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Olsztyn | 42nd Feliks Nowowiejski Olsztyn Organ Concerts

Olsztynskie Organowe

The next edition of the popular series of organ music concerts – 42nd Feliks Nowowiejski Olsztyn Organ Concerts – will run from 5 July to 30 August 2020 in the St. Jacob's Cathedral Basilica in Olsztyn.

All concerts will traditionally take place at 8.00 p.m. This year's edition will be a real treat not only for lovers of classical music. The programme of the event is very diverse, including many works by Polish composers. The inaugural concert will feature Toccata from the 3rd Organ Symphony, Op. 45 and poem Roses for Sappho, Op. 51 by Feliks Nowowiejski, as well as Songs of the Fairy Tale Princess, Op. 31 by Karol Szymanowski, arranged for soprano and organ by Agnieszka Tarnawska. The series will also include works by Fryderyk Chopin, Zygmunt Noskowski, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Aleksander Tansman and Grażyna Bacewicz.

Among the performers will be organists Agnieszka Tarnawska, Andrzej Szadejko, Michał Kocot, Paulina Kocot, Adam Sadowski, Arkadiusz Bialic, Łukasz Mosur, Marcin Kucharczyk, Jan Mroczek, Jarosław Tarnawski, Filip Presseisen, as well as soprano Magdalena Tokajuk, trumpeter Paweł Hulisz, violist Marta Jezierska, saxophonist Aleksandra Mańkowska and Partes – Orthodox Chant Chamber Ensemble.

During the concerts, there is an obligation to cover your mouth and nose.

Full programme is available at: https://www.facebook.com/events/696697201150940/ 

The Archetti Chamber Orchestra of the City of Jaworzno invites you to "KwarantGranie"


The Archetti Chamber Orchestra of the City of Jaworzno has prepared a unique offer for all music lovers. As part of the "KwarantGranie" project, the ensemble will perform at its headquarters three concerts that will be broadcast live on YouTube and Facebook on 5 July, 23 August and 5 September 2020 at 5.00 p.m.

The Archetti Chamber Orchestra of the City of Jaworzno has been operating continuously since 2010 as a self-governing artistic cultural institution. The ensemble promotes Polish music, both classical and contemporary, often presenting works unknown to a wider audience. The programme of the first concert on 5 July will include the most beautiful chamber works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Piotr Czajkowski, Arnold Schoenberg, Dmitri Shostakovich and Bolesław Woytowicz.

Admission to the concerts is free. The "KwarantGranie" project was awarded in the "Culture on the web" subsidy programme, financed by the National Centre for Culture and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, which is a response to the difficult situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Full programme is available athttps://www.facebook.com/OrkiestraArchetti/

Katowice | Summer Season of the Silesian Philharmonic


Thanks to the collaboration of the Silesian Philharmonic with the Silesian Museum and their joint mission to disseminate culture, both institutions invite you to musical meetings, which will be held every Saturday at 7.00 p.m., starting from 4 July 2020.

In the Silesian Museum's space, away from the hustle and bustle of the streets, the Silesian Philharmonic will present an ideal summer programme, composed of well-known works of composers such as Vivaldi, Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven as well as music of Silesian artists. The concerts will feature both the Silesian Chamber Orchestra, the Choir and Symphony Orchestra of the Silesian Philharmonic, as well as smaller instrumental ensembles. The summer season will be also a preview of the next artistic season of the Silesian Philharmonic. The last concerts in the series – on 15 and 22 August – will be devoted to the Second Silesian Uprising, which 100th anniversary falls in August 2020.

All concerts will be held with recommended restrictions, so that each participant can feel safe and comfortable. Tickets are available at the Silesian Museum ticket office and at http://bilety.muzeumslaskie.pl/ 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/uslysz-nas-w-muzeum-slaskim-sezon-letni-filharmonii-slaskiej/ 

43rd International Festival of Organ, Choral and Chamber Music


The 43rd edition of the International Festival of Organ, Choral and Chamber Music will begin on 3 July 2020 at the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Gdańsk and will last until 28 August 2020. Traditionally, concerts will take place at St. Mary's Basilica every Friday at 8.15 p.m.

