The Lublin Branch of the Polish Composers’ Union was formed in autumn 1989. It is, to date, the most recent regional structure of the prestigious and internationally recognized Union which is also esteemed for its eminent members: Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, or Wojciech Kilar, to name but a few. The members of the Lublin Branch are composers and musicologists from Lublin and the Lublin region, mainly those associated with the Art Department of the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University and the Institute of Musicology of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. The opening of the Lublin Branch had been preceded by the inauguration of a series of concerts entitled AKORD, in May 1988. The concerts, initiated by Mariusz Dubaj and Jerzy Kornowicz at the Lublin Philharmonic, have become a particular forum for new local music. The main idea of the series was to present creative achievements of local musicians and to harmonize different personalities, styles and manners of artistic expression. The concerts were organized in collaboration with the Lublin Philharmonic (1st edition, editions 3-10), the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (2nd and 12th edition) and the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (11th edition).
During the twelve editions of AKORD, including two symphonic and ten chamber editions (three times with participation of electronic instruments), over one hundred pieces (many of them - cyclic) by sixteen composers were performed. More than forty world premieres and numerous first performances took place in Lublin. Audiences heard works of such composers as : Weronika Aleksandra Markiewicz (1962-2003), Ewa Trębacz, Zbigniew Bargielski, Ton Bruynèl (Holland), Henryk Czyżewski, Krzesimir Dębski; clarinetists: Dariusz Dąbrowski, Andrzej Mazur, Andrzej Schab, Jacek Sribniak; saxophonists: Andrzej Rzymkowski; bassoonists: Piotr Dąbrowski, Wiesław Kaproń; trumpeters: Dariusz Lewandowski, Eugeniusz Saweczko; French horn players: Hipolit Dziaduszek, Zbigniew Trochimiuk; trombonists: Zdzisław Szymajda; tubists: Krzysztof Korżyński; percussionists: The Lublin Philharmonic Percussion Trio: Dominik Augustowski, Józef Maruszak (1st edition), Włodzimierz Sypniewski, Andrzej Zawisza; Clang Percussion Fusion (Warsaw): Barbara Skoczyńska, Cezary Konrad, Stanisław Skoczyński. The music was introduced by: Teresa Księska-Falger, Anna Krzyżanowska, Małgorzata Orłowska, Mariusz Dubaj, Stefan Münch.
In 1996, on the initiative of the Lublin Branch of the Polish Composers’ Union in collaboration with a local "Galeria na Prowincji” foundation, a piano recital by Jerzy Boń – a part of a “Chamber Music Masterpieces” series, was organized at the room of the Crown Tribunal. The programme included pieces by Henryk Czyżewski, Mariusz Dubaj, Andrzej Nikodemowicz as well as jazz standards by George Gershwin and Duke Ellington. The artist’s Lublin appearance was preceded by his performance in the room of Karol Namysłowski Peasant Orchestra (Polska Orkiestra Włościańska) in Zamość. Later that year, Jerzy Boń presented works of Lublin composers (H. Czyżewski, M. Dubaj, A. Nikodemowicz) at an international event entitled: “The 7th Silesian Days of Contemporary Music” in Katowice.
