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3rd "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers" at the Liw Castle

Czas sztukiThe "Czas Sztuki" Foundation invites you to the seventh concert of the 3rd "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers", devoted to Polish composers, which was performed at the Liw Castle. The online premiere will take place on 5 December 2020 at 7.00 p.m.

The "Czas Sztuki" Foundation was established in November 2017 and one of its main goals is to organise free artistic events for people from small rural towns, who are excluded from participating in cultural life. The organization has already conducted two series of concerts "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers" in 2018 and 2019. The third edition of the series will feature 8 concerts, which will take place in very small towns in the counties of Mińsk, Siedlce and Węgrów, where residents are deprived of cultural offer and access to cultural goods.

The next concert will feature a duo of performers: violinist Maksymilian Grzesiak and pianist Aleksandra Dallali, who will present the most famous works by Polish composers: Karol Szymanowski, Henryk Wieniawski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Fryderyk Chopin.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund.

The concert will be broadcast free of charge on the "Czas Sztuki" Foundation's YouTube and Facebook.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/fundacjaczassztuki/ 

In Memory of Professor Penderecki

FKThe first in the series of December online concerts of the Krakow Philharmonic, which will take place on 6 December 2020 at 6.00 p.m., was organized to celebrate the 87th birth anniversary of Maestro Krzysztof Penderecki. During the retransmission on the Philharmonic's YouTube channel, the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir under the baton of Antoni Wit will perform works by Rafał Janiak, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Krzysztof Penderecki, who is no longer among us.

The evening will open with the world premiere of Rafał Janiak's piece with a significant title Postscriptum 8'37 "≈8 (.) 6 ... in memoriam Krzysztof Penderecki. The composer wrote on the score: "Instead of using words, I try to sketch with sound a private portrait ... The score below is a tribute to the Master, which I had the honour to meet personally. It is therefore a "biographical work" in which, like in the cinema, threads from the composer's life are intertwined with the history of his native country. I have included in my piece numerous quotes from his music – some will certainly be immediately readable, while others are deeply processed and camouflaged in the thicket of sounds. 6 seconds – one year in a life –  8'37" – 86 years of precious time for Polish culture..."

The musicians will also perform Krzysztof Penderecki's diploma composition Epitaphium Artur Malawski in memoriam, Symphony No. 6 "Chinese Songs", the choral work O gloriosa Virginum, Agnus Dei composed in response to the passing of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, and the dramatic lament Stabat Mater. We will also listen to Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's Totus Tuus for mixed choir a cappella, which was to be performed during the pope John Paul II’s third pilgrimage to his native country. Górecki’s best-known sacred choral piece will commemorates the tenth anniversary of the composer's passing.

Information on tickets at: http://www.filharmonia.krakow.pl/ 

Amadeus: Arioso e furioso

AmadeusPolish Radio Chamber Orchestra Amadeus invites you to a unique online concert on 6 December 2020 at 7.00 p.m.

The epidemic situation and restrictions make it impossible to experience music together, but thanks to the collaboration with TVP3 Poznań, the Amadeus Orchestra will be present at homes of music lovers on Sunday, 6 December.

Led by Anna Duczmal-Mróz, the ensemble will perform together with an outstanding Polish guitarist, winner of many prestigious music awards – Łukasz Kuropaczewski. The artist has premiered many works by Polish and foreign composers, including Aleksander Tansman, Krzysztof Meyer, Angel Gilardino, Marc Neikrug and Mikołaj Górecki. The latter composer's Arioso e furioso will comprise the Sunday concert programme, next to Szymon Laks' String Quartet No. 3 "On Polish folk themes" arranged by Agnieszka Duczmal.

More information athttps://amadeus.pl/ 

"Resounds": New Polish Music

SVThe series "Resounds. New Polish Music", organised by the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, presents not only contemporary music, but also the contemporaneity of music – both that composed today and 50 or 100 years ago, showing the relationship between the world of art and the world of everyday affairs and great historical or social changes. The next online concert in the series will take place on 4 December 2020 at 8 p.m.