Among the performers of ten festival concerts will be ogranists Bogusław Grabowski, Wiktor Brzuchacz, Maciej Babnis, Michał Markuszewski, Dariusz Hajdukiewicz, Bogdan Narloch, Błażej Musiałczyk and Patryk Dopke, soprano Agnieszka Tomaszewska, violinist Róża Lorenc and saxophonist Maciej Sikała as well as the Art'n'Voices vocal octet, specializing in the performance of Polish contemporary vocal music, and the Schola Cantorum Gedanensis Polish Chamber Choir under the direction of Jan Łukaszewski.

The festival will be inaugurated by Maciej Sikała and Bogusław Grabowski, who will present works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ray Vaughan Williams, Anna Buczek and Maciej Sikała himself, as well as improvisations for saxophone and organ.

Full programme is available athttp://www.festiwalorganowy.pl/ 

Szczecin Philharmonic celebrates the Birthday of the City


On the occasion of the 75t Birthday of the City of Szczecin, the Szczecin Philharmonic planned a series of events. On 5 July  2020 at noon there will be a premiere of the music video to a song about the first day in Polish Szczecin, at 7:00 p.m. an online concert with works by Szczecin composers, and after 9:00 p.m. the philharmonic building will be illuminated in 'floating garden' colors.

The birthday concert will feature works by three composers associated with the city: Janusz Stalmierski's Szczecin Bugle Call and Soft Light, Marek Jasiński's Elegy for string orchestra and Piotr Klimek's Non Suicidal Self Injuries / New Harmony. The pieces performed by the Szczecin Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and High Five Brass ensemble will be accompanied by a display of beautiful photographs of contemporary Szczecin.

The events will be available online on the Szczecin Philharmonic's YouTube channel and Facebook profile.

More information at: https://filharmonia.szczecin.pl/pl 

Lublin | "Time is Love": a tribute to the Primate of the Millennium in the year of beatification


Chopin University Accordion Trio invites you on 4 July 2020 at 5.00 p.m. to a concert in the Zamoyski Museum in Kozłówka entitled "Time is love": a tribute to the Primate of the Millennium in the year of beatification.

The concert will be performed by a group of accordionists, lecturers of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw: Klaudiusz Baran, rector of the FCUM, Rafał Grząka and Grzegorz Palus. The programme will include two transcriptions for accordion trio: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor BWV 582 by Johann Sebastian Bach and Chaconne  In memoriam Johannes Paul II, 13th part of the Polish Requiem by Krzysztof Penderecki. In addition, we will hear two pieces written by young Polish composers on the occasion of the 200th birth anniversary of Stanisław Moniuszko: Fantasia based on motifs from The Hounted Manor opera by Wojciech Kostrzewa and Five Thoughts about Moniuszko by Mikołaj Majkusiak.

Admission to the concerts in the "Time is love ..." series is free. According to the guidelines of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, audience participants are required to submit a special statement regarding the epidemiological status.

More information at: https://filharmonialubelska.pl/pl,0,s257,d810,chopin_university_accordion_trio.html 

Schaeffer Puzzle Play 2020


The Schaeffer Puzzle Play 2020 – an online improvised event inspired by Bogusław Schaeffer's scores – will be held on 4 July 2020 at 7.00 p.m. A unique live performance of actors, dancers and musicians will be broadcast on the Aurea Porta Foundation's Facebook, Instagram and Vimeo pages.

"Schaeffer Puzzle Play 2020 is a theater and film performance that includes everything characteristic of Schaeffer: music, theater, graphics, dance. Unpredictable, scattered like Schaeffer's scores, like puzzles that make up a full picture. Its shape will be created in front of the audience. The actors do not know when their scene will appear, they do not know the order of the scenes, nor the surprises that each of them has prepared for the others based on individual scenarios,' says director Maciej Sobociński.

