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Poznań | Final concert of the "Music of our times" programme

Muzyka naszych czasówThe Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań invites you on 23 June 2021 at 7.00 p.m. to the final concert of this year's "Music of our times" programme, which will be dedicated to Krzysztof Penderecki.

Krzysztof Penderecki, an outstanding Polish composer, greatly supported the nationwide project "Music of our times", seeing it as a source of opportunities for young artists and performers. The aim of the project was to introduce Polish music of the 21st century to the art education system. Works commissioned from composers under the age of 30 were repeatedly performed by pupils and students together with their teachers. In addition, CD recordings and sheet music were released by DUX Recording Producers and PWM Edition respectively. The project was held under the honorary patronage of the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport.

The last concert of this year's edition will take place in the Blue Hall of the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań, featuring works by composers associated with Polish music academies: Alina Dzięcioł, Magdalena Gorwa (Academy of Music in Wrocław), Mikołaj Sarad (Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz), Andrzej Jakuszew (Academy of Music in Poznań / Chopin University of Music in Warsaw), Ewa Borcz, Krzysztof Kicior, Aleksandra Kolbusz (Chopin University of Music in Warsaw).

More information: https://amuz.edu.pl/ 

Częstochowa | "Music in the Temples"

Collegium Cantorum"Muzyka w świątyniach" ("Music in the Temples") is a unique, mystical journey through time, accompanied by to the soothing sounds of sacred choral music. The concert on 22 June 2021 at 7.00 p.m. at the Sanctuary of St. Anthony of Padua will be performed by the Collegium Cantorum Choir of the Częstochowa Philharmonic under the direction of maestro Janusz Siadlak.

The musicians will present works by Juliusz Łuciuk and Andrzej Koszewski. The choir will perform for the first time in front of the audience the pieces included in their two albums, which premiere is scheduled after the summer holidays.

Traditionally, music will be accompanied by a background story – about the parish, its past, and important events in the Częstochowa region. Dr Juliusz Sętowski, head of the History of Częstochowa Documentation Centre, will guide the participants through the meanders of history. Specially designed lighting will create a mystical atmosphere and emphasize the architectural details of the temple.

The project is co-financed by the Częstochowa City Hall and the Polish History Museum as part of the "Patriotism of Tomorrow" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: http://www.instytutsztuki.com/muzyka-w-swiatyniach/

Winners of the 62nd Tadeusz Baird Competition for Young Composers

BairdThe final concert of the 62nd Tadeusz Baird Competition for Young Composers was followed by an online Jury meeting on 19 June 2021. After listening to the recording of the concert on the Polish Composers' Union YouTube channel and Soundcloud, the Jury decided to award three prizes and one honourable mention.

The Jury composed of: Olga Hans (chairwoman), Aldona Nawrocka (secretary), Marcin Bortnowski, Artur Kroschel and Justyna Kowalska-Lasoń listened to the following pieces: Isomorphic Reflection for 4 clarinets (Coal2 emblem), ... Breathe for 4 violins (emblem D.502) ), Grand Père for 4 trumpets (Lavage de cerveaux emblem), Kanczendzong for 4 trumpets (Perseus emblem), Secco for 4 clarinets (TotoXro emblem), Co w lesie piszczy for 4 clarinets (XXX12321 emblem).

The Jury decided that the Tadeusz Baird Award should be divided as follows: the 1st prize was not awarded, while three 2nd prizes were awarded eq aequo to the works ... Breathe, Kanchendzonga and Secco. An honourable mention was awarded to the work Co w lesie piszczy.

After opening the envelopes, it turned out that the authors of the awarded works are: Olgierd Juzala-Deprati –… Breathe, Hubert Żmudzki – Kanczendzonga, Alina Dzięcioł – Secco and Bogusz Lewandowski – Co w lesie piszczy.

The award ceremony will take place, if the pandemic situation allows, during the 64th "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music.

Congratulations to the winners!

E-Bank of Talents – online edition

E-BankE-Bank of Talents is a pioneering scholarship programme aimed at helping outstandingly talented youth from all over Poland. This year's edition, which will be held on 11 July – 15 August 2021, includes 40 e-scholarships that will allow free collaboration with outstanding Polish educators, authorities in fields related to classical music and career building. Applications will be accepted until 25 June.

As part of the e-Bank of Talents 2021, recruitment is carried out to e-classes of: violin (Agata Szymczewska, Jakub Jakowicz, Janusz Wawrowski), accordion (Klaudiusz Baran), viola (Katarzyna Budnik), cello (Tomasz Strahl, Jakub Dubik, Marcin Zdunik, Piotr Hausenplas), saxophone (Paweł Gusnar). There will also be classes on cooperation with the media; PR and personal development; media presence; basics of improvisation; team building; copyright law; music production; composition; physiotherapy.

