WORLD PREMIERE FOR PTASZYŃSKA
On June 4th at 1:00 pm, the world premiere of Marta Ptaszyńska's new solo viola piece, Elegia in Memoriam John Paul II will take place at the 33rd International Viola Congress in Reykjavik, Iceland. The Congress takes place from June 2nd through June 5th, and will feature master classes and performances with some of the world's leading violists. The premiere will take place as part of a program dedicated to "The Diversity of the Viola" at the Culture House in Reykjavik.
The American premiere of "Elegia in Memoriam John Paul II" will be hosted by the Polish Music Center at USC during the annual Paderewski Lecture/Recital on October 14th, 2005. It will be played by USC's own Lauren Chipman, a member of the Armstrong Quartet, who played on the Zarębski Piano Quartet at the PMC's last concert.
PENDERECKI WORLD PREMIERE
June 19 & 20 (11:00 am and 7:30 pm, respectively): The Vienna Philharmonic will give the World Premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki's Largo for Cello and Orchestra. This piece was a commission of the Society of the Friends of Music in Vienna. The performance will take place at the Musikverein, which is the home of the Viennese Friends of Music. Seiji Ozawa, conductor and Mstislav Rostropovich, cello.
June 26 & 27 (8:00 pm): The Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra will give the World Premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki's Symphony No. 8: Lieder der Vergänglichkeit. This piece was a commission of the Minister of Culture, Higher Learning, and Research of Luxembourg. The performance will take place Grand Auditorium, featuring Olga Pasichnyk (soprano), Agnieszka Rehlis (mezzo-soprano), Wojtek Drabowicz (baritone) and the EuropaChorAkademie. Bramwell Tovey, conductor.
3-4 June 2005
UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
The two-day international multi-disciplinary conference, organized each year by the New York-based Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America (PIASA), is co-sponsored and hosted this year by the Center of Russian and East European Studies, University of Pittsburgh (3959 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260). It is expected to attract over 300 scholars and students in the fields of Polish, East European, and Polish-American studies, with some twenty-four sessions and panels in various disciplines, including politics, literature, economics, history, music, art, the natural sciences, and ethnic studies.
The closing gala banquet at the nearby Wyndham Garden Hotel on June 4, in addition to opening remarks by PIASA President Piotr S. Wandycz and the presentation of the annual Dziewanowski Memorial Dissertation Award, will feature as guest speakers H. E. David Peleg, Ambassador of Israel to Poland, and the Honorable Agnieszka Magdziak-Miszewska, Consul General and Minister Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland. Chairman of the annual meeting is Dr. Thaddeus V. Gromada, Executive Director of PIASA.
For further information on the full program or advance registration, please visit the Polish Institute's website at www.piasa.org. Regarding availability, or for any other inquiries, please contact Dr. Gromada, Executive Director, the Polish Institute, 208 East 30th St., New York, NY 10016, call (212) 686-4164, fax (212) 545-1130, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America is a national academic organization dedicated to the advancement of knowledge in general and to the advancement of knowledge about Poland's intellectual and cultural heritage. The Institute's Library and Archives serve as a research center for the study of Poland and East Central Europe. Since 1956 the Polish Institute has published a scholarly journal, The Polish Review.
POLISH MUSIC THRIVES IN ARGENTINA
On December 23 2003, The Argentine-Polish Cultural Association was granted one hour per week on the Argentine National Radio of Classical Music to be dedicated to Polish composers and artists. Since then, 72 programs of Polish music have been presented, with repertoire ranging from o Wincenty z Kielc (AD 1260) to the latest available recordings of compositions by Wojciech Kilar (September Symphony) and Krzysztof Pendercki (Piano Concerto). Thanks to the support of the Polish Embassy in Argentina, the main provider of the recordings, the transmission of the program is assured for the coming months.
