Polmic - FB


Jules Massenet's "Cinderella" live from the MET in cinemas on 28th April


The 2017/2018 season of transmissions from the Metropolitan Opera will end on April 28 with Jules Massenet's Cinderella. The opera will be broadcast live in HD to the Praha Cinema in Warsaw at 6.35 p.m.

Someone has counted that there are about 700 versions of the story about an orphan girl oppressed by her stepmother and bad sisters. The most popular on the European land, of course, is the fairy tale of Charles Perrault from the volume The Tales of Mother Goose. Later works for children were created on this theme, as well as Cinderella ballet by Prokofiev and operas, including those by Rossini and Massenet. This last work had its premiere in 1899 at the Opéra-Comique in Paris. It was a great success – it was played over 50 times only in the first season of the presentation.

In the staging of Laurent Pelly, the poetic story of a poor girl gained a fancy set design and was transferred to the world of children's books. The star of the MET performance will be American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. Alice Coote as the Prince of Fairy Tales, Stephanie Blythe as an evil stepmother and Laurent Naouri as the father of Cinderella will join her on the stage. The fairy will be Kathleen Kim. Conducts Bertrand de Billy.

The end of the current season of live shows does not mean parting with the New York scene until October. Before the next season begins, viewers around the world could watch the summer-autumn replays of the most valuable MET shows from past years. MET decided to dedicate two of them to the memory of the recently deceased baritone Dmitry Hvorostovsky. The repertoire will include Eugeniusz Oniegin by Piotr Czajkowski (2007) and Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi (2015).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Additional information at: http://www.kinopraha.pl and http://new.nazywowkinach.pl/met-in-hd 

Warsaw | Polish Chamber Music of the 20th century


The next chamber concert in the cycle "Wednesday on Okolnik Street" will take place on May 9, 2018 at 7.00 p.m. at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

The concert will be performed by outstanding artists: violinist Janusz Wawrowski, cellist Jakub Dubik and pianist Grzegorz Skrobiński. In their interpretation, we will hear rarely performed works by Andrzej Panufnik (Piano Trio) and Mieczysław Wajnberg (Sonatina for violin and piano), as well as works by two composers of the "Young Poland" group: Ludomir Różycki (Rhapsody for Piano Trio, Op. 33) and Karol Szymanowski (Dance from the ballet Harnasie, Op. 55 in transcription for violin and piano by the composer and Paweł Kochański).

The concert will also premiere the 3rd Sonatina by Norbert Palej – Polish composer currently living in Canada, lecturer at the University of Toronto, artistic director of the Festival of Contemporary Music in Toronto.

Tickets available from the 26th of April at the Chopin University Press (Mon.–Fri., 12.00 p.m.–7.00 p.m.) and through the website: www.umfc.bilety24.pl.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Katowice | Polish music too little known: Karol Lipiński's trios


The next concert of the series "Polish music too little known" will be held on April 28, 2018 at 7.30 p.m. in the Katowice headquarters of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. It will be a great opportunity to get acquainted with the lesser-known works of Karol Lipiński.

During the April concert we will hear Trio in A major, Op. 12 and Trio in G minor, Op. 8 for 2 violins and cello by Karol Lipiński. The programme will be presented by graduates of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music: violinists Voytek Proniewicz and Adam Roszkowski, and cellist and composer Jan Roszkowski.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information about tickets at the NOSPR website.

Warsaw | Charity Concert for Joanna Tic-Ramos


On April 29, 2018 at 6.00 p.m. the Warsaw Philharmonic will host a Charity Concert for Joanna Tic-Ramos. Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Paweł Kapuła will play along with talented flutist Marianna Żołnacz, Koryfeusz 2017 award winner.

