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Alina Sawicka-Baird passed away...

Sawicka Baird

We are sad to announce that on the 16th of March, 2023, Alina Sawicka-Baird passed away at the age of 93.

She was a symbolic figure for the Polish Composers' Union and she bound her whole life with it. From 1953, she worked for the Union, first as a spokesperson, then as office director. Here she met her husband Tadeusz Baird, one of the greatest Polish composers of the 20th century. She had her friends in the composing and musicological circles associated with the Polish Composers' Union, and she also made friends with outstanding musicians-performers across the Polish Composers' Union. After formally leaving her job, she kept in touch with the Union, took part in our general meetings, concerts and festivals. For years, she funded the main prize of the Tadeusz Baird Competition for Young Composers. She was the alpha and omega in the field of union history, often solving issues about which written sources remained silent. We always acted with the awareness of her closer or further presence. It will be harder for us without her.

May she rest in peace!

Polish Composer's Union


Poznań | „Stabat Mater” Szymanowskiego i Pergolesiego

TW Poznan 29.3.23Patronat medialny nad wydarzeniem objęło Polskie Centrum Informacji Muzycznej POLMIC.

Daniela Cardim i Edward Clug – ikony światowej współczesnej choreografii, po raz pierwszy w Polsce, wraz z tancerzami Teatru Wielkiego w Poznaniu przedstawią swoje wizje Stabat Mater Karola Szymanowskiego i Giovanniego Battisty Pergolesiego 29 i 30 marca 2023 o godz. 19.00.

W interpretacjach choreograficznych znajdziemy bogate spectrum emocji – od cierpienia i żałoby, po afirmację życia, od wstrzymującego oddech poczucia straty, po akceptację tego, co przynosi los. Dwie części spektaklu tworzą historię o kobiecie-matce. Synergia dźwięku i ruchu, wielowymiarowość przekazu, doskonała interpretacja tancerzy Baletu Teatru Wielkiego w Poznaniu - Stabat Mater Danieli Cardim i Edwarda Cluga to spektakl na dzisiejsze czasy.

Informacja prasowa organizatorów

Więcej: https://opera.poznan.pl/pl/stabat-mater-wieczor-baletowy-cardimclug 

1st National Instrumental Competition for students of primary and secondary music schools ‘Virtuoso!’ - online

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

Virtuoso 17.4.23The AULOS Foundation invites you to participate in the 1st National Instrumental Competition for students of primary and secondary music schools ‘Virtuoso!’, which will take place online on April 17-30, 2023. The deadline for submitting applications is the 5th of April.

This year's edition is planned online, consisting in delivering recordings. The competition aims to popularize classical music, promoting young artists, creating space for students to present their own artistic personality and raising the level of teaching.

Participants must record two works different in style.

Various age groups apply.

Participants will be assessed by the Jury appointed by the Organizer of the Competition, which will include Polish and foreign lecturers of music universities, instrumentalists, conductors. The jury will select the winners in each category, in each age group.

There are prizes for the winners, including a special prize for the performance of a work by a Polish composer of the 20th-21st century, funded by the Polish Music Information Center POLMIC.

Details and rules and regulations available on the website: www.aulos.org.pl/virtuoso 

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Zielona Góra | Easter Chamber Festival's 3rd edition!

WielkanocnyFestiwalKam 23Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

Polish Chamber Musicians' Association invites you to the 3rd Easter Chamber Music Festival, which this time will take place at the Palace in Stary Kisielin - Zielona Góra Cultural Center on March 26 - April 4, 2023. The programme of each concert will include Polish music - romantic and the latest. Admission to the events is free.

During this year's edition, performances of artists associated with Zielona Góra are planned, as well as concerts of recognized Polish instrumentalists, including Jakub Jakowicz, Katarzyna Budnik, Marcin Zdunik, Grzegorz Mani. The piano duo Krzysztof Książek and Agnieszka Zahaczewska-Książek, winners of the International Competition of Polish Music, organized by the National Institute of Music and Dance, will perform works by M. Moszkowski, J. Zarębski and S. Rachmaninov. During the concert on the 26th of March, we will hear Marcin Zdunik's latest Piano Quartet, which was composed as part of the ‘Composers' Commissions’ programme implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

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Warsaw | 27th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival

FestiwalBeethovena 23From the 26th of March to the 7th of April, 2023, the 27th edition of the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival will take place in Warsaw. During the 13 festival days, we will listen to 10 symphonic and 5 chamber concerts, during which many recognized soloists, conductors and ensembles invited by Elżbieta Penderecka , the general director of the Festival, will perform.

The program of concerts was built around the motto of this year's edition – ‘Beethoven - between East and West’, highlighting the problem of the coexistence of cultures of the East and the West in music. In addition to the works of the master from Bonn, we will hear works by, among others, Fryderyk Chopin, Henryk Wieniawski, Witold Lutosławski and Mieczysław Wajnberg. The programme will also include the Polish premiere of the Violin Concerto ‘Genesis’ by Toshio Hosokawa.

