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Warsaw | 20th Music Gardens Festival

Ogrody MuzyczneThe 20th Music Gardens Festival will be held on 5–27 October 2020 at the Grand Courtyard of the Royal Castle in Warsaw and at the Atlantic Cinema.

The Music Gardens Festival has been taking place in Warsaw since 2001. Every year, the Festival programme is comprised of rebroadcasts of the best opera and ballet productions (from, among other houses, the Metropolitan Opera and the Bolshoi Theatre, as well as the Aix-en-Provence, Salzburg and Bregenz Festivals), live concerts – both symphonic and chamber music – as well as music films and film recordings of concerts. Also a special educational and artistic program for children is organized as part of the festival: the Children’s Music Gardens.

This year's programme will include 16 film screenings and 5 live concerts. The festival will be inaugurated by Spark Classic Band, which combines music of Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart and other classical composers with the sounds of the present day, generated by over 40 recorders. The proMODERN vocal sextet will present its project "shakespired", which consists of new works by Polish composers written especially for the ensemble to Shakespearean sonnets on the 400th anniversary of the poet's death. We will hear works by Krzesimir Dębski, Krzysztof Herdzin, Paweł Łukaszewski, Stanisław Moryto, Tomasz Opałka, Maciej Zieliński and Miłosz Bembinow. The festival will also feature countertenor Matthias Rexroth, one of the main teachers of the Opera Academy at the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera, young accordion virtuoso Bartosz Głowacki accompanied by Australian mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean and Russian-Australian guitarist Andrey Lebedev, as well as mezzo-soprano Wanda Franek and countertenor Michał Sławecki, who will perform the last festival concert entitled "Opera Minima".

Full programme is available at: https://www.ogrodymuzyczne.pl/ 

Rzeszów | 4th Rzeszów Music Autumn Festival

SPMK "Forgotten Music" is the theme of the fourth edition of the Rzeszów Music Autumn Festival, which will be devoted to chamber music, both its masterpieces and forgotten treasures. The festival will run from 3 to 25 October 2020.

The Rzeszów Music Autumn shows musical and cultural diversity, the criss-crossing of various influences. The multicultural character of the city and the region contributes to the uniqueness of the Festival. This year, the Association of Polish Chamber Musicians organises 6 concerts of various chamber music ensembles and its Kraków branch prepares two concerts. We will hear, among others, rarely performed works by Stanisław Moniuszko, Mieczysław Weinberg, Władysław Żeleński, Grzegorz Fitelberg, Aleksander Tansman, Michał Spisak, Stefan Kisielewski, Witold Lutosławski, Grażyna Bacewicz, Romuald Twardowski and Paweł Szymański.

Among the performers, there will be great instrumentalists: Anna Maria Staśkiewicz and Joanna Konarzewska (violin), Katarzyna Budnik (viola), Marcin Zdunik and Rafał Kwiatkowski (cello), Maksymilian Lipień (oboe), Piotr Lato (clarinet), Damian Lipień (bassoon), Marta Gidaszewska and Robet Łaguniak as Polish Violin Duo (winners of the last year's International Polish Music Competition), Magdalena Molendowska (soprano), Julia Samojło, Jacek Tosik-Warszawiak and Grzegorz Mania (piano). The inaugural and one of the special concerts will be performed by the Extra Sounds Ensemble chamber orchestra under the direction of Alicja Śmietana. The second special concert will feature a string sextet performing an original arrangement of W.A.Mozart’s Requiem.

Admission to all events is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed programme is available at: http://spmk.com.pl/jesien/ 

Katowice | 30th International Festival of Young Laureates of Music Competitions

Festiwal Młodych

The 30th International Festival of Young Laureates of Music Competitions will be held on 4-25 October 2020. Due to the pandemic, the jubilee edition of the festival will take place only in Katowice and some concerts without the audience will be recorded and made available on the organizer's profiles on social media; live online coverage is also planned.

The inaugural concert will be held on 4 October in the concert hall of the City of Gardens. The Archetti Chamber Orchestra of the City of Jaworzna conducted by Maciej Tomasiewicz will premiere Przemysław Scheller's Concerto for harp and string orchestra. The piece was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the Institute of Music and Dance.

The next concerts will be held in the chamber hall of the City of Gardens, in the Municipal Community Centre "Koszutka" and in the chamber hall of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Concerts without the audience will be recorded in the Polish Radio Concert Studio, featuring Trio Legend, Polish Soloists String Orchestra, Marta Gawlas and Daria Kubik. The final concert of The Whoop Group saxophone quartet will take place on 25 October in the concert hall of the City of Gardens. The programme under the title "Crimes" will include original arrangements of classical music hits and contemporary compositions.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Additional information at: http://miasto-ogrodow.eu/ 

Polish Viola Symposium online – free workshops!


The "Zdolni do wszystego" Artists' Association invites you to participate in the Polish Viola Symposium on 1-7 October 2020. Young musicians will have an opportunity to meet online with world-renowned violinists as well as gain inspiration and knowledge for their future creative projects.

Free workshops will be conducted by such famous artists as Paul Neubauer (The Juilliard School, USA), Maxim Rysanov (Great Britain / Ukraine), Isabel Villanueva (La Escuela Superior de Música de Alto Rendimiento / ESMAR /, Spain), Irena Albrecht (former teacher of the Gdańsk Academy of Music), Lech Bałaban (Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz), Ewa Guzowska (Academy of Music in Poznań), Piotr Furmańczyk (graduate of Hochschule für Musik Detmold), Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf and composer Kamil Cieślik (Academy of Music in Gdańsk). Recruitment and registration are obligatory only for workshop candidates.

