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Łódź | 6th AŻ Festival

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The Academy of Music in Łódź invites you to the sixth edition of the AŻ Festival. The programme of eight concerts will be dominated by two topics: Polish music and games of imagination. Inauguration of the Festival – November 17, 2018.

The inauguration concert will feature works by Krzysztof Penderecki, Krzysztof Olczak and composers associated with Łódź: Olga Hans, Sławomir Kaczorowski and Maciej Kabza. During the final concert, which will take place on December 1, we will hear Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 17 by Ignacy Jan Paderewski with an outstanding soloist Kevin Kenner, Exodus by Wojciech Kilar and Radogoszcz dramatic overture by Antoni Szewczyk. The Concert of Polish Music on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence will take place on November 27 and will be filled with works by Stanisław Moniuszko, Karol Mikuli, Mieczysław Karłowicz and Grażyna Bacewicz in the interpretation of the Academy's pedagogues, including university's rectors – professors Cezary Sanecki (piano) and Beata Zawadzka-Kłos (soprano). The programme of the next five evenings will cover Polish film music (Wojciech Lemański, Krzesimir Dębski), percussion (Anders Åstrand, Lawrence Ugwu, The Bacewicz Percussion Ensemble) and choir music.

All concerts of the 6th AŻ Festival begin at 6.00 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Music Academy (2a Żubardzka Street), tickets for 30 PLN and 20 PLN to be purchased at the AM ticket office.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at:  http://www.amuz.lodz.pl

Wodynie | Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers

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The fifth concert of the cycle "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers" will take place on November 17, 2018 at 6.00 p.m. at the Municipal Cultural Center in Wodynie.

The concert programme includes string quartets from different epochs: String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13 by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, VIII String Quartet in C minor, Op. 110 by Dmitri Shostakovich and selected works for string quartet by Ignacy Jan Paderewski. The works will be presented by The Time Quartet, composed of graduates of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw: Maksymilian Grzesiak (I violin), Katarzyna Boniecka (second violin), Aleksandra Demowska-Madejska (viola), Małgorzata Duź (cello).

The project is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Composition Commissions" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance. Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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6th Katowice Days of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki


Between November 16 and December 1, 2018 six different concerts of all three artistic ensembles of the Silesian Philharmonic and invited guests will be held as part of the 6th Katowice Days of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki.

The concerts evoke the memory of the patron of the Festival, who this year would be 85 years old. The motto of the event are the words of Paul VI: "This world in which we live needs beauty in order not to sink into despair".

The opening concert (November 16) will feature Isle of the dead by Sergei Rachmaninov and Symphony No. 3 by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. According to the tradition, it will also premiere a new work by Mikołaj Górecki. This year it will be Concerto for clarinet and orchestra, which was written as part of the ministerial programme "Composing Commissions". It is dedicted to Professor Roman Widaszek, who will perform the work along with the Symphony Orchestra of the Silesian Philharmonic under the baton of Jacek Rogala.

On November 24 we will hear Three pieces in old style and Concerto for harpsichord and string orchestra by H.M. Górecki as well as works by Karol Szymanowski, Erich Korngold and Krzysztof Penderecki. A special concert on the occasion of Penderecki's 85th birthday (November 25) is also included in the programme of the 6th Katowice Days.

The performance of Verdi's Requiem on November 30 will be a tribute to the Patron of the Festival. During the final concert, held within the cycle "The Connoisseur Philharmonic" on December 1, we will hear sounds of Górecki's beloved Tatra Mountains recalled by the Jan Karpiel Bułecka ensemble.

Full programme available at: https://www.filharmonia-slaska.eu/ 

1st Polish Radio Chopin Festival

Radio Chopin

The first edition of Polish Radio Chopin Festival will be held on two November weekends: November 16-18 and November 24-25, 2018. The event is organized in cooperation with the Poznań Musical Theater as part of the "Chop (in) Poznań & Wielkopolska" project.

