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Warsaw | 10th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition


10th edition of the International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition will take place at the Grand Theatre – Polish National Opera in Warsaw on May 6-11, 2019.

This unique jubilee event coincides with the celebrations of the 200th birth annniversary of the patron of the Competition – Stanisław Moniuszko. On this occasion, on the composer's birthday, May 5, 2019, an Opening Gala and a concert of the laureates of previous editions will take place. The programme will consist of fragments of Moniuszko's operas and gems of vocal music.

Distinguished artists and singers as well as managers of the world's leading opera theaters are invited to the Competition Jury: John Allison, Piotr Beczała, Jonathan Friend, Tobias Oliver Hasan, Boris Ignatov, Peter Mario Katona, Izabella Kłosińska, Robert Körner, Gianluca Macheda, Pål Christian Moe , Nicholas Payne, Alain Perroux, Ewa Podles, Tobias Truniger, and Evamaria Wieser.

The Competition's repertoire includes both the heritage of the patron of the Competition – an outstanding composer, considered to be the founder of the Polish national opera, as well as works of Fryderyk Chopin, Karol Szymanowski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Polish contemporary composers such as Tadeusz Baird, Grażyna Bacewicz, Henryk Czyż, Witold Friemann, Stefan Kisielewski, Szymon Laks, Jerzy Lefeld, Jan Maklakiewicz, Tadeusz Maklakiewicz, Paweł Mykietyn, Stanisław Niewiadomski, Zygmunt Noskowski, Feliks Nowowiejski, Edward Pałłasz, Krzysztof Penderecki, Stanisław Szeligowski, Mieczysław Weinberg, and Władysław Żeleński.

The Opening Gala and all auditions will be available for watching at http://vod.teatrwielki.pl/ and https://operavision.eu/en 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Competition Website: https://teatrwielki.pl/dzialalnosc/konkurs-moniuszkowski/x-konkurs-moniuszkowski/ 

"Moniuszko Days" with the Toruń Symphony Orchestra


"Moniuszko Days" with the Toruń Symphony Orchestra will take place between May 5 and June 21, 2019.

The year 2019 sees the 200th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko, premier composer, conductor, organ player, educator, director of Warsaw’s Grand Theatre, and the father of Polish opera. Embracing operas, art songs, cantatas, religious music, symphonic works, chamber and solo pieces, operettas, ballets, and theatre music, his oeuvre impresses with its diversity, melodic richness, and deeply-rooted connection with the Polish music heritage. His operas and art songs are the core of Polish vocal literature and often the linchpin of the repertoires of Poland’s greatest singers.

"Moniuszko Days" organized by the Toruń Symphony Orchestra will begin on May 5 with a piano recital during which Lithuanian pianist Nering Valuntonyte will perform compositions by Stanisław Moniuszko, Fryderyk Chopin, Clara Wieck Schumann, and Grażyna Bacewicz. The final symphony concert is titled "Moniuszko's Hits". The Toruń Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mariusz Smolja will perform fragments of the composer's opera masterpieces, his songs arranged for symphony orchestra and The Fairy Tale overture. In addition to the above-mentioned events, concerts and programmes for children are planned, as well as a march along Moniuszko street, a musical spectacle and a performance of a concert version of the Flis opera.

"Moniuszko Days" will take place as part of the programme of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage "Moniuszko 2019 – Promesa", implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://tos.art.pl/pl/static_218_394_DNI_MONIUSZKOWSKIE.html 

Warsaw | Schubert and Mahler performed by the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra


Jerzy Semkow Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus under the direction of Agnieszka Duczmal will perform the symphonies of Franz Schubert and Gustav Mahler on May 10, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw.

Schubert’s symphonies share the same Viennese roots with the oeuvre of the three great Classics. Symphony in B Minor ‘Unfinished’ of 1822, brought with itself a ‘Romantic breakthrough’ – a transition towards freer, lyrical expression with clear song features. A popular Romantic legend also had it that the ‘Unfinished’ must have been his final piece, and that death had prevented him from completing the work. In fact, we do not know why Schubert abandoned the idea to write more movements in order to complement the initial two; most likely, however, his decision was motivated by artistic reasons rather than a stroke of fate.

