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Warsaw | Conference: 'Warsaw Autumn' Festival – Its Role and Significance for the Musical Life of the Countries on Both Sides of the Iron Curtain (And after its Fall)

WJThe 4th conference in the 'Polish Music Abroad' series, organised by the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences, will be held on 16-17 September 2021 as part of the 64th 'Warsaw Autumn' Festival of Contemporary Music. This year, the conference will be devoted to the 'Warsaw Autumn' Festival – Its Role and Significance for the Musical Life of the Countries on Both Sides of the Iron Curtain (And after its Fall).

The aim of the fourth conference devoted to Polish music abroad is to reflect on the role and significance of the 'Warsaw Autumn' International Festival of Contemporary Music to the music and musical life of countries of both sides of the Iron Curtain – also after its fall. 'Warsaw Autumn' is not only the festival of new music, but its position has been unique from the very beginning – the festival was launched in 1956 on the wave of a political thaw and for many years it was often the only source of information about new musical trends for the musical circles in the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries. At the same time, by coming to Warsaw the West had an opportunity to get to know contemporary music created in Poland and in other countries on the eastern side of the Iron Curtain.

'Warsaw Autumn' as a place where the East and the West met has been discussed on numerous occasions. Nevertheless, after all these years it is worth looking back at this unique festival – its history as well as the political and culture-creating role it has played for composers and artists both from the East and from the West. Did 'Warsaw Autumn' and the music presented at the festival leave a permanent mark on the music and cultural life of the world divided as it was by the Iron Curtain? And since its fall – how has the role of 'Warsaw Autumn' changed? What was the significance of 'Warsaw Autumn' after 1989 and what role does the festival play today, in a completely different geopolitical reality? We encourage you to watch our conference presentations and discussions about all these topics, taking into account various views and methodological perspectives.

The conference will be streamed online on FB and YT (Institute of Art channels).

Programme details: https://bit.ly/2Xt3frp 

Rzeszów, Warsaw | Prize Winners Concerts of the 2nd Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music

MKMPSoon we will know the names of the winners of the 2nd Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music 2021. The Prize Winners Concerts will be held on 18 September at 7 p.m. at the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic in Rzeszów and on 20 September at 7 p.m. at the Warsaw Philharmonic.

The 2nd Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music, carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance, is a member of the Alink-Argerich Foundation’s piano competitions network. The Competition is financed by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport, under the honorary auspices of the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda.

The musicians will compete for the total prize money of 80,000 euros in two categories of performers: pianists and chamber ensembles. The participants have prepared their own artistic programmes for the successive stages of the Competition out of works written by no fewer than 56 Polish composers.

The Award Ceremony and Prize Winners Concert will be held on 18 September at 7 p.m. The prize winners of the Competition will perform alongside the Orchestra of the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic in Rzeszów directed by Massimiliano Caldi and Tomasz Chmiel. The Prize Winners Concert will be repeated on 20 September at 7 p.m. at the Warsaw Philharmonic.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Competition website: https://www.konkursmuzykipolskiej.pl/ 

Tickets: http://filharmonia.pl/; http://www.filharmonia.rzeszow.pl/ 

Białystok | 40th Anniversary International Festival of Orthodox Church Music "Hajnówka 2021"

HajnówkaFor the fortieth time, choirs from all over the world will perform in Poland at the largest and most prestigious Festival of Orthodox Music. The International Festival of Orthodox Church Music "Hajnówka" in Białystok will be held on 21-26 September 2021.

The International Festival of Orthodox Music "Hajnówka" is the first event in the world presenting Orthodox music from the beginning of Christianity to modern times, with particular emphasis on music written by Polish composers. Choir singers compete for prestigious awards in a competition judged by a jury consisting of the most eminent composers and conductors of church singing. For many years the jury has been chaired by Romuald Twardowski, an outstanding Polish composer and teacher. During the Festival, church music is performed by choirs regardless of nationality and religion – secular choirs, Orthodox Christians, Catholics, Greek Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, Buddhists, and Jews. The Festival has been held continuously since 1982.

32 choirs from 18 countries in Europe, Asia and Africa have been qualified and invited to participate in the anniversary edition of the Festival. The culmination of the five-day music event will be a unique gala concert. In addition to the laureates, the concert will feature a choir who won the first edition of the Festival in 1982 – the Jerzy Szurbak Orthodox Church Music Ensemble, as well as outstanding soloists, including Jadwiga Rappe. The ensemble will also perform on 19 September at the Church of the Holy Mother of God in Bemowo, Warsaw.

