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Warsaw | Premiere of the spectacle "A Hundred Follies or The Candle Went Out"


Premiere of the spectacle A Hundred Follies or A Candle Went Out, based on a play by Aleksander Fredo and Stanisław Moniuszko's music, will take place on 7 September 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Wawer Cultural Centre (1A Żegańska St., Warsaw). 

The spectacle was directed by Szczepan Szczykno on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko. It consists of the one-act play The Candle Went Out by Aleksander Fredro and songs from the operetta The New Don Quixote or A Hundred Follies with music coposed by the young Moniuszko. The outcome is a hilarious and intelligent musical comedy. Songs performed by soprano Anna Maria Adamiak and pianist Andrzej Frołów, excellent acting and a lot of hilarious mistakes guarantee that viewers will not be able to refrain from laughing.

Due to a postal stagecoach crash, two travelers have to spend the night in a forest hut in a remote area. At first they are not interested in each other. The aim of the spectacle is to contrast two completely different stages of their relationship. Initially, when they cannot see their faces, they have definitely unfavorable ideas about themselves and treat themselves very brusquely. The situation changes radically when they notice that they are attracted to each other. What will happen between Jadwiga and Władysław, since – as the author himself claims – the candle went out? A story full of optimism and faith reflected in the beautiful and little-known music of Stanisław Moniuszko.

Before the premiere, at 6 p.m., there will be a meeting with the descendants of Stanisław Moniuszko.

Free admission is possible after prior booking: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The number of seats is limited.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information atwww.stanislawmoniuszko.com 

Warsaw | Sinfonia Varsovia at Grochowska Street – City Sketches


At the end of the summer, Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra prepared a concert inspired by American cities. The event entitled "City Sketches" will take place on 6 September 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the concert hall  at 272 Grochowska Street. The programme includes music by Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland as well as Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Henryk Wars. The orchestra will be led by Maestro Mariusz Smolij and the soloist of the concert will be a talented and charismatic pianist Piotr Orzechowski "Pianohooligan". 

Sinfonia Varsovia under the baton of Mariusz Smolij will begin the concert with Three dances episodes by Leonard Bernstein from the musical On The Town and Quiet City by Aaron Copland. After the works about American cities, the audience will listen to the Concerto for harpsichord (or piano) and string orchestra by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. The work based on a constantly repeated melodic and rhythmic structure keeps listeners and musicians in suspense, allowing harmony to influence its character. Piotr Orzechowski "Pianohooligan" will perform the solo part on the Rhodes piano – an electric instrument with a characteristic timbre.

Next, the orchestra will present City Sketches by Henry Wars. The cycle consists of three parts: High-Rise, Downtown Blues and Freeway Scherzo. The composer wrote them during his stay in America, hence the references to the blues genre originating in the United States. What does America sound like to a Polish composer? The answer will come with this work. Finally, we will listen to Henryk Wars's Piano Concerto. This unusual one-part concerto with lyrical themes and orchestration evokes associations with film music. After all, Henryk Wars worked primarily for the cinema. The composer conquered Hollywood with his music, and his songs were sung by the greatest stars: Bing Crosby, Brenda Lee and Doris Day.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information available atwww.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Gdańsk | Young Virtuosi of Chamber Music

Mlodzi wirtuozi

Young artists will perform at the Fryderyk Chopin Baltic Philharmonic on 6 September 2019 ay 7 p.m. Talented students and graduates of the Stanisław Moniuszko Gdańsk Academy of Music who make up a dynamically developing BalticAlians Chamber Orchestra will perform together with members of the Zehetmair Quartet.

BalticAlians is a chamber orchestra founded in November last year. Despite the short period of activity, the orchestra has completed many projects, including a concert under the baton of the artistic director of the Polish Baltic Philhamonic – Maestro George Tchitchinadze. In September, the musicians of the orchestra will perform along with the members of the Zehetmair Quartet: Jakub Jakowicz – violin virtuoso, lecturer at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, and Christian Elliott – soloist, concertmaster of the cello group at the Irish Chamber Orchestra in Scotland and member of the Phoenix Piano Trio.

