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Juliusz Łuciuk has passed away...

ŁuciukComposer Juliusz Łuciuk, honorary member of the Polish Composers' Union, died on 17 October 2020 at the age of 93.

"Particular attention to national, religious and family traditions, extremely prolific compositional activity regardless of age, regularly resulting in new compositions, permanent presence in the musical environment of Kraków, and also his creative path, stubbornness and determination in the implementation of the plans and outstanding artistic achievements, in large part released on monographic records” – in these words musicologist Jerzy Stankiewicz summed up Juliusz Łuciuk's work.

Juliusz Łuciuk, a graduate of the State Higher School of Music in Kraków, was a student of Zdzisław Jachimecki and Stanisław Wiechowicz. He continued his musical education in Paris, where in 1958-59 he studied composition with Nadia Boulanger and Max Deutsch as well as attended Olivier Messiaen's seminars. In 1959 he also took part in the International Courses for Composers in Darmstadt. He received numerous awards for his work, including Silver Medal in the International Competition for Composers in Vercelli, Netherlands Radio Award in the International Competition for Composers in the Netherlands, Prix de Composition Musicale Prince Rainier, Polish Prime Minister's Award for piano works for children, Friar Albert Award for achievements in the field of sacred music, Award of the Polish Composers' Union, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross, Special Award of the Minister of Culture, Silver Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis.

Let us honor his memory!

49th Polish Composers' Union Musicological Conference organised with the Academy of Music in Kraków

ZKPThe Polish Composers' Union invites you on 25-27 October 2020 to the virtual Academy of Music in Kraków to listen to the sessions of the 49th Musicological Conference of the Polish Composers' Union – "Theory of music / musicology here and now. Resonance of the Past – Contemporary challenges".

The conference will discuss the following topics: "Musicology – Theory of music. The elemental dialectic?"; "Understanding music. The idea of ​​experiencing the work"; "Developing sensitivity and imagination"; "Music as a message'; "Paradigms, thought constructs, concepts and methods".

The conference will feature 29 speakers, we will hear two lectures, nine panels, and two concerts. There will be also a presentation of the droba.polmic.pl website, devoted to the person and work of Krzysztof Droba. The final concert will premiere Zbigniew Bargielski's Clavertett for string quartet and harpsichord, which was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme of the Institute of Music and Dance. The conference will be held on the AMK ON-LINE lecture platform, created especially for the conference participants. The whole event will be available on the website of the Academy of Music in Kraków: www.amuz.krakow.pl/49konferencjazkp 

Let's be together! As long as technology does not fail, traditionally the Musicological Conference will resonate, although in a new space, not necessarily a hostile one – these are the challenges of the present day!

dr hab. Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska, president of the Musicologists' Section of the Polish Composers' Union

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Final concert of the workshops "Don't be afraid to improvise!" online

NBIThe Polish Society for Contemporary Music and Art Deco Group Music Agency invite you on 24 October 2020 at 11.30 a.m. and 13.30 p.m. to the online broadcast of the last – eighth concert summarizing the online workshops for young musicians "Don't be afraid to improvise!".

The workshops are free of charge and are intended for children learning to sing or play any instruments at music schools or institutions that conduct music classes. During the workshops, children learn about contemporary music and methods of improvisation and they take part in exercises and games that will help them absorb the knowledge more easily. In this project, it is very important to make music together and collaborate in a group, so children participate in classes with their instruments and actively improvise under the guidance of the teachers. This time, we will hear the results of classes conducted by singer and songwriter Iza Kowalewska and multi-instrumentalist and composer Helena Matuszewska.

During the upcoming concert, which will be broadcast live from the Warsaw Quality Studio in cooperation with Rec Audio, everyone will meet live for the first time and make music together.

Co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The concert will be available online at: www.artdecogroup.eu and www.facebook.com/adgagencja 

Opole |Three Centuries of Music


"Three Centuries of Music" is a unique symphonic concert of the Józef Elsner Opole Philharmonic, which will take place on 23 October 2020 at 7.00 p.m. We will hear Beethoven' music juxtaposed with 20th and 21st century works.

The concert will begin with the Coriolan Overture, Op. 62 by Ludwig van Beethoven, inspired by the fate of the legendary Roman leader Coriolan. Two contrasting melodic lines in the piece – warlike and lyrical – reflect the character's psychological conflict.

Concerto for clarinet and orchestra, Op. 49 by Mikołaj Górecki, son of the famous Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, was composed especially for Roman Widaszek, who will perform as a soloist during the concert. Arthur Honegger's Symphony No. 2 was written during World War II and reflects this difficult and painful chapter in the history of mankind. The piece ends with a spark of hope brought by a trumpet solo to the accompaniment of strings. The Opole Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Warcisław Kunc.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Gdańsk | 9th NEO ARTE Synthesizer of Arts

NeoarteNEO ARTE Synthesizer of Arts is an international festival presenting the most interesting trends in contemporary music and art. It works as a platform connecting artists from various cultural backgrounds and realms of art. The organiser of the Fstival, which will take place on 22-25 October 2020 in Gdańsk, is NeoQuartet ensemble based in Tri-city.

The audience of the 9th edition of NeoArte Synthesizer of Arts Festival will have an opportunity to take part in 10 concerts, 2 art installations and several art performances – all this in just four days. Students of composition will have a chance to take part in composing workshops held by Hanna Kulenty – this-year festival’s Patron and Composer-in-Residence. Each concert is planned as a multidisciplinary spectacle where audience is an active component of artistic process.

