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Let's Celebrate 3rd May with Song

OiFPThe 3rd May National Holiday is a special day that combines faith in freedom and independence and refers to the history of Polish statehood. This year, the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir invites you to a joint celebration of the 230th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution. The concert will be broadcast on YouTube at 12.00 p.m. 

The ensemble under the direction of Prof. Violetta Bielecka will open the event with the Polish Anthem. We will hear the most beautiful patriotic songs, including Święta miłości kochanej Ojczyzny by Wojciech Sowiński to the words of Ignacy Krasicki and Witaj majowa jutrzenko based on a poem by Rajnold Suchodolski.

The concert will end with The Third Millennium Anthem by the conductor, pianist, teacher and composer Mirosław Gałęski. Joanna Markowska (soprano) and Maciej Nerkowski (baritone) will perform as soloists, accompanied by Monika Bierć on the piano. The programme will be complemented by Polish poetry as interpreted by Rafał Supiński.

More information: https://www.oifp.eu/ 

Masters of Polish Music

FSzThe beginning of the most beautiful month of the year will bring three days filled with the best Polish music performed by the artists of the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin. The concert on 3 May 2021 at 7.00 p.m. will feature pieces by Aleksander Tansman, Witold Lutosławski and Grażyna Bacewicz, and will be available for free on the Szczecin Philharmonic's Facebook and YouTube.

Witold Lutosławski, Grażyna Bacewicz, and Aleksander Tansman are among the greatest composers of the 20th century. Their fame, achievements, awards, and international recognition should be reflected in strong, powerful and dignified music. And yet, each one of them wrote light pieces for string orchestra. Although each in their own way.

As noted by music critic Stefan Kisielewski: "Lutosławski is a great jeweler and engraver – a cold but reliable master. (...) Little suite by this author is a masterpiece of folkloric stylization, enjoying well-deserved recognition and popularity". Kisielewski also reviewed Bacewicz's Concerto for String Orchestra: "It can be said in all honesty that the honour of Polish composers was saved this time by a woman, Grażyna Bacewicz. (...) We finally got a ‘red-blooded piece’ of wholesome and delicious music written with a creative power that is truly virile". Tansman's Divertimento escaped the sharp pen of Kisielewski, but the composer himself said that for him "the avant-garde becomes interesting only when we grow out of it".

https://filharmonia.szczecin.pl/events/1521-LUTOSLAWSKI_I_BACEWICZ_I_TANSMAN

Concert for 176 keys!

FOThe main character of the "Concert for 176 keys", organised by the Józef Elsner Opole Philharmonic, will be Wizjan Piano Duo. On 2 May 2021 at 6.00 p.m. two outstanding pianists will present works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Roman Maciejewski.

Wizjan Piano Duo consists of two pianists of the young generation – Mateusz and Julia Wizjan, privately husband and wife, who are associated with the I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań. During the upcoming chamber concert, the duo will perform Ludwig van Beethoven's Egmont overture, Op. 84 arranged for 4 hands by Hugo Ulrich, as well as Pianoduo concertante by Roman Maciejewski, Polish composer who would be celebrating his 111th birthday this year.

Palester was inspired to compose his Pianoduo concertante after listening to Igor Stravinsky's Concerto for Two Pianos on 21 November 1935 at the Salle Gaveau in Paris. The structure of the work refers to the form of a classical concerto. 1st movement begins with a rhythmic foxtrot motif, 2nd movement is a choral, and 3rd movement is a double fugue with variations. Initially, Pianoduo concertante was conceived as a 4-movement work, only after the final editing, in the 1980s, it obtained its final 3-movement shape by merging the 1st and 2nd movements into one.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The concert will be available from 2 to 30 May athttps://filharmonia.opole.pl/ 

FeelHarmony Quintet: Polish Music

FSzOn 1 May 2021 at 7.00 p.m FeelHarmony Quintet of the Szczecin Philharmonic will present masterpieces of Polish chamber music for wind quintet, including two world premieres of works by Tadeusz K. Mazurek and Anna Rocławska-Musiałczyk.

