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Opole | Zone of Stars: Maestro Antoni Wit

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Maestro Antoni Wit returns to the Opole Philharmonic on 25 October 2019 at 7 p.m. with a programme composed of French orchestral music as part of the "Zone of Stars" series.

The works by French composers, arranged in chronological order, represent diverse styles. Camille Saint-Saëns' Danse Macabre is a short and spectacular symphonic poem. Gabriel Fauré's Pelléas et Mélisande suite, which consists of the incidental music for a play by Mauric Maeterlinck, has a completely different character. The work written by the Nobel Prize winner in literature of 1911 tells a story of a beautiful girl immersed in incurable melancholy. The Fauré score is also beautiful but at the same time sad and foggy. Albert Roussel's Bacchus et Ariane is ballet music based on a story rooted in mythology, which makes it somewhat crazy, and sometimes even ... noisy.

The concert is directed at several groups of listeners: frankophiles, who are truly fascinated by the land of wine and cheese and want to get to know French music better; music lovers – maestro Antoni Wit is a legend of the Polish music scene and his concert is a must see; and theater and literature lovers who will have the opportunity to listen to music composed for dramatic use.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Cemntre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia.opole.pl/wydarzenia/68-sezon-artystyczny-antoni-wit/ 

Wrocław | Bagatelles and Premieres

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The LutosAir Quintet, one of the most active wind ensembles performing contemporary music, will premiere three works by Polish composers at the chamber music concert on 24 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław.

The Thursday concert will begin with the performance of Six Bagatelles for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn by the Hungarian composer György Ligeti, who went down in history as a great avant-garde artist. The Bagatelles are his early work, written in 1953, before leaving his homeland, and the musical language used in it is easier on the ear than his later compositions. They are arrangements of another of his compositions, the Musica ricercata for piano. The title of the fifth one, Béla Bartók in memoriam, points to an important source of inspiration for Ligeti during this period. Despite the fact that these miniatures are graceful and accessible, the Soviet censorship decided that the last Bagatelle was too radical and did not allow it to be performed during the premiere of the work in 1956.

Other works in the programme were written by contemporary Polish composers. The Wrocław audience will also have an opportunity to listen to the world premieres of the Brass Sextet by the Wrocław composer Ewa Podgórska, Dr JanKeys by the violist and composer Dawid Pajdzik and the Concert Suite for bass clarinet and wind quintet by Nikola Kołodziejczyk. The commission of the latter work was subsidised from the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage – Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme realised by the Institute of Music and Dance.

More information at: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/7269 

Warsaw | 11th "Schaeffer's Era" Festival

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The 11th "Schaeffer's Era" Festival will take place on 24 October 2019 at 8 p.m. in the Artistic Pool (Basen Artystyczny) in Warsaw (6 M. Konopnicka St.).

The "Schaeffer's Era" Festival is a cyclical event that combines music, theater and dance and promotes the rich creative output of the Polish contemporary composer, music theoretician, playwright, philosopher and graphic artist Bogusław Schaeffer. The Festival takes place in the autumn season in Warsaw, regularly since 2009. It is a multimedia and audiovisual event inspired by sound, word, movement, and image, which uses a collage technique.

11th "Schaeffer's Era" combines presentation of works by Bogusław Schaeffer with the celebration of his 90th birthday. The professor died less than a month after his 90th birthday, so this year's Festival will also be a symbolic farewell to the Master. A multimedia spectacle The Eternal Carousel directed by Maciej Sobociński combines performances by Polish and foreign stage artists with a display of Schaeffer's graphic works as well as fragments of his musical works in the interpretation and arrangement of young Polish musicians. Among hte performers there will be actors Lidia Bogaczówna, Izabela Warykiewicz, Sean Palmer, Marcel Wiercichowski, accordionist and composer Marcin Wyrostek with the band Corazone, singer Janusz Radek, rapper Andy Ninvalle, violinist and composer Patryk Zakrocki, pianist Maciej Piszek and composer and pianist Andrzej Karałow.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://aureaporta.eu 

Warsaw | SuperSam +1: Marta Zapparoli & Piotr Zabrodzki

SuperSamMarta Zapparoli and Piotr Zabrodzki will perform at the next concert of the cycle "SuperSam +1", which will take place on 24 October 2019 at 8 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.

