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Łódź | 7. AŻ Festival: Polish anniversaries and music for every taste


Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź invites you to the seventh edition of the AŻ Festival, which will last from 16 November to 8 December 2019, featuring nine events at the Academy's Concert Hall on Żubardzka Street. The opening and closing of the festival will include music by Polish composers – Stanisław Moniuszko and Grażyna Bacewicz, on the occasion of their birth anniversaries.

The festival will begin with two performances of the Flis opera by Stanisław Moniuszko (16 and 17 November). The Big Band of the Academy of Music in Łódź under the direction of Jacek Delong and Dorota Miśkiewicz will present songs from Ella Fitzgerald's repertoire (19 November). The Cracovia Danza Court Ballet and the Baroque Orchestra of the Academy of Music will provide the audience with a musical and visual journey to France in the 18th century (21 November). The PRIMUZ Chamber Orchestra and the accordionist Wiesław Prządka will perform energetic tangos of Astor Piazzolla (24 November). Students of vocal departments will invite the audience to the evening entitled "From opera to Broadway" (27 November) with musical hits by Leonard Bernstein, Alan Menken and Claude Schönberg. Percussionist and conductor Bismarck Fernández together with the Bacewicz Percussion Ensamble and Piotr Sutt will warm up the audience with works by Costa Rican composers (30 November). The Symphony Orchestra of the Gdańsk Music Academy will perform a modern repertoire consisting of compositions by Gdańsk artists (3 December), which will also be a part of the 75th Musica Moderna session. In the finale, the Symphony Orchestra of the Łódź Music Academy under the direction of Jerzy Salwarowski will play the Fairy Tale Ouverture by Moniuszko and together with the soloist Sławomira Wilga – Violin Concerto No. 7 by Grażyna Bacewicz (8 December).

Full programme available at: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/7-az-festiwal

The latest Ravel Piano Duo Album in "A Polish Kaleidoscope" series


The latest album by Ravel Piano Duo – A Polish Kaleidoscope 3 – will be premiered on 17 November 2019 in the Władysław Żeleński State Secondary Music School in Kraków as part of the 3rd "Krakow Musical Salon: Moniuszko – Żeleński".

Ravel Piano Duo, composed of Agnieszka Kozło and Katarzyna Ewa Sokołowska, actively performs in Poland and Europe. A Polish Kaleidoscope 3 | Dance Music for 4 Hands is already the third album in "A Polish Kaleidoscope" DUX publishing series, aimed at presenting obscure Polish music originally written for four hands. The first album was awarded the "Fryderyk 2016" award in the "Album of the Year Chamber Music" category, and the second was nominated to the same award.

The latest album presents works by Stanisław Moniuszko, Władysław Żeleński, Ignacy Friedman, Zygmunt Noskowski and Maurycy Moszkowski, which will be performed during the Krakow concert. The album will be available to purchase from 17 November in the DUX online store, and soon it will be available through traditional and digital international distribution channels.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme of the Festival athttp://www.spmk.com.pl/salon/ 

Łódź | 22nd „Cantio Lodziensis” Łódź Choir Festival

Cantio Lodziensis

The Łódź Culture Center and the Polish Association of Choirs and Orchestras – Branch in Łódź invites you to the 22nd Łódź Choir Festival "Cantio Lodziensis", which will take place on 16-17 November 2019. This year's event takes the form of competition between choirs and vocal ensembles judged by the international jury chaired by Prof. Dariusz Dyczewski – rector of the Art Academy in Szczecin.

Ensembles representing general and music schools, colleges, academies, cultural institutions and singers' associations from Poland and Slovakia will participate in the Festival. This year's programme will include two blocks of competition concerts and a gala evening. The festival's guest will be the academic choir D’Voice SV IPB Student Choir of the University of Bogor, West Java from Indonesia conducted by Asep Aryanto, who will perform in the non-competitive part at the Museum in Łowicz. The festival will also feature a seminar for conductors, which will be led by professors of the music academies in Łódź, Katowice and Szczecin.

