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Warsaw | Concert of the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra


Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra will play along with the students of music schools on 10th May 2018, at 7.00 p.m., in the Concert Hall of the F. Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (2 Okólnik St.).

Iuventus is a Latin word denoting youth, and the youth of pupils of music schools combined with their professionalism are the main attributes of the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra. The May concert refers to the experiences of even younger artists, students of music schools. For them, a performance with a professional orchestra and outstanding conductor – Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk – is a great distinction, as well as a test of their already impressive skills, as shown by the ambitious and interesting repertoire.

The talented violinist Klara Gronet, student of Robert Szreder and the youngest participant and laureate of the International Anton Rubinstein Competition in Düsseldorf will showcase her skills in the superb Violin Concerto in D Major composed by Ludwig van Beethoven. This fascinating work has changed its genre and to date it remains one of the most popular pieces in the repertoire of violinists.

The Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major by Dmitri Shostakovich is one of his pieces inspired by the talent and charisma of Mstislav Rostropovich, who performed it for the first time in 1959, led by the great Yevgeny Mravinsky, evoking admiration for the beauty of music, as well as its great difficulty, making the work accessible only for the greatest of virtuosos. Their ranks include a teenage cellist Gustaw Bafeltowski, who hones his skills under the eye of Marcin Zdunik, and who can boast an impressive list of achievements, competition prizes and concerts. The instrumentalists are students of the Z. Brzewski State Higher School of Music, known to some as the so-called “talent school”, which is a part of the State Music School Complex no. 1 in Warsaw. The harp player Wojciech Trefon hails from S. Moniuszko State Music School Complex in Bielsko-Biała, where he studies under Anna Scheller. He is going to present a charming and masterful work by Camille Saint-Saëns – Morceau de Concert, which is a kind of a miniature harp concerto.

Media patronage: Polish Music Inforamtion Centre POLMIC.

Information about tickets at: www.sinfoniaiuventus.pl

Warsaw | Spring edition of the concert cycle "What's the most beautiful ..."


On May 9, 2018 at 7.00 p.m. the Witold Lutoslawski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw will host another concert from the series "What's the most beautiful ...".

"The Spring" is the third part of the unique series of concerts started by Polish Radio in the autumn of 2017. The aim of the concerts is to popularize Polish and world music, including classical music, among those who seek contact with high culture.

For the first time together in Poland on one stage, The Pasadena Roof Orchestra and The Puppini Sisters will take us into the world of swing. Originally from London, The Pasadena Roof Orchestra consists of 11 musicians who have been performing continuously and successfully all over the world for over 40 years. The hit trio, The Puppini Sisters, performs in the most prestigious concert halls around the world. The concert at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio promises to be an exceptional music event that will recall the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s atmosphere.

The second part of the spring concert will feature excellent film music composed by Wojciech Kilar, performed by the Polish Radio Orchestra under the direction of Michał Klauza: music from Zemsta, Trędowata, Ziemia Obiecana, as well as fragments of the suite from Pan Tadeusz and Dracula. Honorary patronage over the whole cycle "What's the most beautiful ..." was taken by the National Media Council.

Tickets available atwww.sklep.polskieradio.pl 

Warsaw | Polish Contemporary Chamber Music Pearls


A concert of the Interdepartmental Chair of Chamber Music will be held on May 7, 2018 at 7.00 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

The programme will include Polish contemporary chamber music works: String Quartet No. 1, Oo. 37 by Karol Szymanowski, String Quartet No. 3 by Aleksander Tansman, String Quartet No. 5  by Mieczyslaw WeinbergString Quartet No. 2 "Stuttgarter" by Andrzej Kurylewicz, Four Pieces for Violin and Piano by Marian SawaString Quartet No. 3 by Szymon Laks, and String Quartet No. 3 by Krzysztof Penderecki. Artistic supervision: dr hab. Ryszard Duź, prof. FCUM.

Free admission cards will be available from April 24 at the Chopin University Press (Mon-Fri, 12.00-07.00 p.m.).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Katowice | Master Recital at NOSPR


On May 6, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Katowice headquarters of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra a duo of great musicians will perform: Turkish-Georgian violinist Veriko Tchumburidze and Polish pianist Marcin Sikorski.

The programme will include: Karol Szymanowski – Myths. Three Poems for violin and piano, Op. 30 (Fountain of Arethusa, Narcissus, Dryads and Pan), Maurice Ravel – Sopnata in G Major for violin and piano (1927), Richard Strauss – Sonata in E Flat Major for violin and piano, Op. 18 (1887).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information about ticketswww.nospr.org.pl

Lublin | Oratorio Concert "Via Crucis et Patriae"


On May 6, 2018 at 6.00 p.m. the Lublin Philharmonic will host a concert as part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Catholic University of Lublin. It will premiere Polish Te Deum for choir, solo voices and orchestra by Sławomir Czarnecki, President of the Warsaw Branch of the Polish Composers' Union.

The concert will start with Smolensk Epitaph (2011) by Andrzej Nikodemowicz and will feature The Finding of the Holy Cross oratorio by Feliks Nowowiejski and Polish Te Deum by Sławomir Czarnecki. Lublin Lute Choir, Symphony Orchestra of the Lublin Philharmonic, and Choir of the Philharmonic Karol Szymanowski in Krakow will be conducted by Piotr Sułkowski. As soloists will perform: Ewa Biegas – alto, Dawid Kwieciński – tenor, and Krzysztof Szumański – bass-baritone.

