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"Jazz Concerto" by Maciej Małecki

David Bowie i Philip GlassPolish Radio Orchestra and the soloists under Michał Klauza will premiere Maciej Małecki’s Jazz Concerto for piano, bass, percussion and symphony orchestra on March 6, 2016 at the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio.

Krzysztof Dys - piano
Paweł Pańta - double bass
Krzysztof Szmańda - percussion
Polish Radio Orchestra
Michał Klauza - conductor

George Gershwin - Cuban Ouverture
Maciej Małecki - Jazz Concerto for piano, bass, percussion and symphony orchestra
Philip Glass - Symphony No. 4 "Heroes" (based on music of David Bowie)

The concert is organized by the Polish Radio Programme 2.

Tickets available on-line at: www.sklep.polskieradio.pl and at the box office.

Polish Music Days in Poznań

Dni Muzyki PolskiejIgnacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań organizes Polish Music Days on March 1-3, 2016.

It will be the 3rd edition of the event, which has been organized since 2007. Its previous editions were devoted to music of particular composers – Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sergei Prokofiev. This time students and teachers of the Academy will perform a number of solo and chamber works written by Polish composers. The repertoire ranges from classical compositions to 20th- and 21st- century music.
See: programme (available in Polish only)

Music by Edward Pałłasz in Gdańsk

Edward Pałłasz Polish Chamber Choir directed by Jan Łukaszewski will perform Edward Pałłasz’s choral compositions on March 19, 2016 at St. Nicholas Church in Gdańsk (72 Świętojańska St).

The programme includes 7 compositions by Edward Pałłasz, such as Pastor et Magister, De Beata Virgine Maria ClaromontanaThree Mourful Songs, and Teach Me, Lord, as well as Et…  - a composition which is dedicated to the artsits and will have its premiere performance during the concert. The composer will be the special guest of the evening.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Birthday Concerts 2016

Seong Jin ChoThe Fryderyk Chopin Institute organizes 3 concerts marking the anniversary of the composer’s birth, which will be held on March 1 and 2, 2016.

On March 1 at 12.00, Polish Radio 2 will be broadcasting a Chopin recital by Tobias Koch live from Żelazowa Wola. German pianist – a specialist in historical performance, well-known to "Chopin and his Europe" festival audience – will be playing on a Broadwood piano from 1843, the Institute’s latest acquisition, which represents a valuable addition to the collection of piano models on which Chopin played. This instrument was first heard in a radio recital given by Tobias Koch at Chopin’s birthplace on November 11, 2015.
At 7.30 p.m., the winner of the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, Seong-Jin Cho, will give a special recital at the Warsaw Philharmonic. The artist, whom the whole world wants to hear since his triumph in October, will be returning to Warsaw for a recital promoting an album of his competition performances released by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute as part of the Blue Series – a cycle of portraits of the outstanding personalities from the Chopin Competition.

The other event linked to the anniversary of Chopin’s birth will be a recital at the Warsaw Philharmonic on March 2 by the runner-up in last year’s Competition, the Canadian pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin, who also won the Krystian Zimerman Prize for the best performance of a sonata. His "Competition portrait" in the Blue Series will also be available.

The Birthday Concerts will be a foretaste of the events planned for the 12th International Music Festival "Chopin and his Europe" - in August the audience will hear all the prize-winners in Warsaw and Żelazowa Wola.

Source: www.chopin.nifc.pl

Premiere of Sławomir Kaczorowski’s composition

Paweł GusnarConcerto for soprano saxophone and string orchestra by Sławomir Kaczorowski will be premiered on March 1, 2016 at the Łódź Philharmonic. The solo part will be performed by Paweł Gusnar.

Paweł Gusnar – saxophone
Łukasz Błaszczyk – concertmaster/conductor
PRIMUZ String Orchestra

Aleksander Tansman – Triptych for string orchestra
Sławomir Kaczorowski Concerto for soprano saxophone and string orchestra
Wojciech Lemański – Fab Four
Grażyna Bacewicz Concerto for string orchestra

Tickets available on-line: www.filharmonia.lodz.pl

3rd International Festival of the Wieniawski Brothers

III Międzynarodowy Festiwal Braci Wieniawskich3rd edition of the International Festival of the Wieniawski Brothers will be held between February 26 and March 11, 2016 at the Lublin Philharmonic and Lublin Museum.

