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Warsaw | Varsovians Sing (Un)forbidden Songs

MPW77 years ago the Warsaw Uprising broke out. The concert in tribute to its participants will be held on 1 August 2021 at 8.30 in the Freedom Park of the Warsaw Uprising Museum.

As every year, on the evening of 1 August, we will unite by the strength of our voice during the concert "Varsovians sing (un)forbidden songs". We will sing together with the Stokłosa Collective Orchestra and the Choir of Varsovians under the direction of Jan Stokłosa. Maestro arranged selected songs especially for the August concert. Natalia Kujawa, Jerzy Grzechnik and Michał Juraszek will perform as soloists. The event will be hosted by Tomasz Wolny.

The museum invites everyone interested in the history of Warsaw to commemorate that time and the great people, fighting Poles. This year's theme of the concert will be Love. Songbooks are prepared especially for this occasion, which will make it easier for the gathered people to sing together. They contain insurgent repertoire, including songs by famous Polish composers and cultural activists: Karol Kurpiński, Andrzej Panufnik, Jan Ekier, Jerzy Dargiel, Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński, Michał Zieliński and Jan Markowski.

For those who will not be able to reach the Freedom Park, the concert will be broadcast live on TVP1 (from 8.35 p.m.) and on the YouTube channel of the Warsaw Uprising Museum.

Free admission based on tickets.

Songbooks are available athttps://www.1944.pl/ 

Łódź | "Pianos of Freedom" – Kośmieja plays Hofmann, Tansman, Friedman and Chopin

Fortepiany wolnosciPianist Adam Kośmieja, gifted with an extraordinary musical sensitivity, will perform works by composers of Jewish origin: Józef Hofmann, Aleksander Tansman, Ignacy Friedman. The programme will also include compositions by Fryderyk Chopin. The concert will take place on 1 August 2021 at 7.00 p.m. at the Marek Edelman Dialogue Centre in Łódź.

The project which consists of piano chamber concerts organised in the city space of Łódź was initiated by the Soundedit Festival in 2018. The "Pianos of Freedom" is a fringe event of the 13th edition of the Festival.

Adam Kośmieja is a rising star of Polish avant-garde pianism. In 2011 he graduated from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied piano with Solomon Mikowsky. He has performed at a number of great venues throughout the world including New York’s Carnegie Hall and CCOM Concert Hall in Beijing. In 2009, he won the first prize in the Mieczysław Münz Competiton in New York, and in 2010, the first prize in the Columbia University's Chopin Piano Competition. He was also awarded the Harold and Helen Schonberg Pianist Scholarship, established in memory of the long-time leading music critic of The New York Times. Adam Kośmieja's repertoire and concert experience range from baroque to contemporary and experimental music, with particular emphasis on 20th-century music.

More information: https://soundedit.pl/ 

Lusławice | Music of Chopin and Penderecki at the "Emanacje" Festival

Emanacje The next concerts as part of the 9th "Emanacje" Festival will be held at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławicn on the weekend of 31 July and 1 August 2021. We will hear the PRIMUZ Chamber Orchestra and the outstanding pianist Piotr Alexewicz.

On 1 August at 7:00 p.m. the PRIMUZ Chamber Orchestra will present works form the canon of "20th-century classics" – the music of Grażyna Bacewicz and Krzysztof Penderecki and a composition written especially for the ensemble – Fab Four by Wojciech Lemański. This repertoire seems to break barriers between what is traditional and modern; between classical music and valuable rock and jazz music. The PRIMUZ Chamber Orchestra was established in 2012. It consists of talented students and graduates of the Academy of Music in Łódź. The founder, artistic director and conductor of the ensemble is Łukasz Błaszczyk, an outstanding Polish violinist and chamber musician, who has been associated with the Łódź academy for many years.