Marta Zapparoli is an experimental sound artist, radio artist, improviser, performer, and self-taught researcher. She has been working and living in Berlin since 2007. In the past fourteen years her sonic work has focused on recorded sound from the external world using a wide array of devices, microphones, sensors, ultrasonic, digital and analogue recorders. In the past four years she has also included antennas, radio receivers, and detectors. She works without boundaries and with many unconventional techniques. Her influences and interest is the sonic environment, acoustic ecology, cosmic energies, electro-smog (radio waves communication, EMF), Natural Radio VLF (electromagnetic signal emissions which originate from natural phenomena, weather, lighting, borealis aurora and more) and they relations and effects on human senses and body. With all the recordings she has captured around the world, she builds highly narrative and visionary soundscapes. Through live performances the sound material is transformed and placed into other contexts, consequently changing its original character by creating a distinct aurality into another universe of sound. She aims to stimulate critical thinking, awareness, memories and auditory imagination of the audience.

Piotr Zabrodzki is a pianists and a composer. He graduated from the Music Academy in Warsaw. His music combines jazz improvisation with sonorism, heavy metal and electronics and all of that is topped with a good sense of humour. As a musician he is very flexible and versatile, which is reflected in the number of bands he is a member of: LXMP, Efekt Moozgu, Trylobit, 60 Minut Projekt, The Kurws, Blast Muzungu, SEMAFOR COMBO. He worked with leading avant-garde musicians such as Yoshida Tatsuya, Zdzisław Piernik, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Ove Volquartz, Tabata Mitsuru.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttp://supersam.mozg.pl/

Kraków | 6th Krakow Musical Autumn

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For the sixth time the "Porta Musicae" Artistic Association together with the Karol Szymanowski Krakow Philharmonic invite you to participate in the Krakow Musical Autumn. This year, the organizers are offering you a series of five concerts on 20-24 October 2019, and an accompanying concert on 28 October 2019. Festival concerts will take place in the Main Building of the National Museum in Krakow.

The programme of this year's edition of the festival, as in previous years, involves the presentation of works by Polish and foreign composers, contemporary works and those belonging to the classics of the repertoire intended for chamber instrumental ensembles. This year, the invitation to perform the inaugural concert was accepted by the well-known and appreciated both by the audience and critics – the Lutosławski Quartet, who will present the works of Stanisław Moniuszko, Witold Lutosławski and Dymitr Szostakowicz.

On the second day of the festival, a duet that had never been before at the Krakow Musical Autumn, i.e. flutist Ania Karpowicz and pianist Marek Bracha, will present works by Mieczysław Weinberg, Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern and Aaron Copland. The third day will feature a concert for four hands: Piotr Różański and Grzegorz Mania will sit at one piano and present works of Antonin Dvořák, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Emil Wojtacki, Władysław Żeleński and Johannes Brahms.The first premiere will take place on day four: violinist Volodja Balzarolsky and pianist Peter Caelen will perform for the first time in Poland For Fred by American composer Aaron Alter. The programme will also include works by Leoš Janáček, Antonin Dvořák, Ludomir Różycki and Johannes Brahms.

At the end of this year's edition of the Festival, soprano Joanna Freszel and pianist Bartłomiej Kominek will present a selection of songs by Fryderyk Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, Sergei Rachmaninov, Karol Szymanowski, Grażyna Bacewicz, Alberto Ginastera and Sławomir Zamuszko. During this concert, the artists will also perform the world premiere of Marta Ptaszyńska's Conversation with an Angel, commissioned and written especially for the sixth edition of the Krakow Musical Autumn as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme of the Institute of Music and Dance.

Full programme available at: http://kjm.festiwalmuzyczny.com/ 

Kielce | Stage for Polish Music

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The Cracow Duo will perform works by Polish composers of the 19th and 20th centuries on 22 October 2019 at 6.30 p.m. at the Oskar Kolberg Świętokrzyska Philharmonic. The concert will take place as part of the Institute of Music and Dance's "Stage for Polish Music" programme intended for Polish performers.

The selected repertoire for cello and piano shows the diversity of forms and genres – from lyrical miniatures, through one-movement narrative forms, to cyclical forms and sonatas. The programme includes such works as Introduction and Polonaise by Fryderyk Chopin, for whom cello was the preferred instrument in chamber music, and Deux Pieces by Alexander Tansman, another Polish composer associated with Paris. The presented pieces belong to the permanent repertoire of Cracow Duo, whose members have contributed to the popularization of many Polish compositions.

The artists gained international critical acclaim. They performed, among others, at Seoul Arts Center in Seoul, Alfred Newman Hall in Los Angeles, Carnegie Hall in New York, Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico, Salle Cortot in Paris, St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. They also promoted Polish music during the concert tours in th Middle East, Caucasus, Georgia, the USA, South Korea, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and China. Magazine The Strad wrote about the Cracow Duo: “Kalinowski and Szlezer, friends since childhood, have a wonderfully natural rapport and there is an arresting quality to their playing that gives life to the music”.

