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2nd ClassiX Festival online

ClassixThe second edition of the ClassiX Festival will be held on 5-11 November 2020 at the Brodnica Culture Centre, combining classical, electronic, jazz and contemporary music with modern visual art. Concerts will be broadcast via Facebook, YouTube and Eltronik cable TV.

For four days, the stage of the Brodnica Culture Centre will become a meeting place for outstanding musicians of various specialties, for whom classical music is the starting point for their artistic exploration. The festival will combine sound with image and light. The artist responsible for the visual concept is Bartek Wójcicki – a famous Polish motion designer and VJ.

The final concert will feature twenty-two artists, including Nikola Kołodziejczyk and his Big Band, Konglomerat, Mateusz Smoczyński, Nika Lubowicz and Mat Kwiatkowski, who will take the audience on an extraordinary musical journey through styles and genres. The concert will feature the world premiere of Brodnica Symphony by Mat Kwiatkowski, the artistic director of the Festival. This composition was commissioned by the Mayor of Brodnica on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Brodnica's return to the Motherland. It is a spectacular piece with a classical structure of a 'symphonie concertante' for cello, violin, electronics, female and male voice, and a 19-person big band.

The festival is part of the official celebration of the 100th anniversary of regaining independence by Brodnica. The event is under the Honorary Patronage of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Marshal of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship, Piotr Całbecki.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: https://www.facebook.com/festiwalclassix 

Warsaw | 4th Polish Music Convention

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The 4th Polish Music Convention, organized by the Institute of Music and Dance, will take place on 5-7 November 2020 at the Powiśle Power Plant in Warsaw.

The aim of the Polish Music Convention is to review the possibilities and challenges of Polish music from the perspective of creators, performers and institutions. During the meeting, an attempt will be made to define the development and promotion potential of Polish music. For each area discussed, an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the current situation as well as the opportunities and threats facing Polish music will be carried out.

The discussion panels will be divided into two parts. The first part will be filled with subject sessions, the aim of which is to present the achievements of Polish music in its various genre and historical forms (early, folk, sacred, 19th and 20th century music, contemporary music, jazz, song). The second part of the convention will consist of problem sessions devoted to financing music, music criticism, export and promotion of Polish music, as well as the challenges of music management and activities during a pandemic. Parallel panels are not planned during the convention. All sessions will be held consecutively in one room, thus everyone will be given the opportunity to participate in each panel.

The papers will be published on the convention website before the convention begins, so that participants can get acquainted with them in advance. As a result, each panel will be devoted mainly to substantive discussion of all participants.

The convention will be broadcast live on the website http://www.konwencjamuzyki.pl/ and the YouTube channel of the Institute of Music and Dance. People watching the broadcast will be able to ask questions and submit comments to the discussion via the chat function.

Warsaw | 7th International Paderewski Festival

PaderewskiThe International Paderewski Festival will be held in Warsaw for the seventh time on 4-8 November 2020. It is the most important cultural event in Poland promoting the work of Ignacy Jan Paderewski – an outstanding pianist, composer, great patriot, politician, philanthropist and statesman.

This year's edition will celebrate three important anniversaries: the 160th anniversary of the composer's birth, the 180th anniversary of the birth of actress Helena Modrzejewska, who for many years supported Paderewski's artistic career, as well as the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, whose works constituted a significant part of Paderewski's performance repertoire. The programme of the festival will also include works by Fryderyk Chopin, Karol Szymanowski, Zygmunt Stojowski and Grażyna Bacewicz. Jazz interpretations of Ignacy Jan Paderewski's works will be presented by Krzysztof Herdzin.

The festival will include concerts with the Sinfonia Varsovia chamber orchestras and the Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra, as well as chamber concerts of outstanding musicians from Poland and abroad. Szymon Nehring, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Bartosz Nizioł, Michał Francuz, Jekaterina Drzewiecka and Michał Szymanowski will perform in the most beautiful palaces in the capital city: the Royal Castle in Warsaw, the Orangery of the Museum of King Jan III's Palace in Wilanów and the Palace on the Island in the Royal Łazienki Park.

