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Wrocław | Faces of the Cello


Concert of the 6th International Cello Academy celebrating the 70th birth anniversary and 50th anniversary of work of Piotr Moss will take place in the National Forum of Music in Wrocław on 21 July 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

International Cello Academy (ICA) is one of the few events in Europe directed at cellists from around the world. As part of ICA, seven concerts are organized with a very wide repertoire – from Baroque to jazz and contemporary music. During the workshops, the Cello Academy Orchestra comprising a few dozen musicians is formed, involving all participants, lecturers and guests of the ICA. This year, this unique ensemble of cellists will perform at a special concert at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław.

The Cello Academy Orchestra and the Octet of lecturers of the International Cello Academy will perform under the baton of Piotr Moss, who celebrates this year 70th birthday and the 50th anniversary of artistic work. The musicians will present works by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Giovanni Sollimy, and above all Piotr Moss himself, including the wold premiere of Suite Elegiaque for cello octet, commissioned by the International Cello Academy.

The founder and organiser of the International Cello Academy is the Polish Cello Quartet bringing together prominent Polish cellists: Tomasz Daroch, Krzysztof Karpeta, Adam Krzeszowiec and Wojciech Fudala.

Full programme available at: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/ 

Summer Concerts of the Polish National Youth Choir 2019


Summer concerts of the Polish National Youth Choir will take place in Częstochowa, Wieliczka and Kraków on 19-21 July 2019.

Polish National Youth Choir is an artistic and educational project directed at youth between 18 and 26 years old: pupils and students of vocal departments of music schools and academies, and the best singers of Polish choirs. It is financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and run by the National Forum of Music. Each PNYCh edition includes two sessions devoted to a specific topic. Quartets, sections and tutti rehearsals as well as individual singing lessons, lectures and workshops conducted by specialists in their fields are held as part of individual sessions. All these activities are finalised with concerts during which young people can present the results of their work. A characteristic feature of the project is to invite guest conductors and singing teachers from Poland and abroad to collaborate on subsequent editions.

During this year's concerts at the end of the summer session 2019, the Polish National Youth Choir will perform under the direction of Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny and Bob Chilcott. They will present works of Bob Chilcott himself, Uģis Prauliņš, Benjamin Britten, William Albright, as well as Totus Tuus Op. 60 by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki.

The project is carried out as part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of regaining independence and rebulding of the Polish statehood "Niepodległa".

More information at: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/ i https://www.facebook.com/PolskiNarodowyChorMlodziezowy/ 

Wrocław | China-Europe International Culture and Arts Festival


On 16-21 July 2019 the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław will host a group of 150 young musicians from China who will take part in the Sino-European Festival of Culture and Arts.

The festival is the first event co-organized by the Wrocław Academy of Music with a partner from Beijing. The idea of ​​the Festival is international integration, exchange of artistic experiences and establishing contacts between European and Chinese art academies. In 2017 and 2018, the festival took place at universities in Italy and Spain, which initiated fruitful cooperation between European and Asian creative environments. This year a group of young Chinese artists will take part in music courses, instrumental and vocal competitions and will present recitals and concerts at the AMKL Concert Hall in Wrocław. Classes and competitions will be conducted by the pedagogues of the Wrocław Academy and invited artists from China.

An important aspect of the project is the presentation of Polish music, including works by composers associated with the Wrocław Academy of Music. The festival will include two large artistic events in the AMKL Concert Hall, which will be open to the public: a ceremonial opening of the Festival on 16 July at 4.30 p.m., and a final concert on 21 July 7.00 p.m. During the last festival concert, the Symphony Orchestra of students and graduates of the Academy of Music in Wrocław will perform Largo by Stanisław Krupowicz and Fjörd-dur by Michał Moc.

Free admission cards to the concerts are available at the reception of the E building of the Academy of Music.

