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Wieluń | Premiere of the Wieluń Oratory by Krzesimir Dębski

POLMICOn the 1st of September, 2022 the premiere of the Wieluń Oratory by Krzesimir Dębski, performed by the PRIMUZ Chamber Orchestra under the composer's baton, took place at 9.00 p.m. at the Municipal Market in Wieluń.

The work was written to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the World War II outbreak as part of the ‘Culture – Interventions’ programme carried out by the National Center for Culture. Composed by Krzesimir Dębski with text by Zuzanna Kozendra, the Wieluń Oratory is a symbol of despair and forgiveness, tragedy and love.

The premiere ends the celebration of the 83rd anniversary of the outbreak of World War II in Wieluń - the first Polish city to have been bombed by the Luftwaffe. The world-famous Polish mezzo-soprano Urszula Kryger performed as a soloist. The concert will be preceded by a performance by an ensemble Lejdissimo, led by Zofia Szpikowska.

Website: https://www.wdkwielun.pl/aktualnosci/59-wydarzenia/1630-prapremiera-oratorium-wielunskiego 

Wroclaw | 'Star of Europe' concerts dedicated to Edith Stein

POLMICMedia patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

By the decision of the City Council of Wrocław, 2022 is the Year of Edith Stein, known as St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, patroness of Europe. Her memory will be honored by, among others 'Star of Europe' concerts between the 6th and the 29th of August performed by soloists, the NFM Choir and the Wrocław Baroque Ensemble conducted by Andrzej Kosendiak, which will take place in Gliwice, Lubliniec, Wrocław, Oświęcim and the Dutch town of Echt.

A European who loves her German homeland and at the same time suffers from the Nazi regime. Jewish and Christian, a clear sign for people looking for the truth and a symbol of understanding between nations and religions.

Edith Stein was associated with Wrocław, because it was in the capital of Lower Silesia that she was born in 1891 and here she spent her teenage years. She died tragically on the 9th of August, 1942 in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

Press release

Detailed programme: www.nfm.wroclaw.pl 

More on the celebrations of Edith Stein's year:

www.wroclaw.pl/rok-edyty-stein 

www.facebook.pl/SlademEdytyStein 

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Warsaw | 6th Edition of the WarszeMuzik Festival 2022

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For the sixth time in Warsaw, there will be a series of micro-concerts WarszeMuzik. Until the 28th of August, 2022, on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the music of the patron of the festival, Mieczysław Weinberg, and other Polish composers of Jewish origin will be presented: Ignacy Friedman, Aleksander Tansman, Andrzej Czajkowski and Władysław Szpilman. Admission to all events of the WarszeMuzik Festival 2022 is free.

Works by such composers as Ludwig van Beethoven, Maurice Ravel, Franz Schubert and Gustav Mahler will also be performed. In the final of the festival, the premiere of Explorations in Polytonality and Other Musical Wonders. Volume 3 by Matthew Shlomowitz - this year's resident of WarszeMuzik, will be played on the open-air stage of the Studio Theater at Plac Defilad.

Press release

Programme available on the website: http://warszemuzik.org/ 

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Cracow | 15th Festival 'Wawel at Dusk’

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The 15th jubilee open-air music festival ‘Wawel at Dusk’ will take place on August 5–14, 2022. The venue of the concerts will be the illuminated Arcade Courtyard of the Wawel Royal Castle. The main theme of this year's festival will be: romanticism, stylistic diversity and the connection between culture and nature.

Aleksandra Kuls and Marcin Koziak - laureates of the 2nd Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music, organized by the National Institute of Music and Dance, will perform at the opening concert.

Detailed programme: https://wawel.krakow.pl/cykl/wawel-o-zmierzchu 

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Polkowice, Prochowice, Obora | 'With Classics through Poland': Janusz Wawrowski and Mischa Kozłowski

POLMICPolish Music Management invites you to concerts in the series ‘With classics through Poland’ with the participation of violinist Janusz Wawrowski and pianist Mischa Kozłowski. The concerts will take place on the 4th of August, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. in the Church of Saint Michael the Archangel in Polkowice, on the 5th August at 6.00 p.m. in the Prochowice Center of Culture and Sport and on the 6th of August at 5:00 p.m. in the Church of at. Anthony in Obora.

Janusz Wawrowski, decorated with the Silver Cross of Merit by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, professor at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, is also a two-time winner of the ‘Fryderyk’ award. In recognition of his efforts to promote Polish culture, he was granted permission to play the violin of A. Stradivari ‘Polonia’ (1685), courtesy of Roman Ziemian.

