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Rzeszów | The Carnival Concert at the Subcarpathian Philharmonic


The programme of the concert on 31 January 2020 at 7.00 at the Artur Malawski Subcarpathian Philharmonic will include the most popular concert pieces.

The well-instrumented symphonic scherzo by Paul Abraham Dukas, The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1897), is a musical representation of Goethe's witty ballad, and Danse macabre (1874) by Camille Saint-Saëns presents a fantastic story about the crazy dance of death. The second of Saint-Saëns' works – Rondo capriccioso (1863) – from the very beginning charms with romantic emotionality and spectacular virtuosity of the violin. Gypsy melodies (1878) by Pablo Sarasate, a combination of the Gypsy-Hungarian motifs with czardas, expose the virtuosity of the soloist, similarly to the Poem (1896) by Ernest Chausson.

Partita (version for violin and orchestra of 1988) by Witold Lutosławski will present a different musical language. The composer wrote: "The three main movements refer, at least in terms of rhythm, to the pre-classical 18th-century tradition of instrumental music. However, this is only a kind of allusion. In terms of harmony and melody, Partita belongs to the same group of my last compositions as Symphony No. 3 and Chain I.

The works will be performed by the Subcarpathian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Wojciech Rodek. The soloists will be Szymon Krzeszowiec, Bartłomiej Fraś, Sulamita Ślubowska and Michał Orlik.

Information on tickets: http://www.filharmonia.rzeszow.pl/repertuar/dzien,31-01-2020.html 

Results of the first stage of the Tadeusz Baird Young Composers Competition

BairdOn 21 January 2020 the first stage of the Tadeusz Baird Young Composers Competition has been settled.

The Jury composed of: Alicja Gronau (chairwoman), Marcel Chyrzyński, Paweł Gusnar, Monika Kędziora and Aldona Nawrocka, selected the following works to the second stage of the Competition:

Nemesis, emblem PHOENIX

Me and another one, emblem aditolek

Ukwiał pustelnik, emblem Matricaria chamomilla

Fala pomarańczowo-zie¬lona, emblem ÓWSANALIN

O pewności, emblem Merciless Efficiency

Limitation, emblem DON GIOVANNI

ertk, emblem Siddhartha

Final concert – public performance of the works qualified for the second stage, followed by the results announcement and awarding ceremony – will take place in June in the Melcer Chamber Music Hall of the The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.

Warsaw | A Concert Marking the 80th Birthday of Krzysztof Jakowicz


A master recital by Krzysztof Jakowicz on the occasion of his 80th birthday will take place on 28 January 2020 at 7.00 p.m. at the National Philharmonic. The eminent violinist accompanied by the pianist Robert Morawski will perform works by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Witold Lutosławski, Henri Vieuxtemps, Aleksander Zarzycki and Henryk Wieniawski.

For over 200 years, Polish composers have written sonatas for violin and piano. Examples of the genre have been penned by, among others, Józef Elsner, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski, Grażyna Bacewicz, and Krzysztof Penderecki. The first part of the concert will be devoted to the earliest two of them – both written in three movements and in a classical form, albeit quite distant from each other in terms of style.

Józef Elsner composed his Sonata in F Major, Op. 10 in 1798, and thus towards the end of his seven-year-long stay in Lvov. It is an example of unpretentiously flowing music, where neither of the instruments is favoured over the other. In turn, in Jan Paderewski’s Sonata in A Minor, the piano part is much more expansive and clearly shows the composer’s virtuosic aspirations, especially in the spectacular third movement.

During his numerous travels abroad, Aleksander Zarzycki (1834-1895) made the acquaintance of the greatest composers and artists in Europe of the second half of the 19th century. One of these was the violinist Pablo Sarasate, who included in his repertoire Zarzycki’s Mazurka in G Major dedicated to him. The popularity of this vibrant composition was further consolidated at the international level by Bronisław Huberman and David Oistrakh. Violinists are equally fond of Zarzycki’s Romance in E Major – a melodic piece of remarkable beauty, in which they can show off their instruments in their highest registers.

One of the final pieces composed by Witold Lutosławski was Subito for violin and piano from 1992. The title refers to the work’s structure – a series of violently changing and diverse episodes that move along at breakneck speed. His slightly earlier Partita (1984) conveys the flavours of the Baroque.

