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Warsaw | Ad Libitum Festival 2021

Ad LibitumThis year's Ad Libitum festival will be held on 14-16 October under the slogan "Free drums!", presenting an extremely rich world of music performed on percussion instruments by virtuosos in this field. The festival will also put a piano in the spotlight – the 20th-century music proved it might be a fascinating percussion instrument.

The spectrum of presented styles and creative concepts will range from free improvisation, through music derived from jazz, rock inspirations, performance with video elements, to contemporary music.

Among the guests invited by the Polish Music Council Foundation there will be such artists as Zygmunt Krauze, Ramón López, Núria Andorrà and the Kwadrofonik ensemble with improvising composers– Paweł Romańczuk and Artur Zagajewski. The festival's artist-in-residence will be Gerry Hemingway – a legendary percussionist, member of the famous Anthony Braxton quartet. Hemingway will conduct workshops and a concert of a group of young Polish artists (Julianna Kamila Siedler, Ola Rzepka, Mikołaj "Miki" Wielecki, Leszek Lorent) brought together especially for the festival. He will also perform in a trio with the pianist Izumi Kimura and the double bass player Barry Guy who repeatedly visited the festival .

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme, carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance. The project is co-financed by the City of Warsaw.

Festival Website: https://www.ad-libitum.pl/ 

Kraków | "Great Encounters" – 75th Birthday of PWM Edition

PWMFrom the very beginning, the aim of PWM Edition was to bring people closer through music – whether as part of educational activities, by facilitating access to sheet music, or finally by shaping tastes and popularizing what is best in Polish culture. Summarizing 75 years of development and documenting history, PWM invites you on 13 October 2021 at 7.00 p.m. to the ICE Kraków Congress Centre for a meeting with live music, which is a look back as well as into the future.

The anniversary concert will be held in Krakow for a reason  it was here in 1945 that Tadeusz Ochlewski decided to open PWM Edition and to give rise to one of the most important Polish cultural institutions today.

"Great Encounters"  a concert with this meaningful title will feature excellent violinist, composer and arranger Adam Bałdych, jazz pianist Krzysztof Herdzin, jazz saxophonist Adam Pierończyk, as well as Adam Sztaba, an artist balancing between genres, alongside pop rock singer Igor Herbut. The musicians will be accompanied by the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy led by Maestro Marek Moś. The programme will include works by iconic Polish composers – Henryk Wieniawski, Fryderyk Chopin, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Stanisław Moniuszko and Karol Szymanowski  reinterpreted by contemporary artists.

Anaklasis' Great Encounters will also be released on 13 October  this time on vinyl. The album will contain material that was previously released on CD, giving the music a new sonic dimension.

More information: www.pwm.com.pl 

Katowice | "PGE – HoloGramy": Wojciech Kilar's Film Music

KilarThe new season of the Silesian Philharmonic brings a new series of PGE concerts – HoloGramy, combining musical and visual experience. The audience gathered in the Concert Hall will have the opportunity not only to listen to the concert, but also to admire the holograms displayed on the fog screen, with which the Silesian Philharmonic Hall – as the only one in Europe – is equipped. The first concert will be held on 10 October 2021 at 5.00 p.m.

The Silesian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Maciej Tomasiewicz invites you to a multimedia concert of Wojciech Kilar's film music. The premiere performance of the soundtrack from the movie Salt of the Black Earth directed by Kazimierz Kutz will undoubtedly be an interesting point of the programme. Until now, due to the lack of score, we only knew this music in the audio version. Thanks to Adam Wesołowski, director of the Silesian Philharmonic and composer, who prepared a transcription of Kilar's composition by ear, it can be now performed live in concert.

Moreover, the programme will include pieces from such film as The Pianist, Portrait of a LadyThe Shadow Line, The Leper and Pan Tadeusz.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Ticket Information: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/ 

Dublin | Concert in Tribute to Krzysztof Penderecki

DublinKrzysztof Penderecki's music will be heard on 10 October 2021 at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin as part of the popular Sundays@Noon series. The concert performed by Hard Rain Soloists Ensemble conducted by Sinead Hayes will be held as part of the "Krzysztof Penderecki: Europe in Tribute to the Master" project, organised by the Polish Composers' Union in collaboration with foreign partners.

The concert will begin and end with early compositions by the world-famous composer, conductor and teacher, a long-time Honorary Member and the Honorary President of the Polish Composers' Union, who passed away in March 2020. His Three Miniatures for clarinet and piano, showing no traces of later radicalism, were composed in 1956 when Penderecki was still a student of the State Higher School of Music in Krakow. Three years later he wrote Three Miniatures for violin and piano which heralds the 'sonoristic' period in his work. It was on the threshold of the 1960s that his career took off due to winning all three awards in the 2nd PCU's Competition for Young Composers. At the time he was also teaching at the Krakow academy and among his students was Marek Stachowski, whose Audition for flute, cello and piano (1970) we will hear at the concert.

