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Lublin | Chord XVI – choral music of Lublin composers


The Lublin Branch of the Polish Composers' Union invites you to a concert entitled "Chord XVI – choral music of Lublin composers", which will take place in the Lublin Archcathedral on 20 October 2019 at 8.15 p.m.

Since 1988, the Lublin Branch of the Polish Composers' Union has organized a series of chamber and occasionally symphonic concerts called "Chord". It's main goal is to promote the achievements of composers associated with Lublin and the Lublin region. Fifteen editions of the series took place between 1988-2015.

The honorary patronage over this year's concert was taken by the Metropolitan of Lublin, Archbishop Stanisław Budzik. An introduction will be given by the President of the Lublin Branch of the Polish Composers' Union, Mariusz Dubaj. The renowned Lublin choir 'Camerata Lubelska' conducted by Tomasz Orkiszewski will perform choral compositions of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Tadeusz Szeligowski, Andrzej Koszewski, Kazimierz Górski, Andrzej Nikodemowicz, Mieczysław Mazurek, Henryk Czyżewski and Mariusz Dubaj. Two works will receive their world premieres: Triptych by Andrzej Nikodemowicz and Missa Nova in Latin by Mariusz Dubaj.

The concert is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Music" programme through the Polish Composers' Union in Warsaw.

Lusławice | Academic Concert as part of the 200th birth anniversary of Stanisław Moniuszko


A special academic concert will be held on 19 October 2019 at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Center for Music in Lusławice as part of the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko.

The concert will present the musical legacy of one of the greatest artists of Polish Romanticism. The programme of the evening will include songs and arias from the Halka and Paria operas, as well as The Crimean Sonnets – a cantata for solo tenor, mixed choir and symphony orchestra to the words by Adam Mickiewicz. We will also listen to the famous Fairytale Fantastic Ouverture and the equally well-known Mazur from the opera The Haunted Manor.

Among the performers will be Jolanta Kowalska-Pawlikowska (soprano), Zdzisław Madej (tenor), Choir and Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Krakow under the direction of Stanisław Krawczyński, and guests from Belarus – the Student Choir of the Belarus State Academy of Music under the direction ot the ambitious and charismatic conductor Inessa Bodyako. The concert will be hosted by Małgorzata Janicka-Słysz.

The upcoming concert is one of the six events of the "Autumn in Lusławice" series, organized by the Krzysztof Penderecki European Center for Music in Lusławice.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://penderecki-center.pl/ 

Warsaw | James Newton in Person


A concert on 19 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw will be the first opportunity for the Polish audience to listen to such a generous selection of the American composer, flautist and conductor James Newton’s works during a monographic concert showcasing the versatility of his talent. Sinfonia Iuventus will perform his compositions together with a jazz quartet.

James Newton (* 1953, Los Angeles, CA) has written more than 300 compositions. Newton’s pieces have been performed all over the world, from Carnegie Hall to the National Gallery in Berlin. His works span a variety of music genres, including chamber, symphonic, sacral, jazz, electronic, ethno, as well as ballet and modern dance music. In 1989, Newton published his handbook to flute improvisation (The Improvising Flute). He is the author of dozens of albums, including solo flute ones. James Newton is one of the most acclaimed jazz flute virtuosos. His recordings with Anthony Davis are among the most characteristic examples of the contemporary Third Stream.

“The music, which I write, first and foremost reflects my faith, which infuses my artistic life as a composer of sacred music” – said Newton. “Another recurring theme is inspiration from my African-American cultural roots”. In 1997, he wrote The Songs of Freedom opera, and in 2006, composed the Latin Mass which had its premiere in February 2007 in Prato, Italy.

