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Opole Tunes up for Song Festival
May 28, 2008   
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The southern city of Opole is readying for the 45th annual Polish Song Festival, a major music event that will feature a host of Polish pop stars from June 13 to 15.

Held in the local open-air theater, this year's festival will kick off Friday, June 13, with a recital by one of the festival's icons, Maryla Rodowicz. The singer, who has taken part in 30 festivals in Opole, has prepared a special show this year during which she will sing her hits together with the audience.

Friday night will also see the Premieres concert that will feature prominent Polish musicians-including bands such as De Presse, Leszcze, Wilki, and Zakopower-performing their newest songs specially prepared for the festival and competing for the event's top prize.

The night will end with the Debuts concert by young performers vying for the Anna Jantar Award, named after the famous Polish pop singer who died in a plane crash in 1980. The concert aims to promote musicians who have not yet released an album. They have been chosen in a two-stage selection process by public television station TVP. This year, each young musician will perform a song by Wojciech M³ynarski, a top Polish composer and lyricist.

The next day, Saturday, June 14, will open with a recital by Beata Kozidrak and the Bajm band marking their 30 years in the show business. Their career started at Opole.

Another event that day will be the Superjedynki concert that will sum up the past year on the Polish music scene. The debut, album, band, hit and singer of the year will be selected, with three finalists in each category this year.

On Saturday night there will also be a show of the country's best comedians, including groups such as Ani Mru Mru and Elita.

Sunday, June 15, will see a recital by Edyta Górniak, a pop star who jump-started her career at Opole in 1989.

The festival will close with a "surprise" concert headlined Dobre, bo (O)polskie, a retrospective of the festival's 45 years accompanied by comments and anecdotes connected with the event.

All the festival concerts can be watched live on TVPl and TV Polonia, with live internet broadcasts on opole2008.tvp.pl.

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