Information on tickets at: http://www.filharmonia.pl/koncerty-i-bilety/repertuar/recital-mistrzowski 

Katowice | Możdżer's "Missa Gratiatoria" at the Silesian Philharmonic


Missa Gratiatoria by Leszek Możdżer will be presented at the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic for the second time at the request of the audience delighted with the first performance in October 2019. The concert will take place on 26 January 2020 at 5 p.m.

This modern combination of jazz and religious music shows Możdżer's smooth movement between genres, which he also constantly proves as a pianist. The concert will start with a piece for a cappella choir written by the Silesian Philharmonic Patron, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. Euntes ibant et flebant is based on a text taken from the Book of Psalms, illustrated by a melody with an almost extraterrestrial dimension.

The concert will commemorate the victims of the 1945 Upper Silesian Tragedy, which 75th anniversary falls in January this year. Excellent performers: Michał Schoppa, Paweł Tomaszewski, Bartek Pieszka, Krzysztof Nowakowski, Tomasz Kałwak, Jarosław Wolanin and his Silesian Philharmonic Choir will give a unique concert of sacred music.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/production/pro-memoria/ 

Łódź | Organ concert à quatre mains


On 26 January 2020 at 5.00 p.m., the Artur Rubinstein Łódź Philharmonic invites you to an organ concert performed by Krzysztof Urbaniak & Łukasz Mosur. Before the concert, you'll be able to use VR  a virtual reality system that lets you look inside the organ!

The richness of the organ sound and the ability to change its timbre make this instrument perfect for four hands performances. During the carnival organ concert, Krzysztof Urbaniak and Łukasz Mosur will perform original compositions and transcriptions of orchestral works.

Four-hand piano pieces were particularly popular in the 19th century, as part of the repertoire of amateur and salon music. In 1884 Juliusz Zarębski wrote a collection of dances and melodies A travers Pologne (Through Poland), which refers to Polish musical tradition (mazurka, polonaise) and to Chopin's works. An expression of patriotism is also the famous polonaise Farewell to the Fatherland, attributed to Michał Kleofas Ogiński, which we will hear paraphrased by Maurycy Moszkowski. The programme will also include baroque compositions (J.S. Bach, J. Ph. Rameau) as well as contemporary ones, among others Sound of the Future by Krzysztof Urbaniak and Łukasz Mosur.

Information on tickets at: https://filharmonia.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/koncert-organowy-quatre-mains 

Szczecin | The Evening of Polish Ballets

Opera na Zamku

Roman Palster's Song of the Earth choreographed by Paolo Mangioli and Stanisław Moniuszko's On the Billet choreographed by Rafał Bondara will be presented on 25-26 January 2020 the Opera in the Castle in Szczecin as part of "The Evening of Polish Ballets".

The first choreography is the work of Italian artist Paolo Mangioli, director of the national ballet in Malta, who reinterpreted the masterly orchestrated and extremely energetic score of Roman Palester through the prism of universal values. The second choreography was prepared by Robert Bondara – one of the best choreographers in Poland, appreciated for his modern interpretations of Polish historical works. Ballets in his choreography were staged at the Grand Theatre – National Opera (Świtezianka by Eugeniusz Morawski) ad at the Grand Theatre in Poznań (The Baltic Legend by Feliks Nowowiejski).

The performance is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Moniuszko 2019 – Promesa" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance. "The Evening of Polish Ballets" is held under the patronage of the PWM Edition as part of the TUTTI.pl project, promoting the performancse of Polish music.

More information athttp://www.opera.szczecin.pl/component/repertuar/spektakl/403-wieczor-baletow-polskich 

Łódź | Penderecki and Kilar at the Łódź Philharmonic


The concert at the Lodz Philharmonic on 24 January 2020 at 7.00 p.m. will feature the string section of the Łódź Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Tomasz Gołębiewski and 13-year-old Ryan Martin Bradshaw, a talented Slovak pianist. The musicians will perform works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Edvard Grieg, Wojciech Kilar and Krzysztof Penderecki.

Krzysztof Penderecki's Three pieces in old style were originally composed as film music, whereas Orawa by Wojciech Kilar, a well-known composer of both classical and film music, is his most popular symphonic work. The latter piece was inspired by the Podhale folklore and belongs to the series of works devoted to the Tatra mountains. The cycle of Three pieces in old style is a pastiche of 18th-century music, in which Penderecki makes use of nearly untransformed elements of historical sound language. Early music also inspired Edvard Grieg, whose suite "From Holberg's Time" was written on the occasion of the bicentenary of the birth of the Danish writer Ludwig Holberg.