As a musician, Newton visited Poland in 2007, when he played with Piotr Baron Quartet during the band’s tour of Poland and Hungary. The quartet performed in the following line-up: Piotr Baron, James Newton, Dariusz Oleszkiewicz and Mark Ferber. In the same year, James Newton performed twice with the Jarek Śmietana band (James Newton, Jarek Śmietana, Wojciech Karolak and Adam Czerwiński). During the upcoming concert he will perform with Polish musicians:  Piotr Baron, Dominik Wania, Maciej Adamczak, Łukasz Żyta and vocalists Marcela Wierzbicka-Opalińska and Dominik Opaliński. The programme will include, among others, Line of immortality for jazz quartet and orchestra, Psalm 119 for soprano and baritone, two versions of the famous Amazing Grace hymn, dedicated to Barrack Obama and the victims of the Charleston church massacre of 2015, and Glimpses of the Garden of Eden for French horn and orchestra. The concert will be conducted by Wojciech Semerau-Siemianowski – an acclaimed conductor and pianist.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.sinfoniaiuventus.pl 

Katowice | Lawrence Foster and Rudolf Buchbinder


On 18 October 2019 at 7:30 p.m., the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice under the baton of its new artistic director Lawrence Foster will perform the Concerto for String Orchestra by Grażyna Bacewicz and the Symphony No. 1 in E flat major by George Enescu.

Concerto for string orchestra – Grażyna Bacewicz's opus magnum, returns to the music stands of the NOSPR musicians exactly 69 years and 4 months after the world premiere under the baton of Grzegorz Fitelberg. Although the orchestra's composition has changed completely since then, the impact of the work, which Stefan Kisielewski described as "a bloody piece of healthy and tasty music", remains unchanged.

Rudolph Buchbinder chose Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major for his debut at the NOSPR Concert Hall. The premiere of this work was the Beethoven's last public performance as a soloist with orchestra. George Enescu decided to give the Symphony in E flat major (1905) number one, despite the fact that he wrote four other symphonies as a teenager. Enescu remains the youngest student in the history of the Vienna Conservatory to which he was admitted at the age of 7! Thus, when writing the Symphony in E flat major at the age of 24, he was able to present a "mature" look at the late Romantic symphony tradition developed by Schumann and Brahms.

Before the concert (6.45 p.m.), the Society of Friends of the NOSPR invites you to the chamber hall for a meeting with a special guest –  the director of the George Enescu Festival, Mihai Constantinescu.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/ 

Katowice | Music in the image of the Silesian Philharmonic


A unique multimedia symphony concert will take place on 18 October 2019 at the Silesian Philharmonic. The orchestral and organ sound will combine in total harmony, enhanced by live broadcast from the interior of a unique instrument consisting of 2500 pipes.

The Silesian philharmonics, together with the well-known organist Roman Perucki, will present organ in various roles – as a solo instrument and as a part of the orchestra ensemble, proving how many possibilities it offers and how surprising and delightful this instrument can be. Additionally, thanks to the cameras placed inside the local organ, music lovers gathered in the Karol Stryja Concert Hall will be able to see the operation of complicated mechanisms that the organist will set in motion with every touch of a key or pedal.

Roman Perucki has already completed over 2,500 recitals. He performed in the most famous cathedrals and concert halls of the world, each time delighting the audience with his skills.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/ 

Warsaw | Bogusław Schaeffer in memoriam


The Polish Radio Choir invites you to a concert dedicated to the outstanding Polish artist "Bogusław Schaeffer in memoriam", which will take place on 18 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw (59 Modzelewskiego St.).

The concert on the occasion of the 90th birthday of the composer who passed away only three month ago, on 1 July 2019, will premiere Sławomir Kupczak's Glosolalia commissioned by the Polish Radio Choir. The work is an attempt to unconsciously pronounce sounds resembling a language, especially in a state of deep, internal mystical experience. It is a mumbling in a non-existent language, a study of noise. The composer used characteristic chords derived from Georgian religious songs, as well as the song Szen Char Wenachi from the turn of the 12th and 13th centuries.

