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"Stars with Sinfonietta" – John Axelrod PDF Print E-mail

John Axelrod i Sinfonietta CracoviaSinfonietta Cracovia under the baton of John Axelrod will perform compositions by Stravinsky, Kilar, Lutosławski and Kodály on February 5, 2016 in the Siemiradzki Hall of the Gallery of 19th-century Polish Art at Sukiennice in Krakow.

John Axelrod was Sinfonietta’s conductor-in-residence during the years 2001-2009. Under his baton the orchestra together with Camerata Silesia participated in the recording session of the BBC programme Holocaust; A Music Memorial Film from Auschwitz, having documented the performance of fragments of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's Symphony No. 3 given in the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. The programme received the International Emmy Award in 2005.
At present John Axelrod is the artistic director of the Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla and principal conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi.

Programme:
Igor Stravinsky - Apollon musagète
Zoltán Kodály - Dances of Galánta
Witold Lutosławski - Dance Preludes
Wojciech Kilar - Orawa

More information: www.sinfonietta.pl

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”Operetta” by Michał Dobrzyński in the Warsaw Chamber Opera PDF Print E-mail

OperetkaMichał Dobrzyński’s Operetta based on Witold Gombrowicz’s drama will be staged again in the Warsaw Chamber Opera. The performances, directed by Jerzy Lach and conducted by Przemysław Fiugajski, will be held on February 5 and 6, and May 18 and 19, 2016.

Operatic interpretation of the work that took Gombrowicz 15 years to complete gives the authors an opportunity to present a true drama - the enslavement of man in this day and age. Grotesque artfully blended with absurd will let the moment when frivolous giggles dissolve into painful laughter slip unnoticed. By using operetta's distinctive traits the performance conveys to the audience the destructive nature of the present-day reality. According to the authors’ intention, the play is a parody of parodies from behind which emerges a distorted view of the present. The minimalism and austerity of the stage design combined with flamboyant costumes succeed in focusing the attention of the audience on the characters who struggle to escape their confines.

As the director Jerzy Lach describes, "the realm of drama is being built on a contrast between the operetta seen as frivolity and thoughtlessness, and a story imbued with pathos, fear and pain that makes people resort to nudity, their only vague hope".

Source: www.operakameralna.pl

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Compositions by Maciej Małecki and Marcin Gumiela performed in Kielce PDF Print E-mail

Tomasz StrahlOn February 5, 2016 the Świętokrzyska Philharmonic will host a concert Colours of Romanticism performed by cellist Tomasz Strahl and Świętokrzyska Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under Wojciech Pławner.

Programme:
Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński – Overture to opera Monbar, or the Filibusters, Op. 30
Marcin Gumiela – Concerto for cello, orchestra and electronics
Maciej MałeckiConcertino for cello and symphony orchestra
Antonín Dvořák – Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

Performers:
Tomasz Strahl - cello
Marcin Gumiela, Kamil Kęska – electronic layer and live electronics
Świętokrzyska Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Wojciech Pławner - conductor

Tickets available at: www.filharmonia.kielce.com.pl

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”La Folle Journée” in France PDF Print E-mail

La Nature"Nature" is the theme of the 22nd edition of "La Folle Journée" Festival. One of the greatest festivals in the world popularising classical music will be held in France between January 29 and February 7, 2016. Sinfonia Varsovia and the Polish Chamber Orchestra will perform 27 concerts in the Pays de la Loire region and Nantes.

The French edition of the international "La Folle Journée" Festival traditionally began in the Pays de la Loire region (January 29-31). This year, the festival is hosted by 11 cities, with Sinfonia Varsovia and the Polish Chamber Orchestra performing in 8: La Roche-sur-Yon, Cholet, Saumur, Saint Nazaire, Sablé-sur-Sarthe, Challans, Laval and La Flèche. Next, from 3 to 7 February, Nantes will host more than 300 concerts, conferences and educational workshops.
Together with violinist Sayaka Shoji the Polish Chamber Orchestra will perform, among others, Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, also playing the recomposed version by Max Richter. Sinfonia Varsovia’s repertoire will include such works as Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Pablo Casals’ Song of the Birds, Justin Heinrich Knecht’s Portrait musical de la nature, Joseph Haydn’s oratorio The Creation, symphonic poems: Bedřich Smetana’s Vltava and From Bohemia’s Woods and Fields, Zygmunt Noskowski’s The Steppe, Isao Matsushita’s concerto for percussion and orchestra Hi-Ten-Yu (featuring soloist Eitetsu Hayashi) and Karol Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 1 played by Anna Maria Staśkiewicz. The Orchestra will be conducted by Grzegorz Nowak, Robert Trevino,Daniel Reuss and Lio Kuokman.

Selected concerts will be broadcast by the French ARTE television channel.

Subsequent editions of this international event will be held in Japan, Russia and Poland.

Source: www.sinfoniavarsovia.org

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Carillon Workshops in Gdańsk PDF Print E-mail

Fontannie bije ten dzwonOrganizers of the Composition Competition for solo carillon work invite both musicians and amateurs to participate in the 2nd carillon workshops led by Monika Kaźmierczak on February 6, 2016 at 1.30 pm in St. Catherine’s Church (Museum of Tower Clocks, 10 Wielkie Młyny St.) in Gdańsk.

Admission is free, however making a reservation is required ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; deadline: February 4, 2016).

