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Katowice | Celebrating Maestro Lawrence Foster's Birthday!

NOSPRThe Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra invites you on 23 October 2021 at 7.30 p.m. to a concert-celebration! The Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the NOSPR, Lawrence Foster, celebrates his 80th birthday that day. The star of his birthday concert will be the legendary pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim, who will perform for the first time as a soloist with a Polish orchestra.

“Daniel Barenboim is, in my opinion, the greatest living musician. Whether he conducts, or plays the piano, or teaches, or finally gives speeches, he is the greatest and there is no dispute about it,” says Maestro Foster about the soloist of his birthday concert. We will hear Barenboim in the beloved, dramatic-virtuoso Concerto in C minor by Ludwig van Beethoven.

The remaining items of the programme were also selected based on the closest musical friendships of the Artistic Director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. The concert will be opened by The Awakening of Jacob by Krzysztof Penderecki, who greatly contributed to Lawrence Foster becoming the head of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra. It was Maestro Penderecki who first called Foster to offer him the position of Artistic Director of the NOSPR. The American conductor was chosen by the orchestra itself. It was no coincidence that he selected The Awakening of Jacob – the work was premiered in 1974 in Monte Carlo under the baton of Stanisław Skrowaczewski by the Orchester National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo. Foster was associated with this orchestra for 14 years.

At the end, we will hear compositions reminiscent of one of the homelands of the main character of the evening –Romanian Rhapsodies by George Enescu. Foster, the son of Romanian immigrants raised in sunny Los Angeles, visited his parents' country for the first time as a 26-year-old. He fell in love with this country and is closely associated with it to this day, also as a tireless promoter of the work of the greatest Romanian composer, George Enescu.

The Honorary Patron of the concert is the Embassy of Romania in the Republic of Poland.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Tickets: https://nospr.org.pl/pl/kalendarz/daniel-barenboim-lawrence-foster-nospr-koncert-z-okazji-80-r 

Wrocław | The Garden of Love

pThe LutosAir Quintet and saxophonist Bartłomiej Duś will perform on 24 October 2021 at 6.00 p.m. at the National Forum of Music. The programme will include works for saxophone, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn. The artists will also premiere Miłosz Wośko's Aeration Channels for wind quintet and electronics.

The concert will begin with Henri Tomasi's Printemps (Spring). Next, we will hear the graceful and unpretentious Suite of another French artist – Charles-Édouard Lefebvre, representing the Romantic Era. This will be followed by The Garden of Love – a piece by the Dutch composer Jacob ter Veldhuis (b. 1951) for soprano saxophone and tape.

Miłosz Wośko, whose new composition for wind quintet and electronics will be premiered during the concert, is a representative of the so-called third trend in jazz music: he combines elements of jazz and classical music in his works. The latest piece by this multi-talented musician "is full of ambiguity, history and emotions", as described by the composer himself.

The concert will end with Darius Milhaud's suite Scaramouche, Op. 165.

The project is part of the commemoration of the centennial of regaining independence and rebuilding Polish statehood.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Read more: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/en/

Latowicz | Mińsk County's Art Festival

Czas sztukiThe "Czas Sztuki" Foundation invites you to the seventh event as part of the Mińsk County's Art Festival, which will be held at the St. Trinity Church in Latowicz on 24 October 2021 at 1.00 p.m. The programme will include songs from the 17th and 18th centuries.

The concert will be performed by Krakow soprano Katarzyna Wiwer and organist from Świdnica Maciej Bator, who will play the positive organ. The programme will include works by such composers as Giulio Caccini, Giovanni Battista Bononcini, Claudio Monteverdi, Henry Purcell. Additionally, we will hear anonymous songs from the Cantionals of the Benedictine Sisters from Staniątki.

The Mińsk County's Art Festival features 13 artistic events in each of the thirteen municipalities of the Mińsk County. The festival combines many fields of art: classical music concerts, educational music workshops for seniors and children, as well as music and poetry meetings commemorating outstanding Polish poets and their work.

The concert will take place after the Holy Mass. Admission is free!

Co-financed by the budget of the Minsk Poviat and the Mazowieckie Voivodeship. Sponsored by the PZU Foundation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Szczecin | "Great Concertmasters": Concerto Notturno

Baltic Neopolis OrchestraConcerto Notturno is the title of the autumn concert in the "Great Concertmasters" series which will take place on 23 October 2021 at 7.30 p.m. at the Trafostacja Sztuki Gallery in Szczecin. The concertmaster and soloist of the Baltic Neopolis Orchestra will be Daniel Stabrawa – a world renowned artist associated with the Berlin Philharmonic, appointed its concertmaster by Herbert von Karajan.