This artistic event promotes the activities of various amateur choirs and vocal ensembles and also fulfills an educational role. On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko, the additional prize for the best performance of the work by our national composer will be awarded by the organisers. The jury will also nominate the laureate of the Festival to participate in the Stefan Stuligrosz Grand Prix Festival of Polish Choir Singing, which will take place in Poznań.

The festival is also an opportunity to promote the artistic achievements of contemporary composers. To this end, a special repertoire has been prepared for the choirs participating in the project. The fringe concerts will be held in Zgierz, Łowicz, Aleksandrów Łódzki and Ksawerów. Admission to all concerts within the Festival is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://www.ldk.lodz.pl/aktualnosci-a3/festiwal-choralny-przed-nami-r4730 

Chorzów | Premiere of Adam Wesołowski's "Euphony Concerto"

Gorczycki Festiwal

One of the most inspiring and extraordinary concerts of the 14th International Festival of G. G. Gorczycki, which takes place under the slogan "Up and reach the places out of sight", will take place on 16 November 2019 at 6 p.m. at the Chorzów Cultural Center.

International Festival of Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki is an event that has permanently entered the artistic calendar of Silesia. For many years, it has been consistently building its image through a unique repertoire, the participation of excellent artists and the interest of several thousand listeners.

On 16 November, the world-famous soloist Steven Mead (Great Britain), playing the beautiful-sounding euphonium instrument, will visit Poland for the first time to premiere the first concert in the history of Polish music on the euphonium – Adam Wesołowski's Euphonia Concerto. We will also listen to the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major by Johann Sebastian Bach in the "industrial version", i.e. using the sounds recorded in the steel mill, arranged by Adam Wesołowski. This performance will correspond with his Industrial Symphony for string orchestra and multimedia, which combines tradition with modernity. The programme will also include Adam Wesołowski's Encore Concerto for flute and string orchestra, performed by the well-known Polish flautist Łukasz Długosz.

The soloists will be accompanied by the Silesian Chamber Orchestra – a bravura artistic ensemble of the Silesian Philharmonic, which has gained recognition on the international stage. The orchestra works under the direction of both violin virtuoso and conductor Robert Kabara.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: www.gorczycki.pl 

Warsaw | Scientific and Artistic Conference "Dialogue of modernity with tradition in Polish music of the 20th and 21st century"


The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music and the Academy of Arts in Szczecin invite you to the Scientific and Artistic Conference "Dialogue of modernity with tradition in Polish music of the 20th and 21st century", which will take place at the FCUM on 15-16 November 2019.

The conference will feature lectures by such famous composers and performers as: Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska, Edward Sielicki, Artur Kroschel, Weronika Ratusińska-Zamuszko, Róża Wilczak-Płaziuk, Leszek Lorent, Bartosz Kowalski-Banasewicz, Artur Cieślak, Joanna Freszel, Aldona Nawrocka-Woźniak, Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz, Anna Maria Huszcza, Pawel Kwapiński and Barbara Borowicz.

After the theoretical part, there will be two concerts: on 15 November at 7 p.m. in the Melcer Hall and on 16 November at 4 p.m. in the FCUM Concert Hall. The programme will include works by composers representing music universities from all over the country: Artur Cieślak, Anna Maria Huszcza, Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska, Bartosz Kowalski, Artur Kroschel, Paweł Kwapiński, Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz, Aldona Nawrocka, Weronika Ratusińska-Zamuszko, Jakub Szafranski , Olga Hans and Edward Sielicki.

Free admission.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Kraków | International Conference "Freedom"


The "Freedom" International Conference, organized by the Department of Musical Work Theory and Interpretation at the Academy of Music in Kraków, will take place on 15-16 November 2019.

The conference is part of the international project DAINA 1. "Music of Change: Expression of Liberation in Polish and Lithuanian Music Before and After 1989" funded by The National Science Centre. Plenary lectures at the Krakow Academy of Music will be given by Prof. Justyna Miklaszewska (Jagiellonian University) and PhD Anthony Qualin (Texas Tech University).