In addition to concerts, the organisers of the Festival have planned events for children and youth, a virtual exhibition and screenings of documentary films presenting the figure, achievements and little-known facts from the life of Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

The 7th International Paderewski Festival is under the honorary patronage of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and is co-financed as part of the "Music" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Full programme is available on the official websitehttps://ignacypaderewski.com/ 

2nd Scientific Conference "Polish chamber music of the 20th and 21st century" and an online concert

POlska Muzyka KameralnaInstitute of Chamber Music of the G. and K. Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź invites you on 4 and 5  November 2020 to the 2nd Scientific Conference "Polish chamber music of the 20th and 21st century". Lectures and a concert of Polish music will be held in the Academy's Chamber Hall and will be streamed online.

Lectures by outstanding pedagogues – Ewa Skardowska (PhD Habil.), Ewa Guz-Seroka (PhD) and Wojciech Świętoński (PhD) from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music and Robert Kwiatkowski (PhD Habil.) from the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk – will focus on important issues in the work of such Polish composers as Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Szymon Laks, Grzegorz Fitelberg and Paweł Łukaszewski.

The programme of the Polish music concert scheduled for the second day of the conference will be dominated by songs for voice and piano, including pieces by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (performed by Urszula Kryger and Ewa Guz-Seroka), Henryk Czyż, Romuald Twardowski (performed by Bartosz Szulc and Mikołaj Pacholczyk), Aleksander Tansman (performed by Patrycja Krzeszowska-Kubit and Marcin Kawczyński), Paweł Łukaszewski (performed by Anna Mikołajczyk-Niewiedział and Wojciech Świętoński). Pianists Hanna Holeksa and Marcin Kawczyński will also play pieces for two pianos by Romuald Twardowski and Roman Maciejewski, Małgorzata Wasiucionek and Sylwia Michalik-Bednarczyk will present three compositions for violin and piano by Artur Malawski, and Franciszek Bawoł, Agata Niewiadoma and Jakub Nowak will perform Romuald Twardowski's Piano Trio. Moreover, Agnieszka Przybylska and Agnieszka Kołodziej will premiere Jolanta Smolska's Concept for piano and cello.

https://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/konferencja-polska-muzyka-kameralna-xx-i-xxi-wieku 

Warsaw | Special Choral Music Concert on the 100th birth anniversary of Pope John Paul II

FNThe Warsaw Philharmonic Choir accompanied by the musicians of the Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra will be offering an interesting and original vista of the music of the 20th and 21st centuries during a special concert on 4 November 2020 at 7.00 p.m. to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pope John Paul II.

The concert will open with the solemn Coronation Te Deum by William Walton, heard for the first time during Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey in 1953. The programme also features an important event on this year’s musical calendar – the world premiere of Paweł Łukaszewski’s Mass, marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pope John Paul II. Łukaszewski, whose works have often been performed by the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir, is one of the most outstanding and recognized Polish authors of choral and church music. Underpinning his musical idiom is a profound simplicity, a rich vein of tradition, masterfully structured form and an immersion in the sacred, all of which promises to make this extraordinary musical experience.

Norbert Palej is a composer whose works are not often heard in the concert halls in Poland. Born in 1977 in Poland and raised in Germany, Palej cut his teeth on composing in the United States. He is currently based in Canada, where he teaches composing at the University of Toronto. His work Weronika for solo violin, chamber orchestra and reciting voice will serve as an instrumental interlude for the evening. Lili Boulanger, the younger sister of the famous Nadia, was a talented composer whose career was cut short by her premature passing at the tender age of 24. Psalm No. 24 (together with two other psalms) penned in 1916, two years before her untimely death, is an evocative and poignant testimony to a budding talent that never had a chance to come into full bloom.

Live online streaming on YouTube.

More information at: http://filharmonia.pl/ 

Skarby w piszczałkach zaklęte odkrywane na nowo

Skarby_w_piszczalkach"Skarby w piszczałkach zaklęte odkrywane na nowo" ["Treasures enchanted in pipes rediscovered"] is a series of five films presenting the possibilities of the king of all instruments. The authors invite you to discover the treasures hidden in organ pipes – the premiere is coming on Friday, 30 October 2020.

Each episode was recorded on a different organ, which comes from a various period and has a distinctive sound style. However, they all have one thing in common – they are real pearls in the field of organ-building craftsmanship. Each instrument is distinguished by exceptional sound qualities, making them the title 'treasures', not only on the country scale. We will discover these treasures by listening to a stylistically diverse repertoire, including works by contemporary Polish composers, performed by outstanding Polish organists: Krzysztof Urbaniak – Hanas Hummel's organ (1616) in the St Andrew's Church in Olkusz; Jarosław Wróblewski – Andreas Hildebrandt's organ (1719) in the St Bartholomew's Church in Pasłęk; Małgorzata Trzaskalik-Wyrwa – baroque organ in the Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Marianskie Porzecze; Marek Pilch – Dominik Biernacki's organ in the Siedlce Cathedral, and Ireneusz Wyrwa – Mühleisen organ in the Church of St Casimir in Nowy Sącz.