During May and June, the Decorative Arts Museum of Buenos Aires is presenting a conference organized by the Polish Embassy in Argentina. Polish art and military paraphernalia from private Argentinian collections will be displayed. Two dissertations on Polish music will be presented in conjunction with this exhibition: on June 15th, "Polish Contemporary Music" (Henryk Górecki, Krzysztof Penderecki, Pawel Lukaszewski and Wojciech Kilar) and on June 28th, comments and video projection of Stanislaw Monuszko's opera "Halka", recorded live by the Warsaw National Opera at Teatr Wileki, Warsaw. Both dissertations will be given by Mr. Andrew Jezierski, from the Argentine Polish Cultural Association.
PWM EDITION JUBILEE
In 2005, Poland's largest music publisher, PWM Edition, celebrates its 60th anniversary. On 6 April 1945, the director of the Music Department in the Ministry of Culture and Art, Mieczysław Drobner, authorized Tadeusz Ochlewski to establish a publishing house. Since that time the house has been open to many composers, writers, editors, members of editorial staff and, above all, large numbers of readers and music lovers. The following are some of the events that are taking place in conjunction with this anniversary
For more information on these events, please see the News section of www.pwm.com.pl.
- Solemn Opening of the Salon of PWM Edition (April 2005) - The PWM Edition Salon is intended to be a place where everyone will be able to become acquainted with the various spheres of the firm's activities, its history and its most important publishing projects.
- Solemn Mass (April 2005) - Commemoration of all the late composers, writers and workers of PWM Edition. The musical settings will consist of choral works by composers published by PWM Edition and performed by the Organum choir conducted by Bogusław Grzybek as well as the Musica Sacra choir conducted by Paweł Łukaszewski.
- Transfer of Musical Manuscripts (April 2005) - The musical manuscripts of Grażyna Bacewicz, Tadeusz Baird, Wojciech Łukaszewski, Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz, Roman Palester, Marta Ptaszyńska, Piotr Rytel, Michał Spisak, Michał Świrzyński, Kazimierz Sikorski and Romuald Twardowski, collected over the years by PWM Edition, will be transferred to the music department of the National Library in Warsaw, in combination with an exhibition and a short concert.
- Events Associated with the "Warsaw Autumn" (September 2005) - During the Warsaw Autumn 2005, PWM Edition will organize a Jubilee Concert devoted to Romuald Twardowski, who celebrates his 75th birthday this year.
- Solemn Jubilee Concert (10 November 2005, 7.30 pm, Cracow Philharmonic Hall) - The Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jan Krenz will present works of Polish composers associated with PWM Edition: Overture by Jan Krenz, Inverted Mountain by Marta Ptaszyńska, Pejrene by Zbigniew Bujarski, Ten Polish Dances by Witold Lutosławski and Symphony No. 1 by Feliks I. Dobrzyński.
The concert will, at the same time, mark the inauguration of the 1st Polish Music Festival.
- A jubilee calendar for 2005 and a promotional leaflet on PWM Edition have been published in Polish and English. A new website devoted to PWM Edition is being prepared as well as a complete catalogue of all PWM Edition publications since 1945. Work on the creation of the firm's electronic iconographic library is continuing.
POLISH COMPOSERS UNION: 60th ANNIVERSARY
The Związku Kompozytorów Polskich (ZKP, Polish Composers' Union) was created in 1945 in Krakow as a continuation of the Polish Composers Association, which was created in 1925. The Union brings together composers and musicologists who work in the field of Polish musical culture. The ZKP organizes concerts, conferences, festivals, expositions and competitions in addition to publishing music and research articles.
The celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the ZKP starts on 2 June 2005 in Warsaw's Zamek Krolewski. A special musical work has been commissioned by the ZKP for the occasion: Fanfara Jubileuszowa [Anniversary Fanfare] by Bartosz Kowalski-Banasewicz. On June 3rd, in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio, there will be a concert of compositions by the founders of the ZKP. A concert of 6 premiere works ordered especially for the 60th Anniversary of the Union is also being planned for November, as well as an edition of recordings spanning the 60 years of ZKP.
