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Warsaw | War is Hell

Lidia Zielińska

A special concert commemorating the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II will take place on 1st September 2019 at 6 p.m. in Warsaw's New Theater.

The concert will include the premiere of a new version of Lidia Zielińska's composition I don't like it for ensemble, electronics and choir of young amateurs (2018/2019) and the Polish premiere of Olga Neuwirth's Maudite soit la guerre – A Film War Requiem for ensemble, electronics and film projection (2014).

Both compositions on the programme complement each other in commemorating the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War. The work by Lidia Zielińska includes sung and recited texts illustrating the process which leads to acts of aggression and wars – from gossip through hate speech. Olga Neuwirth, one of most outstanding composers of today, wrote her Maudite soit la guerre as music to the 1914 anti-war silent film of the same name by Alfred Machin (English title: War is Hell).

Performers: Chain Ensemble, Andrzej Bauer – conductor, Lidia Zielińska and Mateusz Ryczek – electronic sound projection, young amateurs prepared by Sławomir Wojciechowski and musicians from the ensemble.

More information at: http://www.nowyteatr.org/pl/event/Przekleta_koncert 

Warszawa | Sinfonia Varsovia at Grochowska Street – An Evening Farniente

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Aleksander Tansman's music inspired by the Baroque and Astor Piazzolla's passionate tango – this is how you can briefly describe the repertoire of the upocoming concert from the cycle "Sinfonia Varsovia at Grochowska Street" on 30 August 2019 at 7:30 p.m. The musicians of the orchestra together with the virtuoso of the guitar Krzysztof Meisinger will bring to the listeners the blissful atmosphere of dolce far niente.

The concert will start with the works of Aleksander Tansman, who made a great career both in France and in the United States, earning the name of a Hollywood composer (in 1945 his music was nominated for an Oscar). The afternoon at Grochowska will start with Variations on the theme of Frescobaldi with neo-baroque sounds and clear inspirations of the Italian composer whose name appears in the title. Then we will listen to Musique de cour for guitar and chamber orchestra – a collection of dances inspired by court music, specifically by musical themes written by French lute player and guitarist Robert de Visée. The soloist and conductor of the concert – Krzysztof Meisinger – will show his virtuosity in this piece.

After the intermission the soloist and orchestra will present works by Astor Piazzolla – not only the most famous ones, such as Libertango and Milonga del Angel, but also the nostalgic Soledad and Concierto para Quinteto. Krzysztof Meisinger has repeatedly proven his great skills in peforming music of this Argentinian composer, with ASTOR album recorded in 2015 with Sinfonia Varsovia being one example. It is thanks to the composer that a separate form of tango nuevo has developed, combining elements of classical music and jazz. The characteristic sound of Piazzolla's works is the best showcase of this type of music – intimate, contrasting, full of passion. This will also be the atmosphere of the Friday concert at Sinfonia Varsovia.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information atwww.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Bydgoszcz | Missa pro pace

Filharmonia Pomorska

On 1st September 2019, which marks the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic will host a concert under the honorary patronage of the Marshal of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship Piotr Całbecki and the Brandenburg Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke.

The programme will be filled with one extraordinary work – Missa pro pace by Wojciech Kilar The composer's first strictly liturgical work was written in 2000 on a commission from Kazimierz Kord to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National Philharmonic. It is a traditional cycle with a separate Dona nobis pacem part, referring to the musical idioms of the early Middle Ages, Baroque and Romanticism. The work was received with great enthusiasm. Bohdan Pociej described it as deeply traditional, rooted in medieval piety – extraordinary in its expression.

The work, permeated with the mood of meditation, contemplation and prayer, will be performed first in Potsdam, then in Bydgoszcz. It is another joint venture of the Pomeranian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and Singakademie Choir from Frankfurt an der Oder, who will perform on 1st September at the Pomeranian Philharmonic conducted by Rudolf Tiersch. The soloists will include soprano Iwona Socha, soloist of the Krakow Opera, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Pluta, this year's graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, bass-baritone Robert Gierlach, lecturer at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, and tenor Paweł Brożek, scholarship holder of the Richard Wagner Foundation.

