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Tokyo | Marek Bracha „heritance: radiating piano”

Heritance piano

On 25-26  November 2019, the TO-ON Concert Hall In Tokyo will host a presentation of the pianist Marek Bracha's original project "heritance: radiating piano", co-financed by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

The project "heritance: radiating piano" explores the influence of traditional music in Polish and Japanese piano literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. The phenomenon of the transposition of traditional Polish dances (polonaise, mazurka) into classical music in the works of Fryderyk Chopin, Mieczysław Weinberg and Karol Szymanowski is analyzed comparatively with the stylization of the Bugaku dance, one of the genres of the traditional Gagaku style, in the work of the outstanding Japanese composer Yoritsune Matsudaira (1907–2001) .

The project will also feature a conference devoted to interpretation problems in Polish and Japanese piano literature, organised in cooperation with Tokyo Piano Teachers' National Associatiation. The lectures will be accompanied by a recital by pianist Marek Bracha, featuring works by Fryderyk Chopin, Tadeusz Kościuszko, Maria Szymanowska, Józef Wieniawski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski, Aleksander Tansman, Tadeusz Kassern, Władysław Szpilman, Mieczysław Weinberg, and Yoritsune Matsudaira. Marek Bracha will also lead master classes with the participation of young Japanese pianists aimed at familiarizing the idiom of Polish national dances and building long-term cooperation.

The project, organized by the "Sfera Harmonii" Foundation, is financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage under the Multiannual Program NIEPODLEGŁA for 2017-2022, as part of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute's grant programme "Cultural bridges".

Media patronage: Polish Music information Centre POLMIC.

Katowice | Concert of laureates of the 4th ATMA Polish National Competition for Musical Personalities


The laureates of the 4th ATMA Polish National Competition for Musical Personalities will perform on 25 November at 7.30 p.m. in the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice.

By the jury's decision, Paweł Wojciechowski, a 16-year-old pianist from Warsaw, became the winner of this year's, 4th edition of the ATMA Polish National Competition for Musical Personalities. He is a student of Joanna Ławrynowicz at the enon Brzewski Secondary Music School in Warsaw. The laureate of the Competition can not only enjoy financial prizes (PLN 5,000 and the Schimmel Pianos award – PLN 5,000), but above all he is honored with the opportunity to appear as a soloist with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra at its headquarters in Katowice. The other finalists also received the NOSPR Award of Ewa Bogusz-Moore – they will all perform at the headquarters of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice during chamber concerts.

The upcoming concert will feature Wojciech Niedziółka, Jakub Staszel and Jan Widlarz who will present a programme composed of works by Fryderyk Chopin, Henryk Wieniawski and Krzysztof Penderecki.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.nospr.org.pl/ 

Katowice | Multimedia Organ Evening


The Silesian Philharmonic invites you to a Multimedia Organ Evening, which will take the audience to an unusual journey deep into the mechanism of the organs. The concert will take place on 24 November 2019 at 5 p.m., featuring two premieres.

Jan Bokszczanin, an excellent organist, interpreter and researcher of Russian and Soviet organ music literature, will present works by Dmitry Shostakovich, Sergei Rachmaninov, Sofia Gubajdulina, Georgi Muschel, Eduard Khagagortyan as well as premieres of new composistions by Jarosław Mamczarski and Aleksander Nowak. The organist will perform together with the Silesian Philharmonic Choir under the baton of Jarosław Wolanin. The programme will also include Aleksander Lasoń's Benedictus for mixed choir a cappella, the composer's only work for such ensemble.

The concert will take place as part of the 7th International Days of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki "ReGenerations". The project is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Music" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu 

Katowice | New Music Orchestra: First Performances


The New Music Orchestra will premiere the latest works by Polish composers during the concert on 24 November 2019 at 6 p.m. in the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice.

Founded in 1996, the New Music Orchestra is the oldest Polish ensemble specialising in contemporary music performance, with intense activity now spanning over 20 years. Working first under the direction of the ensemble’s founder Aleksander Lasoń, and since 2006 under Artistic Director Szymon Bywalec, the OMN has gradually morphed from a group of enthusiastic students into a professional ensemble able to tackle the most complex scores. The orchestra premiered over 150 works at Polish and international festivals. Since 2014, the OMN runs its own concert cycle at the NOSPR orchestra seat in Katowice. 

The programme of the upcoming concert will include first performances of Marcin Rupociński's  Sensitivity for chamber orchestra and video, Mateusz Ryczek's Cello Concerto (‘Apparitions’), and Aleksander Lasoń's Metta. Sinfonia concertante No. 2 for bassethorn, bass clarinet and chamber orchestra. The works by Marcin Rupociński and Aleksander Lasoń were created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance. The orchestra will be accompanied by outstanding soloists specializing in contemporary music performance: Roman Widaszek (basethorn), Jadwiga Czarkowska (bass clarinet) and Tomasz Skweres (cello).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://www.nospr.org.pl/ 

Warszaw | International Organ Concerts 2019


The Collegiate Church of the Evangelical Reformed Parish in Warsaw cordially invites you to the Evangelical Reformed Church for a cycle of organ recitals on the historic organs of the Schlag und Söhne company from 1900.

This wonderfully renovated historic instrument is used not only during the Sunday liturgy. Its beautiful and warm sound can be admired also during organ recitals, which are held on the fourth Sunday of every month of 2019 at 7.00 p.m. (exceptionally on the third Sunday of December). During the tenth jubilee edition, outstanding musicians from six European countries will perform: Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Greece, Italy and Poland. The artistic director of the festival is Michał Markuszewski.