The Baltic Neopolis Orchestra has been cultivating a bond with Mikołaj Piotr Górecki for a long time. At the end of July 2021 the ensemble premiered his piece Second Space and at the upcoming concert we will hear his Concerto Notturno for violin and string orchestra.

The remaining part of the programme, consisting of the works of Polish composers, was arranged by Daniel Stabrawa. We will hear Three Pieces in Old Style by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki – a combination of early music (e.g. a quotation from the 16th-century song describing the wedding of King Sigismund Augustus) with contemporary music techniques, as well as Michał Spisak's dynamic and thrilling Suite for string orchestra.

The "Great Concertmasters" series was co-financed by the City of Szczecin. "StART – a series of concerts" was co-financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Tickets: https://bit.ly/3alAi3K 

Wrocław | Master of Modernity

NFMThe National Forum of Music presents the works by contemporary artists and those constituting the canon of the concert repertoire. A synthesis of these two trends will be the concert programme on 22 October 2021 at 7.00 p.m. during which we will listen to compositions from the Romantic era and a new work for cello and orchestra by a prominent Polish composer of today – Paweł Szymański.

Marzena Diakun and the NFM Choir will perform five pieces for a cappella choir by Anton Bruckner: Os justi WAB 30, Ave Maria WAB 6, Locus iste WAB 23, Christus factus est WAB 11, and Virga jesse floruit WAB 52. These are raw, ascetic, yet delicate pieces, and deeply spiritual too.

Next, the cellist Magdalena Bojanowicz-Koziak will perform Simple Music for cello and orchestra by Paweł Szymański, who is known as a composer of spiritual independence, often critical of present-day developments in music and able to integrate it in an interesting way with elements taken from the past, especially from the Baroque era. Szymański has described his artistic credo as follows: ‘The contemporary artist, including the composer, is in the chains of two extremes. On the one hand, he is in danger of talking gibberish if he completely rejects tradition, and on the other, he can become banal if he stares too much at it. This is the paradox of practicing art today. What is the way out of this situation? Since you cannot completely free yourself from the banality, you must play a game with this banality, treat it as a material that allows you to maintain certain elements of the convention, but at the same time, using quotation marks, metaphors, paradoxes, you have to distance yourself from it.’

The concert will be crowned with a performance of Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 4 in C minor.

The commissioning of work by Paweł Szymański was subsidised from the Culture Promotion Fund of the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport as part of the ‘Composing Commissions’ programme realised by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Read more: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/en/

Katowice | Concert Announcing the 11th Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors

FSThe Symphony Orchestra of the Silesian Philharmonic under the baton of Michał Nesterowicz will perform with the outstanding violinist Jakub Jakowicz on 22 October 2021 at 7.00 p.m. The concert will be a part of the cycle announcing the 11th Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors. The programme will include compositions by Grzegorz Fitelberg and Mieczysław Karłowicz.

The Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors is one of Poland's premier conducting competitions. Since 1982, it belongs to the World Federation of International Music Competitions based in Geneva. Each edition brings new discoveries, present numerous conducting talents and creates an opportunity for young adepts of this art to show their skills to the whole world. The eleventh edition of the Competition will be held in 2023, traditionally – at the Silesian Philharmonic. A concert announcing this music celebration, initiated by Karol Stryja, the last student of the Competition Patron, will be held in 2021.

The evening will begin with Grzegorz Fitelberg's Polish Rhapsody, Op. 25 for orchestra – one of the composer's last works which shows modernist features and inspirations from Fryderyk Chopin's Fantasy on Polish Airs. Mieczysław Karłowicz's Violin Concerto in A major, Op. 8 will delight the audience with beautiful cantilena and excellent use of the solo instrument. The violin part will be performed by an outstanding artist, Jakub Jakowicz.The concert will end with Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No. 7, considered one of the greatest and purest examples of the symphony form since Beethoven's time.

The concert is held under the patronage of PWM Edition as part of the TUTTI.pl project promoting the performance of Polish music. Co-financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Ticket Information: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/ 

Poznań | 4th Tromboholizm – Poznań Trombone Music Festival

TromboholizmTromboholizm – Poznań Trombone Music Festival is a unique event on the map of Poznań, which brings together trombonists from all over Poland and Europe. The 4th edtition of the Festival will be held on 22-25 October 2021, featuring concerts, lectures and master classes conducted by outstanding trombonists from around the world.