More information athttp://www.filharmonia.bydgoszcz.pl/ 

Kraków | Premiere of "Vie et Passion du Christ” by Piotr Peszat

Piotr Peszat

Premiere of the para-oratorio for chamber ensemble, live-electronics and video Vie et Passion du Christ by Piotr Peszat will take place on 31 August 2019 at 8 p.m. at the Cricoteka Center for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor in Kraków.

The main inspiration to compose the work was a silent film Life and Passion of Christ (fr. Vie et Passion du Christ) from 1903 directed by Lucien Nongueta and Ferdinand Zecca. It is one of the first color feature films with sequences made in the stencil color process Pathéchrome. In 1995, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of cinema, the Vatican compiled a list of 45 "great films" and theThe 45 movies are divided into three categories: religion, values, and the Life and Passion of Christ was included in the religion category.

Piotr Peszat's oratorio is extremely innovative in terms of genre. It combines music, theatralization of instrumentalists' performance and a non-traditional visual layer. Music is the leading element of the work, but since it is performed in conjunction with the fragments of the silent film, its role is to suggest, anticipate and refer to the image. Traditional sound of the chamber ensemble will be expanded to include non-traditional ways of extracting sound, electronic sounds as well as spoken and sung parts performed by instrumentalists. The choice of the subject of the work emphasizes the topicality of religious themes in the 21st century and indicates the importance of Christian aesthetics in the European culture.

The concert will be performed by the Music Cooperative contemporary ensemble. The project is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the 'Composing Commissions 2019' programme, implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information about the composer at: www.peszat.com 

Szczecin | International Lutosławski Youth Orchestra – Final Concert

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The final concert of the seventh edition of the International Lutosławski Youth Orchestra project will take place on 30 August 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin.

In the second half of August, young musicians trained their skills under the guidance of specialists. During the final concert of this year's edition, talented artists of the International Lutosławski Youth Orchestra under the baton of its Artistic Director Rune Bergmann will perform works by Witold Lutosławski and Dmitri Shostakovich.

The programme of the final concert will feature Variations on a Theme of Paganini by Witold Lutosławski, based on the well-known Paganini's Caprice in A minor, Op. 1 No. 24 for violin solo. In 1977, Lutosławski transcribed the composition for piano and orchestra. The soloist's part will be performed by pianist Jan Wachowski. On the eve of the anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, the International Lutosławski Youth Orchestra will also perform Symphony No. 7 in C major „Leningrad", Op. 60, written by Dmitri Shostakovich in 1941, during the siege of the city by the Nazis. The premiere of the work took place on the 335th day of the siege, performed by extremely exhausted musicians of the radio orchestra. The sound of the work reflects all the drama caused by the war.

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

Bydgoszcz | With a Summer Breeze

Filharmonia Pomorska

A chamber concert on 30 August 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz will make the inevitable end of summer more bearable.

The evening will be filled with popular and well-liked works performed by Capella Bydgostiensis together with young vocalists, graduates of the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz: soprano Hanna Okońska-Ratajczak, currently a soloist of the Grand Theater in Łódź, and tenor Łukasz Ratajczak, who cooperates with the Krakow Opera, the Baltic Opera in Gdańsk and the Musical Theater in Lublin.

The programme will feature works by J. Strauss, E. Kálmán, J. Brahms, N. Dostal, V. Di Chiara, F. Loewe, L. Dalli, AL Webber, L. Bernstein, as well as Waldemar Kazanecki's Waltz from the movie Nights and Days and Wojciech Kilar's Polonaise from the movie Pan Tadeusz. The concert will be led by Bernard Chmielarz – experienced conductor, arranger, composer and double bassist, co-creator of the Philharmonic of Wit.

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.bydgoszcz.pl/ 

Warsaw | 15th "Chopin and His Europe" Festival

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The 15th "Chopin and His Europe" Festival – one of the most important international music projects to familiarize audiences with the Polish composer’s œuvre – will take place between 14 August and 1 September in Warsaw.