On the eve of this event, on 31 July, there will be a recital by the outstanding pianist Piotr Alexewicz – two-time winner of the Polish National Chopin Piano Competition in 2017 and 2020, participant of this year's 18th Chopin Competition in Warsaw. Currently, Piotr is a student of Paweł Zawadzki at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław. The pianist has performed at international festivals: "Chopin and His Europe" in Warsaw, 73rd and 75th International Festival in Duszniki Zdrój, Gdańsk Music Festival, 36th Festival Chopin a Paris "Hommage a Clara Schumann". Moreover, he performed at the prestigious International Classical Music Awards – NOSPR in Katowice or at the Andre Malreaux Theatre Municipial in Paris. In 2019, his debut album with works by Liszt, Beethoven, Chopin and Ravel was released by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed information and tickets are available at: www.emanacje.pl 

Radziejowice | Final Concert of the Synthesis International Summer Course for Composers 2021

SynthetisOn 31 July 2021 at 7.30 p.m. the New House of Art in Radziejowice will host a final concert of the Synthesis International Summer Course for Composers: the musicians will present the results of their work.

From 23 July, the world-famous composers Paweł Mykietyn and Ondřej Adámek have given lectures and conducted individual classes with the participants of this year's edition of the course. The trainees could also have individual consultations with the artists-in-residence: clarinetist Michał Górczyński and trombonist Robert Żelazko. The Synthetis International Summer Course for Composers, whose artistic director is Zygmunt Krauze, is a reactivation of the famous composition courses organised in the 1980s and 1990s by the Polish Society for Contemporary Music.

Admission only with reservation: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (+46) 857 71 75 or 512 928 062.

More information at: https://www.palacradziejowice.pl/ 

Krakow | "Music in the Garden": Polish Film Music

FKA concert of the Krakow Philharmonic sextet will take place on 31 July 2021 at 6.00 p.m. in the gardens of the Austrian Consulate General in Krakow as part of the "Music in the Garden" series.

The programme will include film music hits. We will hear songs by Władysław Szpilman, Lucjan Kaszycki, Włodzimierz Nahorny and suites of film music by such masters as Henryk Wars, Bronisław Kaper, Henryk Kuźniak, Włodzimierz Korcz, Jerzy Matuszkiewicz and Andrzej Kurylewicz.

The concert will be performed by outstanding Krakow instrumentalists who have often participated in soundtrack recordings: Magdalena Di Blasi – the principal flutist of the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic Orchestra in Krakow, clarinetist Michał Spadnik, horn player Marek Gumiela, violist Błażej Michna and cellist Marta Nagawiecka. The musicians are laureates of numerous competitions, they regularly collaborate with renowned orchestras and ensembles and also perform as soloists both in Poland and abroad.

In case of rain, the concert will be held at the Krakow Philharmonic.

More information: https://www.filharmonia.krakow.pl/ 

"Classics Across Poland": Janusz Olejniczak and Tomasz Strahl

NIMiT Janusz Olejniczak and Tomasz Strahl will perform as part of the "Classics Acrosss Poland" series on 30 July in Chełm (Concert Hall of the I.J. Paderewski Primary and Secondary State Music School), on 31 July in Włodawa (Synagogue Complex Museum) and on 1 August in Wojsławice (St. Michael the Archangel Church).

Janusz Olejniczak is one of the most outstanding contemporary pianists and performers of Chopin's music, with over 40 albums recorded to date. He was the youngest laureate of the 8th International Chopin Piano Competition in 1970. He is an eight-time winner of the "Fryderyk" award, and for his life achievements he was awarded the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2000) and the Gloria Artis Gold Medal (2005). The cello virtuoso Tomasz Strahl is a professor at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. He has made many archival recordings for the Polish Radio and Polish Television, as well as for CBC Radio in Canada. In 2019 he reveiwed the "Fryderyk" award in the Album of the Year – Symphonic and Concert Music category. The artist plays the Leopold Widhalm instrument (Nuremberg, 1778).

The world-famous instrumentalists will perform as a duo. The programme will include woks by Fryderyk Chopin and Ignacy Jan Paderewski as well as Franz Schubert, Georg Friedrich Handel, Camille Saint-Saëns, Edward Elgar and Manuel de Falla. Admission is free!

The project is financed by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport, and carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

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Finale of the Summer Song Festival at Ojrzanów Palace

OjrzanowThe "Friends of Music" Foundation for Culture Support invites you to the final concert of the Summer Song Festival, which will take place on Friday, 30 July 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ojrzanów Palace near Warsaw (Żabia Wola, 1 Tarczyńska St.).

The last concert of the "Music Salon" series will be performed by Zuzanna Nalewajek (mezzo-soprano) and Paweł Sommer (piano). We will hear works by such composers as Fryderyk Chopin, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Emil Młynarski, Władysław Żeleński, Karol Szymanowski and Witold Lutosławski.