During the final concert on 19 September 2021 in the concert hall of the Józef Elsner Opole Philharmonic, we will hear the scholarship holders of the 2nd edition of Opole Bank of Talents under the baton of the outstanding film music composer Krzesimir Dębski.

e-Bank of Talents is the first programme of this type in Poland. It creates an opportunity to establish contact with artists of international renown, and strives to provide equal social opportunities to young people from all over Poland that stand out in terms of their musical skills. Both the application and participation in the programme are free.

Co-financed under the "Music" programme implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Official website: https://banktalentow.com/ 

Gdańsk | 10th Euro Chamber Music Festival

Euro ChamberThe 10th Euro Chamber Music Festival will be held in Gdańsk on 21 June – 23 July 2021. The festival received the international prestigious EFFE (Europe For Festivals Festivals For Europe) label for 2019-2021, awarded by the European Festival Association to the most interesting art festivals in Europe.

From the first edition, the festival hosted renowned foreign chamber musicians, as well as winners of international music competitions at the beginning of their careers and outstanding instrumentalists of the young generation associated with Gdańsk. The 10th anniversary edition will feature performances by, among others, The Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Jan Lewtak, Split Guitar Quartet, Cracow Duo, Franck Leblois, Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf, Arnaud Kaminski, Arthashes and Sarah Stamboltsyan. The programme will be composed of musical masterpieces of various eras, including works by Fryderyk Chopin, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Ludomir Różycki and Feliks Nowowiejski.

On 29 June, there will be an evening of poetry by Cyprian Kamil Norwid and Charles Baudelaire on the occasion of their 200th birth anniversary. The performance of one of the greatest Polish actors, Jan Englert, will be accompanied by the French-Polish string ensemble Duo del Gesù.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More informationwww.eurochambermusicfestival.com 

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Toruń | 25th International Nova Music and Architecture Festival

TOSThe main idea of ​​the 25th International Nova Music and Architecture Festival, which will take place in Toruń on 20 June – 4 September, 2021, is to present the most beautiful music in the historic interiors of Toruń. This year's edition consists of 21 events, including symphonic and chamber concerts, recitals, film screenings (Maksymiuk. Concerto for Two, Chopin's Effect) and an exhibition of photos on the occasion of the festival's anniversary.

Top-class artists as well as musicians of the young generation and students of music academies will perform at the CKK Jordanki, the Artus Court, the Old Town Hall, the Centrum Cinema, the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist, the Church of St. Jacob, the Filmar Hotel, in the Town Hall Courtyard and on the stage in the Old Town Square.

The festival will feature a concert of Marcin Wyrostek, one of the best accordionists in Poland, winner of the second edition of Polish "Got Talent" TV show. Together with the Toruń Symphony Orchestra conducted by Adam Banaszak, he will perform works by Astor Piazzolla and his own compositions. We will also hear the winner of the 3rd prize in the 5th International Karol Lipiński Violin Competition – Japanese Yumiko Yumiba will perform the most famous pieces of violin literature with piano accompaniment.

The Toruń Symphony Orchestra will perform fragments of musicals, film music, popular music (the most famous pieces by Niemen, Zaucha, Nalepa and Czerwone Gitary), and classical music (including pieces by Henryk Wieniawski, Józef Surzyński, Andrzej Panufnik and Mikołaj Górecki). The anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising will be celebrated with works by Fryderyk Chopin. The finale of the festival will feature arias from the most famous operas and operettas performed by Lithuanian soloists Ieva and Vytautas Juozapaitis, accompanied by TSO musicians conducted by Dainius Pavilionis.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Program Festiwalu – na stronie https://www.muz-arch.pl/ 

Bytom | Premiere of the ballet "Salt of the Black Earth"

OSOn 19 June 2021 at 6.00 p.m., the Silesian Opera in Bytom will premiere the ballet Salt of the Black Earth, based on the film of the same title by Kazimierz Kutz. The performance, directed and choreographed by Artur Żymełka, reminds the next generation of Poles about the Silesian Uprisings and is an expression of respect for the heroes.

Kutz's film refers to important events in the history of Poland, taking place at the time of the formation of the Polish State. Their importance both at the premiere of the film in 1969 and today is marginalized in the broad consciousness of Poles. Therefore, it is important that contemporary art once again addresses the patriotic acts of the Silesian population.