Sinfonia Varsovia conducted by Monika Wolińska will perform Krzysztof Penderecki's Intermezzo, Żaneta Rydzewska's binaural beats, Eugeniusz Morawski's Nevermore and Ludomir Różycki's music from the ballet Apollo and the Girl.

Penderecki's Intermezzo for 24 strings, which surprised the musical world with radical changes in the language of sound, is distinguished by exceptional emotionality and precision of expression. Żaneta Rydzewska's composition binaural beats is an artistic interpretation of the title phenomenon, which is elicited by placing double basses playing a quarter-tone on both sides of the audience. In this way, sounds of minimally different frequencies seep into the left and right ears separately, prompting the brain to create a soothing illusion. Eugeniusz Morawski's symphonic poem Nevermore is based on one of the most famous texts by Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven. The score follows the mood of the literary prototype and delights with an original harmonic language and spectacular instrumentation ideas. Ludomir Różyckis music for the ballet Apollo and the Girl announces the coming of new epochs.

The concert, preceded by a meeting with the artists at 7 p.m., will be streamed live on Sinfonia Varsovia’s YouTube channel and Facebook.

More information athttps://www.sinfoniavarsovia.org/wydarzenia/oddzwieki-nowa-muzyka-polska-3/ 

6th "New Waves" Contemporary Music Festival

Nowe FaleThe Sinfonietta Pomerania Foundation invites you to the 6th "New Waves" Contemporary Music Festival, which will be held online on 3-9 December 2020.

This year's sixth "New Waves" festival was designed to meet today's times – difficult for all of us, especially for artists. The festival concerts were recorded by the invited musicians, taking all precautionary measures, in halls filled with virtual audiences. The results of their work can be viewed on the Internet.

The significantly reduced programme of the festival will include a concert of works by students of composition classes at the Gdańsk Academy of Music, a performance of NeoQuartet, Sinfonietta Pomerania Orchestra and two excellent duos: Łukasz Frant & Joanna Galon-Frant cello-piano duo and Gabriela Szendzielorz-Jungiewicz & Andrzej Jungiewicz piano duo. In addition to the works by 20th-century composers, we will listen to new Polish music, including premieres of compositions by Kamil Kosecki, Anton Koshelev, Olga Rayeva, Piotr Jędrzejczyk, Monika Kędziora, Andrzej Henryk Bączyk, Magdalena Garbecka, Krzysztof Tomasz Jurczak, Piotr Kasiłowski, Magdalena Kurdziel, Szymon Kusior, Jakub Pawlak and Andrzej Dziadek – president of the Gdańsk Branch of the Polish Composers' Union and president of the Sinfonietta Pomerania Foundation. It was precisely because of the premieres that the organisers decided that the 6th "New Waves" festival should take place on the scheduled date, helping new pieces to appear in public space at the right time, without quarantining in composers' drawers.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

All concerts will be available online at: https://2020.nowefale.pl/ 

Roman Maciejewski – pieces for two pianos

MaciejewskiThe project "Roman Maciejewski – pieces for two pianos" was created thanks to the support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

It is dedicated to the promotion of Polish music and compositions for piano duo, emphasizing the important role of Roman Maciejewski in Polish musical life.

The project includes audio-video recordings of such Roman Maciejewski's works as Mazurka, Lullaby, Tarantella, the Negro spirituals series, Deep River, Listen to the Lambs, Sometimes I feel like Motherless Child and I want to be ready. The pieces were performed by the Chopin Piano Duo composed of Anna Boczar and Bartłomiej Kominek.

The recordings were made in September 2020 in the Concert Hall of the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławice. Sound director – Małgorzata Polańska (DUX), video director – Grzegorz Kućmierz ("Presto" Artistic Agency).

The material is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ocngeRpR2w

Album premiere: "Edward Pałłasz – Choral Works" (DUX)

DUXEdward Pałłasz  Choral Works presents the rich and diverse oeuvre of Edward Pałłasz in the field of choral music as performed by the Czestochowa Philharmonic Choir conducted by maestro Janusz Siadlak. The album released by DUX Recording Producers will be out for sale from 4 December 2020.