The programme of the concert will include Serenade, Op. 22 by Antonín Dvořák, Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a by Dmitri Shostakovich, Concerto for Violin and Cello, RV 547 by Antonio Vivaldi and To the Cuddled One into the Violin by Marek Czerniewicz. The latter work was written by the esteemed Gdańsk composer, lecturer at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk, for the 60th anniversary of pedagogical activity of Prof. Jerzy Hazuka. The composition will be performed by Jakub Jakowicz together with the three founders of BalticAlians: Rafał Marek Wiśniewski, Jan Staruch and Janina Olszewska.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Łagów Lubuski | 48th Polish Composers' Union Musicological Conference "Borders of Freedom"


The 48th Musicological Conference of the Polish Composers' Union "Borders of Freedom" will take place on 5-7 September 2019 in Łagów Lubuski ("Leśnik" Recreation Centre, 10 Bolesława Chrobrego St.).

The infamous congress of composers and music critics in Łagów Lubuski, during which representatives of the power apparatus imposed the socialist realism doctrine on Polish artists, took place in 1949. It was not the first meeting of the communist authorities with the artists' circles: earlier there were conventions of writers (in Szczecin), artists (in Nieborów), theater people (in Obory) and architects (in Warsaw). The Łagów events received wide coverage among Polish composers and musicologists. The reactions varied, ranging from moral dilemmas related to attempts to adapt to the new situation to dramatic decisions about emigration.

After 70 years, it is worth returning to Łagów – the place where you can still hear the faint echoes of the events of 1949, to think about matters related to the relationship between music and power, music and freedom, abstract form and mimetic content of the art of sounds. In this historic place, scholars will discuss problems regarding the borders of freedom in music. The presentations will concern both detailed issues related to the consequences of socialist realist pressure or the Cold War division of Europe, as well as much wider dimensions of the relationship between artistic freedom and its conditions in the context of the entire history of music.

The organizers of the event are: Musicologists' Section of the Polish Composers' Union; Branch Office of Historical Research, Institute of National Remembrance in Poznań; Institute of Music of the University of Zielona Góra. The conferene's partner is ZAiKS Association of Authors.

DOWNLOAD: Conference Programme

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Polanica-Zdrój | 28th International Concerts of Organ and Chamber Music


Organist Lucas Chorosinski (Canada) and flautist Mark Fülep (Hungary) will perform on 5 September 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Polanica-Zdrój as part of the 28th International Concerts of Organ and Chamber Music.

International Concerts of Organ and Chamber Music in Polanica-Zdrój is a festival presenting great works of classical and contemporary music performed by renowned artists from Poland and abroad. In addition to important artistic goals, the concerts play a significant educational role through lectures on the history of music as well as socio-cultural role by cultivating the centuries-old tradition of concertising in the Lower Silesian temples, raising the cultural and tourist attractiveness of the region and promoting Polish musical culture among tourists from abroad.

The programme of this year's edition of the Festival will include works by outstanding organ music composers (J.S. Bach, F. Mendelsohn-Bartholdy, J. Pachelbel, G.F. Handel et al.) as well as organ transcriptions of classical and contemporary instrumental music.The upcoming concert will feature Lucas Chorosinski – titular organist and music director at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria in St. Catharines (Ontario) and lecturer at Brock University in St. Catharines, and Márk Fülep – graduate of the F. Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, concert flautist who plays a 14-carat gold flute purchased by the Hungarian government. The programme will include works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Anton Stamitz and Eugène Gigout.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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2nd "Mazovian musical meetings without barriers"

Mazowieckie muzyczne spotkania

The final concerts of the second series of "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers" will take place on 5 September 2019 at 6 p.m. at the historic House of Creative Work "Reymontówka" in Chlewiska andon 8 September 2019 at 12 p.m. at the Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Seroczyn.

The "Czas Sztuki" Foundation runs a series of concerts of classical and jazz music entitled "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers". The events take place in very small towns in the Minsk, Szydłowiec and Siedlce counties, where residents do not have access to cultural goods.

During the concert in Chlewiska, excellent mezzo-soprano Magdalena Cornelius will perform in the company of accordionist Maciej Zimka. The repertoire will include the most beautiful songs by Fryderyk Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, Mieczysław Karłowicz, and Pyotr Tchaikovsky. In Seroczyn, organists Zuzanna and Maciej Bator will perform pieces for four hands and four legs by such composers as Johann Sebastian Bach, Correa de Arrauxo, Bert Matter, Hieronymus Praetorius and Franz Tunder.

The project is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund. Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/Mazowieckie-Muzyczne-Spotkania-bez-Barier-2242077129152441/ 

Poznań | Concert of Graduates of the Vocal and Acting Department of the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań

AM Poznań

A concert of graduates of the Vocal and Acting Department of the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań will be held on 6 September 2019 at 7 p.m. in Aula Nova.

