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Warsaw | Final Concert of the 62nd Tadeusz Baird Competition for Young Composers

ZKPThe Polish Composers' Union invites you to the final concert of the 62nd Tadeusz Baird Competition for Young Composers, which will take place on 18 June 2021 at 8.00 p.m. at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Live broadcast will be availbale on the PCU's YouTube channel.

Tadeusz Baird Competition for Young Composers (formerly known as the Youth Competition of the Polish Composers' Union) has been organized annually since 1958. Its aim is to help young Polish composers launch their careers and to encourage their independent activity. Until 2008, the main prize – the Tadeusz Baird Award of USD 2500 for further composition studies – had been funded by Alina Sawicka-Baird, the Composer's wife. Currently, the main prize is sponsored by the PZU Foundation. Honourable mentions are financed by the Main Board of the Polish Composers' Union. Since 2003, the Competition has been divided into two stages. The pieces qualified by the jury for the 2nd stage are performed during a public concert, after which the final verdict is announced.

On 18 June, such concert will be held for the eighteenth time. We will hear 6 pieces: Isomorphic Reflection for 4 clarinets (Coal2 emblem), ...Breathe for 4 violins (D.502 emblem), Grand Père for 4 trumpets (Lavage de cerveaux emblem), Kanchendzong for 4 trumpets (Perseus emblem), Secco for 4 clarinets (emblem TotoXro), Co w lesie piszczy for 4 clarinets (emblem XXX12321). The final results of the Competition will be announced on 19 June in the evening.

The concert is organised as part of the "Music" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Jelenia Góra | "Stage for Polish Music": Meccore String Quartet

MeccoreThe Lower Silesian Philharmonic in Jelenia Góra invites you on 17 June 2021 at 7.00 p.m. to a concert of the Meccore String Quartet as part of the "Stage for Polish Music" programme implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

The "Stage for Polish Music" is a project aimed at Polish music performers, organised in collaboration with the Warsaw Philharmonic and arts institutions in Poland. Selected programmes featuring Polish music are presented at the Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Hall and then repeated in other cities in Poland. The main goals of the programme are to inspire musicians to prepare concert programmes featuring Polish music and to interest the public in the works of Polish composers.

Established in 2007, the Meccore String Quartet is one of Europe’s most compelling ensembles. Since many years they have been a treat for music lovers and have performed in many prestigious concert halls such as the National Phil­harmonic Hall in Warsaw, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, Wigmore Hall in London, Bozar in Brussels, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Musikverein in Vienna, Pollack Hall in Montreal, Frick Collection in New York. The programme of their upcoming concert includes Szymon Laks' String Quartet No. 5, Karol Szymanowski's String Quartet No.2, Op. 56, Ignacy Jan Paderewski's Variations in F major for string quartet and Grażyna Bacewicz's String Quartet No. 5.

More information: https://filharmonia.jgora.pl/ 

Warsaw | Sinfonia Varsovia Plays Chamber Music: "In Dialogue with Penderecki"

SVIn the next two chamber concerts, Sinfonia Varsovia continues the dialogue with the music of Krzysztof Penderecki. The concert on 17 June 2021 will by performed by the orchestra's cello group, joined by two participants of the Sinfonia Varsovia Academy. O 23 June we will hear the Sinfonia Varsovia String Quintet and the Sinfonia Varsovia Wind Quintet. The concerts will take place at 7.00 p.m.

Krzysztof Penderecki's music accompanies the Warsaw orchestra from the very beginning. This time we will hear it alongside works by Gabriel Fauré, Johann Sebastian Bach and Artur Márquez (17 June) as well as Józef Świder and Witold Lutosławski (23 June).

The programme of the event on 17June will include compositions written by Penderecki for cello or arranged for this instrument. Musicians associated with Sinfonia Varsovia will play Chaconne from Polish Requiem (version for 6 cellos), Serenata for 3 cellos and Agnus Dei for 8 cellos.

Two chamber ensembles will perform at the concert on 23 June. Sinfonia Varsovia String Quintet consists of concertmasters and string section leaders. The musicians will present Penderecki's Quintet "Pages from an Unwritten Diary" (version of the String Quartet No. 3). Sinfonia Varsovia Wind Quintet is a group of soloists from the wind instrument section: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn. Their repertoire will include Józef Świders' Mini-Quintetto and Krzysztof Penderecki's Three Pieces in Old Style, arranged for wind quintet by Piotr Kamiński. Finally, both ensembles will join forces in Dance Preludes for 9 instruments by another outstanding Polish composer of contemporary music, Witold Lutosławski.

