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European Contemporary Composers Orchestra (ECCO) 2020


The Youth Circle of the Polish Composers' Union invites its members to submit works to be considered for the15 th European Contemporary Composers Orchestra (ECCO) Concert in Luxembourg, which will take place on 6 October 2020 at the Philharmonie de Luxembourg in Luxembourg. The concert will be performed by the ensemble United Instruments of Lucilin.

In 2019, the Youth Circle of the Polish Composers' Union established cooperation with the European Contemporary Composers Orchestra. It is a project of the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA), in which selected works from member countries are performed during conventions held twice a year in different European countries. So far, among the performers have been Ensemble Fractales, Stockholm Saxophone Quartet and Wiener Conzert-Verein.

Since 2019, the selection of composers from Poland has been narrowed to members of the PCU's Youth Circle. The scores and recordings, which parameters are specified on the ECCO website (www.eccoconcert.eu), should be send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 15 May 2020.

Thanks to the financial support of ZAiKS, Polish composers selected by the international commission have transport and accommodation for the time of rehearsals and concerts provided. So far, Ryszard Lubieniecki's work The different view on "Layers" has been performed as part of the ECCO concert.

More information about this year's edition of the project: https://eccoconcert.eu/current-edition/call-4-works/ 

Piotr Moss live stream birthday concert


Experimental Workshop publishing house invites you to an online broadcast of the live concert to celebrate Piotr Moss birthday on 13 May 2020 at 4.00 p.m.

Guitarist Marcin Kozioł will present solo works from his latest album Piotr Moss: Solo & chamber works for guitar, including 5 Impromptus (1982) and Esquisses I (1984). The album was recorded at the end of 2019 on the occasion of the 70th birthday and 50th anniversary of the artistic work of outstanding Polish composer Piotr Moss. This is the first CD release of all the works, except 5 Impromptus.

The event is co-organized by the Polish Music Foundation as part of an action for artists #staywithmusic. We encourage you to support the initiative at: https://zostanzmuzyka.pl/o-cji-zostanzmuzyka/ 

Event participants will receive discount codes for the purchase of Marcin Kozioł's album Piotr Moss: Solo & chamber works for guitar available in the publisher's online store.

The concert will be broadcast at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsV6w3g8dtk

More information at: Facebook Event

"Culture (re)new" online forum of the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk


The European Solidarity Center and the Baltic Opera in Gdańsk invite you to participate in the online forum "Culture re(new)" ["Kultura (od) nowa"] on 13 May 2020 at 6.00 p.m.

The pandemic has dramatically changed our daily lives. No one was ready for social quarantine. Materials from museums, galleries, libraries, theatre halls, operas, concert halls and artists' studios have moved to the internet, which gives us a sense of community. We do not know how long the pandemic will last and when life will return to the way it was, but we know for sure that there will be a change, also in the field of culture. Questions multiply. What is the meaning of culture today? How will the current situation affect our expectations of culture in post-pandemic times? Will we find motivation to visit cultural institutions? Will we be willing to use paid content?

These issues will be discussed by Magdalena Fryze-Seroka and Dorota Brzezińska with guests of the Gdańsk European Solidarity Center – Joanna Cichocka-Gula, Arkadiusz Hronowski, Honorata Martin.

In addition, the ballet dancers of the Baltic Opera will present a dance etude choreographed by Izabela Sokołowska-Boulton and Wojciech Warszawski to the music of Beniamin Baczewski.

Join the Facebook Event.

Kinga Augustyn – Fundraising Concert for Scena Kamienica

Kinga AugustynLive from New York, on 11 May 2020 at 3.00 p.m. (USA) / 9 p.m. (Poland), excellent young Polish violinist Kinga Augustyn will perform a unique violin recital to raise funds for Scena Kamienica Theatre in Wrocław.

Scena Kamienica presents a diverse repertoire, including unique artistic projects of outstanding artists from all over Poland, cultivates the rich operetta traditions of Wrocław, host the Anna Dymna Kraków Poetry and Music Salon in Wrocław, and conducts educational activities. It also supports the Wrocław Senior Choir, which often performs during special events. The current situation related to the pandemic has caused numerous changes not only in the functioning of the world economy, but also in the artistic environment. New premieres and performances planned to celebrate the theatre anniversary artistic season of 2019/2020 were cancelled and the artists have lost the possibility to earn their living.

During the fundraising concert organized by Kinga Augustyn, we will hear her interpretations of works by Fryderyk Chopin, Aleksander Zarzycki, Krzysztof Penderecki, as well as Jules Massenet, Fritz Kreisler, Niccolò Paganini, Pablo Sarasati and Astor Piazzolla.

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Results of the "Culture – Interventions" 2020 programme

InterwencjeThe National Centre for Culture announced the results of the "Culture – Interventions" grant programme, financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. In the coming months, PLN 10,000,000 will go to 277 beneficiaries throughout the country to support local cultural initiatives.

The strategic objective of the National Centre for Culture's grant programme "Culture – Interventions" is to create conditions for strengthening identity and participation in culture at regional, local, and national level through financial support for projects promoting cultural heritage and increasing the presence of culture in social life.

This year, 1,622 applications were submitted to the programme for a total amount of PLN 85.4 million. 277 projects were selected as a result of the substantive assessment. The winning projects will be implemented until 30 October 2020. The programme will support, among others, competitions, festivals, concerts, musical spectacles, happenings, performances and interdisciplinary activities.

