess Daisy Ensemble Festival will be held on 23-30 August 2020 at an exquisite venue  in one of the most magnificent castles in Poland, in the impressive interiors of Książ Castle.

Every year since 2004 the Książ Castle holds the Ensemble International Festival. Mission of the Festival is to promote the little known art of chamber music and drama. There are two movements of art in the scope of the Festival. There are music masterclasses and theatre workshops which offer participants of the Festival opportunity to work with outstanding academics on performance of selected art pieces. All work is presented during six concerts and three theatre shows opened to the public. The Festival operates under a unique formula. Each chamber team is composed of professors and students.

During this year's Festival, performed by outstanding artists, including Jakub Jakowicz, Szymon Krzeszowiec, Marcin Markowicz, Maciej Młodawski, Piotr Sałajczyk and Marcin Masecki, we will hear works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Robert Schumann, Antonín Dvořák, Johann Brahms, Philip Glass, Dmitri Szostakowicz, Krzysztof Penderecki and Marcin Masecki. Moreover, on 29 August in the "Former Mine" Science and Art Centre there will be a jazz concert of Marcin Masecki's band.

Information on tickets at: https://ensemblefestival.org/ 

Warsaw | Concert on the 150th birth anniversary of Zygmunt Stojowski

Stojowski

A concert on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Zygmunt Stojowski as part of the series "Jubilees of Polish composers in the Royal Łazienki Park" will be held on 23 August 2020 at 6.00 p.m. at the Palace on the Isle in the Royal Łazienki Park in Warsaw.

Tomasz Strahl (cello) and Agnieszka Przemyk-Bryła (piano) will perform works by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Ludomir Różycki and Zygmunt Stojowski. The concert will be hosted by Maxymilian Bylicki.

8 April 2020 maked the 150th anniversary of the birth of Zygmunt Stojowski – a composer, pianist and pedagogue widely recognized outside Poland, especially in the United States, where he made his contribution to American music education. Stojowski taught at the Institute of Musical Art in New York, then at the Von Ende School of Music (now the University of the State of New York), and around 1918 he founded his own school. He organized festivals and master classes, gave concerts in many cities in the United States, Canada and the countries of South America. He founded the Polish Institute of Arts and Letters, the prototype of today's Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences. He was a student of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, with whom he remained in friendship for almost half a century.

Admission to the concert is free. Invitations can be obtained at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The concert is organised by the Institute of Music and Dance from the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

More information athttps://imit.org.pl/programy/departament-muzyki/4465

Katowice | Silesian Uprisings in Memoriam

Powstania

On 23 August 2020 Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship Jakub Chełstowski invites you to the Cathedral of Christ the King in Katowice to contemplate the music of the Patron of the Silesian Philharmonic. The concert will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the Second Silesian Uprising, which falls on 25 August 2020.

The evening will present one of the most famous works from the second half of the 20th century – Symphony No. 3, Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, Op. 36 by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. The enormity of emotions, expressed both in the music and text of Górecki's Symphony, will fill the walls of the Katowice temple. The Symphony Orchestra of the Silesian Philharmonic will be conducted by Łukasz Borowicz – the winner of the "Polityka's" Passport, the Corypheus of Polish Music award, the Cyprian Kamil Norwid award and the Tansman award for "outstanding musical personality". The solo part will be performed by soprano Iwona Socha, soloist of the Krakow Opera who cooperates with leading opera and operetta houses in the country, performing in Poland and abroad.

The August concert will be an extremely significant event for Silesia. The celebration of the 100th anniversary of the end of the Second Silesian Uprising will be graced by the music of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, one of the most important Polish composers of the 20th century who was a Silesian. It will be performed by the Silesian Philharmonic, for which the heritage of the region is particularly important and its promotion is one of the main goals of the institution. Thanks to live streaming, everyone will be able to listen to the concert – not only in the Cathedral, but also at home.

JOIN: Facebook Event

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://filharmonia-slaska.eu/production/powstania-slaskie-in-memoriam/

Krosno | 5th Young Arts Festival

Young Arts FestivalThe 5th edition of the Young Arts Festival will take place on 21-23 August 2020, focusing on Polish music – from the works of Krzysztof Penderecki and Wojciech Kilar, through film music, to interpretations of Polish traditional music.