The programme of the Festival particularly emphasizes the works of Krzysztof Penderecki, whose 90th birthday falls this year. On the 29th of March the third anniversary of Krzysztof Penderecki's death will be celebrated with a chamber concert of his works (the concert will be recorded by TVP Kultura).

Press release

Detailed programme: www.beethoven.org.pl 

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Warsaw | Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra: Wesołowski, Chausson, Françaix

POSI 25.3.23

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

We invite you to a concert of the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra conducted by Norbert Tworzyński with the participation of soloists: violinist Wojciech Niedziółka, recognized as the best Polish participant of the 16th Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition and Agata Piątek, clarinetist, laureate of the 13th Michał Spisak International Music Competition. The concert with the participation of young, promising talents will take place in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio on the 25th March, 2023 at 19.00.

The programme will include Poem for violin and orchestra, Op. 25 by Ernest Chausson, Jean Françaix's Clarinet Concerto and two works by Adam Wesołowski, a composer, conductor, pianist, music theorist, manager and director of the Silesian Philharmonic: Songs of the Angels and Dance of the Heavenly Spheres.

Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

More: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/wesolowski-chausson-francaix/ 

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Cracow | National knowledge competition '20 Looks at Witold Lutosławski'

20Spojrzen 23Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

At ASM II st. in Cracow, celebrating its 25th anniversary on March 24-25, a knowledge competition '20 Looks at Witold Lutosławski' will take place. 48 secondary music school students from all over the country will come to Cracow. Some of the competition events will be open to the public – we cordially invite you!

On the first day of the competition (Friday, March 24) at 16:45, Małgorzata Sułek, PhD will give a lecture titled 'Applied Work of Witold Lutosławski'. Songs written by Lutosławski under the pseudonym Derwid, such as 'Nie oczekuję dziś nikogo' and 'Warszawski dorożkarz' will be mentioned there among other things. On the second day (Saturday, March 25) at 11:45, we invite you to the finale of the competition. It will be a great opportunity to get acquainted with the life and work of Lutosławski. Both events – admission is free – will take place in the ASM auditorium at Prosta 35A street in Cracow.

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Norway | NeoArte – Synthesizer of Arts – Oslo edition

NeoArte 23Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

NeoArte | Synthesizer of Arts | Oslo edition is three days (March 24-26) of concerts and more: art installations, performance, panel discussions. In addition, the younger audience (kids and youth) will be able to participate in the uniquely-designed workshops concerning field recordings and electronic music. The events will take place in Forstanderskapssalen at Sentralen, Gamle Raadhus Scene, Kulturkirken Jakob and Tøyen Kirke in Oslo.

NeoArte – Synthesizer of Arts Festival has been organized every year in Gdansk, Poland since 2012. Its initiator and producer is NeoQuartet - Polish string quartet from Gdansk, the prizewinner of prestigious Pomeranian Artistic Award 2019 and one of the most prominent ensembles in Polish contemporary (and not only!) music. Starting this year, NeoArte will also happen abroad.

NeoArte – Synthesizer of Arts festival exists to inspire, support creativity. Its idea is rooted in the artistic synthesis. To work as a platform connecting artists from various cultural backgrounds and realms of art by creating influential environment, a chance for new connections and interdisciplinary effects.

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Toruń, Lublin | 'Polish Music Stage': Gidaszewska/Łaguniak/Koziak Trio

ScenaMuzyki 24.3.23

The Gidaszewska/Łaguniak/Koziak Trio will perform as part of the ‘Polish Music Stage’ programme, implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance, on the 23rd March, 2023 at 6:00 pm in the Chamber Hall of CKK Jordanki in Toruń and on the 24th of March at 7:00 pm at the Henryk Wieniawski Philharmonic in Lublin. The concert programme includes works by Maurycy Moszkowski, Roman Palester, Aleksander Tansman and Grażyna Bacewicz.

Maurycy Moszkowski's Romantic Suite Op.71 and Roman Palester's Sonata for Two Violins and Piano, representing the breakthrough of Neoclassicism and Expressionism, are among the most outstanding works in chamber literature written for this rarely seen on stage instrumental ensemble. At the peak of the development of the neoclassical trend in life of Grażyna Bacewicz, Partita for violin and piano was written. At the beginning of the recital, we will hear Aleksander Tansman's neoclassical Sonatina for flute or violin and piano.

The Gidaszewska/Łaguniak/Koziak ensemble consists of young musicians who perform in over 25 countries and are winners of numerous international music competitions, e.g. International S. Moniuszko Competition of Polish Music, which in 2021 connected their musical paths.

More: https://nimit.pl/wydarzenia/