The conference will be attended by such well-known musicologists and music theorists as Teresa Malecka, Małgorzata Janicka-Słysz, Iwona Sowińska-Fruhtrunk, Ewa Siemdaj, Kinga Kiwała, Dominika Micał, Andrzej Mądro (Academy of Music in Kraków), Rūta Stanevičiūtė and Vita Gruodytė (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater). As part of the conference there will be two concerts: on 15 November at 7 p.m. at the Piec Art Club and on 16 November at 6 p.m. in the Krystyna Moszumańska-Nazar Concert Hall. The programme will include compositions by Feliksas Bajoras, Andrzej Krzanowski, Piotr Kędzierski, Krystyna Moszumańska-Nazar, Onutė Narbutaitė, Bogdan Precz and Adam Walaciński.

Admission to the events is free!

Full programme available at: https://www.amuz.krakow.pl/event/freedom-wolnosc-international-conference-miedzynarodowa-konferencja/ 

Bydgoszcz | Music of Our Time "Comfort zone"


The proMODERN vocal sextet will present material from their latest album Comfort zone on 15 November 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic.

Passion, perfection, creativity ... these are the qualities that can be attributed to the singers of the proMODERN vocal sextet. The ensemble, formed in 2012 by eminent singers-soloists, performs the most demanding works by contemporary composers.The musicians won four "Fryderyk" awards of the Polish music industry, breaking the Spotify straming record. In 2018, they were nominated for the Coryphaeus Award of Polish Music in the "Discovery of the Year" category.

During the upcoming concert, the ensemble will present the beauty and richness of the early 21st-century art in the avant-garde compositions by Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jagoda Szmytka and Wojtek Blecharz. The works will intertwine with Rafał Ryterski's extraordinary electronic interludes, created especially for this project. The project was co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Music" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.bydgoszcz.pl/blog/wydarzenia/promodern-sekstet-wokalny-muzyki-wspolczesnej/ 

Opole | Camerata Quartet Anniversary Concert


One of the leading Polish string quartets – the Camerata Quartet – will celebrate its 35th anniversary on 15 November 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Józef Elsner Opole Philharmonic.

Since its founding in 1984, the Camerata Quartet has won acclaim and recognition among international audiences and critics. The ensemble has performed in renowned concert halls in Europe, America and Asia, has taken part in many international festivals, including the "Warsaw Autumn", and has won a number of international music competitions. The Camerata Quartet has produced 28 records with such companies as DUX, Koch International, Ricercar and Thorofon. In 1991 the Quartet received the Stanisław Wyspiański Award for its achievements, and in March 2009 the Bronze Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis, both awarded by the Minister of Culture. In 2003 the Camerata Quartet founded the Polish Society of Chamber Music.

The programme of the anniversary concert will include String Quartet No. 5 in C minor, Op. 40 by Roman Statkowski and String Quartet No. 1 'From my life' by Bedřich Smetana.

More information at: https://filharmonia.opole.pl/wydarzenia/68-sezon-artystyczny-kwartet-camerata/ 

Łódź | Symphony Concert on the Independence Day


On 15 November 2019 at 7 p.m. the Artur Rubinstein Łódź Philharmonic will host a symphony concert to celebrate the Independence Day.

The programme will be filled with excerpts from the operas by Józef Michał Poniatowski, the great grandson of the last Polish king. He was not only a composer, but also a singer and a diplomat, whose operas were staged even at Milan's La Scala. Thanks to Joanna Woś, after many years of oblivion, Poniatowski's work returns to the stages. Last year, the opera Don Desiderio was staged by the Silesian Opera in Bytom.

The upcoming concert will also feature the Symphony in E minor "Rebirth" by Mieczysław Karłowicz, an outstanding composer of the "Young Poland" period. The work evokes the soul’s spiritual struggle against fate from tragedy to triumph, allegedly referring to the contemporary geopolitical situation of Poland. The Łódź Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra will be led by Bassem Akiki, a Lebanese conductor of the young generation who develops his career in Poland.

The concert will be preceded by a meeting with Marcin Majchrowski who will discuss the evening's programme.

More information at: https://filharmonia.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/koncert-symfoniczny-z-okazji-swieta-niepodleglosci