The festival taking place during the pandemic is a new opening to the joy of listening to music together. The guitar duo of Marek Napiórkowski and Artur Lesicki and the Atom String Quartet will perform in front of the audience in Krosno. Thanks to the online broadcast, we will also hear the international star – Jacob Collier.

The Young Arts Festival programme was to a large extent unintentionally shaped by ... this year's pandemic, which presented the organizers of cultural events with new challenges. More chamber ensembles will perform in front of the audience, and the audience will be obliged to follow sanitary rules, which will ensure safety. The theme of the 5th edition of the festival is "New Operning" – for Polish music, for chamber music, for online concerts. The concerts of the Young Arts Festival will take place in unique, acoustically perfect spaces in Krosno and the surrounding area, which will allow the participants to play and listen while keeping a safe distance.

The Festival will also feature free family workshops "OKOfonia", during which large and small composers will write a piece using colorful shapes, spots, figures and lines, and the sounds will be not only heard but also seen!

The event was co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Music" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Full programme and free admission cards are available at: https://youngarts.pl/ 

Meisinger Music Festival 2020

Meisinger Music Festiwal

This year's edition of Meisinger Music Festival will take place on 21-30 August 2020. The main idea of this event is to invite classical music stars to Szczecin, Stargard and Barlinek.

This year, MMF will be a special festival dedicated to artists from Poland and the region. Due to the difficult situation of artists after the pandemic, the Festival director – guitarist Krzysztof Meisinger – decided to organize an edition that aims to help artists of various specialties. Actors from theatres in Szczecin – Michał Janicki and Wiesław Orłowski – will be involved in hosting the events, and local painters will prepare paintings inspired by the music played for selected concerts.

Five monographic concerts will be devoted to the works of Astor Piazzolla, Johann Sebastian Bach, Bartłomiej Marusik, Franz Schubert and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Their compositions will be presented by Krzysztof Meisinger (guitar), Alicja Węgorzewska and Agnieszka Rehlis (mezzo-soprano), Michael Maciaszczyk and Karolina Nowotczyńska (violin), Krzysztof Baranowski (piano), Agata Igras (flute), as well as AstorArte String Quintet and Meisinger Music Festival Orchestra.

This year, the admission to the Meisinger Music Festival events is free. Instead, you can donate any amount to the fundraiser, which will be dedicated to the purchase of medical supplies and medicines for the West Pomeranian Hospice for Children and Adults.

JOIN: Facebook Event

Katowice | 14th "August of Talents" Polish National Promotional Festival

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On 20-30 August 2020 Katowice will host the 14th "August of Talents" Polish National Promotion Festival. Due to the pandemic and out of concern for the safety of artists and listeners, 3 out of 4 festival concerts will take place without the audience – they will be recorded in the Concert Studio of Radio Katowice, and then made available on YouTube channel of "Katowice – City of Gardens" Krystyna Bochenek Culture Centre.

The festival will be inaugurated by the Al Pari string quartet, who will perform Claude Debussy's String Quartet in G minor, Op.10, and then, together with the clarinetist Bartłomiej Dobrowolski, will present rarely performed works by Aleksander Głazunow and Bernhard Henrik Crusell. The concert "Vocalissimo", which will be held on 25 August at 6.00 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the City of Gardens, will be the only one open to the public. Three distinguished artists of the young generation  Justyna Bujak, Paulina Horajska and Natalia Płonka, accompanied by Mirella Malorny-Konopka, will perform opera repertoire.

The concert entitled "Gitariada" will be performed Jakub Moroziński, Przemysław Religa and Julia Żarnowska  three graduates of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music, who will be introduced by prof. Marek Nosal, guitar teacher and the Artistic Director of the Silesian Guitar Autumn. The artists will present a wide range of guitar repertoire, including compositions by John Dowland, Ferdynard Sor, Darius Milhaud, as well as Polish composer Alexander Tansman (Cavatina Suite).

The final concert of this year's "August of Talents" will belong to outstanding pianists of the young generation. Piano recitals recorded at the Katowice Radio Studio will be given by Kamil Pacholec, who, in addition to the works of Fryderyk Chopin, will also perform works by Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Andrzej Wierciński, who will play Chopin's pieces.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

DOWNLOAD: Festival Programme

More information athttp://www.silesia.art.pl/strona/sierpientalentow2020