In Polish culture Pałłasz is seen as an icon of musical talent – he was self-taught in composition, which was not very popular in the 20th century. Nevertheless, with his imagination and enormous talent, he reached personal perfection in creating complex, extremely interesting musical works.

A cappella music in Pałłasz's output is a carrier of tradition (be it regional – Kashubian, or national), but also a proof of a characteristic and individual view of the composition. The latest album of the Częstochowa Philharmonic Choir is a kind of review of the composer's choral legacy  it includes both lyrical works to Osip Mandelstam's poems, Kashubian carols and sacred music.

Edward Pałłasz  Choral Works is the third in a series of DUX monographic albums by Polish contemporary composers recorded by the Częstochowa Philharmonic Choir conducted by Janusz Siadlak. Previous releases include Juliusz Łuciuk – Choral Works and Romuald Twardowski. Sacrum * Profanum, which has been recognized by the artistic community with a nomination for the Fryderyki 2020 award.

The project organiser is the Institute of Art Development. The partners are the ZAiKS Authors' Association and the Częstochowa Philharmonic.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.dux.pl/ 

Polish Music Experience – online

PolishMisucExp"Polish Music Experience" is a project of the "Porta Musicae" Artistic Association that aims to popularize Polish composers and artists in Poland and abroad. Four concerts will be broadcast live on the following Sundays in November 2020 (8, 15, 22 and 29) at 6.00 p.m.

The project will feature famous Kraków musicians, winners of international competitions and festival organisers: Maciej Zimka and Wiesław Ochwat (8 November), Trio Legend (15 November), Bartosz Sałdan and Cracow Duo: Kalinowski & Szlezer (22 November), Gajusz Kęska and Messages Quartet (29 November). The programme will include works by Fryderyk Chopin, Juliusz Zarębski, Aleksander Tansman, Andrzej Panufnik, Zbigniew Bargielski, Michał Papara, Szymon Stanisław Strzelec, Maciej Zimka, Kamil Kruk, Marcel Chyrzyński, and Wojciech Widłak. The concerts will also premiere Tomasz Opałka's Hype! and Andrzej Karałow's String Quartet „Particulae lucis”, which were created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme of the Institute of Music and Dance.

Live broadcasts of concerts from the Marek Stachowski Chamber Hall at the Academy of Music in Kraków are held in cooperation with the Academy of Music in Kraków and the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic in Kraków.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available athttp://www.portamusicae.art.pl/ 

19th Silesian Days of Contemporary Music

ZKPThe Polish Composers' Union invites you to the 19th Silesian Days of Contemporary Music which will run from 19 November to 8 December 2020. Recordings of the concerts will be published on the Facebook page of the Silesian Tribune of Composers, on the YouTube channel of the Polish Composers' Union (Katowice Branch) and on the websites of the co-organizers.

The first concert, performed by the MagDuś Duo (pianist Magdalena Duś and saxophonist Bartłomiej Duś), will feature Przemysław Szczotka's Simbiosis, written especially for the duo, and the premiere of Stanisław Bromboszcz's Monodrama for baritone saxophone and electronics. The programme of the concert entitled "Songs of Silesian Composers", performed by Ewa Biegas (soprano), Maciej Bartczak (baritone), Dagmara Niedziela (piano), Grzegorz Biegas (piano) and Justyna Młynarczyk (viola da gamba ), will include works by Edward Bogusławski, Józef Świder, Tomasz Bauć and Władysława Markiewiczówna as well as the premieres of Adrianna Kubica-Cypek's Sonnets to words by William Shakespeare and Wojciech Stępień's Five Letters to the Beautiful Knight to words by Rambald di Vaqueiras.

Piotr Senkowski's Trois nocturnes pour violon et piano and Marta Kleszcz's Tentativo III will be premiered in December by AdAstra Trio. The final concert will feature premieres of Przemysław Scheller's Dream of a butterfly quartet for piano, vibraphone and two shadows, and Krzysztof Gawlas' Approaching for two pianos, two percussions and electroacoustics.

The project was co-financed under the "Music" programme carried out by the Institute of Music and Dance.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/slaskatrybunakompozytorow/