Joanna Tic-Ramos is a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw in the flute class of prof. Elżbieta Dastych-Szwarc. She also graduated from Early Music Studies in Warsaw. She is a two-time scholarship holder of the Austrian Cultural Forum and Austria Barock Akademie. From 2011 to 2013, she was the first flautist of the ULS Symphony Orchestra in La Serena (Chile). In 2013, Joanna Tic-Ramos and her family returned to Poland, where she taught at music schools and conducted educational concerts with the Little Philharmonic. In 2014, together with her husband, she founded Ensamble Insularoj to promote contemporary Latin American music.

In 2016, she was diagnosed with breast cancer with lymph node metastases. In November 2017, check-ups showed numerous bone metastases and local recurrence. Currently, Joanna is in the course of treatment with bisphosphonates, hormonal agents and is waiting for surgery of the ovaries along with the fallopian tubes. The treatment methods used are not very promising, but only inhibit the development of the disease. Joanna can not work professionally, she lives in Warsaw with her husband and two children aged 2 and 7. Joanna's husband, a pianist, works in two music schools. Determination that is shown every day in the fight against the disease, but also the awareness of how strongly it affects the lives of her husband and two children, inspired the musicians of the National Philharmonic Orchestra to take action to show support in this difficult situation.

OFN decided to organize a charity concert, during which funds for treatment and daily functioning of Joasia and her family will be collected. We invite you to participate in this extraordinary event, where the beauty of intangible art meets with human charity. The concert will feature: Overture for symphony orchestra by Ignacy Jan PaderewskiFlute Concerto in D Minor Wq 22 by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Symphony No. 1 by Dimitri Shostakovich.

The organizers of the concert are the Association of Polish Artists – Musicians and the National Philharmonic. OFN artists would like to point out that all people involved in the preparation and organization of the concert do not receive any remuneration for this.

During the break an auction will be held, which will be led by Paweł Burczyk. You can get acquainted with the auction catalog on the National Philharmonic website.

Lodz | Symphony concert to celebrate Bulgarian Presidency in the European Union


A symphonic concert on April 27, 2018 at the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic will be an opportunity not only to listen to works that rarely appear in philharmonic repertoires (including one Lodz pre-premiere), but also to celebrate the Bulgarian Presidency in the European Union.

Ahead of us is the Lodz pre-premiere of Maurycy Moszkowski's Piano Concerto in B minor, discovered a few years ago. This German-Polish-Jewish pianist (born in 1854 in Wrocław) composed several hundred virtuoso pieces for the piano. They were appreciated and played by well-known soloists, including Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Apart from Moszkowski's Etude, the most frequently performed is the Piano Concerto in E major, as it was believed, the only one. It turned out, however, that there is another concerto written earlier. Along with the Lodz Philharmonics, it will be presented by Bulgarian artists – pianist Ludmil Angelov, an excellent interpreter of works by Fryderyk Chopin, and conductor Vladimir Kiradjiev. 

During this concert, organized to celebrate the Bulgarian Presidency in the EU, the Bulgarian Suite by Pancho Vladigerova, related to the well-known Pasternak family, will also be performed The program of the concert will be completed by Polish melodies by Mieczysław Wajnberg, a Warsaw-born composer of Jewish origin, from 1939 residing in the USSR.

Pre-concert meeting at 6.15 p.m. will be lead by Piotr Matwiejczuk.

Information about tickets at: http://filharmonia.lodz.pl 

Gorzow | Film Music Concert "Musical Freeze-Frame"


On April 27, 2018 at 7.00 p.m. Gorzów Philharmonic will organise a concert "Musical freeze-frame", which will feature music from the most famous Polish and foreign movies, as well as hits from iconic Polish tv series.The host of the evening will be Tomasz Stockinger.

Although film is primarily a visual medium, it cannot exist without music. It is music, as an integral part of movie, that reflects the experiences of heroes, evokes emotions, colors the mood, intensifies the action, in other words – co-createsn the atmosphere of agiven film, and in many cases determines its success. It happens that the music of the big screen or the silver screen gets more publicity than the film it was made for, and the song or main theme become timeless hits. Its success is also determined by great scores, arrangements and orchestral performances, thanks to which it does not deviate in any way from other genres of symphonic music and successfully finds its way to concert halls.