The patron of the Festival is the Polish Composers' Union.

Full programme: www.festiwal-hajnowka.pl 

Warsaw | "Musical Seasons" – Autumn 2021

ZKPThe Warsaw Branch of the Polish Composers' Union invites you on 20 September 2021 at 5.00 p.m. to the concert in the "Musical Seasons" series – Autumn 2021, which will take place at the Warsaw Branch of PWM Edition (8 Fredry St.).

The concert will be performed by saxophonist Cezariusz Gadzina and pianist Anna Ciborowska, who make up the virtuoso Exprezz Duo. The musicians will present Elegy by Maciej Małecki, Dialogue by Artur Cieślak, A. by Maciej Zieliński, Lapidaria Moniuszkowskie by Alicja Gronau, Impressions I by Weronika Ratusińska, Preludes by Sławomir Zamuszko, Sonata No. 2 for alto saxophone and piano by Rafał Stradomski, and 3 Sabałowe Interludes by Sławomir Czarnecki, the President of the PCU's Warsaw Branch.

The concert will culminate in the premiere of Maciej Małecki's Rhapsody for alto saxophone and piano (2021), dedicated to Anna Ciborowska and Cezariusz Gadzina – the initiator of the work. The piece was commissioned by the TAK Foundation as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme, implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Admission to the concert is free!

Mińsk Mazowiecki | Mińsk County's Art Festival 2021

Czas sztukiThe fourth concert of the Mińsk County's Art Festival, organised by the "Czas Sztuki" Foundation, will take place at the Municipal Cultural Centre in Mińsk Mazowiecki on 19 September 2021 at 7.00 p.m.

The concert will feature Reed Connection, an ensemble composed of the soloists of the Zielona Góra Philharmonic: oboist Michał Mogiła, clarinetist Jarosław Podsiadlik and bassoonist Rafał Dołęga. The programme will include masterpieces of classical music, as well as film and popular music. We will hear works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Henri Tomasi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George Gershwin and Leo Delibes.

The Mińsk County's Art Festival features 13 artistic events in each of the thirteen municipalities of the Mińsk County. The festival combines many fields of art: classical music concerts, educational music workshops for seniors and children, as well as music and poetry meetings commemorating outstanding Polish poets and their work. The concerts will feature excellent artists: Mateusz Szemraj, Adeb Chamoun, Olga Bończyk, Mischa Kozłowski, Agata Barwinek-Bembinow, Tango Fuerte, Reed Connection, Maciej Bator, Katarzyna Wiwer, Maksymilian Grzesiak, Katarzyna Boniecka, Rafał Łuc, The Time Quartet.

Admission to all festival events is free!

Co-financed from the budget of the Mińsk Poviat and the Mazowieckie Voivodeship. Financed by the PZU Foundation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Warsaw | Opening of the 2021/2022 Concert Season of the Warsaw Philharmonic

FNOn 18 September 2021 at 6.00 p.m. the Warsaw Philharmonic opens a unique concert season and invites you to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the institution.

The Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir under the baton of their artistic director Andrzej Boreyko will perform Krzysztof Penderecki's Lacrimosa from Polish Requiem (soloist Olga Pasiecznik), Piotr Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 (pianist Krzysztof Jabłoński) and Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 4 in G major. The Saturday's concert will be broadcast live on the Philharmonic's YouTube channel.

The opening concert will be preceded by an introductory lecture by Andrzej Sułek, Head of the Music Editorial Office of Polish Radio Channel 2 (18 September, 5 p.m.). On the occasion of the premiere of his book Dyrygowanie. Sprawa życia i śmierci [Conducting. A matter of life and death], a meeting with Antoni Wit will be held on 19 September at 5 p.m. Also, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra's newest album and its first album conducted by Andrzej Boreyko will be available to buy on site.

More informationhttp://filharmonia.pl/en/

16th G.G. Gorczycki International Festival

GorczyckiSixteen concerts of distinguished Polish and foreign musicians will be held from 18 September to 17 October 2021. This year's edition of the G. G. Gorczycki International Festival entitled "Transformations" aims to show the greatest changes in the history of music that took place in two epochs: Baroque (the era of the patron of the festival – Gorczycki) and contemporary times, with changes that are taking place before our eyes.