The event is a tribute to two outstanding artists – Henryk and Józef Wieniawski, as well as an opportunity to become familiar with their works and compositions of other eminent world-class composers.
The festival programme includes symphonic and chamber concerts, which will be performed by Lublin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under Jerzy Salwarowski, Jakub Chrenowicz and Jan Miłosz Zarzycki, pianists Tomasz Ritter, Charles Richard-Hamelin, Grzegorz Skrobiński and Claire Hammond, violinists Jakub Jakowicz and Janusz Wawrowski, and others. The artists will present compositions written by Henryk and Józef Wieniawski, Fryderyk Chopin, Johannes Brahms, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antoni Stolpe, Anton Rubinstein, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Claude Debussy, Pablo Sarasate, Franciszek Mirecki, and Josef Mysliveček.

More information: www.filharmonialubelska.pl

"Traditions of the Silesian Music Culture" – Conference and Concerts

Tradycje śląskiej kultury muzycznej - koncertyKarol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław organizes the 14th International Conference "Traditions of the Silesian Music Culture" between March 1 and 4, 2016.

The conference is addressed to music historians, theoreticians and ethnomusicologists whose research work concentrates on the issues related to Silesia and to Wrocław in particular, as well as to all the people who are interested in the Silesian musical culture. The programme of the event consists of scientific sessions accompanied by meetings, concerts and exhibitions.

March 1, 2016 at 6.00 p.m., Concert Hall, Building E
Concert Ryszard Bukowski in memoriam
(on the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birthday)
Performers: Feichtinum Choir conducted by Magdalena Lipska and the staff of the Academy of Music in Wrocław

March 2, 2016 at 8.00 p.m., Concert Hall, Building E
Early Music Concert Serena mente jubilo
Performers: Ars Cantus
Programme: Music from 14th- and 15th-century Silesian manuscripts

March 3, 2016 at 8.00 p.m., Concert Hall, Building E
Contemporary Music Concert
Performers: Silesian Quartet
Programme: works by Stanisław Krupowicz, Andrzej Krzanowski, Marcin Rupociński

March 3, 2016 at 2.30 p.m., Chamber Hall
Silesian Composer. Meeting with Prof. Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil
Chair: Prof. Anna Granat-Janki

Admission free (booking free tickets required).

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Anna Miernik’s Piano Recital

Mistrzowski Recital Fortepianowy Anny MiernikPianist Anna Miernik will perform compositions by Fryderyk Chopin, Feliks Nowowiejski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski and Aleksander Tansman on February 25, 2016 at the Feliks Nowowiejski Warmia and Mazury Philharmonic in Olsztyn.

The artist graduated from the Academy of Music in Kraków in 2013, having completed studies with Andrzej Pikul. As a soloist and chamber musician she has already performed in 19 countries on 4 continents. As her repertoire comprises the works of more than 20 Polish composers (including Chopin, Lutosławski, Szymanowski), the artist regularly adds their compositions to the programmes of her concerts. This way she promotes Polish music abroad. Fascinated with contemporary music, she participated in several premiere performances of various compositions, some of which were dedicated to her.

Aleksander Tansman – Piano Sonatina No.2 "Transatlantique"
Fryderyk Chopin –Nocturnes, Op. 9 (No. 1 in B flat minor, No. 2 in E flat major, No. 3 in B major); Ballade in G minor, Op. 23; Scherzo in B flat minor, Op. 31
Feliks Nowowiejski – Kashubian dance Borowiak
Aleksander Skriabin – Sonata in G sharp minor, Op. 19 No. 2
Karol SzymanowskiEtude in B flat minor, Op. 4 No. 3
Ignacy Jan Paderewski – Caprice -Valse, Op. 10 No. 5

Tickets available on-line: www.filharmonia.olsztyn.pl

Beata Bilińska performs Piano Concerto No. 2 by Wojciech Kilar

Filharmonia Krakowska - Beata BilińskaBeata Bilińska and Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra under Brian Schembri will interpret compositions by Wojciech Kilar, Jean Sibelius, Modest Mussorgsky and Charles Camilleri on February 26 and 27, 2016 at the Krakow Philharmonic.

Wojciech Kilar composed Piano Concerto No. 2 shocked by a tragic historical event. It was probably Polish presidential jet crash at Smolensk in April 2010 that the composer had in mind. The solo part will be performed by the pianist who premiered the work with the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra under Jacek Kaspszyk in October 2011. This time the orchestra will be conducted by Maltese artist Brian Schembri – music director and consultant at Malta National Theatre "Teatru Manoel" and principal conductor and artistic director of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.

Beata Bilińska - piano
Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra
Brian Schembri - conductor

Modest Mussorgsky - Night on Bald Mountain
Jean Sibelius - The Swan of Tuonela, Op. 22 No. 2
Charles Camilleri - "New Idea" Symphony
Wojciech Kilar - Piano Concerto No. 2

Tickets available on-line: www.filharmonia.krakow.pl