Tadeusz K. Mazurek is an artist from Szczecin who lectures at the Szczecin Academy of Art. He has worked as a conductor at the Castle Opera in Szczecin, Silesian Operetta in Gliwice, Sudeten Philharmonic in Wałbrzych and Music Theatre in Poznań. The list of his works includes an opera as well as choral, orchestral and chamber music. His Quartet for wind instruments will be premiered at the upcoming concert.

Anna Rocławska-Musiałczyk is a lecturer at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk, a laureate of national and international composition competitions. Her Verses of priest Jan Twardowski will be premiered by soloists of the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic Orchestra and Anna Gielarowska, a Szczecin actress who will read priest Jan Twardowski's poems.

We will also hear Tadeusz Szeligowski's Quintet for wind instruments and Alexsander Tansman's La Danse de la Sorcière.

More information: https://filharmonia.szczecin.pl/wydarzenia/1519-FeelHarmony_Quintet_I_Muzyka_polska 

Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra: Astor Piazzolla Online

POSIA concert of the Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra on the occasion of the 100th birthday of Astor Piazzolla will be held unde the honorary patronage of the Embassy of Argentina in Poland on 30 April 2021 at 8:00 p.m. at the Concert Hall of the Music School Complex No. 1 in Warsaw – “New Miodowa” (21 Rakowiecka St.). Broadcast on YouTube channel and www.sinfoniaiuventus.pl

The heyday of tango art fell on the post-war period. The breakthrough and renaissance of the tango came with the achievements of Astor Piazzolla – the young Argentinian’s talent was noticed and supported by people such as Artur Rubinstein. Soon Piazzolla took up regular musical studies in France, where he pursued “classical” education under Nadia Boulanger. The tango nuevo genre created by him departed from its purely dance function and became autonomous music of high artistic value. The concert celebrating the centenary of the birth of this great reformer of the genre, which today has already become its “new classic”, will recall the most famous tangos, along with an interesting larger form – Concerto for bandoneon from 1979, described by the publisher of the work as Aconcagua, symbolically referring to the highest mountain peak in the Americas and the entire southern hemisphere.

The solo parts of the concert will be performed by bandoneonist Klaudiusz Baran (while the violinist Justyna Baran will perform solo in the moving Adiós Nonino tango) playing under the baton of Marek Wroniszewski. This virtuoso of bandoneon and accordion, highly valued both in Poland and abroad, moves with ease through a diverse repertoire of many eras. His great passion to Argentinian tango is best reflected in his renditions of tango nuevo, which he performs with dazzling virtuosity on the bandoneon, the instrument he introduced as the first Polish instrumentalist into concert halls. Klaudiusz Baran combines artistic activity with pedagogical and organizational activity. He is a professor at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, and its rector since 2016.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

"Concert by candlelight" online

FCzAs part of the "Concert by candlelight" music series, which has been carried out for years by the Częstochowa Philharmonic in the Rector's Church, we will hear Stanisław Moryto's Cello Concerto performed by Tomasz Strahl. The concert will be held on the Philharmonic YouTube channel on 30 April 2021 at 7.00 p.m.

The concert soloist – one of the most famous Polish cellists, professor at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, laureate of national and international competitions – is an excellent interpreter of Stanisław Moryto's Concerto. He has arranged its solo part in the score published by the FCUM as part of the series "First editions of music by Polish composers", aimed at promoting works written by local teachers. On 30 April, Tomasz Strahl will perform the second part of this piece as well as the Cello Concerto in A minor RV422 by Antonio Vivaldi.

The Częstochowa Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Adam Klocek will also perform Vivaldi's Concerto for Strings in C minor RV119 and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik K.525. The concert will be hosted by pr. Mikołaj Węgrzyn.

More informationhttps://www.filharmonia.com.pl/repertuar/1657-Koncert-przy-swiecach-ON-LINE 

56th International Festival Wratislavia Cantans – "Crossing Borders"

NFMThe National Forum of Music invites you to the 56th International Festival Wratislavia Cantans. On 3-12 September 2021 Wrocław and other cities of Lower Silesia will celebrate the beauty of the human voice. The theme of this year's edition is "Crossing Borders".