More informationwww.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Łańcut | 60th Music Festival in Łańcut

FRzFor the sixtieth time, outstanding artists will share their work with the audience at the Music Festival in Łańcut. From 20 June to 2 July 2021, eight festival concerts will be held both in the Ballroom of the Łańcut Castle Museum and in the Concert Hall of the Subcarpathian Philharmonic, as well as outdoors, at the Municipal Cultural Center in Łańcut.

Artists of international renown will present mainly Romantic repertoire. However, there will also be music of contemporary artists, including Krzysztof Penderecki, and the masters of early and classical music.

The highlight of the Festival will be Ivo Pogorelic's recital. The concert of the Jussen Brothers piano duo and the performance of the opera Siła małżeństwa (The Power of Marriage) composed by Marcello di Capua, who lived in the castle in Łańcut, also promises to be interesting. An hour before most of the concerts, the "Da Camera" Wind Instrument Group will perform promenade concerts. The ensemble is made up of members of the Subcarphatian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, and the repertoire prepared for this year's musical celebration can be included in the category of garden music, perfect for hot summer evenings.

As emphasized by Marta Wierzbieniec (director of the Subcarpathian Philharmonic in Rzeszów and the Music Festival in Łańcut), the musical feast will "turn the time of anxiety and uncertainty into evenings filled with the joy of spending time together in spaces of art, which is also created to make the world better and more beautiful".

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programmehttp://festiwallancut.pl/ 

Katowice | Are you waiting for the Chopin Competition? Listen to the young pianists before they take part in the big tournament

NOSPRThe qualifying rounds for the long-awaited 18th International Chopin Piano Competition will start soon. Therefore, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra invites you to "Saturday with Chopin"! A concert of four outstanding Polish pianists, who will compete for participation in the great competition in just a few weeks, will be held on 12 June 2021 between 3.30 and 9.30 p.m. The programme will also include interactive events for the whole family.

Who knows if this group of four promising pianists does not include the future laureate of the Competition? The chances are high as the artists, despite their young age, have already won numerous competitions. Aleksandra Świgut received, among others, the second place award at the 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments. Andrzej Wierciński missed only three tenths of a point during the previous edition of the Chopin Competition to reach the final. The youngest participants, Mateusz Tomica and Joanna Goranko, are both students of the Academy of Music in Katowice, which has educated many competition winners.

The pianists will perform during the two-part concert, which will last from 6.00 to 9.00 p.m. For those who want to watch only the second part of the concert marathon, tickets will be available during the break, scheduled for around 7.30 p.m. Before the concert, at 5.00 p.m., the journalist Andrzej Sułek will talk about the Competition in the PNRSO foyer. Before the evening series of recitals begins, at 3.30 p.m., families with children will be able to take part in an interactive concert performed by Michał Dziewior. After the concert, around 4:45-5:30 pm, children are invited to participate in the workshops “Painting with sound. Around Chopin”. From 5.45 to 7.30 p.m., a common room will be available for children whose parents are at the concert.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: www.nospr.org.pl 

Kraków | Feliks Nowowiejski's "The Return of the Prodigal Son" at the Kraków Philharmonic

FWMOn 12 June 2021 at 6.00 p.m., the Orchestra of the Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic in Olsztyn under the direction of Piotr Sulkowski, accompanied by the Mixed Choir of the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic in Kraków, will perform Feliks Nowowiejski's oratorio The Return of the Prodigal Son.

Nowowiejski wrote his oratorio The Return of the Prodigal Son in 1901 during his stay in Berlin, where he studied with the outstanding composer and conductor Max Bruch. His influence as well as that of other late Romantics, especially Antonín Dvořák, are heard in this youthful oratorio based on a biblical story. The German librettist Theobald Rehbaum removed the figure of the righteous brother and added the figure of a mother who immediately forgives her lost son. However, the father's heart turns out to be much more hardened than in the parable described by Jesus. The addition of a female voice and a conflict – the wife must persuade her strict husband to forgive their son – gave the composer the opportunity to use a wider range of means of musical expression.

Nowowiejski enchants the listeners with rich, sensual instrumentation: the symphony orchestra has been extended with an enlarged percussion set, including, among others, lyra, a kind of bells, as well as celesta, harp and organ (beloved by the composer). Each of the three parts of the work, entitled Son, Mother and Father, is preceded by a short a cappella motet for four-voice choir. Three solo voices: mezzo-soprano (Mother), tenor (Son) and bass (Father) speak one by one, only to intertwine in the finale, in the trio of a reconciled family. The solo parts during the ucpoming concert will be performed by Agnieszka Rehlis (mezzo-soprano), Arnold Rutkowski (tenor) and Łukasz Konieczny (bass).