The festival will consist of five concerts. Three of them (16, 24, 25 November) will be held in Poznań, while the other two (17 and 18 November) at the Hunting Palace of the Radziwiłł Princes in Antonin, in which Chopin spent his holidays in 1827 and 1829. It was there that the composer wrote his Polonaise for cello and piano, Op. 3.

The Polish Radio Chopin Festival will open with a recital of Jan Krzysztof Broja. The next piano recital under the title "Rondo dla polacca" will feature works of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, as well as compositions by Chopin, Tansman and Szpilman int he interpretation of Marek Bracha. In the third concert – "Magic Flutes: from Vivaldi to Górecki" – we will hear a duet of Polish flutists: Agata Kielar-Długosz and Łukasz Długosz with the accompaniment of an outstanding pianist Andrzej Jungiewicz. The concert "Between Warsaw and Modernist Poznań" will be devoted to Polish vocal lyric poetry focussing around Chopin, Moniuszko, Karłowicz, Paderewski and Nowowiejski. In the final concert, Hubert Rutkowski will present a repertoire related to the music of composers whom Chopin highly valued (Beethoven, Schumann) as well as contemporary artists. During this recital, we will hear for the first time Two Arabesques fo piano by Paweł Mykietyn's, commissioned by Polish Radio.

Admission to four out of five concerts is free. All concerts will be broadcast on Polish Radio Chopin.

More information at: https://www.polskieradio.pl/326/6378/Artykul/2213772,Festiwal-Radia-Chopin 

Warsaw | Krzysztof Penderecki Festival

PendereckiThe Krzysztof Penderecki Festival, on the occasion of the composer’s 85th birthday, will be held on November 16-23. A birthday week will culminate in a concert at the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera on the Professor’s birthday.

During 7 symphonic and 3 chamber concerts one can hear works representing the master's creative path: from avant-garde pieces from the 1960's to works from the last years (String Quartet No. 4, Symphony No. 6 "Chinesische Lieder"). The Festival will premiere Piano Trio written for the Penderecki Trio and a new "edition" of the Double Concerto in the version for flute and clarinet (arranged by Michel Lethiec).

The following Polish ensembles were invited to participate in the Festival: Symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic, National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, Sinfonia Varsovia, Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia, National Philharmonic Choir, Grand Theater and National Opera Choir, Kraków Philharmonic Choir, Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir, Polish Chamber Choir, Warsaw Boys' Choir. The group of conductors includes: John Axelrod, Rolf Beck, Christoph Eschenbach, Lawrence Foster, Jacek Kasprzyk, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Andres Mustonen, Alexander Liebreich, Rafael Payare, Leonard Slatkin, Tadeusz Strugała, Maximiano Valdés.

Among the outstanding Polish and foreign soloists participating in the Festival are the names of world-famous musicians – the composer's friends who were the first performers of his works, such as: Anne-Sophie Mutter, Arto Noras , Ivan Monighetti, Yuri Bashmet, Danjulo Ishizaka, Gábor Boldoczki, or the Shanghai Quartet.

Full programme available at: http://beethoven.org.pl

Premiere of Paderewski's "Manru" in the Kraków Opera


On November 16, 2018 at 6.30 p.m., the Krakow Opera will host the premiere of the only opera by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, directed by Laco Adamik.

Due to the intense piano career of the outstanding instrumentalist, Manru was being written for 8 years. It is a story of unhappy love, which also outlines the subject of social differences and lack of tolerance. One of the main characters – Ulana – suffers from mother's rejection and the lack of acceptance of her marriage to Gypsy Manru. She is also insecure of her husband's love, in whom the longing for a "Gypsy" lifestyle and the old feeling for Gipsy Azya slowly begin to rise.

During the premiere performance, outstanding soloists will perform with the accompaniment of the Krakow Opera Choir and Orchestra under the direction of Tomasz Tokarczyk. The performance is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund. The event is held under the patronage of the PWM Edition as part of the TUTTI.pl project promoting performances of Polish music.

The Kraków Opera also invites you to participate in the competition for the best review of Manru performance.


More information available at: https://www.opera.krakow.pl

Kraków | 26th Audio Art Festival


26th edition of Audio Art Festival will take place in Kraków on November 16-25, 2018.