Information about tickets at: www.filharmonialubelska.pl

Opole | Polish Music Day


"Polish Music Day" concert will take place on May 3, 2018 at 6.00 p.m. at the Opole Philharmonic on the occasion of the May 3rd Constitution Day.

Symphony Orchestra of the Opole Philharmonic will play along with cellist Wojciech Fudala under the direction of Wojciech Rodek. The programme will include: Józef Elsner – Overture to the opera Leszek the WhiteMieczysław WeinbergCello Concerto in C Minor, Op. 43, Karol Szymanowski  – Etude in B flat minor, Op. 4 No. 3 (orchestrated by Grzegorz Fitelberg), Mieczysław KarłowiczMieczysław Karłowicz – Episode at a masquerade symphonic poem.

The concert will take place under the patronage of the Polish Music Publishing House as a part of theTUTTI.pl project, promoting performances of Polish music.

More information at: www.filharmonia.opole.pl 

Katowice | Holy Mass for Motherland with Choir


On May 3, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. the Silesian Philharmonic Choir under the direction of Jarosław Wolanin will take part in the Holy Mass for Motherland in the Katowice Cathedral of Christ the King.

This year marks the 227th anniversary of the adoption of the Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791. It was in force only for a little over 14 months, but it was the first in Europe, and after the American (1787) – the second written, modern constitution in the world. The Holy Mass for Motherland in the Katowice Cathedral of Christ the King is one of the elements of the annual celebration of the May 3rd Constitution Day. Traditionally, its musical setting will be provided by the Silesian Philharmonic Choir.

The programme will cover: Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz – Ave Regina coelorum, Anonim – BogurodzicaMarek Jasiński – Ave MariaAdrian Robak – Jubilate DeoAndrzej Koszewski – MagnificatHenryk Mikołaj Górecki – Totus Tuus.

More information at: http://www.filharmonia-slaska.eu 

"Mazovia in the Crown" for the Independent


This year's fifteenth season of the "Mazovia in the Crown" series, organized by the Mazovian Institute of Culture and partners from Mazovia, will be associated with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the independence of Poland. The inauguration of the cycle will take place on May 3, 2018 at 6.00 p.m. in the Sokołów Podlaski Co-cathedral.

During the inauguration of the cycle, outstanding artists will perform: the Sinfonia Viva orchestra under the direction of Tomasz Radziwonowicz, who is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his artistic career this year, and the pianist Karol Radziwonowicz. The musicians will perform works by Karol Szymanowski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Fryderyk Chopin, Witold Lutosławski and Wojciech Kilar. The same programme will be presented during the next concert on May 6 at 7.00 p.m. in the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Węgrów.

Patriotic accents have been present at the festival "Mazovia in the Crown" since the beginning of its existence. The first edition of the project commemorated the 475th anniversary of incorporation of the Masovian Duchy into the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland. They won't be missed in the jubilee year of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence. Eleven concerts will present Polish music, largely written by composers from 1918-2018. The final concert "Rejoice, Mother, Poland!" will be held on November 11. Admission to all the concerts is free.

Detailed information at: www.mazowszewkoronie.pl 


Warsaw | Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra Concert


Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra and Bomsori Kim will perform Krzysztof Penderecki's Violin Concerto No. 2 and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy's Symphony No. 3 during the concert on 28 April 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio in Warsaw.

Two pieces from the programme of the April concert are complemented with interesting subtitles revealing certain intentions of their creators. Such subtitles are often added by later editors, not always in accordance with the authors’ will, but in these cases, they come from the authors themselves.

Felix Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony is his artistic response to the immense sensations he absorbed during a long summer trip through Scotland in 1829. The ideas born at that time took a very long time to mature, because it was over a dozen years later that he finished the work, in the pages of which we can find an auditory reminiscence of his visit to the ruined chapel of the Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, echoes of lively folk melodies in a cheerful scherzo, or the touching (alleged) “prayer of Queen Mary Stuart” in the quotation from Mendelssohn’s own version of Ave Maria.

On the other hand, the subtitle of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Violin Concerto No. 2, composed in 1996 for the wonderful Anne-Sophie Mutter, was explained by the composer himself (in a conversation with Jakub Haufa, 2007), in a very interesting statement giving a (quite rare) insight into the creative process: “The Violin Concerto No. 2, “Metamorphoses” was created in two stages. And since the Concerto was subject to change, the title “Metamorphoses” seemed appropriate and correct to me. I wasn’t convinced about my initial idea, it seemed that this wasn’t what I wanted to write. The […] important motifs appear constantly, but in an ongoing process of metamorphosis, so they are treated differently every time: in a different instrumentation, in a different character, but these main motifs appear in the Concerto from beginning to end. […] While Anne-Sophie Mutter was playing, I noticed that there are not many lyrical moments in this Concerto. This was not her suggestion, but after this meeting I thought that it was necessary to expand the Concerto with various lyrical themes, so that it would not be just such a virtuoso work. Then I added the finishing touches and these so-called secondary motifs appeared in there.”

This very interesting work, shimmering with virtuosity, but also enchanting with the lyricism of the new, “changed” motifs, will be performed in Warsaw by the brilliant South Korean violinist Bomsori Kim, who combines dazzling technique with great musicality and depth of interpretation. She is the winner of many prestigious competitions, and the Polish audience remembers her especially from 2016, when she took second place at the 15th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznań. The concert will be led by Łukasz Borowicz.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information about tickets at: www.sinfoniaiuventus.pl