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Sopot | 4th International Choir Festival of Advent and Christmas Music

Mundus Cantat

The 4th International Choir Festival of Advent and Christmas Music "Mundus Cantat Sopot" will take place on December 15-16, 2018. Christmas carols and advent songs will be performed at the Sopot Center, the Church of St. George and the Church of Christ. Admission to all concerts is free.

The festival is a contest of international renown, and the teams participating in it will fight for the title of the best performer. The choirs will be singing in many languages  in various places in Sopot. This year's edition of the festival will be attended by 8 groups: from Latvia, Lithuania and a strong representation from Poland – from Łaziska Górne, Pniewów, Kraków, Mogilno, Słupsk and Warsaw. There will also be a special concert dedicated to Sopot seniors during their Christmas Eve at the City Hall of Sopot.

On Saturday, December 15 at 10:30 p.m. the auditions will begin in the Church of Christ. The choirs will be judged by a professional jury composed of outstanding specialists in the field of choral music, lecturers at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk – prof. Marcin Tomczak, dr hab. Beata Wróblewska, prof. AM, and dr hab. Małgorzata Kuchtyk. Immediately after the auditions, at the Sopot Center, the Choir and String Orchestra Con Fuoco AGH from Krakow, the Camerton Vocal Group from Łaziska Górne and the Versme Children's Choir from Vilnius, as well as the PNA Choir Academia Musica from Słupsk will present themselves to a wider audience. On the same day, at 3:30 p.m., the Final Concert will be held in the Church of Christ with the announcement of the results.

The festival will be closed by the annual concert dedicated to the memory of Michael Ray David, which will take place in the Church of Christ on Sunday, December 16 at 5.00 p.m. We will hear the SSW Festival Choir Mundus Cantat under the direction of Beata Wróblewska, the Gdańsk Choir of Doctors under the direction of Michał Kozorys, the Choir of the Sopot Music School under the direction of Piotr Fredrich and the Sopot Piano Trio composed of: Krystyna Stojek, Anna Sawicka, Joanna Ciapka-Sangster. The artists will present Polish carols, American Christmas songs and pieces for piano by Astor Piazzolla and Ludomir Mikołaj Rogowski. During the concert, toys, sweets and clothes for children from the Kiev hospital in Ukraine will be collected..

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://munduscantat.pl/

Poznań | Premiere of Ignacy Jan Paderewski's "Manru"

Manru

On December 15, 2018 at 7.00 p.m. at the Grand Theater in Poznan there will be a premiere of Manru – the only opera written by Ignacy Jan Paderewski and the only Polish work that was staged at the Metropolitan Opera in New York (in 1902).

It is difficult to find a Polish opera so much fitting in the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Greater Poland Uprising, and at the same time so relevant today. Its author – Ignacy Jan Paderewski – is an icon of insurgent fights started in Poznan on December 27, 1918.  How does the story written by Alfred Nossig over a century ago look like today

The production of the work directed by Marek Weiss is in line with the idea of a socially engaged opera. He transfers Manru to present times where some tendencies have not changed at all. This astonishingly topical story is love in the world of intolerance, class and ethnic divisions.  It also touches the problems of two communities, none of which is clearly positive.  With the language used by the director interpreting the work from the beginning of the 20th century you have the impression of commune with a completely modern work.

On December 13 at 6:00 p.m., a lecture titled "What leader would you follow? Ignacy Jan Paderewski and the modern paradigm of leadership" will be led by Izabela Stachurska, while on December 15 at 5:15 pm a meeting with director Marek Weiss will take place. The next performances of the opera will take place on December 16 and 18, 2018.

A co-production of the Grand Theater – National Opera in Warsaw and Stanisław Moniuszko Grand Theater in Poznań.  Participation of  Stanisław Moniuszko  Grant Theater in Poznan co-financed from the funds of Greater Poland Voivodeship. The performance is staged as part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Greater Poland uprising.

More information at: https://opera.poznan.pl/pl/manru 

Verdi's "La Traviata" live from MET on December 15th

TraviataLa traviata in a new staging by Michael Mayer and under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin opens a new era at The Metropolitan Opera. This extremely popular opera by Giuseppe Verdi will be broadcast live to theaters around the world on December 15, 2018. At the Warsaw Cinema "Praha", the broadcast will take place at 18:35 p.m.

Verdi's work will be the first premiere that Nézet-Séguin will lead as the new music director of the New York scene. Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production feature a dazzling 19th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine, Violetta, and tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time since 2015 to sing the role of Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover. Baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love. Later performances feature Anita Hartig, Stephen Costello, Artur Ruciński, and Plácido Domingo.

The show lasts about 3 hours and 40 minutes (including 2 breaks). Presentation in the original language (Italian) with Polish subtitles.