The program of the April concert will include works composed for the film as well as those which, although associated with the film, were created as independent works. We will hear, among others Cantabile by Krzesimir Dębski, In the old cinema by Władysław Szpilman, Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. posth. by Fryderyk Chopin, Waltz by Waldemar Kazanecki from the movie Nights and Days, Tango by Mirosław Gąsieniec from the film Fears and Waltz by Wojciech Kilar from the film The Leper. The Gorzów Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by Stefan Gąsieniec – an excellent jazz pianist, composer and arranger.

Information about tickets at: www.filharmoniagorzowska.pl

Katowice | Independent 2018. What's in my soul? – Polish Music


A concert from the cycle "Independent 2018. What's in my soul? – Polish Music" will take place on April 25, 2018 at the Polish Radio Katowice Concert Studio (29 Ligonia St.).

In the second concert of the series "Independent 2018. What's in my soul? Polish music", organized in Katowice by the Institution for the Promotion and Dissemination of Music "Silesia", we will hear string quartets of Polish composers in the interpretation of Messages Quartet. Members of the ensemble, which is nowadays perceived as one of the best Polish string quartets, are graduates of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and the Academy of Music in Krakow. During the April concert they will present: String Quartet No. 3 "On Polish folk themes" (1945) by Szymon Laks, String quartet No. 1 (c. 1839) by Stanisław Moniuszko and String quartet No. 2 "Messages" (1980) by Andrzej Panufnik, which title referrs to the name of the ensemble.

Free tickets are available at the IPiUM Silesia office (Katowice, Sejmu Śląskiego 2, ground floor, room 20).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Additional information at: http://www.silesia.art.pl

Cracow | 2nd International Festival of Piano Duets "Duettissimo"


On April 24 – May 13, 2018, the Chamber Music Department at the Academy of Music in Krakow will host the 2nd International Festival of Piano Duet "Duettissimo!".

During the concerts that will take place at the Krakow Philharmonic and the Academy of Music, masterpieces of piano music will be performed. It will be an opportunity to hear works by our native composers: Improvisazione e toccata by Romuald Twardowski and Negro Spirituals by Roman Maciejewski on April 26, Tatra Album, Op. 12 by Ignacy Jan Paderewski on April 28, and À travers Pologne, danses et mélodies, Op. 23 by Juliusz Zarębski and Mazurek, Tarantella, Kołysanka, and Oberek by Roman Maciejewski on April 29.

As accompanying events, there will be master classes hosted by festival guests – Geoffrey Jennings Haydon and renowned Genova & Dymitrov Piano Duo, as well as a scientific conference "Piano Duet in Polish Music. Roman Maciejewski in Memoriam."

The aim of the festival is to emphasize the importance of the piano duo in chamber music and to restore the splendor of this somewhat forgotten ensamble, as well as gain the interest of performers and listeners in the extremely rich and attractive repertoire for piano duo.

Additional information at: https://www.amuz.krakow.pl 

Katowice | Concert of the New Music Orchestra


New Music Orchestra will premiere Violin Concerto No. 2 by Tomasz Jakub Opałka on 22nd April 2018 at 6.00 p.m. in the Katowice headquarters of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

The form of concerto and the concerto technique, although most associated with baroque and classicism, have lost nothing of their relevance in the output of contemporary composers. Feeling the potential resulting from the relationship between the soloist and the orchestra, and from the new properties of music material, the composers eagerly write in this genre.

The programme of the April concert will include: Bird's concerto by Barbara Kaszuba, Concerto in E-flat ‘Dumbarton Oaks’  by Igor Stravinsky, and Violin Concerto No. 2 'Afterglow' by Tomasz Jakub Opałka. Katarzyna Duda and Marta Grygier will perform as soloists along with the New Music Orchestra under the baton of Szymon Bywalec.

The premiere of Opałka's concert is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Composition Commissions" programme, implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information about tickets on the NOSPR website.