Gustav Mahler, who also spent most of his lifetime in Vienna, represents the other pole of Romantic symphonic writing: its final phase, which opened the musical perspective of the twentieth century. He also had a high regard for a song – he considered himself a continuator of the Schubertian tradition and introduced a vocal element to his symphonies. This is also the case with Symphony No. 4 in G Major, where a charming song is sung by a soprano, expressing childish excitement about the prospects of ‘heavenly life’. This part will be performed by Joanna Klisowska, a coloratura soprano applauded on stages and bandstands worldwide in a very versatile repertoire.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

Lublin | Moniuszko and Russian music

Fonie Lublina

What links Stanisław Moniuszko's music to the music literature of 19th-century Russia? The answer to this question will be the next concert as part of the "Fonie Lublina" series, organized by the Lublin Branch of the Association of Polish Musicians. The concert will take place on May 11, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Crown Tribunal.

The works of Polish and Russian composers undoubtedly combine lyricism and melody line influenced by the idiom of Slavic music. Due to the common aesthetic denomination, both Moniuszko and nineteenth-century Russian composers wrote works reflecting national specificity. Moniuszko met some of them personally, travelling to St. Petersburg. They supported him and helped organize concerts in the capital of the Russian Empire.

The programme of the concert will include Moniuszko's songs, full of references to traditional Polish customs and links to the boarderline tradition. Tchaikovsky's miniatures will reflect a romantic love of nature and a constant attraction to its beauty. We will also listen to the fragments of operas: Countess by Moniuszko, The Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky, and Borys Godunow by Modest Mussorgsky. Vocal works will be performed by mezzo-soprano Natalia Skipor. Kamil Turczyn will accompany her at the piano and will also present piano solo works. Andrzej Wojtaszek will say a few words about the presented repertoire.

Admision free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Lublin | 11th Festival of Traditional and Avantgarde Music "Codes"


11th Festival of Traditional and Avantgarde Music "Codes" will be held in Lublin on May 8-10, 2019.

The festival is the most important, cyclical undertaking organized by the Center for Intercultural Creative Initiatives "Crossroads" and one of the most original events in Poland. It is an international event devoted to the idea of combining the archaic and the new in music. The mixture of two distinctive canons of aesthetics forms a completely unique listening experience where magic and beauty co-exist. The festival gives excellent contemporary music composers and the representatives of the avant-garde jazz an opportunity to meet traditional musicians and artists reconstructing old music. This year's concerts will show a diverse musical landscape and tensions between what is global and local, between the center and the periphery, the cultural mainstream and the aesthetic minorities.

Most of the festival's proposals are new projects. The programme will feature premieres of the concert-mystery Vibrations and voices (Wibracje i głosy) performed by The Stone Alphabet with the use of stones, the instrumental monadrama Nadir-Kenosis by Marcin Krzyżanowski, La Mer by Artur Zagajewski, and 5 Secrets is Making New Music by Nina Fukuoka.

Full programme available: http://kody-festiwal.pl/ 

Łódź | 74th "Musica Moderna" Session

Musica Moderna

As part of the "Musica Moderna" spring session, eight concerts are scheduled every day from May 6 to 9, 2019 at the Academy of Music in Łódź.

The 74th session of "Musica Moderna" will begin with the final concert of the 5th Composers' Competition for youth "My Note" on May 6 at 1.00 p.m. In the evening, at 6.15 p.m., the organizers invite you to the flute concert performed by the Flute Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Łódź. Twenty person ensemble prepared by dr hab. Ewelina Zawiślak and mgr Mateusz Wojtkiewicz will present compositions by Krzysztof Grzeszczak, Agnieszka Zdrojek-Suchodolska, Boris Alvarado and Jolanta Smolska.

The first graduation concert of students of composition classes will take place on May 7 at 12.00. The programme will be filled with instrumental and electronic pieces by Mateusz Bogdalin and Roman Hyla. The videos for which the students created the soundtrack will also be displayed. At 6.15 pm. young performers will interpret works of students of composition classes during the concert "Young composers, young performers". At noon on May 8, Aleksander Brych and Jakub Kaczmarek will perform their diplomas. The presentation of solo and chamber music qualified for the third edition of the Krzysztof Penderecki European Music Center "Music of Our Times" programme is scheduled for 6.00 p.m.