Małgorzata Trzaskalik-Wyrwa, PhD Habil., president of the board of the Pro Musica Organa Association, will be our guide through the nooks and crannies of the magical world of the organ. All recordings were made by Studio Ars Sonora, which guarantees the highest quality of audio and video.

The materials will be available on the Studio Ars Sonora YouTube channel and on the Pro Musica Organa Association website

The project was co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Gdańsk | Polish Chamber Choir: Concert on the 100th anniversary of the birth of St John Paul II

PChKThe Polish Chamber Choir will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of St. John Paul II with a concert entitled "From the Polish Land", which will take place on 30 October 2020 at 7.00 p.m. in the Holy Trinity Church in Gdańsk without the participation of the audience. The event will be broadcast on the websites www.gdansk.pl and www.polskichorkameralny.pl.

Performed by the excellent ensemble conducted by Jan Łukaszewski, we will hear mainly Polish music, including a piece by the recently deceased composer Juliusz Łuciuk to the words of our Great Compatriot O Poish Land, from which comes the title of the concert, as well as works awarded in the Musica Sacra Nova International Composers' Competition 2020 and world premieres of Paweł Łukaszewski's works Sub Tuum praesidium and Corpus Christi Hymnus published this year by PWM Edition.

The concert will feature outstanding instrumentalists: saxophonist Paweł Gusnar, percussionist Leszek Lorent and organists Michał Sławecki and Andrzej Szadejko.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Music" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.polskichorkameralny.pl/pl/ 

Katowice | Premiere of Eugeniusz Knapik's "Podróż długa"

FSThe premiere of the latest piece by Eugeniusz Knapik entitled Podróż długa [The Long Journey], created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme of the Institute of Music and Dance, will take place on 30 October 2020 at 7.00 p.m. at the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic in Katowice.

Podróż długa is a continuation of Eugeniusz Knapik's I am Coming to You for mezzo-soprano and string orchestra composed many years ago, and is dedicated to Professor Mieczysław Tomaszewski on the occasion of his 80th birthday. The text is based on poems by Edward Stachura and Zbigniew Herbert. The piece will be premiered by the Silesian Philharmonic Choir and the Silesian Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Maciej Tomasiewicz. The solo parts will be performed by soprano Monika Sendrowska and baritone Tomasz Rak. The programme of the concert will also include pieces by Gustav Mahler, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Vivaldi.

Information on tickets at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/ 

Olsztyn | Stage for Polish Music

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Joanna Freszel (soprano) and Łukasz Chrzęszczyk (piano) will perform on 30 October 2020 at the Feliks Nowowiejski Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic in Olsztyn during a concert as part of the "Stage for Polish Music" programme of the Institute of Music and Dance.

A solo song with piano accompaniment, derived from the Romantic tradition, has always been a challenge for composers – how to do justice to poetic content, and at the same time entice the listener with their own original musical setting? During the next edition of "Stage for Polish Music", we will learn how the most outstanding Polish composers of the 20th century – Karol Szymanowski, Jerzy Lefeld, Grażyna Bacewicz, Szymon Laks and Zygmunt Mycielski – coped with this task.

Słopiewnie op. 46 bis is a series of five songs to the words of Julian Tuwin that marks a turn in Szymanowski's work towards inspiration by folklore and the broadly understood Slavic spirit. Folklore inspirations are also heard in his poignant Kurpie Songs. The Children's rhymes – charming and simple songs written to the words of Kazimiera Iłłakowiczówna, Szymanowski dedicated to the memory of his tragically dead niece, Alusia Bartosiewiczówna. The upcoming concert will be also a rare opportunity to listen to Eight Jewish folk songs (Huit chants populaires juifs) by Szymon Laks: violinist and then conductor of the camp orchestra in Auschwitz-Birkenau.

An excellent duo composed of soprano Joanna Fresszel and pianist Łukasz Chrzęszczyk will also present songs by Grażyna Bacewicz, Jerzy Lefeld and Zygmunt Mycielski.

More information at: https://filharmonia.olsztyn.pl/