The special guests of this year's edition will be: Piotr Banyś, György Gyivicsan, Thomas Leyendecker, Maciej Łakomy, Michał Mazurkiewicz, Grzegorz Nagórski, Piotr Nobik, Zbigniew Starosta, Mateusz Wesołowski, Robert Żelazko and the trombone quartet TrombQuartet.

Concerts at the I.J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań and the M. Karłowicz Secondary Music School in Poznań will be performed by: Wojciech Jeliński – the originator and artistic director of Tromboholism, the TrombQuartet, lecturers of master classes, teachers and students of trombone classes from Budapest, Leipzig, Łódź, Katowice and Poznań. We will hear pieces arranged for trombone and originally written for this instrument, including by Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska.

Lectures will be given on the "Instument Care" (Tomasz Zabor, Mathias Wiedmann), "Mouthpiece in the process of creating sound" (Maciej Łakomy), "Trombonist – a celebrity at the Viennese court" (Mateusz Wesołowski) and "A training ground on a spirometer" (Zbigniew Starosta).

The organizer of Tromboholizm is the I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań, and the co-organizer is the Świat Możliwości Foundation. The festival was co-financed by the Poznań City Hall.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Festival Website: https://wojciechjelinski.com/tromboholizm/ 

Wrocław | "Composing Commissions": Fides et ratio

NFMThe National Forum of Music in Wrocław invites you on 21 October 2021 at 7.00 p.m. to a concert celebrating Pope John Paul II Day, entitled Fides et ratio – ‘faith and reason’. It includes works created especially for this occasion by three Wrocław composers, featuring accordion, harpsichord, boys’ choir and electronics.

Sero te amavi (Too late have I loved you) is the composition by Marcin Bortnowski, based on the quote from Confessions by Saint Augustine. The composer graduated from the Wrocław Academy of Music, where he studied composition under Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil. Apart from composing, he also teaches contemporary composition techniques and computer music.

Stanisław Krupowicz developed his musical interest simultaneously with his passion for science. Before he received a diploma from the Academy of Music in Warsaw, he graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics at the University of Warsaw. He received his doctorate at Stanford University in California. His music has been performed in numerous countries around Europe, Asia and both Americas. He was one of the initiators of the Musica Electronica Nova Festival and the first artistic director of this festival. His composition Te Deum (Thee, o God, we praise) uses an early Christian hymn dating from the 4th century.

The last piece in the concert programme is Eulogētos (meaning ‘blessed’ in Greek), a composition by Marcin Rupociński. The composer studied at the Wrocław Academy of Music, first under Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil and later under Stanisław Krupowicz. In addition to music, he is also fascinated with photography – he studied it in the Pho-Bos studio and at the European Academy of Photography. He creates art at the intersection of three media, programming multimedia installations and creating electroacoustic music alongside an interest in computer-assisted composing.

The commissionings of works by Marcin Bortnowski, Stanisław Krupowicz and Marcin Rupociński as part of the project Fides et ratio were subsidised from the Culture Promotion Fund of the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport as part of the ‘Composing Commissions’ programme realised by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Read morehttps://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/en/

Warsaw | Premiere of Anna Jędrzejewska's mini opera "Umbra"

UmbraAn open-air premiere of Anna Jędrzejewska's mini-opera Umbra will take place on 22 October 2021 at 6.00 p.m. in the Warsaw Moat Park.

The one-act multimedia mini-opera for soprano and piano with electronics is an internal dialogue of ego and superego in the metaphor of reflections and projections of the mind, a process of being aware of oneself, defining "me". The eponymous umbra is a total shadow; a term usually used in reference to an eclipse. It is a metaphor for the concept of a Jungian shadow. The libretto was written by Wojciech Skowronek and the visualization project was created by Kamil Kowalski. The story unfolds as a reflection on man in today's world, in the decline of civilization, in the threat of a global and pandemic conflict. To what extent does the consciousness of today's man correspond to the challenges of our times? Are we really aware of ourselves, or, like in a Platonic cave, do we talk about the images we create based on reflections, projections and images distorted by the culture of "posing"? The main character stands on the stage surrounded by three screens which are supposed to be "holograms" themselves. She is surrounded by her id, ego and superego talking to each other, as in meditation.

The piece will be performed by the opera singer Aleksandra Klimczak, who will process her voice live electronically, and the composer herself, who plays the piano.

The mini opera was created as part of the "Mobile in Clture" programme.

The first performance will be broadcast online from the PanDymińska club on 21 October at 8.00 p.m.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

21 October: https://www.facebook.com/events/616549393089184 

22 October: https://www.facebook.com/events/1036795130480961