The highlight of the "Bogusław Schaeffer in memoriam" concert will be the performance of Schaeffer's Missa Elletronica for mixed choir and tape. The Polish Radio Choir under the direction of Maria Piotrowska-Bogalecka will be accompanied by Ewa Guziołek-Tubelewicz, responsible for sound projection.

Information on tickets at: http://www.studianagran.com.pl/koncerty/sala-witolda-lutoslawskiego/ 

Elbląg | European Musical Classics with the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra


A concert of the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra on 18 October 2019 at 7 p.m. in the concert hall of the State Music School Complex in Elbląg will be a string polemic with coffee lovers according to Jan Sebastian Bach ...

We will listen to the musical classics of the Old Continent, natives of Poland and Germany. The audience will find themselves on the west side of the Oder thanks to the Bach's Coffee Cantata. One of the most interesting Polish sopranos – Magdalena Schabowska – will perform the aria Heute noch, which is a humorous and sophisticated polemic with black drink lovers. Then, we will head towards the Polish side of the river, listening to the compositions by Stanisław Moniuszko, Grażyna Bacewicz and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. The musicians will perform under the baton of Maciej Żółtowski.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttp://www.eok.elblag.eu/ 

Łódź | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Guest Symphonic Concert


The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at the Łódź Philharmonic on 17 October 2019 at 8 p.m., presenting the works by Mieczysław Karłowicz and Fryderyk Chopin.

RPO is one of the leading British ensembles. Its main conductors were: Rudolf Kempe, Antal Doráti, Walter Weller, André Previn, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yuri Temirkanov, Daniele Gatti and Charles Dutoit. The orchestra resides in London's Cadogan Hall, also performs at the Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall. Currently, the orchestra constantly cooperates, among others with Pinchas Zukerman, Alexander Shelley and Polish conductor Grzegorz Nowak, who will lead the concert in Łódź. Foreign tours are a permanent and important element of the ensemble's activity. RPO gives concerts in many prestigious halls around the world, with artists of the highest rank.

The programme will be filled with works by Polish composers. Its core will be three symphonic poems by Mieczysław Karłowicz, a representative of the Young Poland movement in music, whose promising career was interrupted 110 years ago by the tragic death in the Tatra Mountains. The concert's soloist will be Konrad Binienda, Polish pianist living in Ohio (USA), who will perform the Allegro de concert in A major, Op. 46 by Frederic Chopin on the 170th anniversary of the composer’s death.

A pre-concert meeting at 7.15 p.m. will be led by Andrzej Sułek.

Full programme available at: https://filharmonia.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/royal-philharmonic-orchestra-goscinny-koncert-symfoniczny 

Poznań | Paderewski Festival


The 'Paderewski Festival – Musician, Man, Polish Ambassador' will be held on 16-19 October 2019 in Poznań. It announces a unique Polish-American musical production about Ignacy Jan Paderewski, which premiere is scheduled for autumn 2020.

The festival is organised by the Musical Theater in Poznań, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the City of Poznań. It will be inaugurated by a concert "Paddymania", whose title refers to the term originated from the appearance of thirty-one-year-old pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski on the concert stages in the United States in 1891. The programme will inlcude a selection of songs from four musicals inspired by Paderewski's history. The pieces were created on the initiative of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the competition for a professional musical dedicated to Paderewski, carried out in the US. The winner of the competition is Matthew Hardy, the author of the show Virtuoso, which will have its premiere in September 2020 at the Musical Theater in Poznań, and then will be staged in the United States.

The "Paderewski Festival" includes concerts with Paderewski's music, workshops led by deans and professors of public and private universities in Los Angeles, New York and New Mexico, a discussion panel dedicated to the staging of the winning musical in the USA with the jury members of the "Paderewski Musical" project, the premiere of an English-language music video announcing the premiere of the musical Virtuoso, as well as the chamber opera Three Paderewskis – winner of the Opera America award 2018.

Admission free to all events!

More information at: https://www.teatr-muzyczny.pl/paderewski-festiwal/19