More information: https://filharmonia.olsztyn.pl/koncert/powrot-syna-marnotrawnego-f-nowowiejskiego-w-krakowie/ 

Toruń | Piano weekend with TOS – 50th death anniversary of Igor Stravinsky

TOSAs part of this year's long-term project "Great Composers – Great Anniversaries", the idea of ​​which is to honour the memory of brilliant artists, the second weekend of June will be devoted to Igor Stravinsky.

This year marks the 50th death anniversary of the Russian composer, author of such groundbreaking works as The Rite of Spring and Firebird. On this occasion, the Toruń Symphony Orchestra has prepared four different events. You will be able to attend a symphonic concert preceded by an introductory meeting led by Andrzej Sułek, piano recitals, meetings with artists as well as to watch Michał Szymanowski's lecture on Piano Work by Igor Stravinsky on the orchestra's YouTube channel.

The programme of the events on 11-13 June 2021 includes not only the works of the "composer of a thousand and one styles". We will also hear pieces by Fryderyk Chopin, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Zygmunt Stojowski, Karol Szymanowski and Marek Tomaszewski. They will be perfromed by outstanding soloists, winners of prestigious music competitions – piano virtuosos Krzysztof Książek and Michał Szymanowski. Fragments of Stravinsky's ballets and Mike Oldfield's film music will be presented in extremely interesting arrangements by Marek Tomaszewski. The concert on 11 June, "Fireworks," will also mark the end of the 42nd artistic season of the Toruń Symphony Orchestra, which will perform under the baton of maestro Dainius Pavilionis.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme: https://tos.art.pl 

Warsaw | Closing of the 2020/2021 Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Season. In memory of Maestro Kazimierz Kord

KordThe upcoming symphonic concerts on 11 and 12 June 2021, which closes the 2020/2021 Concert Season of the Warsaw Philharmonic, will be dedicated to the memory of Maestro Kazimierz Kord.

The Great Conductor and charismatic Artist held the position of the General and Artistic Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic in 1977-2001. He introduced the Philharmonic to the year of its 100th anniversary, preparing a series of wonderful concerts with the participation of the greatest stars of concert halls around the world. Under his baton, the Philharmonic ensembles have also recorded many CDs, mainly with Polish music (especially contemporary), of which Maestro has always been a great admirer and promoter. Kazimierz Kord's funeral will take place on 12 June at 1.00 p.m. in the Church of Saint Martin of Tours in Krzeszowice (1 Grunwaldzka St.).

During the June concerts, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir under the baton of Andrzej Boreyko will perform Witold Lutosławski's Funeral Music as well as works by Gustav Mahler and Pyotr Tchaikovsky. The Friday concert will be broadcast on the Polish Radio Channel 2.

The Condolence Book, which will be given to the Artist's Family, is available on the Warsaw Philharmonic's webstie.

Information about tickets: http://filharmonia.pl/ 

Antonin | 3rd Polish Radio Chopin Festival – in Antonin and on the air

PRCThe 3rd Festival of Polish Radio Chopin will take place on 8-13 June 2021 in the Hunting Palace of the Radziwiłł Princes in Antonin, where Chopin stayed in 1829. The concerts of this year's edition entitled "Around Chopin, Paderewski and Żeleński" and the preceding lectures will be broadcast on Polish Radio Chopin.

The programme of the 3rd Festival was built around two important anniversaries in 2021: the 100th anniversary of the death of Władysław Żeleński and the 80th anniversary of the death of Ignacy Jan Paderewski. The piano works and song of these composers alongside the works of Fryderyk Chopin will constitute the repertoire of all concerts and lectures.

This year's edition will consist of 3 vocal and instrumental concerts (performed by: soprano Bożena Bujnicka with pianist Marek Szlezer, bass-baritone Stanisław Kierner and pianist Michał Rot, and singing actor Jacek Kotlarski with the band of jazz pianist Kuba Stankiewicz), 2 piano recitals (of Karol Radziwonowicz, considered to be the most outstanding performer of Paderewski's works, and Mateusz Dubiel) as well as a chamber concert (with the participation of the famous Polish cellist Marcin Zdunek and Paweł Wakarecy, finalist of the 16th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw).

The lectures will be delivered by professors from the universities in Kraków (Prof. Małgorzata Sokalska), Poznań (Prof. Justyna Humięcka-Jakubowska) and Wrocław (Dr Agnieszka Drożdżewska) and journalists from Polish Radio Chopin: Magdalena Sawicka, Marcin Gmys and Jakub Puchalski.

The current edition will continue the tradition of world premieres of piano compositions written on a special commission from the Polish Radio Chopin. During the inaugural concert, Marek Szlezer will perform the monumental Fantasie by Krzysztof Meyer. We will also hear Władysław Żeleński's Roma – a piece written for the 100th anniversary of Chopin's birth in 1910, which has never been recorded so far.

More information: https://www.polskieradio.pl/326