The project ‘With classics through Poland’ is carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance and financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

More: https://nimit.pl/wydarzenia/ 

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Warsaw | ‘Varsovians sing (un) forbidden songs’ again at the Józef Piłsudski Square

POLMICThe concert ‘Varsovians sing (un) forbidden songs’ returns to the Warsaw Józef Piłsudski Square after almost two years of absence - on the 1st of August, 2022 at 20.30. During this unique musical event, we will once again be able to sing patriotic songs together in the center of the capital, for which the insurgents fought 78 years ago.

The concert with the orchestra and directed by Jan Stokłosa will be led by Tomasz Wolny. During the evening we will hear (and sing!) such songs as Warszawianka, Marsz Mokotowa, Paramedic Małgorzatka, Pałacyk Michla or Little Girl from the Home Army.

The songbook with the lyrics will be available for download from the website 1944.pl a few days before the event. It contains insurgent repertoire, including songs by Polish composers and cultural activists: Karol Kurpiński, Andrzej Panufnik, Jan Ekier, Jerzy Dargiel, Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński, Michał Zieliński and Jan Markowski.

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Wołomin | Summer concerts at the Nałkowscy Museum 2022 – Popko / Thieu-Quang Duo

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

POLMICOn the 7th of August, 2022 the Zofia and Wacław Nałkowski Museum in Wołomin invites you to a concert of a clarinet and piano duo. In the interpretation of pianist Paweł Popko and clarinetist Piotr Thieu-Quang, we will hear works by Franz Ignaz Danzi, Felix Mendelssohn, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Fryderyk Chopin and Francis Poulenc.

At the beginning of July, the Duo qualified for the Swedish International Duo Competition, which will take place on between the 19th and the 21st of August, 2022. The CMS law firm decided to support Popko / Thieu-Quang Duo's participation in the competition in Sweden. During the next concert, therefore, the Duo will present the repertoire to be performed at the competition.

During the 2nd Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music, organized by NIMiT, the Duo received a distinction, as well as two special awards: for the performance of a piece written after 1945 and a year of media patronage (awards of the Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC).

Admission to the concert is free: http://muzeumnalkowskich.pl/koncerty-letnie-u-nalkowskich-2022-popko-thieu-quang-duo/#more-1597 

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Katowice | NOSPR Academy - 2022/2023 season

polmicMedia patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

NOSPR announces recruitment for the 3rd edition of the NOSPR Academy in following categories: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, percussion, violin, viola, cello, double bass. The preselection will be based on the submitted audio-video entries. Deadline for the applications is the 15th of September, 2022. Participation in the programme is free.

Selected candidates will be invited to participate in auditions at the premises of the NOSPR. The auditions will take place on: 10, 17, 19 20, 21, 22 October 2022.

The detailed schedule of the auditions will be published in mid-August 2022.

Rules and application form available on the website: https://nospr.org.pl/pl/orkiestra/akademia 

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Warsaw | 'I am thinking. I am not crying': soundtrack for the Umschlagplatz monument inspired by Irena Klepfisz' poem

POLMICOn the 31st July, 2022 at 6.00 p.m. at the Umschlagplatz Monument in Warsaw (Stawki 4 street), the premiere of a piece by the curator of the WarszeMuzik Festival and the co-founder of the Mieczysław Wajnberg Institute, Ania Karpowicz, will take place. It will be a soundtrack for the monument. Admission to the event is free.

On the 31st of July, 2022, in the year of the 80th anniversary of the final destruction of the Warsaw ghetto, the monument will play its own music, far from klezmer folklore and mourning songs, music ‘here and now’. The musical form was inspired by a poem by Irena Klepfisz entitled Umschlagplatz from 1983, published in Polish in the anthology Moja Dzika Koza translated by Bella Szwarcman-Czarnota.

In terms of sound, the starting point for writing the piece were field recordings made at the monument, as well as the sound impressions heard and remembered from the interventions of WarszeMuzik. From the content of the poem, we will hear only a few selected words in the piece, including the title one: ‘I am thinking. I am not crying’. The piece is written for flute and bass flute accompanied by an audio layer, composed only of processed sounds of the city recorded at the monument.

Press release

Additional information: https://polin.pl/pl/wydarzenie/mysle-nie-placze-udzwiekowienie-pomnika-umschlagplatz 

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