The list of cinemas in Poland, where you can watch broadcasts from the Bolshoi Theater, is available here.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: Artur Ruciński

Warsaw | Premiers of "Dźwiękowisko" series

Chołoniewski

On December 16, 2018, the National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute in Wrasaw will held a concert of premieres featuring the works of Marek Chołoniewski, Przemysław Zych, Rafał Zapała and the Polish premiere of Anthèmes 2 by Pierre Boulez. The concert will be repeated on December 18, 2018 in Krakow's Cricoteka.

The concerts are part of the "Dźwiękowisko" series, which was inaugurated in 2014 by the "Harmonies and Noises" Music Foundation in cooperation with the Institute of Music and Dance. The events of the cycle includes works that assume the cooperation of professional musicians with large groups of amateur youth. Their authors are well-known Polish composers. These pieces are presented at the concerts next to the prominent works of contemporary music performed by musicians specializing in this field. Programmes designed in this way also engage audiences, usually reduced to the role of passive listeners.

In the multimedia compositions En Rondeau by Przemyslaw Zych and TeGeLaR by Marek Chołoniewski (in the photo), the well-known artists and debutants will be joined by a group of amateurs – the high school students of the Warsaw School of Culture and Education. Among professional performers we will find Anna Kwiatkowska (violin), Rafał Zapała (sound projection), Kazimierz Pyzik (double bass), Leszek Wiśniowski (saxophone), and Tomasz Chołoniewski (drums). Rafał Zapała will enrich the unconventional formula of the concert  with his No Meaning Detected, in which the audience participates in a dialogue with a performer and a speech synthesizer. "Classics of modernity" is represented by Pierre Boulez's Anthèmes 2 – a masterpiece of one of the greatest contemporary composers not yet performed in Poland.

Documentation of the previous "Dźwiękowisko" events (film recordings of works by Sławomir Wojciechowski, Maciej Jabłoński, Eunho Chang and Lidia Zielińska) is available at: www.dzwiekowisko.pl.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Collections" programme – "Composing Commissions" priority, implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

More information at: https://harmonieihalasy.wordpress.com/

Katowice | New Music Orchestra – Pēteris Vasks Days

OMN

On Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the NOSPR chamber hall in Katowice the New Music Orchestra conducted by Szymon Bywalec will premiere, among others, works by Emil Wojtacki and Karolina Filipska. The concert will take place as part of Pēteris Vasks Days.

The Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks (1946) is today one of the most recognizable European composers. His name is mentioned next to Arvo Pärt, Sofia Gubaidulina or Alfred Schnittke – composers coming from the so-called Eastern Block countries, whose music is associated with spirituality. Vasks arises from a tradition which roots reach minimalism in its special version, concentrating on slowly flowing time, meditation, concentration on nature or inspiration flowing from silence. During the concert, we will hear his Viatore (2001) for 11 solo strings.

A similar approach to composing is presented by a much younger Latvian artist – Ēriks Ešenvalds (1977). In Fantāzija (2003), commissioned by the Warsaw Autumn Friends' Foundation, the source of the sound, besides the traditional instruments, are bottles of various sizes. The soft, delicate color complements the sound textures written in the score.

The concert will also premiere two Polish works commissioned by the Brand New Music festival. Geständnis. The operatic music by Emil Wojtacki is a composition inspired by a fragment of the Guilt Confession (from the Uncertainty of the Situation) by the contemporary German playwright and director Philipp Löhle. The second piece, Angel's Fall by Karolina Filipska, is a mini-concert for four multipercussion sets, sinfonietta and tape. The inspiration for the piece was a sculpture in the eastern part of Madrid and a fragment of John Milton's Paradise lost.

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

Kraków | Final of the 3rd International Krzysztof Penderecki Cello Competition

FinałThe Academy of Music in Krakow invites you on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. to the Florianka Hall (15 Sereno Fenna St.) for the final concert of the 3rd International Krzysztof Penderecki Cello Competition.

The music of Krzysztof Penderecki has become an inspiration for the establishing the competition, which is a  great platform enabling to exchange music experiences and views. Experiencing new music works allows us to know better the culture of the participants’ countries and develops our own personality enriching it with new spiritual values. All young artists taking part in the preparations for the competition have already been successful, exploring new areas of the most perfect of all arts – the music.

20 participants from around the world took part in the contest, judged by the jury composed of: Zdzisław Łapiński (chairman), Julius Berger, Jiwu Li, Ivan Monighetti, Arto Noras, Csaba Onczay, and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt. During the final concert, the Chamber Orchestra of the Krakow Academy of Music will be conducted by the excellent conductor-cellist Adam Klocek. The programme will include, among others, Viola concerto (in the version for cello, chamber orchestra, percussion and celesta) by Krzysztof Penderecki in the interpretation of the winner of the Competition.

Admission free!

