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Premiere of Marcin Gumiela’s composition

SacrofilmConcerto for Accordion and Orchestra by Marcin Gumiela will be premiered at the opening of the 21st Days of Religious Film "Sacrofilm" on January 30, 2016 in the Film Culture Centre "Stylowy" in Zamość.

The new composition, as well as music (performed live) to Robert Wichrowski’s documentary film Ostatnia Droga (The Last Road), will be presented by the Karol Namysłowski Symphony Orchestra under Tadeusz Wicherek. Accordionist Stanisław Miłek will perform concerto’s solo part.

The concert is co-organized and co-financed by the Institute of Music and Dance (programme ”Conductor-in-residence” and ”Composer-in-residence”)

Admission free (booking free tickets required).

Michail Jurowski conducts Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra

Emocjonalizm i potęga patosuPolish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra under the baton of Michail Jurowski will give a special concert on February 11, 2016 in the Warsaw Philharmonic. It will be the conductor’s 1st performance with the Orchestra and the 1st appearance at the Warsaw Philharmonic’s stage.

The conductor grew up in a musically endowed family, surrounded by such great artists as David Oistrakh, Mstislav Rostropovich, Pavel Kogan, Emil Gilels and Aram Khachaturian. One of his family’s close friends was Dmitri Shostakovich, who used to play four-hand piano pieces with Michail. It is not surprising, therefore, that today Michail Jurowski is one of the leading interpreters of Shostakovich’s music. In 2012, he was awarded the third International Shostakovich Prize by the "Shostakovich Gohrisch" Foundation.
Throughout his career, the artist successfully conducted both symphony and opera orchestras. He worked with the most acclaimed orchestras across Europe and all over the world, including the Bolshoi Theatre, Komische Oper Berlin, WDR Rundfunkorchester in Cologne, the Opera in Leipzig, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic and Staatskapelle Dresden, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the São Paulo Philharmonic Orchestra and Stavanger Philharmonic Orchestra.

Konrad Skolarski – piano
Michail Jurowski – conductor
Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra

Sergei Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 9 in D minor, WAB 109

Tickets available on-line (www.filharmonia.pl, www.bilety24.pl) and at the Warsaw Philharmonic box office.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Antoni Wit conducts NOSPR

Anotni WitAntoni Wit, director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR) in 1983-2000, after a long break will reunite with the Orchestra on stage during the concert on January 22, 2016 in Katowice.

Richard Wagner – Ouverture to Tannhäuser
Mieczysław Karłowicz – Stanisław and Anna Oświecimowie, Op. 12
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherezade, Op. 35

The violin solo part will be performed by Piotr Tarcholik - the orchestra’s concertmaster.

Live broadcast will be available at Polish Radio Programme 2.

International Violin Festival in Toruń

II Międzynarodowy Festiwal Skrzypiec2nd edition of the International Violin Festival will be held between February 14 and 28, 2016 in Toruń. The programme includes concerts of eminent violinists, competitions, exhibitions, lectures, film screenings and demonstrations of violin-making.

The opening concert on February 14, 2016 will be performed by Soyoung Yoon. The prize-winner of the 14th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition will present Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto. The central event of the festival will be the 4th International Violin Competition held every 3 years. Konstanty Andrzej Kulka has accepted to be the chairman of the Jury, while Prof. Krzysztof Penderecki became the Honorary President of the Competition. The Festival’s organizers have also announced the 2nd National Composition Competition, as well as the Review’s Writing Contest.

See: programme

More information: www.violintorun.tos.art.pl

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Journalist and publicist Bogusław Kaczyński dies at 73

altBogusław Kaczyński - journalist, music theorist, popularizer of opera and operetta, TV presenter, and author of many TV broadcasts, died on January 21, 2016 in Warsaw.

He was also a laureate of many awards, author of numerous books, manager, and founder of the Jan Kiepura European Festival in Krynica and world-famous Music Festivals in Łańcut. In 1993 he was offered a post of the vice-rector of the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (currently the Chopin University of Music). Between 1994 and 1998 he was the artistic director of ROMA Music Theatre in Warsaw.
He was very successful as a lecturer, having presented lectures about the history of music and opera, both in Poland and abroad (Beijing, Moscow, Vienna, Rome, Florence, Paris, London, Berlin, Munich, Prague, Budapest, Madrid, Havana, Boston, Miami, Toronto, Vancouver).

”Save the Music” Campaign

Save the Music"Save the Music" campaign, organized by MEAKULTURA Foundation, will have its opening at the press conference held on January 27, 2016 at 12.00 in the PWM Editon at 8 Fredry St.

The campaign’s main goal is to promote good music and artists (regardless of genre) with the use of fashion and visual art. The programme includes concerts, fashion shows and exhibitions. One of the first events involves a presentation of clothes (designed by Kinga Król) with Max Skorwider’s graphic images of Fryderyk Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven, Frank Sinatra, Astor Piazzolla, Sid Vicious and Enrico Caruso.

More information: www.savethemusic.eu

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

90th anniversary of the Polish Union of Choirs and Orchestras

Jubileuszowy koncert kolędPolish Union of Choirs and Orchestras will celebrate its 90th anniversary at the concert held on January 24, 2016 in the Catholic Church (Mother of God, Helper of the Faithful) at 7 Conrada St.

Performers: "Harfa" Singing Society Choir (dir. Paweł Choina), Chamber Choir of the Mińsk Music Society (dir. Tomasz Zalewski), Władysław Skrowaczewski Choir (dir. Krystyna Stańczak-Pałyga), Ecumenical Chamber Choir of the Evangelical Reformed Church (dir. Paweł Hruszwicki), Orchestra MODERATO from Warka (dir. Artur Gębski).

The programme features traditional Polish, Czech, Ukrainian, and English carols.
Introduction: Andrzej Krusiewicz.

Admission free.

400 Years of Violin Music

400 lat muzyki skrzypcowejNational Museum in Szczecin (3 Wały Chrobrego St.) will host a concert entitled 400 Years of Violin Music organized by the Academy of Early Music Foundation on January 29, 2016.

Violinist Stefan Plewniak, Foundation's artist-in-residence in season 2015/16, will perform works composed by Arcangelo Corelli, Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach, Henryk Wieniawski, Nicolo Paganini, Fritz Kreisler, Grażyna Bacewicz and Krzysztof Baculewski.

More information: www.famd.pl

String Quartet by Andrzej Kwieciński

Lutosławski QuartetLutosławski Quartet will premiere Andrzej Kwieciński's String Quartet on January 21, 2016 in the National Forum of Music in Wrocław.

The ensemble continues to promote the 20th- and 21st-century Polish music. Apart from the new composition, the artists will perform also String Quartet composed by their patron.

Witold Lutosławski - String Quartet (1964)
Dmitri Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 3 Op. 73 (1946)
Andrzej Kwieciński - String Quartet (2016)

More information: www.nfm.wroclaw.pl