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Warsaw | Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra: Wróblewski and Wars

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

POSI 18.2.23On the 18th of February, 2023 at 19.00 in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra will perform compositions by legends of Polish music. The soloist of the evening will be the saxophonist Henryk Miśkiewicz, who will perform a piece by Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski. The second part will feature the multicolored Symphony No. 1 by Henryk Wars. Sinfonia Iuventus will be conducted by Zbigniew Graca.

Altissimonica by Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski had its premiere in 2000, and was performed by the artist to whom it was dedicated: Henryk Miśkiewicz. And in 2004, the work was released on a well-received album of the Polish Radio Orchestra conducted by Zbigniew Graca.

Henryk Wars is remembered primarily as one of the precursors of Polish jazz and a master of song. Less is remembered about the ‘serious’ face of Wars. His monumental, colourful, four-part Symphony No. 1 (1949), close to the post-romantic tradition, delights with its changing moods, combining subtle lyricism with rhapsodic and dramatic elements.

More: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/wroblewski-wars/ 

Katowice | Game Music Fest 2023

GameMusic 23Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

Enter the game and take part in Game Music Fest 2023, a festival organized by the Silesian Philharmonic, which will take place in Katowice on February 17-18. The festival is dedicated to music in video games. It will begin with the Game Music Concert in Spodek, a composers' competition, and will end with a series of events at the Silesian Philharmonic, including a discussion panel with game music authors, a hologram concert, a VR and AR zone, and a networking zone.

The whole event will be opened by Game Music Concert in Spodek, performed by the Symphony Orchestra of the Silesian Philharmonic conducted by František Macek. It will be a real spectacle, enriched with animations and visualizations prepared by artists from the Faculty of Arts and Educational Sciences of the University of Silesia, as well as a dance show by the Seimuse group and cosplay shows.

The Game Music Fest also includes the Game Music Contest. The task of the competition is to compose a music logotype for the entire festival.

Press release

Detailed programme: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/game-music-fest/ 

Read more: Katowice | Game Music Fest 2023

New deadline of the 3rd International Competition of Polish Music applications!

MKMP 28.2.23At the request of interested candidates, the National Institute of Music and Dance extends the recruitment of participants of the 3rd International Competition of Polish Music. Pianists and chamber ensembles will be able to submit their applications until the end of February 2023. Participation in this event means not only gaining new experience but also serious prizes. In this edition of the Competition, the prize pool is EUR 100,000.

The International Competition of Polish Music popularizes Polish music of the 19th and 20th centuries in the world. The third edition of the event will take place from the 2nd to the 9th of July 2023 at the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic in Rzeszów. Recordings from the event will be available on the largest streaming platforms.

The competition is organized by the National Institute of Music and Dance in cooperation with the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic in Rzeszów, financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

More information: https://konkursmuzykipolskiej.pl/

Read more: New deadline of the 3rd International Competition of Polish Music applications!

Szczawno-Zdrój | 1st Winter Flute Festival

ZimowyFestiwalFl 2023Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

The European Cultural Heritage Foundation ‘Europejczyk’ invites you from the 16th to the 19th of February 2023 to the Zdrojowy Theater in Szczawno-Zdrój for the premiere edition of the Winter Flute Festival. Recognized flute virtuosos - Aldo Baerten, Paolo Taballione, Łukasz Długosz - and young musicians will perform in the beautiful scenery of the neo-rococo interior of the Theatre. Admission free!

The Winter Flute Festival is a new initiative that is a stage emanation of the ‘Winter Flute Workshops’ held in Szczawno-Zdrój for 20 years. Famous artists and the most talented participants of the Winter Flute Workshop will be accompanied by pianists Andrzej Jungiewicz and Piotr Niewiedział and the Wieniawski Trio, consisting of musicians from the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of the Polish Radio.

During the festival you will be able to listen to well-known works of flute music, e.g. J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, W.A. Mozart, R. Schumann, F. Poulenc, J. Ibert, C. Reinecke, G. Fauré, as well as K. Penderecki, K. Szymanowski and H. M. Górecki

Read more: Szczawno-Zdrój | 1st Winter Flute Festival

Szczecin | Artur Ruciński and vinyl record premiere

FSz 15.2.23

A recital by the recognized Polish baritones, Artur Ruciński, will take place at the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin on the 15th of February, 2023 at 19.00. We will hear the most beautiful arias and recitatives from Giuseppe Verdi's operas, as well as songs by Mieczysław Karłowicz. Ruciński's recital will also be combined with the premiere of a unique, white and strictly limited vinyl record, containing music recorded by the artist together with the Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.