CONCERT TOUR OF MEI-TING SUN
In addition to monetary prizes and national recognition, the winner of the U.S. National Chopin Piano Competition is awarded a concert tour of prestigious venues. This year's winner, Mei-Ting Sun will be performing on the following dates in June (for a full listing of the 1st Prize Winner Concert Series, visit www.chopin.org/concert_tour.html).
- June 5, 2005
Chopin Society of Atlanta
770/663-0620 or email email@example.com
- June 11, 2005
Barboursville Vineyards - Barboursville, Virginia
540/832-3824 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- June 12, 2005
Winners Series by Smithsonian, Washington, DC
- June 13, 2005 at 8 pm
Carnegie/Weill Recital Hall, New York
CHOPIN COMPETITION FOR YOUNG PIANISTS
6 June 2005
The Annual San Francisco Chopin Competition for Young Pianists is open to pianists fifteen years old or younger, residing or studying in the San Francisco Bay Area. The winners of the competition will perform on Sunday, June 6, 2005 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
For more information and details, please visit www.infochopin.pl/en/wydarzenia.php/639/
. For information about the winners' concert, please call 415-474-2626 or 925-247-0894.
SUMMER FESTIVALS & MASTERCLASSES
JUNE FESTIVALS IN POLAND
Henryk Wars Film Festival in Łódz (8th Annual Łódz Film Festival): June 3rd to 5th. The is an annual celebration of the Polish contribution to film music. Each year focuses on a different composer, starting in 1995 with Wojciech Kilar. Concerts are performed in the evenings and films are screened during the day. This year's festival honors Henryk Wars and will feature the Polish Music Center's own Marek Żebrowski playing the Wars Piano Concerto with the Łódz Philharmonic.
15th International Festival of Sacred Music: May 19th to June 5th, Warsaw. Considered one of the most important festivals of its kind in the world, this festival was initiated in 1991 by Polish organist Przemyslaw Kapitula, with the intention to be a one time event to celebrate the 4th visit of the Pope John Paul II to Poland. But its success encouraged the organizers to repeat it every year. The goal of the festival is to present music relating to Christianity and other religions in a form that is the most approachable for the general public.
21st Organ Festival in Toruń: May 8th through June 19th. This year's festival it is dedicated to Pope John Paul II. The festival takes place in the St. John's Cathedral in Toruń and gives both the players and audience a chance to experience two different types of original instruments, from the Baroque and from the Romantic period.
1st Wrocław Film Music Festival: June 3rd to June 11th. The goal of the festival is to encourage the young audiences to come to concert halls and listen to classical music. Artistic director is Jan Latham-Koenig and Krzesimir Dębski will serve as both artistic director and conductor for some of the events. The audience will have a chance of hearing both Polish and international film music arrangements.
8th International Festival of Organ and Chamber Music - "Bach...but not only":
June 2nd until August 25 in Warsaw. Concerts will take place every Thursday in the Holy Trinity Church at the Malachowski Square. Inaugural concert will be performed by Ensemble de Narol with Tytus Wojnowicz as an artistic director. This ensemble specializes in performances of rarely performed Baroque chamber music.
13th Musical Meetings "Chanterelle Festival":
June 13th and 19th in Ostrów Wielkopolski. The special guest of the festival will be a composer Krzysztof Meyer. Among the performers are Wieniawski Quartet and The Sydney Consort.
7th International Festival of University Choirs "Universitas Cantat 2005": June 22nd to 25th in Poznań. The goal of this non-competitive event is to create an international forum for University choirs that will allow exchange and cooperation between schools in Europe and around the world. This festival is an opportunity to display the wealth of choral literature of the countries represented and to exchange of this repertoire.