Zuzanna Nalewajek is a third-year student of Prof. Ewa Iżykowska-Lipińska at the Vocal and Acting Department at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. She is also a participant of the Young Talents Development Programme – Opera Academy at the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera, where she practices under the supervision of outstanding teachers, such as Olga Pasiecznik, Izabella Kłosińska, MaZhias Rexroth and Eytan Pessen.

Paweł Sommer is an employee and doctoral student at the FCUM in Warsaw, an alumnus of Prof. Anna Jastrzębska-Quinn. He combines pedagogical work with concert activity, taking part – as a soloist and chamber musician – in various artistic events, including concerts from the "Sounds of Art" series at the National Museum in Warsaw, Vocal Techniques and Interpretation Courses at the House of Creative Work in Radziejowice under the supervision of Prof. Ryszard Karczykowski and many others in Poland and abroad.

The series was co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Music" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Admission to the concert is free but the number of places is limited. Please book your seat at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Biecz | 7th Kromer Festival Biecz

Kromer Biecz The Kromer Festival Biecz will run from 29 July to 1 August. The leitmotif of the 7th edition is "Community" – the last year has shown how important it is in the music profession. Four days will include six concerts performed by Polish artists.

The organisers want to show that the community on the local level can be realised in the most necessary way – by giving musicians the opportunity to perform, to be present in concert and market life, interrupted drastically by the pandemic, and finally to earn money. The festival will be carried out in a hybrid form, combining live performances with broadcasts on the festival's online channels and on the air of the co-organiser and patrons of Kromer Festival Biecz 2021 – TVP Kultura and Radio Kraków. Thanks to this the local community will become global.

The eponymous community is also a universal language of music and a dense cultural network connecting the whole world. The expression of the community, showing the cultural continuum, will also include projects presenting the presence of old masters in the work of contemporary composers and artists, as well as the use of old instruments in works created in the 21st century. During the inauguration of the Festival, Arte dei Suonatori and the Music Cooperative will premiere Katarzyna Głowicka's Quiet Time – a new work commissioned by the Festival, which presents a spectrum of sounds resulting from the combination of historical and contemporary instruments. Another project that crosses the boundaries of historical performance is a joint venture by the jazz violinist Adam Bałdych and the Equilibrium quartet. Bałdych's composition for violin and string quartet referring to outstanding Polish chamber works is another commission from the Festival.

Admission to all festival concerts is free. Co-financed by the "Music" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Full programme is available at: https://kromerfestivalbiecz.pl/ 

Warsaw | 21st Franciszek Wybrańczyk "Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City" Festival

SV21 concerts of the 21st edition of the Franciszek Wybrańczyk "Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City" Festival will be held between 29 July and 2 September 2021 in the South Praga district. The artists will take the audience on a sentimental journey to pre-war Warsaw and to the far corners of the Americas. Among the soloists and conductors who will accompany the musicians of Sinfonia Varsovia, are Szymon Nehring, Jerzy Maksymiuk and Aleksandar Marković.

Summer concerts will be held four days a week in the Concert Pavilion at 272 Grochowska Street. Thursdays will be an opportunity to listen to orchestral works performed by Sinfonia Varsovia and invited guests. The festival will be inaugurated by the music of the Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla. On 5 August, we will hear Mieczysław Weinberg's Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes, and a week later soprano Olga Rusin will perform Karol Szymanowski's Kurpie Songs. The highlight of the evening on 26 August will be the performance of Wojciech Kilar's Orawa under the baton of Jerzy Maksymiuk. The programme of the final concert will include Fryderyk Chopin's Piano Concerto in F minor, Op. 21.

Festival Sundays are reserved for chamber music performed by the musicians of Sinfonia Varsovia and invited artists. Five afternoon concerts at 4.00 p.m. will present a diverse repertoire, including Warsaw songs from pre- and post-war times. Taking place every Saturday, the "Family Mornings' will also be related to Warsaw, the instruments of the orchestra and the world of nature. The series of new music concerts "Experimental Tuesdays" will be a unique opportunity to see how the generation of young composers treat tradition and modernity.

Media patronage over the "Experimental Tuesdays" series: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme: www.sinfoniavarsovia.org