During the recital, Ruciński will be accompanied on the piano by Anna Marchwińska – Polish pianist, associated with the Grand Theater and the National Opera in Warsaw, where as a soloist tutor she prepared many high-profile premieres.

After the recital, there will also be a meeting with the artist.

Ticket information: https://filharmonia.szczecin.pl/wydarzenia/1963-Artur_Rucinski 

Katowice | Silesian Quartet: 'Mieczysław Wajnberg - all string quartets - following dedications'

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

NOSPR 11.2.23As part of the series ‘Mieczysław Wajnberg - all string quartets - following dedications’ (17 quartets, 6 concerts, 1 performer) on the 11th of February, 2023 at 18.00, NOSPR will host another concert of the Silesian Quartet, which this time will present the composer's 4th, 6th  and 9th Quartets.

Contributing significantly to the rediscovery of Mieczysław Weinberg's music, the Silesian Quartet set itself an extremely demanding task: recording all 17 quartets of this forgotten, Polish-Jewish-Russian composer. This is only the second ensemble in the world that has managed to meet this challenge.

This season, we have the unique privilege of hearing a complete set of Mieczysław Weinberg's extraordinary quartets live, following the changes taking place in his musical language and following the trail of dedications hidden on the pages. In the upcoming concert we will be able to hear the String Quartet No. 9 Op. 20, String Quartet No. 9 Op. 80 and String Quartet No. 6, Op. 35.

Ticket infromation: https://nospr.org.pl/pl/kalendarz/kwartet-slaski-mieczyslaw-wajnberg 

Katowice | Symphony Orchestra of the Silesian Philharmonic and Monika Sendrowska

FS 10.2.23Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

The Silesian Triptych by Witold Lutosławski will be performed on the 10th of February, 2023 at 19.00 by Monika Sendrowska (soprano) and the Symphony Orchestra of the Silesian Philharmonic conducted by Yaroslav Shemet.

The Silesian Triptych will take us into the world of beautiful Silesian love songs. We will also hear Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 4.

The concert is realized under the patronage of Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne as part of the TUTTI.pl project promoting the performance of Polish music.

More about the programme: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/production/mahler-iv-symfonia-sendrowska-shemet-orkiestra-symfoniczna/

Wrocław | Rapsodie espagnole

NFM 9.2.23Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

On the 9th of February, 2023 at 19.00, Krzysztof Książek and Agnieszka Zahaczewska-Książek, i.e. Książek Piano Duo, winners of the 2nd International Polish Music Competition in the category of chamber ensemble will perform at the National Forum of Music for the first time. The pianists' repertoire will include Maurice Ravel's Rapsodie espagnole, as well as works by Polish composers - Fryderyk Chopin and Aleksander Tansman.

Rondo in C major for two pianos Op. 73 by Fryderyk Chopin, dated 1828, comes from the Warsaw period in the composer's oeuvre. The piece functions both in a version for solo piano and for two pianos.

La Grande Ville by Aleksander Tansman is an example of music created for a ballet based on one of the fairy tales of the Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen. It features elements of jazz, which the composer had the opportunity to encounter during his stay in the United States.

More: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/9289


Toruń | 'Polish Music Scene': Atom String Quartet

ScenaMP 9.2.23During the Toruń concert from the ‘Polish Music Scene’ series, organized by the National Institute of Music and Dance, on the 9th of February, 2023 at 18.00 in the Chamber Hall of CKK Jordanki, one of the most intriguing Polish string quartets, Atom String Quartet will perform.

The ensemble will reach for lesser-known works by famous Polish composers: from Fryderyk Chopin to Krzysztof Penderecki, translating them into the language of an improvising string quartet. The musicians mainly chose compositions originally written for other instruments (or for voice) and genre distant from the string quartet.

The development of each of them is enriched with numerous improvisations, which have been a characteristic feature of the quartet for years.

Ticket information: https://tos.art.pl/wydarzenia/scena-muzyki-polskiej-1