2023 Szymanowski Music Festival in Zakopane

This year, the 46th edition of the Karol Szymanowski Music Festival takes place in Zakopane from July 21-30, 2023. The theme of the festival is “the past and present of emigration.” The inaugural concert will feature the New Music Orchestra, conducted by Anna Sułkowska-Migoń. They will premier the piece Kołomyjki by the Ukrainian composer Bogdan…Continue Reading 2023 Szymanowski Music Festival in Zakopane

Magdelena Fillipczak Carnegie Hall Debut

Award-winning Polish violinist Magdalena Filipczak makes her Carnegie Hall debut on Tuesday, May 30 at 8pm in Weill Recital Hall. The program is inspired by the fantasy motif, including Phantasies by Schubert, Wieniawski and Schönberg. Filipczak showcases selections from her debut album Essence of Violin –including works by Lutosławski, Britten, and Saint-Saëns/Ysaÿe. Filipczak will also…Continue Reading Magdelena Fillipczak Carnegie Hall Debut

Elżbieta Sikora: French and World Premieres

On March 26, audiences in Paris will hear Liquid Air by Elżbieta Sikora. Composed in 2021 and commissioned by the Warsaw Autumn Festival, Liquid Air will be performed in its French premiere by Orchester Pasdeloup under the baton of Marzena Diakun. More information and tickets are available at concertspasdeloup.fr. Three weeks later, on April 19,…Continue Reading Elżbieta Sikora: French and World Premieres

Ptaszyńska at PMC & in the Headlines!

Major Gift of Manuscripts and Published Scores Just a few weeks ago, the Polish Music Center received another priceless donation of manuscripts and various other published materials from our longtime friend and the 2005 Paderewski Lecturer, Marta Ptaszyńska. The large donation of mostly oversized items was graciously conveyed to PMC Director Marek Zebrowski at the…Continue Reading Ptaszyńska at PMC & in the Headlines!

Penderecki’s ‘Fedra’ Opera Premiere

On February 17-18, ensembles of the Warsaw Philharmonic performed the music of Krzysztof Penderecki and César Franck, conducted by Jurek Dybał. In the first half, excerpts from an unfinished opera by Penderecki titled Freda were given their world premiere. The composer began working on Freda with text by Jean-Baptiste Racine, but did not complete the…Continue Reading Penderecki’s ‘Fedra’ Opera Premiere

Ryszard Gabryś 80th Birthday Celebration & Premieres

On November 26, the Polish Composers Union (ZKP) held a concert in celebration of the 80th birthday of former vice president of the Katowice branch of the union—composer, educator, publicist and musical organizer, Ryszard Gabryś. Entitled ‘Camerata to the Composer,’ the concert was performed by Camerata Silesia in the chamber hall of NOSPR in Katowice….Continue Reading Ryszard Gabryś 80th Birthday Celebration & Premieres

Ryterband in Łódź: Independence Day Premiere & Beyond

On Friday November 11, the Łódź Philharmonic hosted a very special, all-Polish Independence Day concert. The program began with the world premiere of three movements of the orchestral version of Roman Ryterband’s Suite Polonaise: IV. Kołomyjka, V. Zbójnicki, X. Oberek. The program also included Ignacy Jan Paderewski’s Piano Concerto and Zygmunt Noskowski’s Symphony No. 2….Continue Reading Ryterband in Łódź: Independence Day Premiere & Beyond

World Premiere of Psalm No. 5 by Roman Palester

On October 28 at the Youth Palace in Tarnów, a concert inaugurating the 11th edition of the Beethoven Academy Orchestra‘s original cycle entitled ‘Jeszcze Polska Muzyka’ was held. The main purpose of this concert series is to explore unknown masterpieces of Polish symphonic music. Artists from the Beethoven Academy Orchestra, the renowned Polish Radio Choir,…Continue Reading World Premiere of Psalm No. 5 by Roman Palester

Fabiańska-Jelińska Premiere in Zielona Góra

On October 7, 2022, the Zielona Góra Philharmonic performed the premiere of Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska‘s Suite for trombone quartet and symphony orchestra. This piece was created as part of the ‘Composers’ Commissions’ program of the National Institute of Music and Dance, funded by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage ‘Culture Promotion Fund.’ The Suite is…Continue Reading Fabiańska-Jelińska Premiere in Zielona Góra

Taube PMC Digital Archive has launched!

(L-R): Consul General Jarosław Łasiński, PMC Director Marek Zebrowski, Dianne and Tad Taube, Executive Director Shana Penn of Taube Philanthropies, and Thornton Dean Robert Cutietta.Shown at the California Dreamin’: Taube Celebration at USC on March 26, 2022 In late 2019, the Polish Music Center received a transformational $2 million gift from Dianne and Tad Taube of…Continue Reading Taube PMC Digital Archive has launched!