On the last day of the session, the diploma concert of Rafał Bryła and Kosma Szusta will take place at 2.00 p.m. The session will end at 6.00 p.m. with a presentation of film music and music in the media students' compositions, on which they worked in the Electroacoustic Music Computer Studio. The music will be accompanied by audiovisual projections, interaction with the audience and much more.

Admission free!

More information at: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/74-sesja-musica-moderna 

Kraków | 4th National Academic Conference "Illuminations: Performer 2019"


On May 9-10, 2019 the Students' Academic Circle of Psychology at the KEN Pedagogical University invites you to Kraków for the 4th National Academic Conference "Illuminations: Performer 2019".

This year's edition revolves around the theme of performer and musical performance, captured from many different perspectives. The inaugural lecture titled Memory and emotional intelligence in the theory of music and musical practice will be given by dr hab. Małgorzata Janicka-Słysz, prof. AM in Kraków. Several papers will be devoted to contemporary music, among others A short description of the neuropsychological reception and creation of music (Bartosz Wójtowicz), Neuro-performer as a specific medium for mirroring the identity of the composer (Monika Kozakiewicz), Temperamental personality traits and the mood of performers of works by the 21st century composers (Magdalena Pyrek).

On May 9 at 8:00 p.m., the "Bakałarz" Club of the KEN Pedagogical University in Kraków (4 Ingardena Street) will host a "Composers Concert". The event will premiere the latest compositions by Polish composers of the 21st century: Robert Prokopowicz, Paweł Kapek, and Monika Wiktoria Kozakiewicz. It will also be an opportunity to get acquainted with the work of young composers not only from Poland, but also from Italy and the USA.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Katowice | At Moniuszo's Manor House


On Stanisław Moniuszko's birth anniversary, 5th May 2019, the Institution for Promotion and Dissemination of Music "Silesia" invites small music lovers together with their caretakers to celebrate the special anniversary together. A concert of the series "Moniuszko from the heart" will be held in the concert hall of the Mieczysław Karłowicz State Music School in Katowice at 4:00 p.m.

Exactly 200 years will pass from the birth of our great composer on Sunday 5th May 2019. The organisers inivite everyone to meet at 3.00 p.m. at the Stanisław Moniuszko monument at Miarki Square in Katowice and leave a bouquet of flowers for the Jubilarian.

Then the artists, dressed up as noblemen and noblewomen from the period, will invite us to a meeting at the Moniuszko's manor house, where one will be able to meet many unusual characters – heroes of songs and operas like Halka, Verbum nobile and The Haunted Manor. The soloists will be Anna Ogińska (soprano), Katarzyna Ćwiek (mezzo-soprano) and Stanisław Duda (baritone), accompanied on piano by Mateusz Lasatowicz. The concert will be led by Alicja Kotyl. At the end of this Sunday afternoon, the artists will invite on behalf of Stanisław Moniuszko for a sweet birthday party.

Free tickets are available at the IPiUM Silesia office (2 Sejmu Śląskiego St., ground floor, room 20) and by phone (32) 219 33 44 at 21.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://www.silesia.art.pl/ 

Toruń | 5th International Violin Competition of Karol Lipiński

TOSThe 5th International Karol Lipiński Violin Competition, organised by Toruń Symphony Orchestra, will rake place on 4-13 October, 2019.

The Competition aims to promote young artists and Polish composers. It is open to violinists of all nationalities born after 04.10.1986. A filled in and personally signed application form, along with a video recording of three obligatory pieces by J. S. Bach, N. Paganini and W. A. Mozart, shall be sent by post to the Competition’s Secretariat no later than by 30 April 2019. Participants will be judged by an international jury with prof. Ilya Kalerem as a chairwoman.

The Organizer shall qualify candidates based on the received recordings. The committee shall qualify no more than 24 participants and no more than 5 candidates on the reserve lists from among all the candidates. The Competition consists of three three stages open to public which shall be broadcast live via the Internet. The obligatory programme includes compositions of Karol Lipiński, Henryk Wieniawski and Karol Szymanowski. The prize-winners concert will take place on 13 October 2019. Aside from statutory prizes (I –20 000 EUR, II –15 000 EUR, III –10 000 EUR), the Jury shall also grant prizes financed by institutions and individuals, that, among others can be in the form of concerts. Winners of first three prizes shall receive the title of Compotetion's Prize-Winners. The remaining three participants of the final shall receive awards in the amount of EUR 2,000 each.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.lipinski-competition.com/