The International Festival of Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki has become a major event in the artistic calendar of Silesia. For over a dozen years, it has been consistently building its image through a unique repertoire, the participation of excellent artists and the interest of several thousand listeners. This year's Festival will be inaugurated on 18 September in Bytom and will last until 17 October with the finale in Chorzów.

The 16th edition promises to be spectacular. 16 concerts in 12 cities will be performed by renowned artists including Jakub Jakowicz, Piotr Pławner, Jan Tomasz Adamus, Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski, Łukasz Długosz, Marek Toporowski, Jarosław Kitala, Roman Widaszek, Grzegorz Biegas, Anna Szostak, Paweł Tomaszewski and ensembles: Philharmonic Zagreb, Silesian Philharmonic, Capella Cracoviensis, Silesian Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Silesia, Cracow Royal Singers.

Examples of baroque and contemporary music will show changes which may become an inspiration for further transformations, because the new always originates in the old. The programme will include works by Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki, Bartłomiej Pękiel, Mikołaj Zieleński, Fryderyk Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, Jan Maklakiewicz, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Andrzej Panufnik, Krzysztof Meyer, Bronisław Kazimierz Przybylski, Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil, Artur Zagajewski, Piotr Klimek as well as film music by Wojciech Kilar, Bartosz Chajdecki and Henryk Kuźniak. There will be also  premieres of the latest works by Krzysztof Baculewski, Artur Kroschel, Kamil Pawłowski and Adam Wesołowski, the director of the Festival.

The concerts will be accompanied by a dozen or so artistic events: film screenings, multimedia exhibitions, meetings with artists. The whole event will be complemented by the charity event "In the footsteps of Gorczycki".

Co-financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme, implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Festival Website: https://gorczycki.pl/ 

Częstochowa | Opening of the 77th concert season 2021/2022

Filharmonia CzęstochowskaThe Bronisław Huberman Częstochowa Philharmonic opens the 77th concert season on 17 September 2021 with the premiere of Adam Wesołowski's latest work and music of Wojciech Kilar, whose name will be given to the Philharmonic Concert Hall.

The concert will feature Peter Jablonski, an award-winning Swedish pianist of Polish descent who enjoys international recognition. He remains a supporter of contemporary composers and regularly performs world premieres of their works. For the first performance of Wojciech Kilar's Piano Concerto No. 1 the pianist received the "Orpheus" award at the "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music in 1997. He will perform this piece at the opening concert with the Częstochowa Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Adam Klocek. We will also hear Wojciech Kilar's Veni Creator, featuring the Collegium Cantorum Częstochowa Philharmonic Choir.

The programme will also include the premiere of Angels and Demons by Adam Wesołowski, director of the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic.

More information: https://www.filharmonia.com.pl/repertuar/1722-Inauguracja-77_Sezonu-Artystycznego-2021_2022 

Full programme revealed for 64th Warsaw Autumn!

WJThe 64th Warsaw Autumn will run from 17 to 25 September 2021. This year’s edition will be immersed in space and time; in sounds, signs, and symbols. It will enable you to experience the complexity, diversity, ambiguity, and polyphony.

Thrown into deep water, we apparently not only lose weight but also orientation. Then, intense and deep feeling comes, real as touch. Immersed in space, we experience it like divergent circles on the water: from inner hearing, corporality, rooms full of sounds, the noise of streets and the city: the world resounds from many places simultaneously. Immersion in time generates a continuous „now”. We hear echoes of public life, a build-up of information material, history with its pivotal moments and formative social events.

This year’s Warsaw Autumn is composed of concerts, opera and paraoperatic forms, musical shows, installations, performances, public space action, meetings, composers’ workshops and Autumn Radio programmes. We present the works of over 60 composers and authors, with special appearances by Ash Fure, Elżbieta Sikora, and Krzysztof Knittel; 31 premieres, 18 of which commissioned by the Warsaw Autumn, in three festival bands: the main Warsaw Autumn, Warsaw Autumn Hits the Club, and Little Warsaw Autumn, as well as fringe events. We look forward to seeing you at the events – the more so as they will take place in real life, not only online. On 17 September, the periscope goes down and for a good nine days, Warsaw Autumn will submerge into the depths of intriguing sounds.

Jerzy Kornowicz
Director of the Festival

Festival Website: https://warszawska-jesien.art.pl/2021/strona-glowna