The performance space – home, garage, garden, street, park in Poland, but also in the United States, Paris, the Netherlands – will be arranged in accordance with the adopted convention. Each actor will perform five different fragments – scenes or monologues – selected from Schaeffer's works, which will serve as material for improvisation. The performance will be a kind of artistic puzzle unfolding during the action, which will take 45 to 60 minutes and will involve actors, dancers and musicians from around the world, icluding Marcin Wyrostek & Corazon, Paweł Romańczuk (Small Instruments), Patryk Zakrocki, Janusz Radek, Michał Urbaniak, Michael Patches Stewart, Nathan Davis and Andy Ninvalle. The project will be accompanied by a multimedia exhibition of Schaeffer's graphics.

The Schaeffer Puzzle Play 2020 project is financed from the "Culture on the Web" programme of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage run by the National Centre for Culture.

The project materials will be available for half a year on the Aurea Porta Foundation's website: www.aureaporta.eu 

From Zygmunt Krauze's summer salon – piano classics anew


Premiere episodes of Zygmunt Krauze's series of improvisations on classical themes: from Bach to Beethoven and from Chopin to Paderewski, will be held from 3 July to mid-September 2020, every other Friday on the YouTube and Facebook pages of Zygmunt Krauze and PWM Edition. The guest of the series will be Marcin Masecki.

Zygmunt Krauze is a pioneer of musical unity. Inspired by Władysław Strzemiński's paintings, he has anticipated many discoveries of American minimalism. He moved away from unism towards spatial compositions as well as theatre and opera works. In his compositions he eagerly reaches for the music of the classics, who are the inspiration for his creative experiments.

Each episode will consist of improvisation on the selected work with the composer's commentary. Between the episodes, Professor Krauze will answer Internet users' comments and questions. The theme of the final episode will be chosen by the audience.

The series is carried out on the initiative of the Sonora music agency in cooperation with the PWM Edition, the publisher of Zygmunt Krauze's works. The project was co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Tribute to John Paul II – a series of concerts of the proMODERN sextet


In 2020, we celebrate the centenary of the birth of John Paul II. The proMODERN vocal sextet will commemorate this anniversary with a series of 5 concerts in "Tribute to John Paul II". They will be held from 3 July to 16 October in temples related to the Holy Father's life and pastoral activity.

The first concert will take place on 3 July at 8.00 p.m. in the St. John's Archcathedral in Warsaw's Old Town. This is a special place, lying on the "royal trail", which John Paul II traveled many times during pilgrimages to his homeland. In the Parish of St. Stanislaus Kostka in Kraków, where the second concert will take place on 17 July at 6.45 p.m., Karol Wojtyła lived in the years 1938-1944 as a student of the Jagiellonian University, a Solway worker and cleric. The Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Krzeptówki was built as a voting offering for saving the Pope's life after the assassination attempt of 13 May 1981; the music of Polish composers will sound there on 18 July at 8.00 p.m. About the Basilica in Wadowice, John Paul II said: "With deep reverence I kiss the threshold of the house of God – the parish church of Wadowice, and the baptismal font in which I was joined to Christ and accepted into the community of His Church". proMODERN will perform there on 30 August at 1.00 p.m. The last concert will take place on 16 October at 6.00 p.m. in th Catholic Univrsity of Lublin Church, where John Paul II worked.

The concert programmes will consist of works that the Pope knew and those that were dedicated to him: Totus tuus by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Hail Holy Queen by Andrzej Koszewski, Song to the Virgin Mary by Andrzej Panufnik, Agnus Dei by Krzysztof Penderecki, O Vos Omnes by Paweł Łukaszewski, Miserere by  Stanisław Szczyciński and Agnus Dei by Andrzej Borzym.

Admission to all concerts is free. It is necessary to cover the mouth and nose with a mask and keep a distance.

The concerts are co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Music" programmee run by the Institute of Music and Dance.