More information athttp://www.pendereckicello.com.pl

Warsaw | Violin Works On The Eve Of Independence

UMF

The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music invites you on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 5.00 p.m. for the Concert of the Chair of String Instruments entitled "Violin works on the eve of independence".

The programme will include violin pieces from the first 20 years of the 19th century written by such composers as: Emil Młynarski, Aleksander Zarzycki, Adam Andrzejowski, Grzegorz Fitelberg, Karol Szymanowski, Henryk Melcer czy Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Students of the The Chair of String Instruments will perform: Błażej Bębeńca, Daeun Choi, Kamila Fediuk, Maria Grajewska, Emilia Jarocka, Maria Kapsiak, Judyta Kluza, Milena Krupińska, Emilia Łapko, Jeehye Oh, Eryka Piotrowska, Lucyna Strzemecka, Iga Wasilewska, Julia Wrońska, Kinga Zlot. Piano accompaniment: Aleksandra Dallali, Janusz Grobelny, Andrzej Guz, Elżbieta Neumann, Ewa Skardowska, Grzegorz Skrobiński, Krzysztof Stanienda. Opiekę artystyczną nad koncertem objął prof. dr hab. Andrzej Gębski.

Free admission cards available at the Chopin University Press in the FCUM main hall, tel. 22 2789 275, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., from Monday to Wednesday and on Fridays between 4.00 and 7.00 p.m., and half an hour before the concert.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information atwww.chopin.edu.pl

Katowice | Concerts as part of the Academic Conference "Wind and percussion chamber music"

Koncerty

The Department of Wind and Percussion Instruments invites you to concerts of the Academic Conference "Wind and Percussion Chamber Music", which will take place on December 17-18, 2018 at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice.

On December 17 at 6.00 pm, LutosAir Quintet, one of the National Forum of Music resident ensemble, will perform in the concert hall of the Krakow Academy. The quintet founded in 2013, on the centenary of Witold Lutosławski’s birth, is one of the most active and versatile Polish wind ensembles. It is made up of the soloists of the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic: Jan Krzeszowiec – flute, Wojciech Merena – oboe, Maciej Dobosz – clarinet, Alicja Kieruzalska – bassoon, Mateusz Feliński – French horn. During the concert in the Academy in Katowice, Tomasz Żymła will join the band on the bass clarinet. The musicians will perform the Quintet for wind instruments by Tadeusz Szeligowski, Six bagatelles by György Ligeti and Sixtuor by Jean Françaix.

The following day the chamber ensembles of the Wind and Percussion Instruments will perform. The conference will also include chamber workshops, which will be led by prof. dr hab. Zbigniew Płużek, prof. Roman Siwek and Vadim Simongauz. During the conference sessions, papers will be delivered by: Adrianna Lis, adt dr hab. Krzysztof Fiedukiewicz, as. Tomasz Żymła, dr hab. Michał Mazurkiewicz, prof. AM.

Full programme is available here.

Szczecin | Advent Concert for the Independent

Niepodległa

On December 18, 2018 at 6.00 p.m., the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin will host the Advent Concert for The Independent. The first part will feature the world premiere of The Independent oratorio by Artur Cieślak.

The composition was written in the summer of 2018 to commemorate the centenary of Poland regaining its independence. It is intended for soprano, tenor, bass, reciting voice, mixed choir and orchestra. The oratorio consists of three parts. Each of them refers to a certain historical event, which is an important part of the struggle for independence. The first part is devoted to the November Uprising, the second part to the January Uprising and the third is related to the events of 1918. Fragments of the November Night and Liberation by Stanisław Wyspiański, poems by Kornel Ujejski and the legionary poet Józef Mączka, and fragments of Józef Piłsudski's and Stefan Żeromski's prose were used as a text. The stylistics of the musical language oscillates between sharp sounds with an avant-garde aftertaste and traditional euphonic solutions, which constantly permeate.

The Independent oratorio will be presented for the first time on December 18, 2018 at the Szczecin Philharmonic. The patron of the project is the Academy of Art in Szczecin. The performers will be lecturers and students of this university: Sylwia Burnicka-Kalischewska (soprano), Tomasz Krzysica (tenor), Janusz Lewandowski (bass-baritone), Krystyna Maksymowicz-Ambros (recitation), the Academy of Art choir prepared by Barbara Halec and the orchestra of the Academy of Arts under director of Norbert Twórczyński.

In the second part of the concert, traditional carols and Christmas songs will be performed by soloists and students of the Academy of Art in Szczecin. Preparation of students: Małgorzata Bornowska, Joanna Gajda, Barbara Halec, Tomasz Licak, Anna Tarnowska, and Jolanta Szczepaniak. Organ: Jakub Stefek. Piano: Michał Landowski.

The event co-financed from the budget of the Westpomeranian Region and the City of Szczecin. Co-organization: Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin, the Academia Nova Foundation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.