Full programme available at: http://amuz.wroc.pl/program-festiwalu-5032 

Bogusław Schaeffer's Funeral in Salzburg


A funeral of Bogusław Schaeffer – composer, musicologist, playwright, graphic designer and teacher, honorary member of the Polish Composers' Union –took place on 16 July 2019 at the Komunalfriedhof in Salzburg.

During the ceremony, the President of the Board of the Polish Radio RDC, Tadeusz Deszkiewicz, handed to the family of the great artist the Order of Polonia Restituta First Class, the Grand Cross, awarded posthumously to Bogusław Schaeffer by the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda. Among Polish civilian awards, the Order is second only to the rarely awarded Order of the White Eagle.

The funeral ceremony was attended by the artistist's family, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Austria, Mrs Jolanta Róża Kozłowska, the Vice-Consul of the Republic of Poland in Munich, Mr Michał Madaj, representatives of the Salzburg Mozarteum and artists, including an outstanding singer living in Salzburg, Aleksandra Zamojska, and a student of the composer, prof. dr hab. Marek Chołoniewski, head of the Electroacoustic Music Studio at the Academy of Music in Krakow.

Zakopane | Chopin Piano Duo in the Villa 'Atma'


A concert of Chopin Piano Duo will take place on 18 July 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Karol Szymanowski Museum in the Villa 'Atma' in Zakopane.

Villa 'Atma' is the world’s only biographical museum of Karol Szymanowski, the father of modern Polish music. This historic chalet in Zakopane, where the composer made his home, is filled with music. The central theme is the work of Szymanowski, as well as that of his predecessors and followers. Performers include both renowned masters and talented young artists, winners of music competitions who interpret the work of the creator of Myths and Harnasie in innovative ways.

The upcoming concert will feature Chopin Piano Duo composed of Anna Boczar and Bartłomiej Kominek. We will listen to their renditions of the works by Edvard Grieg and Franz Schubert as well as the Tatra Album op. 12 by Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Grand Duo Concertant in E major on Themes from "Robert le Diable" by Fryderyk Chopin. The concert will be hosted by dr hab. Małgorzata Janicka-Słysz, Professor of the Academy of Music in Kraków and programme curator at the "Atma".

Admission free.

Full programme available at: https://mnk.pl/aktualnosci/koncert-chopin-piano-duo-anna-boczar-bartlomiej-kominek 

Elbląg | Celluloid – Polish Film Music


Polish film music will fill the programme of the concert entitled "Celluloid – on the musical side of the screen", which will take place on 25 August 2019 at 7:00 pm in the concert hall of the State Music School Complex in Elbląg.

The concert of the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Krzysztof Herdzin will feature excellent guitarists Marek Napiórkowski and Artur Lesicki. It will be a tribute to the origins of cinematography as well as Polish composers of film music. The programme will include compositions by Wojciech Kilar, Tomasz Stańko, Krzysztof Komeda, Andrzej Korzyński, Jerzy Matuszkiewicz as well as a few original works by the soloists.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.eok.elblag.eu  

ISCM World Music Days MTMW Nowa Zelandia 2020

ISCMZarząd Polskiego Towarzystwa Muzyki Współczesnej organizuje Jury Krajowe, które wybierze sześć utworów zarekomendowanych przez Polską Sekcję MTMW na festiwal ISCM World Music Days MTMW, który odbędzie się w 2020 roku Nowej Zelandii. 15 lipca 2019 roku upływa termin nadsyłania zgłoszeń.

Regulamin skierowany jest do wszystkich polskich kompozytorów oraz do kompozytorów obcokrajowców mieszkających w Polsce. Sekcje krajowe nie mogą uwzględniać w swych oficjalnych zgłoszeniach utworów kompozytorów, których utwór został wykonany podczas ŚDM MTMW w Estonii w 2019 r. jako oficjalne zgłoszenie. W przypadku naszej sekcji był to utwór Adama Porębskiego Semi-overture.