List of applications is available at: https://bit.ly/2WMXnVw 

Wojtek Blecharz's "Rechnitz. Opera" – for the first time online!

RechlitzA special presentation of Wojtek Blecharz' Rechnitz. Opera directed by Katarzyna Kalwat and based on a drama by Elfriede Jelinek, a Nobel prize winning Austrian writer, will take place on 9 May 2020 at 8:00 p.m. on TR Warszawa Facebook and Vimeo pages. A meeting with the creators will take place after the performance, around 10:30 p.m.

The presentation of the Rechnitz. Opera – The Exterminating Angel, which premiere took place on 25 September 2018 at the 61st "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music, is a part of the action "Stay at home, do not leave the theater!".

The scenario of the opera presents the tragic events which took place in March 1945 in the castle of Baroness Margrit Batthyány in Austria, Rechnitz. According to the testimonies of witnesses, during the reception, issued by the Baroness Margit von Batthyány, her guests - local SS and Gestapo officers - took part in the massacre of two hundred Jewish forced laborers brought there from Hungary. The mass grave of the slaughtered labourers has never been found and the sluggish progress in the investigation made it possible for the executioners to escape. In Jelinek's play, the events at the castle in Rechnitz are described by Messengers whose relations contradict each other. The play, will not be a reconstruction of the events from 70 years ago from Rechnitz. RECHNITZ. OPERA - The Exterminating Angel is an attempt at understanding the mechanisms of collective memory. Its main theme is the language as an instrument of manipulation, lies and violence. It’s also an account of the contemporary European history, European identity, a part of which is the experience of war and Holocaust.

English and Polish closed captions available only on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user52046418 

A prelude to the Gdańsk Music Festival – Sonia Warzyńska-Dettlaff's recital


The Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk and Radio Gdańsk S.A. invite you on 9 May 2020 at 8.00 p.m. to a concert of the series "aMuz on Radio Gdańsk", which is also a prelude to the Gdańsk Music Festival. Soprano Sonia Warzyńska-Dettlaff will present works by Polish composers.

"AMuz on Radio Gdańsk" is a series of concerts initiated in October 2019, featuring students, graduates and teachers of the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk. A total of 9 concerts are planned for the academic year 2019/2020. All concerts are conducted by Konrad Mielnik and broadcast live on Radio Gdańsk.

The next concert will take place at the Janusz Hajdun Gdańsk Radio Concert Studio. It is the Award of the Rector of the Academy of Music in Gdańsk Prof. Maciej Sobczak, PhD Habil., and the President of the Board of Radio Gdańsk Adam Chmielecki to Sonia Warzyńska-Dettlaff, who won the first prize in the 1st Stanisław Moniuszko Polish Vocal Competition for students and graduates of second-degree music schools and art colleges.

The programme will include songs by Fryderyk Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, Ignacy Marcel Komorowski, Mieczysław Karłowicz and Stanisław Niewiadomski. Sonia Warzyńska-Dettlaff will perform with piano accompaniment by Grażyna Troć.

Radio Gdańsk online: https://radiogdansk.pl/sluchaj-rg-kanaly 

Smykowizje online #5 „Abstraction squared”

muzykajest.plThe Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art and the Music is For Everyone Foundation invite you to a series of interactive multisensory activities for families with children aged 3-6 years "Smykowizje Online". The next workshop (in Polish) entitled "Abstraction squared" will be held at Smykowizje Online Facebook page on 9 May 2020 at 11.00 a.m.

What is abstraction? Can all images and shapes be named? Can a triangle be a ship, and a circle be a crocodile eye? During the next "Smykowizji online" meeting we will visit the Bik Van der Pol duo exhibition "Way too many stories to fit in such a small box" at the Ujazdowski Castle. We will listen to strange stories told by the exhibition and the amazing Square. And finally, together we will create an abstract work of art.

Parents with children can listen to the stories accompanied by music composed by Agnieszka Widlarz and use the materials and tools introduced by the organizers to draw their children's attention to the basic shapes close to their perception: a line, square, rectangle or circle. The EDU U-Jazdowski team together with the Music is for Everyone Foundation prepared many sensory surprises and creative tales, which can be told together.

More information at: Facebook Event Page

"From Wieniawski to Krzesany” – another internet concert of the Poznań Philharmonic

FPHenryk Wieniawski's Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 22 performed by Bomsori Kim and Wojciech Kilar's Krzesany will be featued in the programme of the next internet concert of the Poznań Philhamonic on Friday, 8 May 2020, at 7 p.m.

Both works were performed by the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Maestro Marek Pijarowski. The concert was held in the Konzerthaus Berlin on the 23rd of October 2018 and it was broadcast by national German radio program Deutschlandfunk Kultur.

Out of two violin concertos by Wieniawski (probably his best works) Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 22 is performed more frequently and regarded as more mature and more original. Krzesany by Wojciech Kilar, written in 1974, was a real breakthrough in his work, as his prior compositions were more avant-garde, mostly sonoristic. The word “krzesany” means a group of dance steps characteristic for highlander dances that includes striking one’s heels while jumping. Kilar was greatly inspired by the whole range of elements deriving from highlander folk music, thus after Krzesany he composed other pieces influenced by this region: Kościelec 1909, Grey Mist, and Orawa.

The concert will be broadcast atwww.filharmoniapoznanska.pl