Admission to all concerts is free,

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.festiwal.reformowani.pl

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Warsaw | Concert on the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Mieczysław Weinberg

WajnbergA symphony concert on the 100th anniversary of Mieczysław Wajnberg's birth will take place on 23 November 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Warsaw Philharmonic.

Written eighty years ago, Dmitry Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 6 is one of the most original pieces in this genre in the composer’s oeuvre. It is also one of the shortest. It lasts a mere half an hour and, similarly to the Second, the Third and subsequently the Ninth, it is blessed with an unusual architecture: a huge Largo followed by two fast movements: Allegro and Presto. The political situation was not conducive to a positive reception of the piece, and Shostakovich was accused of not being sufficiently “committed”. After all, the author of Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District had announced that he was working on a grand thanksgiving symphony in honour of Lenin, featuring solo singers and a choir, but of course, he never wrote it. Instead, he composed a monumental fresco in the spirit of Mahler with an almost vulgar and only superficially optimistic finale seemingly artificially tagged on to the end.

In the year that Shostakovich completed his Symphony No. 6, twenty-year-old Mieczysław Weinberg graduated in piano from the Warsaw Conservatoire and started composing his first pieces. It was then that he began his flight to the east – first to Minsk and then to Tashkent (where he met Dmitry Shostakovich) and finally to Moscow in 1943, where he settled for good. Of the dozen works he produced for solo instrument and orchestra, it is his Violin Concerto from 1960 that has recently won an influential group of admirers headed by Gidon Kremer keen to promote it in the concert world. One truly indefatigable champion of Weinberg’s music in Poland is Gabriel Chmura, who at this special concert will conduct the four-movement Sinfonietta No. 1 from 1948, a work suffused with Jewish folklore.

Piotr Maculewicz

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.pl/koncerty-i-bilety/repertuar/koncert-symfoniczny227 

Warsaw | Academic and Artistic Conference "Polish Cello Sonata"


The 1st National Academic and Artistic Conference devoted to Polish Cello Sonata will take place on 23 and 24 November 2019 at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music on the initiative of the Dean of the Instrumental Department, Professor Tomasz Strahl.

The conference’s aim is to familiarize participants with the repertoire of cello sonatas written by Polish composers through the lectures given by outstanding cellists, representing the largest music centers in Poland: Tomasz Strahl, Andrzej Wróbel, Piotr Hausenplas, Tadeusz Samerek, Renata Marzec, Stanisław Firlej, Urszula Marciniec-Mazur. The presentations will be held on Saturday (23 November) from 11 am. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday (24 November) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The second day of the conference will feature a concert at the Henryk Melcer Chamber Hall at 6 p.m. The programme will include the discussed cello sonatas by Fryderyk Chopin, Mieczysław Weinberg, Halina Krzyżanowska and Ludomir Różycki.

Full programme available athttp://www.chopin.edu.pl/pl/2019/10/polska-sonata-wiolonczelowa 

Poznań | 4th "Światłodźwięki" Audiovisual Art Festival


The 4th edition of the Festival of Audiovisual Art "Światłodźwięki" will take place on 22-24 November 2019 in Poznań, presenting the most important works of the European and native artists which combine visuality and music.

"Światłodźwięki" are concerts, jam sessions, and above all lectures and presentations in Polish and English, during which artists, musicians and scientists will talk about the latest trends in European art and different combinations of art, computer science and architecture. The list of speakers include Florence To – British media artist, Ireneusz Gawlik – programmer from AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków, Slavo Krekovič – musicologist and artist from Slovakia, Lubomir Slovinsky – Slovak designer and digital artist and legendary Thomas Köner from Germany, known among others from recordings of the sounds of Arctic glaciers. The Festival will also feature such Polish artists as Patryk Piłasiewicz and Jarosław Majewski (double bass), Martyna Kabulska and Paweł Ernst (violin), Piotr Mełech (clarinet), Jacek Buhl (drums), Jakub Królikowski (electronics), Jagoda Chalcińska, Barbara Żach and Paweł Krupski (light and projections).

Admision to all festival events is free and does not require prior reservation. The festival is co-financed by the Poznań City Hall.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information atwww.swiatlodzwieki.pl and https://www.facebook.com/

Gdańsk | 1st National Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition

Konkurs Moniuszki

The 1st National Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition for students and graduates of second-degree music schools and academies will take place on 21-24 November 2019 at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk.

The competition is organised by the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk and the Grand Theater – National Opera on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko (1819-1872) – the father of Polish national opera, one of the most important Polish composers. It is one of the most important events of the Polish celebration of the Moniuszko Year 2019. The Director of the competition is Professor Ryszard Minkiewicz, vocal pedagogue at the Faculty of Vocal Music and Vice Rector for Artistic Affairs of the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk.

The competition aims to promote the works of Stanisław Moniuszko, support talented vocalists of the young generation and prepare them for artistic activity. It also supports dissemination of Polish culture, promotion of the Pomeranian Region and Voivodship and exchange of experience. Nearly 50 vocalists from all over Poland applied for the Competition. Young vocalists will be judged by a jury composed of: Prof. Bożena Betley, Prof. Izabela Kłosińska, Prof. Agata Młynarska-Klonowska, Prof. Ryszard Karczykowski and Prof. Piotr Kusiewicz.

The competition is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Admission to all competition events (auditions of the first and second stage, Award Gala, Laureates' Concert) in the Concert Hall in the yellow building of the Academy of Music in Gdańsk is free! In addition, the entire Competition will be broadcast online.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Harmonogram Konkursu jest na bieżąco aktualizowany na: http://konkurswokalny.amuz.gda.pl/harmonogram-konkursu/ 

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