In accordance with its title, the Festival showcases Fryderyk Chopin’s œuvre in the context of ‘his’ Europe, understood in four perspectives: Europe contemporary to him, pre-Chopin Europe, Europe after the great master’s death and, finally, the Europe of our time. For this reason, aside from works by Chopin himself, the repertoire played at the Festival also includes the music that inspired him, works by composers younger than he, and the reception of Chopin’s œuvre in music contemporary to us. An essential aesthetic premise of the program is to present and confront two performance movements: performance on historical and modern instruments. At the same time, of extraordinary significance is the presence of the most distinguished pianists, orchestras and ensembles – representing both the international and the Polish music world – at the Festival. Supported by the interpretations of the masters, the Festival also creates an opportunity for young artists now debuting on the concert stage to perform in such prestigious company.

Flis and The Haunted Manor in the concert version, vocal lyric, piano pieces, The Fairy Tale symphonic overture, as well as Józef Nowakowski's and Henryk Melcer's arrangements of songs and fragments of Halka. Of key importance for the "Chopin and his Europe" Festival are also high-class performances of contemporary Polish music, including works by Witold Lutosławski, Andrzej Panufnik, Krzysztof Penderecki and Mieczysław Weinberg, whose 100th birthday falls this year.

Full programme available at: https://festiwal.nifc.pl/pl 

Kraków | 44th Festival "Music in Old Cracow"

MuzykaThe 44th edition of one of the oldest Polish festivals – "Music in Old Cracow" – will take place on 15-31 August 2019.

Cultural tradition in Cracow creates a special aura that conduces to music. Many outstanding European composers such as H. Finck, L. Marenzio and D. Cato worked here; G. Palestrina, G. Ph. Telemann and J. S. Bach dedicated their works to Polish kings. Liszt, Brahms, Paderewski and Rubinstein played here their concerts. The festival “Music in Old Cracow” refers to these great cards of Cracow cultural history.

This year's festival will feature such artists as violinist Krzysztof Jakowicz, harpsichordist Pierre Hantaï, organist Andrzej Białko, guitarist Dmytro Hołoweńko, cellists Steven Isserliss, Magdalena Bojanowicz and Bartosz Koziak, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Royal Rorantists, Cracow Brass Quintet, Collegium Zieleński, Camerata Polonia, Monastery of 13 Holy Assyrian Fathers Choir, Spanish Brass, Lviv Virtuosos and many others. Next to the famous artists, young talented musicians at the beginning of their careers are invited to the festival too.

The program of the festival “Music in Old Cracow” includes wide range of music – from the oldest to contemporary. This year, we will listen to works by Fryderyk Chopin, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Grażyna Bacewicz, Wojciech Kilar and Stanisław Moryto. The concerts will take place in various historical venues, which allows to see the most beautiful places in Cracow, in addition to musical impressions.

Full programme available athttp://www.mwsk.eu/ 

15th International Chamber Music Festival "Sacrum et Musica"

Sacrum et Musica

15th International Chamber Music Festival "Sacrum et Musica", organized by the Witold Lutosławski Chamber Philharmonic in Łomża, will be held between 24 August and 6 October 2019.

This year's anniversary edition of the festvial will feature chamber ensembles: Cello Quartet "Cellissimo", Capella Bydgostiensis, String Quartet of the W. Lutosławski Chamber Philharmonic in Łomża, Alla Breve Quartet, Polish Solo Quartet, and five Polish and foreign orchestras: W. Lutosławski Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra in Łomża, Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra, "La Notte" Chamber Orchestra from Suwałki, Lietuvos Kamerinis Orkestras and Brest Chamber Orchestra from Belarus. Orchestras from Vilnius and Brest will perform in Łomża for the first time.

Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra will perform the famous 9th Symphony by Antonín Dvořák and Concerto for clarinet and orchestra by Mikołaj Górecki. The latter work was premiered on 16 November 2018 during the inauguration of the 6th Katowice Days of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. Roman Widaszek, one of the greatest Polish clarinetists of his generation, to whom the work was dedicated, will perform as a soloist. Wojciech Rajski will lead the orchestra.

Admission to all festival concerts is free!

Full programme available at: http://filharmonia.lomza.pl/wydarzenia/sacrum-et-musica.html