Full programme available at: http://filharmonia.kielce.com.pl/press/press_22.10.19.html 

Warsaw | The Music of Faith – The Music of Peace 2019

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The third edition of the "Music of Faith – Music of Peace" Festival, organised by the Centre for the Thought of John Paul II, will be held in Warsaw on 21 October 2019. Among this year's stars of jazz, classical and improvised music will be Royal String Quartet, Wacław Zimpel, Marcin Masecki, Bastarda, Tomasz Pokrzywiński, Joanna Halszka Sokołowska and Jerzy Rogiewicz.

By focusing on sacred music of different cultures and religions, the festival refers to the interreligious meetings in Assisi initiated by John Paul II in 1986. This year's edition is a journey through several musical worlds. The Royal String Quartet has prepared a unique concert composed of sacred compositions by Arvo Pärt, Gregor Allegri, James MacMillan, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Paweł Szymański.

Wacław Zimpel and Marcin Masecki, outstanding improvisers, will face the mystical works of Olivier Messiaen. Hasidic music will be presented to the festival audience by the Bastarda Trio. Tomasz Pokrzywiński together with Joanna Halszka Sokołowska will perform Melodies for the Polish Psalter. The festival will be closed by Jerzy Rogiewicz, who will reach for a collection of carols and by using modest instrumentation: jazz drums, bells, gongs, maracas and autoharp, will create a very personal and mesmerizing musical space.

Almost all of the presented music projects were created especially for the "Music of Faith – Music of Peace" Festival.

Free admission tickets to all concerts are available athttp://muzykawiary.pl/ 

Warsaw | Concert dedicated to Elżbieta Sikora

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The Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw and Programe 2 of the Polish Radio invite you on 20 October 2019 at 6 p.m. to the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio to the anniversary concert of an outstanding composer Elżbieta Sikora on her 75th birthday.

Elżbieta Sikora is a graduate of the State College of Music in Warsaw. In the years 1968–70 she studied electroacoustic music in Paris, at the Groupe de Recherchers Musicales, under the direction of Pierre Schaeffer and Francois Bayle. He has lived in France since 1981. As a scholarship holder of the French Government, she participated in a computer music course at IRCAM and studied composition with Betsy Jolas in Paris. She was a scholarship holder of the city of Mannheim and the Kościuszko Foundation while studying computer music at the Centre for Computer Research for Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University under the direction of John Chowning. For years, she taught electroacoustic music at the Conservatory in Angoulême and at the School of Fine Arts in the same city. As a visiting professor, she taught composition at the University of Chicago. She also lectured at the universities of Marne la Valée, Gdansk, Munich and Warsaw. In the years 2011-2017 Elżbieta Sikora was the Artistic Director of the Musica Electronica Nova festival in Wrocław. Her works published by PWM Edition and Chant du Monde are performed all over the world.

During the anniversary concert, Anna Mikołajczyk (soprano) and the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw conducted by Michał Klauza will perform Elżbieta Sikora's Partita from the Baroque Suite No. 3 and Lamento from the opera Madame Curie. In addition, the concert will premiere her new work for orchestra and electronics, The Underground Passage.

The concert is held under the patronage of the PWM Edition as part of the TUTTI.pl project promoting the performances of Polish music.

Information on tickets athttp://studianagran.com.pl/koncerty/sala-witolda-lutoslawskiego/ 

Warsaw | Romuald Twardowski – Sacrum * Profanum

Collegium Cantorum

A concert premiering the new album published by DUX "Romuald Twardowski – Sacrum * Profanum" will be held on 20 October 2019 at 5 p.m. in the Holy Cross Church at Krakowskie Przedmieście in Warsaw..

"Romuald Twardowski. Sacrum * Profanum", released on the eve of the 90th birthday of the Polish composer, draws attention to his substantial contribution to the development of Polish choral music. Twardowski's career, which began in the 1950s and continues to this day, is a huge musical achievement that makes a lasting contribution to the treasury of our national culture. His work is characterized by a multitude of forms and genres, a mastery of workshop, and a personality of the composer faithful to the principle of unity in diversity. The album, realised under the watchful eye of Twardowski, is a wonderful expression of his thoughts and a unique testimony to his compositional path through a cappella choral music.

The premiere concert is a unique opportunity to listen to the works recorded by the Częstochowa Philharmonic Choir Collegium Cantorum under the direction of Janusz Siadlak, as well as to take part in a unique event together with Romuald Twardowski, his relatives, friends and representatives of the music community. The concert is organized in cooperation with the Warsaw Branch of the Polish Composers' Union.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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