In 1998, the works of composers from Lublin (H. Czyżewski, M. Dubaj, M. Mazurek, and A. Nikodemowicz) were performed at the Lublin Philharmonic Hall during the 2nd Witold Lutosławski Forum of Contemporary Art. Polish Composers’ Union co-organized individual concerts of the composers: Andrzej Nikodemowicz at the Lublin Philharmonic Hall (a 75th Jubilee in the year 2000) and Mariusz Dubaj at St. Nicholas Chapel in Chełm (1995) and the Crown Tribunal in Lublin (promotion of the reconstructed version of “The Dąbrowski Mazurka” with the refrain elaborated by F. Chopin, released by The Polish Music Publishing House [PWM] in 1999). The concerts were organized with support of and subsidized by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Poland, the Managing Board of the Polish Composers’ Union in Warsaw under the direction of its presidents: Krzysztof Meyer, Andrzej Chodkowski, Maciej Małecki, Krzysztof Knittel and Jerzy Kornowicz; the Henryk Wieniawski Lublin Philharmonic and its directors: Adam Natanek, Agnieszka Kreiner, Teresa Księska-Falger, Leszek Hadrian and Mirosław Ziomek; Culture Department of the Lublin Voivodship Office and its director Józef Krzyżanowski, the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin and Vice-Rector Rev.Prof. Bolesław Bartkowski, Ph.D, Institute of Musicology director Prof. Antoni Zoła, Ph.D, the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin and its Rector Prof. Wiesław A. Kamieński, Ph.D and Vice-rector Prof. Jan Pomorski, Ph.D; Citizens Affairs Department of the Lublin City Office. The list of sponsors features, among others, “Iberopol" Lublin, Bank Depozytowo-Kredytowy S.A in Lublin, Wschodni Bank Cukrownictwa S.A. (Eastern Sugar Bank) in Lublin or WARTA S.A. Insurance and Reinsurance Company. Reviews of the concerts were published in nation-wide press “Ruch Muzyczny” (Joanna Biegalska, Anna Ignatowicz, Magdalena Mańkowska, Ewa Zarzycka, Stanisław Dąbek), “Nasz Dziennik" (Elżbieta Skrzypek), “AKCENT" quarterly (Ewa Zarzycka*), as well as local newspapers: “Dziennik Lubelski" and “Dziennik Wschodni" (Janusz Świąder), “Kurier Lubelski" (Magdalena Mańkowska, Joanna Biegalska), supplement of “Gazeta Wyborcza" in Lublin (Dorota Gonet, Iwona Karyszkowska), “Wiadomości Uniwersyteckie" of the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (Agata Kusto, Ewa Zarzycka), “Ziemia Krasnostawska" and “Tygodnik Chełmski" (Artur Nowosad), „Echo Krasnegostawu" (Katarzyna Machejus, Roman Żelazny). Radio Lublin S. A. provided media patronage of the events (a series of monographic broadcasts by Dorota Gonet i Bogumiła Nowicka). The concerts were also transmitted by the Polish Radio Channel 2 and by Lublin branch of the public Polish Television. Mariusz Dubaj was the person responsible for art and organizational development of the most editions. Graphic design of programmes and posters was prepared by Dorota Kurzątkowska-Hałasa. A special visual setting of the Concert Hall foyer accompanied the “AKORD I” concerts (Dobrosław Bagiński and Jan Gryka: Environment), “AKORD III" concerts (exhibition of lecturers of IWA - the Institute of Visual Arts Education of Maria Curie-Skłodowska University) and “ACORD X” (Jan Gryka: visual happening entitled Phrase).
The series of concerts AKORD” had its own pioneering monograph written by Ewa Zarzycka, Ph. D, entitled AKORD: Music Initiative of Lublin-based Composers – History and Overview, Postgraduate Cultural Studies, University of Economics and Innovation in Lublin, 2004. Previous editions of the AKORD concerts have been presented by Mariusz Dubaj in jubilee publications, one entitled New Decade. The Polish Composers’ Union 1995-2005, Warsaw 2006, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Polish Composers’ Union and The Artists of MCSU 2007, Lublin 2007, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Art Department of the Marie Curie-Skłodowska University. The Lublin cycle of AKORD concerts have been perceived as a significant platform for presenting contemporary music among such centres as Warsaw, Kraków, Katowice, Wrocław, or Poznań. It is obvious that all things new, however superb, are – by definition - accepted with reservations. It does not mean that organisational efforts and meticulous arrangements of next editions should be abandoned. Above all, in the field of contemporary music there is a chance for new and valuable compositions that will extend the scope of artistic achievements of Polish and world culture and promote the city of Lublin and the Lublin region.