Audio Art is an experimental and postmodernist art of the close of XX century and the beginning of the XXI century. Audio Art is an integration of sound and visual art. Presentation of Audio Art appears in form of the concert, performance and installation. Audio Art creates new concept of sound source: as an object and musical instrument in certain space and time. Audio Art is a "one person art": composer, designer and performer unify the whole process of art creation. Audio Art uses low and high technology. Audio Art Festival presents individual artists from all over the world. Festival also presents other non-audio art events extending the whole image of the art based on sound.

The Festival will feature installation Perception of the Spheres by Piotr Madeja, made under the direction of Marek Chołoniewski. On November 17, we will hear compositions by Jagoda Szmytka in the interpretation of Małgorzata Walentynowicz. On November 23, Krzysztof Cybulski will perform his latest works at the Academy of Music in Kraków and give a lecture entitled Acoustic Harmonic Synthesizer. The next day, Martyna Kosecka and Idin Samimi Mofakham will give a lecture entitled Sound Walk – an open form and perform their works in cooperation with Krzysztof Gawlas's mobile orchestra. The members of the orchestra create software instruments for mobile devices. Each performer also has its own set of stereo speakers with an amplifier that allows virtual instruments to emit sound in a manner similar to acoustic instruments.

Audio Art Festival events are webcasted live.

Full programme available at: http://www.audio.art.pl/ 

Katowice | Alexander Liebreich and Szymon Nehring at NOSPR


Szymon Nehring, an acclaimed Polish pianist of the young generation, and the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Liebreich will perform on November 15, 2018 at 7.30 p.n. at the NOSPR headquarters in Katowice.

This is another meeting of NOSPR and Szymon Nehring, after a well-received concert at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. The concert will open with the overture to Halka – the first opera by Stanisław Moniuszko, which gained wide recognition already during the composer's lifetime. Szymon Nehring will perform as a soloist in Ignacy Jan Paderewski's late-Romantic virtuoso Piano Concerto in A minor. The last piece of the evening will be Symphony No. 1 by Johannes Brahms.

The artists will present the same program two days later in Vienna.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: http://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/koncerty/1218/nospr-alexander-liebreich-szymon-nehring 

Warsaw | SuperSam +1: Stian Westerhus & Jerzy Przeździecki

SuperSamStian Westerhus and Jerzy Przeździecki will perform during the next concert from the series "SuperSam + 1", which will take place on November 15, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. in the Warsaw club DZiK (44A Belwederska St.).

"Supersam + 1" is a series of master performances. The project focuses mainly on music, however, it also includes other forms of expression such as: performance, multimedia, monodrama. “Supersam + 1” will present respected Polish and foreign artists whose work is original, experimental and innovative.

Stian Westerhus, born in 1979, has been pushing the boundaries with his guitar for the last ten years. Intimately playing the guitar, like a part of his own body, Stian’s expressive playing breaks down the barriers of the electric guitar and bends music, whether it is on his own as a solo performer or with others. He’s a player that can snuggle comfortably with the improv crowd and he can sound more like a machine than man. He webs sandblasted misshapes into a rhythmic weave, which is intricately bafing. His pursuit of new sound is more about fnding expressive possibilities than an end in itself: when he rips it in the upper register, his instrument sings, piercing through the murk like moonlight on the fens.

Jerzy Przeździecki is a Warsaw based electronic music producer and his journey started in 1983. He keeps away from clichés and amazes with sound. To him, music has no limits. He performed at the Warsaw Autumn Festival and at the biggest electronic music festivals. He balances on the junction of genres and has been developing his own musical language for many years. His creative process always begins with improvisation, which reveals the essence of the musical structure. He experiments and does not shy away from working with other artists. He played with Krzysztof Knittel, Jerzy Mazzoll or Andrzej Karałow. With the latter, he recently recorded an album for a Warsaw based label Requiem Records. He is the first Polish artist, whose piece was used by Depeche Mode in their worldwide tour. He is the second Polish artist, whose records were released by Sven Vath's legendary Cocoon Records label.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.supersam.mozg.pl/