The performance, which was created on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Silesian Uprisings, refers to the aesthetics of Kutz's work – it weaves elements of folklore, grotesque and crudeness into the complex language of choreographic expression and, most importantly, emphasizes the strength of tradition and the depth of regional identity characteristic of Silesia.

The music for the performance is composed of works by Silesian composers: Wojciech Kilar, Michał Spisak, Stefan Kisielewski, Bolesław Szabelski, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, with the moving third part of his Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, as well as Silesian songs.

Information about tickets: https://opera-slaska.pl/ 

Poznań | New music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Around the sound-colour melody and the idea of painting music

Painting The Music School Complex in Poznań has decided to end the school year with a panache worthy of the largest cultural institutions. The premiere of a unique concert of the 20th and 21st century music performed by students will be held on 19 June 2021 at 6.30 p.m. on the Music School Complex's YouTube channel. The concert will be a kind of musical journey around the idea of Klangfarbenmelodie (sound-colour melody) and painting music.

The project is an original concept of the teachers of the Music School Complex in Poznań – Jakub Dera and Małgorzata Kwaśnik-Chmielewska. It was realized in cooperation with their students: Hugo Przybylski was responsible for the video and editing, and Zofia Jarząbek and Wojciech Śmierzchalski for the sound.

During the concert, music lovers will encounter a huge variety of music composed in the 20th and 21st centuries. The programme will include works by Olivier Messiaen (Hugo Przybylski – piano), Arnold Schönberg (Wojciech Śmierzchalski – piano), Witold Lutosławski (Estera Kędzierska – piano), Andrej Pushkarev (Jakub Jeżak – vibraphone), John O'Reilly (Aleksandra Patrzykont – xylophone, Arnold Dąbrowski – piano), Alice Gomez (Mateusz Haczyk – marimba), Barbara Kaszuba (Zosia Olesik – violin, Oliwia Nowak – cello, Eryk Legoń – accordion), Mikołaj Majkusiak (Eryk Legoń – accordion), Otto Ketting (Karol Łopiński – trumpet), Marek Pasieczny (Adam Struzik – guitar), Astor Piazzolla (Antoni Woźniak – saxophone), Bartosz Kowalski (Cecylia Szczech – harp), Krzysztof Penderecki (Feliks Kucharski – clarinet), Tadeusz Baird (Michał Pokrzywa – clarinet, Aleksander Kistowski – piano) and Folke Rabe (Music School Complex Choir).

Jakub Dera will also present the main ideas of music created in the 20th and 21st centuries and its relationship with painting in search of extramusical content encoded in works of art. Most of the concert material was recorded in the Gallery of Polish Painting and in the Spanish Hall of the National Museum.

More information: https://www.zsm.poznan.pl/index.html 

Poznań | 31st Malta Festival

MaltaThe 31st edition of Malta Festival Poznań will be held on 18-29 June 2021 under the motto “Back to the Ground”. After months of confinement and living primarily in the virtual world, the artists are returning to the roots. We will once again come together to celebrate art in real life, in urban space, outdoors and in the comfortable seats in theatre halls.

The organisers focus on presenting the work of outstanding artists from the contemporary culture scene. As always, there will be diversity and consistency: over the course of twelve days, we will see 143 events (136 admission-free) created by 612 artists, staged in 24 venues. Resistance, involvement, solidarity and responsibility are the thematic denominator for this year’s international programme. The events scheduled in the main programme of the festival will be held primarily in the Wieniawski and Moniuszko Parks.

A major highlight of this year’s edition will be the world premiere of the Krynicki Project concert by three outstanding composers of Polish classical music, namely Paweł Mykietyn, Alek Nowak, and Paweł Szymański. Each of the artists was commissioned by the Malta Festival to compose musical pieces to illustrate the poems of Ryszard Krynicki, one of the most important Polish contemporary poets. Although the artist currently lives in Kraków, he had spent most of his life in Poznań. In 2018, he was awarded the title of Honorary Citizen of the City of Poznań. Each of the pieces composed differs in form and was written with a different set of instruments in mind. Paweł Mykietyn will present an audial installation titled Miasto (City). Paweł Szymański has composed a short piece called Dwa wiersze Krynickiego (Two Poems by Krynicki) for vocal and instrumental trio to the poems That’s Your Problem and Cats, featuring Krzysztof Materna, Justyna Wójcińska and Magdalena Pikuła. Aleksander Nowak has created I Symfonia – Prawda? (Symphony No. 1 – Truth?), which will be performed by Sinfonia Varsovia conducted by Bassem Akiki.

Full programme is available at: https://malta-festival.pl/pl