During an inauguration of the festival NeoQuartet will present one-hour multimedia spectacle devoted to renowned Polish composer – Hanna Kulenty. Next day, the festival will host Ensemble Mosaik from Berlin – one of the finest contemporary music chamber ensembles in the world and also Swiss duo reConvert presenting an interactive music installation created in collaboration with composer – Fabrizio di Salvo. Third day of NeoArte Synthesizer of Art Festival will include: afternoon concert, art performance, workshops inspired by oeuvres of Alvin Lucier and finally an evening Concert of Premieres with world premieres of compositions written for NeoQuartet by composers from Japan, Russia, and Poland. The last day of the festival will traditionally be a scene of music marathon with an excellent lineup of chamber music ensembles specializing in performance of new music. The ASP foyer in Gdańsk will host: Hashtag Ensemble (Poland), Śniedź Duo (Poland), reConvert (Switzerland), Cikada Ensemble (Norway), Liebchen-Kwiatkowska-Pałosz Trio (Poland) and NeoQuartet in multimedia performance with Gdańsk artist – Piotr Wyrzykowski.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: www.neoarte.pl 

Gdańsk | "Tuesdays on the Wave"

Opera Bałtycka

The Baltic Opera in Gdańsk invites you on 20 October 2020 at 7.00 p.m. to the inauguration of the "Tuesdays on the wave" concert series.

"Tuesdays on the wave" is a series of three meetings with Polish music culture of the interwar period. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Poland’s Wedding to the Sea, selected artists of the Baltic Opera will present contemporary interpretations of chamber works by Karol Szymanowski, Ludomir Różycki and Grażyna Bacewicz.

In October, November and December, we invite you to chamber concerts in the foyer of the Baltic Opera. It is a space that differs from the stage by blurring the line between performers and the audience. The heritage of Polish composers has left an impact on opera culture around the world. "Tuesdays on the wave" is an attempt to popularize both the output of the interwar period and the skills of artists who undertake its contemporary interpretations.

The "Tuesdays on the Wave" series was co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Music" programme carried out by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Information on tickets at: https://operabaltycka.pl/pl 

Warsaw | The New Music Scene 2020

NTA cycle of Chain Ensemble concerts entitled "The New Music Scene", presenting important musical achievements from the past few decades, will take place between 20 October and 15 December 2020 in the Nowy Theatre in Warsaw.

Programme of the cycle organized by the Witold Lutosławski Society includes four concerts: "Ró meaning calm", "Travels and 'travels'"," Musica Pura from Austria "and" Renaissance and Baroque today ". We will hear works by composers from all over the world, including pieces by Polish composers: Artur Kroschel, Witold Szalonek and Paweł Mykietyn.

The upcoming concert on 20 October at 7.00 p.m. will feature Fracture by Artur Kroschel, Poco a Poco by Alex Mincek,  by Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Hot by Fran Donatoni. As the organisers point out, "Peace – not as relaxation – but as fully at-ease focus – is a shared space for the October concert by Chain Ensemble. Careful movement across fragile territory which is the stage of fullness, constantly achieved and destabilised anew. And in addition the brilliance of these semi real, semi magical phenomena emerging from the composers' imaginations means that Ró meaning calm is not just practice at paying attention (vide the notorious notion of mindfulness), but also exciting musical explorations".

More information at: https://nowyteatr.org/pl 

Lutosławski Piano Duo: "Turn on the duo" online

Wlacz duet

"Turn on the duo" is a series of innovative concerts and online meetings performed by Lutosławski Piano Duo. The project involves online presentation of seven concerts of the duo which will be released periodically on Facebook beetwen 19-25 October 2020.

The highest quality of perfomance, an appropriate selection of repertoire for 4 hands and for 2 pianos (including Chopin, Lutosławski, Górecki, Sikorski, Reich, Ravel, Debussy), the combination of music with the artists' talk about their work, as well as the modern form of recordings make the project valuable not only in artistic, but also in educational terms. It is a response to the expectations of listeners who want to take a closer look at the musicians while playing, but also while working on the repertoire. Special camera shots make it possible.

Emilia Karolina Sitarz and Bartłomiej Wąsik, who has performed as Lutosławski Piano Duo for over 20 years and also play in the Kwadrofonik quartet, are versatile pianists who successfully find themselves in classical, folk and contemporary music. Each meeting will be recorded in a studio on several cameras, and then made available online for free on the project website. The visual implementation of the project is managed by TVP Kultura's journalist Eliza Orzechowska, who has experience in broadcasting the Chopin Piano Competitions, the Classic Stage of TVP Kultura or the premieres of the Teatr Wielki – National Opera.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.


Gdańsk | 11th Euro Chamber Music Festival


The 11th Euro Chamber Music Festival Gdańsk – the largest international festival of chamber music in northern Poland – will run from 16 October to 22 November 2020.

The Festival received the prestigious EFFE (Europe For Festivals Festivals For Europe) label for 2019-2020, awarded by the European Festival Association for the most interesting festival events in Europe. It has hosted such famous artists as Leszek Możdżer, Apollon Musagète Quartett, MoCarta Group, Janusz Wawrowski, Jerzy and Maciej Stuhr, Krystyna Janda, Wiktor Zborowski, Kayah & Royal String Quartet, and Władysław Gudonis Komendarek.

This year's edition will feature recognized domestic and foreign chamber musicians, including Anna Maria Staśkiewicz, Jozef Luptàk, Quatuor Adastra, Split Guitar Quartet, Petra & Patrik Jablonsk, as well as young laureates of international music competitions and outstanding instrumentalists of the young generation in the Polish Rising Music Stars series. We will hear masterpieces of European composers and Polish contemporary music, including works by Mieczysław Karłowicz and Krzysztof Penderecki. The key event of the Festival will be a performance of Daniel Olbrychski and Duo del Gesù with letters and music by this year's great jubilarian, Ludwig van Beethoven. The festival will also include the 6th Baltic String Duo Competition.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.eurochambermusicfestival.com