In the history of music, boundaries have been crossed on many levels. The greatest works were written by brave, uncompromising artists ready to break the existing conventions and schemes. Also, lesser-known artists often combined musical genres and styles. The programme of this year's edition of the festival will be an opportunity to listen to great performers interpreting compositions created over many eras. Among them, there will be both Renaissance masterpieces and works written in the 20th century. The festival will be inaugurated by Witold Lutosławski' Straw Chain and other childrenʼs pieces for soprano, mezzo-soprano, flute, oboe, 2 clarinets and bassoon 

 World-class stars will perform, including singers: Magdalena Kožená, Agata Zubel and Joanna Freszel, and the ensembles: Il Giardino Armonico with the festival's Artistic Director Giovanni Antonini, Duncan Ward and NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, Huelgas Ensemble, Quatuor Mosaïques, Klangforum Wien, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lawrence Foster and Wrocław Baroque Ensemble under the baton of Andrzej Kosendiak.

Ticket sales will start on 28 April at 11.00 a.m.

Full programme is available at: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/wratislavia-cantans 

Online choral concert in memory of Krzysztof Penderecki

FKA choral concert in memory of Krzysztof Penderecki – a great man, friend of the Krakow Philharmonic – will be held on 29 April 2021 at 7.00 p.m. The Philharmonic Choir will present the composer's famous sacred works. Live broadcast will be available on YouTube.

The Krakow Philharmonic Choir, conducted by Maciej Tworek, will perform Penderecki's Song of Cherubim, Missa brevis, O gloriosa Virginum, Agnus Dei from Polish Requiem and Stabat Mater from St Luke Passion.

Krzysztof Penderecki was associated with the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic from the beginning of his musical career. In 1958, he performed his diploma composition – Andante and Allegro for string orchestra and timpani, today known as Epitaphium Artur Malawski in memoriam – as a student of the State Higher School of Music in Krakow. On 22 April 1966, the Orchestra, Mixed Choir and Boys' Choir of the Krakow Philharmonic conducted by Henryk Czyż performed the Polish premiere of his St Luke Passion. After a series of concerts in Poland and Europe, this monumental work was recorded by the ensembles of the Krakow Philharmonic under the direction of Czyż, receiving the prestigious Grand Prix du Disque in 1967. In 1988-1990, Penderecki was formally the artistic director of the Krakow Philharmonic, where he later conducted numerous performances of his works, including Polish Requiem. He once said that "only homo religiosus can consider redemption". He also emphasized that the greatest discovery of mankind, of man, is God.

More information: https://www.filharmonia.krakow.pl/Home/9636-ORATORIO_CONCERT.html

3rd Szczecin Classic Festival 2021

SzczecinClassicThe third edition of the Szczecin Classic festival will take place between 26 April and 3 May 2021 under the slogan "O-Class-ki", with most events streamed online on Facebook.

Tango beats in our hearts constantly, but this year, due to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, it has found a special place and almost completely absorbed the festival programme. In addition to chamber and symphonic evening concerts, the festival will offer the residents of Szczecin a series of accompanying events: morning gymnastics with classical music in the park; musical happenings in the city centre; open Baroque dance classes; open lectures for future artists, and a show of the Stradivarius violin.

Among the distinguished artists invited to the Festival are Vasko Vassilev and Andriy Viytovych, concertmasters and leaders of The Royal Opera House in London; the concertmaster of Baltic Neopolis Orchestra – Emanuel Salvador, Konstantin Heidrich; Tomasz Tomaszewski, cellist of the Faure Quartet; and Michał Francuz, the concertmaster of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and distinguished Polish pianist. The established group of artists and professors will be further enriched by Krzysztof Węgrzyn, Profesor of Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover since 1993.

The programme of this year's edition also includes music of Polish composers: Juliusz Zarębski, Alexander Tansman, Ludomir Różycki and Mikołaj Górecki.

More information: http://szczecinclassic.pl/festiwal/