Katarzyna Wietrzna – soprano (from the vocal class of Prof. Iwona Kowalkowska), Dominika Dobrolińska – soprano (from the vocal class of Prof. Barbara Mądra-Bednarek) and Natalia Pyzhianova – alto (from the vocal class of Prof. Marek Moździerz) will perform together with the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra. A concert of students with a professional orchestra is the first moment in their artistic careers when the instrumentalists, conductors and composers have a chance to work with a large orchestral group. For many years, Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music cooperates in this project with Tadeusz Szeligowski Poznań Philharmonic, and the effect of this cooperation is the September concert with students of symphony conducting: Łukasz Ksobiraj (the class of dr Przemysław Neumann) and Marta Kaca (the class of dr José Maria Florêncio).

The musicians will perform arias and duets from the operas of W. A. ​​Mozart, G. Puccini, G. Verdi, G. Rossini, J. Offenbach, F. Cilei, as well as The Fairy Tale concert overture by Stanisław Moniuszko and the Romeo and Juliet fantasy-ouverture by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. In addition, the concert programme will include the premiere of Perun's Lament for symphony orchestra by Mateusz Matyska, a graduate student from the composition class of Prof. Monika Kędziora.

More information at: https://amuz.edu.pl/event/koncert-dyplomantow-akademii-muzycznej-im-i-j-paderewskiego-w-poznaniu-2/ 

12 minutes for Moniuszko – results of the first stage of the competition


Polish Composers' Union and Grand Theatre – Polish National Opera as the Organizers of Stanisław Moniuszko International Composers' Competition for a micro opera 12 minutes for Moniuszko, announce the results of the first stage of the Competition.

On 31 August 2019, the Jury of the Competition composed of: Krzysztof Penderecki – honorary chairman of the Jury, Waldemar Dąbrowski – director of the Grand Theater – National Opera, Zygmunt Krauze – composer, chairman of the jury, Ryszard Daniel Golianek – musicologist, Jerzy Kornowicz – composer, Hanna Kulenty – composer, Janusz Wiśniewski – opera director, Jerzy Wołosiuk – conductor, selected the following works to the second stage of the Competition:

Poczekalnia – Hipokrates emblem (Ignacy Zalewski);

2001 – POPPEA emblem (Patricia Elizabeth Martínez);

Maska – 211289 emblem (Otto Wanke);

Imigrant – czado2001 emblem (Tomasz Szczepanik);

Szumią, 36o – ilriverso8o emblem (Paweł Siek);

Klon – oksuinom-klon emblem (Estera Wityńska).

The organizers warmly congratulate the winners of the first stage, and thank all participants for their commitment.

The Evening of Premieres: public performance of the works qualified for the second stage, followed by the results announcement and awarding ceremony, will take place on 14 December 2019 in the Emil Młynarski Chamber Hall of the Grand Theater – Polish National Opera.

Jan Kulma has passed away

Kulma Jan

Jan Kuma (b. 1922) – outstanding theater and television director, musician, philosopher and writer; Home Army soldier, participant in the Warsaw Uprising; husband of the poet Joanna Kulmowa, co-founder of the Warsaw Chamber Opera has passed away on 30 August 2019.

During the Warsaw Uprising, Jan Kulma belonged to the platoon 125 of the second company of Captain Tadeusz Bartoszek "Cegielski". He took part in the battles for the Botanical Garden and the Gestapo building at Szucha Avenue. After the war, he studied at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Jagiellonian University In Krakow. He was the artistic director at the national board of the Puppet Theatres (in the Board of Theatres, Operas and Philharmonics). He and his wife hosted many representatives of the artistic community at their house in Strumiany, and during the martial law they sheltered the "renovation team" – a group of oppositionists in hiding. Jan Kulma cooperated with Solidarity leaders (from Szczecin and other cities). He earned a living by working in churches as an organist, children's choir conductor and head of the vocal and theater group, who regularly performed also in the Vatican, at the invitation of John Paul II.

After 1989 Jan Kulma moved to Warsaw. As a director, he cooperated with theatres in various cities in Poland. He directed over 20 theater and opera plays, including Lucifer's Palace by Karol Kurpiński (Stanisław Moniuszko Opera in Poznań), Karmaniola or from Sas to Las by Stanisław Moniuszko, Charlatan by Karol Kurpiński and In medio vero omnium residet by Jerzy Maksymiuk (Warsaw Chamber Opera).