Zgodnie z wytycznymi regulaminu organizatora festiwalu, zaleca się, aby zgłaszane kompozycje zostały skomponowane po 2012 roku. Preferowane są utwory o maksymalnym czasie trwania 12 min. Utwory, wybrane przez Jury Krajowe poszczególnych sekcji ISCM będą następnie oceniane przez międzynarodowe jury w Nowej Zelandii.

Utwory należy nadsyłać na adres e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. do dnia 15 lipca 2019 roku.

Szczegółowe informacje oraz Regulamin – na stronie https://ptmw.art.pl/2019/06/13/iscm-world-music-days-mtmw-nowa-zelandia-2020/ 

Warsaw | Koneser Summer


A series of "Koneser Summer" events will take place in the completely renovated Koneser vodka factory in Warsaw until 25 August 2019.

Film screenings, meetings, lots of concerts and attractions for children ... This is what this year's "Connoisseur Summer" promises to be. It is a great opportunity to visit this climatic place in Prague district and spend time in good company. Everyone should find something for themselves: from singles, through families with children, to seniors. Attractions are planned for the whole holiday and different projects are carried out every day.

Starting from 14 July, every Sunday at 7.00 pm there will be concerts feturing such musicians as: Szymon Nehring, Ania Karpowicz, Marek Bracha, winners of the Ada Sari Vocal Competition in Nowy Sącz, Adam Strug, Penderecki Piano Trio, Trimagine, and ROKduo.The programme will include chamber works of Franz Schubert, Sergiusz Rachmaninow, Claude Debussy, Aaron Copland as well as forgotten songs in Yiddish and Polish from the archives of the New York Institute for Jewish Research and Lifshe Schaechter-Widmann. Polish repertoire will include songs by Stanisław Moniuszko, compositions by Fryderyk Chopin, Tadeusz Zygfryd Kasserna and Mieczysław Weinberg.

Admission to the concerts is free.

More information at: http://koneser.eu/wydarzenia/lato-konesera-klasyczne-niedziele/ 

Jedyny taki Festiwal - „Muzyka Polska na Warmii i Żuławach” po raz szósty

EOKKilka miesięcy przygotowań, prób, trzy dni koncertów i już? VI Festiwal „Muzyka Polska na Warmii i Żuławach” przeszedł do historii, ale po raz kolejny udowodnił, że mieszkańcy regionu są spragnieni kultury muzycznej przez duże „k”.

W tym roku Elbląska Orkiestra Kameralna zaspokoiła ich pragnienia wraz z Kasią Moś i jej zespołem pod dyrygenckim okiem maestro Marka Mosia. Artyści podążyli śladami twórcy polskiej opery narodowej – Stanisława Moniuszki.

Festiwal upłynął w tempie wyznaczonym przez pieśni ze Śpiewników domowych (zaaranżowane przez Mateusza Mosia i Mateusza Kołakowskiego), które wypełniły gotyckie kościoła Pasłęka, Elbląga i Krzyżanowa. Szczypta liryzmu, odrobina nostalgii, nuta romantyzmu – tak skomponowana muzyczna uczta zaspokoiła gusta wszystkich melomanów. Dowodem wielominutowe owacje i trzykrotny bis, którym Orkiestra i jej goście zwieńczyli każdy koncert. Jak zapewniła Kasia Moś, „to dopiero wstęp do naszej przygody ze Stanisławem Moniuszką, którą – jestem przekonana – jeszcze nie raz przeżyjemy z Elbląską Orkiestrą Kameralną”.

Dzięki zaangażowaniu publiczności festiwal „Muzyka Polska na Warmii i Żuławach” osiągnęła status muzycznej wizytówki miasta i regionu, bez której nie sposób sobie wyobrazić lokalnego życia kulturalnego. Kościoły wypełnione po brzegi to dla artystów najważniejsza motywacja do nieustannego rozwijania idei Festiwalu, którego kolejna edycja odbędzie się w następnym roku.

Tomasz Czapla