The programme of the concert will also include Piano Concerto in A major KV 414 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, which will be performed by Ryan Martin Bradshaw. Born in 2006, he started to play piano at the age of 6. Since 2016 he has studied at the University of Music and Performaning Arts in Vienna with Prof. Vladimir Kharin. This young Slovak pianist won the 1st prize at the Bela Bartok International Piano Competition in Graz (2017), 3rd prize at the Internationa Franz Liszt Piano competition in Weimar (2017), and 1st Prize and grand Jury prize at the Viennna International Art Open Music Competition (2017). Last summer, he won the first place in his age group at the 27th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Children and Youth in Szafarnia.

More information at: https://filharmonia.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/koncert-symfoniczny-111 

Kraków | Stars with Sinfonietta: Sergei Babayan and Rafael Payare


Sinfonietta Cracovia will inaugurate the Beethoven Year on 23 January 2020 at 7.00 p.m. in the St. Katherine of Alexandria Church in Kraków. The orchesta will perform with the outstanding pianist Sergei Babayana, under the baton of Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare. The programme will include Ludwig van Beethoven's Great Fugue.

Sergei Babayan is an Armenian-American pianist, the winner of numerous international competitions who continues to appear as soloist with leading orchestras. He is famous for his extremely diverse repertoire, which he will be present to the Krakow audience during the concert as part of the extremely popular series "Stars with Sinfonietta".

The virtuoso will perform with the charismatic Rafael Payar – Honorary Guest Conductor of Sinfonietta Cracovia. They will present two piano concertos: Concerto for piano and string orchestra by Alfred Schnittke and Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-major KV 271 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The evening will be inaugurated by another work by Alfred Schnittke Moz-Art à la Haydn – a good-natured Mozartian parody that ends with an evocation of Haydn's Farewell Symphony. The concert will end with Ludwig van Beethoven's Great Fugue (in arrangement for string orchestra), which is still considered to be controversial.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: www.sinfonietta.pl 

Chełmno | Laureates of the 15th National Christmas Carols and Pastorals Competition


The 15th National Polish Carol and Pastorals Competition, organized by the Choir Collegium Cantorum Friends' Association in Chełmno, took place on 18 January 2020. The Jury decided to award the following awards:

The Grand Prix award went to the Di Nuovo Female Chamber Choir from Poznań conducted by Dorota Wojnowska.

The "Mixed Choirs" category: the Strong in Faith Choir a cappella from Olsztyn, the KOE Chamber Choir from Sokołów Podlaski, the University of Łódź Academic Choir (Golden Bands); and the Powidoki Chamber Choir from Piastów (Silver Band).

The "Homogeneous Choirs" category: the Di Nuovo Female Chamber Choir from Poznań, the Vocal Ensemble of the FCUM Department of Church Music in Warsaw, and the Polirytmia Women's Choir from Zielona Góra (Golden Bands)..

The "Vocal Ensembles" category: the Lumen Vocale Solo Ensemble from Poznań and the Cantavi ad Homini Vocal Ensemble from Śrem (Golden Bands); the Contrapunkt Vocal Ensemble from Grudziądz (Silver Band).

The "Senior Choirs" category: the Parati Semper Choir from Świecie (Golden Band), the Cantilen Chamber Male Choir from Wrocław (Silver Band) and the Choir of the Third Age University of Helena Kretz from Łódź (Brown Band).

The "Parish Choirs" category: Schola Padre Pio from Gdańsk and Cantate Collective of the parish of St. James the Apostole in Piotrków Trybunalski (Golden Band), Corda Cordi Choir from Śrem, Iunctus Choir from Oleśnica and Choir of the parish of Blessed Virgin Mary, Help of Christians in Niemcz (Silver Band), Laudate Dominum Choir of the parish of St. Kazimierz in Łochów and the Choir of the parish of the Transfiguration in Morzewo (Brown Band).

The "Children's and Youth Choirs" category: Intention Children' Choir from Nakło nad Notecią, Inovroclaviensis Cantans Choir from Inowrocław (Golden Band); the Canzon Girls' Choir from Murowana Goślina (Silver Band).

A special award for the best conductor went to Aneta Mroczek – conductor of the KOE Chamber Choir from Sokołów Podlaski.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://e-chelmno.pl/pl/11_wiadomosci/58802_laureaci_xv_ogolnopolskiego_konkursu_koled_i_pastoralek_chelmno_2020.html