The workshops are the fringe event of the Composition Competition for solo carillon work which will serve as musical illustration for Hevelius Fountain in Gdańsk and should be suitable for performance on carillon at St. Catherine’s Church in Gdańsk (both for manual and automatic play). The competition is open to Polish composers. Applicants may enter more than one composition. Closing date: March 21, 2016

Organizers: City of Gdańsk, Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, GIWK (Gdańsk Water and Wastewater Infrastructure), Historical Museum of the City of Gdańsk and Polish Carillon Society.

Media patronage: ISAK.pl

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Oratorio ”Peregrinus” in Gromnik and Ciężkowice PDF Print E-mail

Oratorium PeregrinusOratorio Peregrinus written by Dariusz Swoszowski to the text by Ryszard Ostrowski will be performed again on February 6 and 7, 2016 in Gromnik (St. Mary’s Church) and Ciężkowice (Church of the Merciful Jesus and St. Andrew the Apostle).

The composition will be interpreted by over 200 musicians conducted by Waldemar Groń, including students and teachers of the Primary Music School in Domosławice, Jurkowski Chamber Choir (dir. by Aleksandra Bośković-Róża), solists Magda Niedbała, Ewelina Szybilska, and Anna Wilk, organist Iwona Karwacka, and narrator Jacek Wojnicki. The work was premiered in November 2015.

Organizers: Primary Music School in Domosławice, Gromnik and Ciężkowice Commune.

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Recording (live in Lusławice): YouTube

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Sinfonietta in Pink PDF Print E-mail

Sinfonietta na różowoBaltic Neopolis Orchestra’s first concert of the cycle titled Great Concertmasters in 2016 will be held on February 6 in the Trafo Center for Contemporary Art (4 Św. Ducha St.) under the title Sinfonietta in Pink. The ensemble will be led by Tomasz Tomasewski – violinist of the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Tomasz Tomaszewski is a professor at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and the first concertmaster of the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. Having completed studies at the Academy of Music in Warsaw, he continued his education in Leningrad and Freiburg. For many years he has been engaged in artistic activity as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor, performing concerts all over the world. He made several recordings for record labels in Poland, Germany and Japan. He is the founder and artistic director of the orchestra Kammersolisten der Deutschen Oper Berlin and Silesian Summer Music Festival. As a valued educator he is frequently invited to sit on the the juries of music competitions.

Performers:
Tomasz Tomaszewski- violin
Baltic Neopolis Orchestra

Programme:
Andrzej Panufnik - Violin Concerto
Paweł Łukaszewski - Sinfonietta
Pyotr Tchaikovsky - Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70

More information: www.balticneopolis.pl 

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Prolonged registration for the International Cochran Piano e-Competition PDF Print E-mail

Cochran Piano e-Competition 2016The organizers of the International Cochran Piano e-Competition decided to extended the registration deadline until February 29, 2016.

Similarly to the previous edition, the formula of Competition will be semi-monographic – participants will be asked to present a recital featuring compositions by Julian Cochran and freely chosen pieces by other composers.The main prize for the winner of the International Cochran Piano e-Competition 2016 is the recording of a solo album. The laureate will receive 200 copies of the album and perform a series of concerts promoting the CD, as well as obtain professional support programme that includes strategy career planning (presentation and communication coaching sessions, assistance in creating personal branding identity adjusted to a winner needs and long term goals).

The Jury of the International Cochran Piano e-Competition 2016 will comprise of esteemed pianists, authorities on piano pedagogy, and outstanding musicians of international renown, including Krzysztof Jabłoński (Poland), Kevin Kenner (USA), Károly Mocsári (Hungary) and Gil Sullivan (Australia).

More information: www.cochranpianocompetition.com  

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Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe - Scholarship Competition 2016 PDF Print E-mail

Konkurs YAMAHA 2016The final selection for the YMFE-Scholarship Competition in the "string instruments" category will be held on February 8, 2016 in the Stefan Stuligrosz Hall at the Academy of Music in Poznań (10.00 am-12.30 pm and 1.30-3.45 pm). The results will be announced at 5.00 pm, while the laureates’ concert will begin at 6.00 pm.

Presentations of the pre-selected candidates will be evaluated by the jury:
prof. Łukasz Błaszczyk (Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź)
prof. Mariusz Derewecki (Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań)
prof. Zdzisław Łapiński (Academy of Music in Krakow)
prof. Piotr Reichert (Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw)
prof. Leszek Sokołowski (Białystok Campus of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw).

The Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe (YMFE) is a European non-profit making charity that – above all – is dedicated to supporting talented music students in Europe. Since 1990, YMFE has awarded scholarships worth more than 1 million EUR to over 900 outstanding young musicians all over Europe in various disciplines including brass and/or woodwind, piano, strings, percussion and vocal.

The YMFE-Scholarship Competition is open to full-time music students of any nationality not older than 25 years at the time of the application. Each Scholarship has a value of 1.000,00 EUR to 2.000,00 EUR, depending on the country where the applicant is studying. The Scholarship covers one year and the money may be used for any purpose related to the advancement of studies. The basis for this evaluation is an initial round from a recorded performance, followed by a live performance at the final selection. Selection Committees comprising senior figures from the world of music will select the most suitable applicants.

Source: www.europe.yamaha.com

More information:
www.amuz.edu.pl

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