The programme of the project also includes lectures, talks, Q&A and a concert of participants, featuring the world premiere of a piece composed by Kamil Cieślik especially for this event.

The deadline for applications is 29 September 2020 at 11.59 p.m.

Co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Recruitment and registration at: https://polishviolasymposium.pl/ 

Katowice | Charity Concert "NOSPR plays for Tosia"

NOSPRA special charity concert performed by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra will take place at the NOSPR concert hall in Katowice on 4 October 2020 at 5.00 p.m.

All proceeds from the tickets will be donated to the treatment of 11-year-old Antonina Laburda, who was diagnosed in May this year with aplastic anemia, a dangerous disease that requires long-term and difficult therapy. Tosia is the daughter of two NOSPR musicians, Katarzyna and Patryk Laburda, and the concert is a gesture of support from their orchestra colleagues.

The NOSPR chamber orchestra will perform under the direction of Piotr Tarcholik. The programme will include the first movement of the Suite in the old style "From Holberg's Time" by Edvard Grieg, the second movement of the String sextet in D minor "Souvenir de Florence" by Piotr Tchaikovsky, Partita in E-flat major by Johann Nepomuk Hummel, The Dargason from St Paul's Suite by Gustav Holst, two movements from Symphony in A major KV 201 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as well as Serenade, Op. 2 for string orchestra by Mieczysław Karłowicz.

One can also support Tosia's treatment by making an individual donation through the Iskierka Foundation.

More information: https://fundacjaiskierka.pl/podopieczni/antonina-laburda/ 

Licheń | Concert of the Licheń Basilica Choir

LichenWolfgang Amadeus Mozart, César Franck and Henryk Jan Botor are just some of the composers whose works will be performed by the Licheń Basilica Choir in its first concert of the season. The event entitled "Stabat Mater" will take place after 12.00 p.m. mass, on Sunday, 4 October 2020 in the Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń.

The "Stabat Mater" Choir conducted by Jacek Hyżny will perform together with the soloists: Anita Furgol-Kownacka (soprano) and Ewa Budzińska (soprano), as well as the organist Andrzej Chorosiński, professor of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

The programme will include Panis angelicus from Messe à troi voix, Op. 12 by César Franck, Ave verum corpus by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as well as Stabat Mater –  a title work by the Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály, composed to the words of the 13th-century Lenten sequence. Contemporary music will be represented by Andrew Lloyd Webber's Pie Jesu from Requiem, Henryk Jan Botor's Deus Caritas est and Norbert Blacha's Prayer for Peace.

The choir will be accompanied on the great organ of the Licheń Basilica by the creator of its sound concept, professor Andrzej Chorosiński. The former rector of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music will also present instrumental works: César Franck's Andantino in G minor and Théodore Dubois' Toccata in G major.

The concert will be broadcast on the Licheń Basilica website www.lichen.pl, its Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Wrocław | "Music of the Night"

NFMThe NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra will inaugurate its artistic season with a concert entitled "Music of the Night" on 3 October 2020 at 6.00 p.m. We will hear works by three composers of different eras: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonín Dvořák and Krzysztof Penderecki.

The evening will begin with Mozart's Serenade in G major KV 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik", one of the most popular examples of music commonly referred to as "classical". Then we will listen to Penderecki's Sinfonietta per archi, dedicated to the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra in Warsaw. This five-movement piece is an expression of the idea of solo and collective music-making derived from concerti grossi of the 17th and 18th centuries. The finale will feature Dvořák's Serenade for Strings in E major, one of the most popular pieces of this Czech composer. The work has a light, carefree character, and is characterized by the unusual beauty of the melody.

More information athttps://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/ 

Katowice | 10th Transatlantyk Festival


The 10th anniversary edition of the Transatlantyk Festival will take place on 1-8 October 2020 in Katowice. Outstanding world cinema and music, legendary and young artists, representatives of all film and music professions, hundreds of screenings, as well as numerous music and discursive events await the audience during this year's edition.

The programme of the Transatlantyk Festival – a recognized international new generation festival – is based on three pillars: film, music and education. The music programme includes inauguration and closing galas and a composition competition.

The inaugural concert "The Best of Jan A.P. Kaczmarek" will be performed by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of the renowned conductor Monika Wolińska and the world-famous soprano singer Iwona Sobotka. Music lovers and cinema fans will listen to the most popular compositions by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, including excerpts from such concert works as Emigra – The Neverending Symphony, Silesian Rhapsody, Universa – Open Opera, as well as works composed for the films Total Eclipse, Washington Square, Unfaithful, Hatchi, and finally Finding Neverland, which brought the composer an Oscar. During the Closing Gala, we will know the winners of the Transatlantyk Instant Composition Contest ™ – the world's only instant composition competition. Applications for this year's edition of the competition are accepted until 2 October.

Full programme is available athttps://www.transatlantyk.org/ 

Message on the International Day of Music

Irena SantorEvery year the Institute of Music and Dance announces a special message for the International Music Day celebrated on 1 October. The author of this year's message is Mrs Irena Santor.

"I feel intimidated by the invitation to speak very intimately. What is music to me? So far I have not been able to define this feeling, because for me music is first, or maybe most of all, a feeling.

We bring feelings, sensations, and sensitivity to the world with us, when we are born, so we are born with music, with musicality (...)"

Full text is available athttps://imit.org.pl/programy/departament-muzyki/4484