15th Jewish Culture Festival in Kraków: June 25th to July 3rd. Considered one of the most important and largest events of its kind in the world. Shaped by outstanding figures in various fields of Jewish culture and art, the Festival has become a place where Jews and non-Jews from all over the world can meet, linked by shared values. For over a week, Kazimierz and Kraków resound with synagogue song, klezmer music, and Hasidic, classical, and Jewish folk music. www.jewishfestival.pl
For more information on these and other summer festivals, visit www.polmic.pl or www.culture.pl.
CHOPIN IN THE SUMMER
1st Warsaw Chopin Festival Lidia Grychtołówna - Piano Recital
12 - 19 June 2005
National Philharmonic - Warsaw, Poland
Kevin Kenner - Piano Recital
Ingrid Fliter - Piano Recital
Piano Recitals by the Winners of the Warsaw Chopin Society Scholarship Competition
Philippe Giusiano - Piano Recital
For more information or to see a schedule of events, visit www.chopin.pl or www.filharmonia.pl.
22nd Chopin Festival in Paris
18 June - 14 July 2005
Orangerie du parc de Bagatelle, Forest of Boulogne - Paris, France
This is a celebration of French and international artists playing the piano works of Chopin as well as other composers. Presented by the Société Chopin ŕ Paris.
For more information or to see a schedule of events, visit www.chopin.pl or www.frederic-chopin.com.
Summer concerts in Royal Łazienki Park and Żelazowa Wola
Concert season in Żelazowa Wola and Royal Łazienki Park lasts from May until the end of September. In Żelazowa Wola, during May, June and September, concerts are held only on Sundays at 11 am and 3 pm and feature renowned pianists, mainly winners of International Chopin Competitions. In July and August, recitals are also held on Saturday at 11 am. They are called "The Youth Stage" and feature young artists.
Concerts in Royal Łazienki Park take place at the monument of Frederick Chopin (pictured at right), created by Wacław Szymanowski. The most outstanding Polish pianists give their concerts in the picturesque scenes of the park every Sunday and holiday at 12 pm and 4 pm.
Concerts at Żelazowa Wola and Łazienki Park are managed by the Frederick Chopin Society in Warsaw. For a complete listing of artists, visit www.chopin.pl. For more information on these and other Chopin concerts around the world, visit www.infochopin.pl.
SUMMER MASTERCLASSES IN POLAND
The 5th Warsaw Music Gardens Festival will be enriched this year for the first time by the Summer Vocal Masterclasses. The workshop is for singers, students and teachers under 35 years of age. Workshops will take place at the F. Chopin Musical School in Warsaw (Bednarska Street 11), from July 18th to July 30th. Maestra Grace Bumbry, one of the great opera divas of the twentieth century and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, will lead the masterclasses. At the end of the course, on July 30th, "The Master and Her Disciples" gala concert will be held at the Warsaw's Royal Castle Concert Room, during which prizes and grants will be presented to the winning participants.
Singers interested in this unique opportunity should submit the following by 15 June 2005:
audio or video recording of two pieces
a short biographical note and a photograph
a filled-out application form
Send to the following address:
Andrzej Szwed, Szwed Impresariat Artystyczny
Borsucza Street 64, 05-807 Podkowa Lesna
phone: (+48 22) 758 96 49
The Summer Guitar Course will be held at the International House of Youth Meetings in Krzyżowa, nestled in the picturesque beauty of Lower Silisia. Guitar faculty includes: Tommy Emmanuel (Fingerstyle); Leszek Cichonski (Electric Guitar); Marcin Dylla, Krzysztof Pełech, and Pavel Steidl (Classical Guitar); Sławomir Dolata (Flamenco Guitar); Anna Mendak (Flamenco Dance); and David McDonald (Chamber Groups). Participants will be treated to stylish accommodations in modern hotel rooms and have use of excellent facilities.
For more information on the festival and a full listing of the faculty, visit www.pelech.art.pl/new.php?akcja=new.
To search for more masterclasses and festivals in Poland, visit www.polmic.pl/konferencje.php.