Throughout his life Krzysztof Penderecki was an ardent promoter of the latest contemporary music. The programme will therefore include the works of Polish composers of the young generation: ReVerse 4 (2014) by Adam Porębski, Dance with my Breath (2015) by Agnieszka Stulgińska, and Lignes d'hauntologie / 1949? (2017) by Paweł Siek. The compositions will be performed by Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble (HRSE) – a contemporary music group from Belfast, whose remit is to present music by local composers in the context of works by leading exponents of contemporary music from around the world. The concert programme will be complemented by two contemporary Irish works: Blunt Instrument (2008-09) by Greg Caffrey and LUCA (2017) by Gráinne Mulvey.

The project is carried out by the Polish Composers’ Union / Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC in partnership with the Contemporary Music Centre in Dublin with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Dublin. Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund.

More information: https://www.cmc.ie/

Katowice | Concert celebrating Aleksander Lasoń's 70th birthday

LasonA concert celebrating Aleksander Lasoń's 70th birthday will tak place on 10 October 2021 at 6 p.m. at the Concert Hall of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, featuring the New Music Orchestra under the baton of the composer as well as the Vołosi band.

Music is love, music is joy, music is a bond that connects us with others. This year's NOSPR "Family Group" concert series will be opened by a special event organised to celebrate the 70th birthday of composer Aleksander Lasoń.

The event will not only be an opportunity to listen to one of the most interesting and best-received pieces by Lasoń – Chamber Music No. 5 "Four Seasons", but also to the works of the next generation of this musical family. It is worth reminding that after listening to "Four Seasons" performed at the "Warsaw Autumn" Festival in 2002 by the New Music Orchestra under the composer's direction, the audience asked for an encore, which is rather rare at festivals of new music. Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, combined with the performance of the Vołosi band, will bring inexhaustible energy and enthusiasm of playing together.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://nospr.org.pl/pl 

Stawisko – A Place of Symbiosis of Arts and Cultures

StawiskoThe motto "Stawisko – A place of Symbiosis of Arts and Cultures" accompanies a new interdisciplinary project of the Museum of Anna and Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz in Stawisko, which will be held between 10 October and 5 December 2021. The idea is to continue the tradition of the Anna and Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz House as a space for symbiosis of arts, an area open to various cultures.

The universalism of Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz's literary output is, among others, the effect of experiencing multiculturalism that accompanied him constantly, from the earliest period of his life to the last years. A special value of Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz's writing is also sensitivity to other fields of art, among which music plays a leading role. Musical feelings are usually an inseparable element of experiences accompanying reflections caused by the works of painters, sculptors, architects, and also by natural phenomena.

The festival is planned as a five-year cycle. This year, it will be devoted to the relations between the Iwaszkiewicz family and the House in Stawisko with Jewish culture, as well as relations with outstanding writers, composers and artists of Jewish origin. We will hear songs by Szymon Laks, Alexandre Tansman, poetic songs to words by Ginczanka, Mandelsztam, Leśmian, Tuwim, Ficowski, as well as traditional Jewish music.

The programme also includes an exhibition documenting the merits of the Iwaszkiewicz family in saving Jews during the occupation (they were honoured posthumously with the Righteous Among the Nations Medal), music concerts of various genres and styles, and literary meetings.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Museum Website: http://stawisko.pl/ 

Elbląg | Opening of Elbląg Chamber Orchestra Concert Season: Premiere of Sławomir Czarnecki's "Truso"

EOKThe new concert season of the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra will open on 10 October 2021 at 6:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the State Music School Complex in Elbląg. Chamber musicians under the baton of Michał Dworzyński will present the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Krzysztof Penderecki and Sławomir Czarnecki.

The soloist of the evening will be Mariusz Klimsiak – an artist who feels equally comfortable in a concert hall and in a lecture hall. The pianist began his musical career in Bydgoszcz, and today he can boast performances in Italy (Florence), Spain (Alicante) and the USA (Seattle, San Francisco). He combines his solo career with teaching – he is the dean of the Instrumental Department of the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz.

The programme will include Krzysztof Penderecki's Three Pieces in Old Style, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto in E flat major KV 271, as well as the premiere of Sławomir Czarnecki's Truso. The title of the latter work reveals the composer's direct source of inspiration. Truso is an authentic settlement from the early Middle Ages, the existence of which, apart from written sources, is confirmed by archaeological excavations in recent years. It was located near today's Elbląg. The settlement situated on a wide bay was a great commercial port known in the entire Baltic region. Its cultural influence was also important. As the composer emphasizes, "The first source of inspiration is expressed in archaic sounds and raw harmony, as well as in simple diatonic motifs, the nature of which, in some distant reflection, is supposed to bring to mind contemporary sailing melodies of the "shanties" genre. The second source of inspiration is the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra itself.” Truso is an orchestral poem presenting the wide range of textures, from powerful tutti to virtuoso solo parts of a concertante character. The piece was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Ticket information: https://www.eok.elblag.eu/wydarzenia/215 

Gliwice | Gliwice Chamber Orchestra's Anniversary

GOKThe Gliwice Chamber Orchestra will close it's 20th anniversary celebration on 9 October 2021 at 6 p.m. with a concert from the series "Masterful Interpretations" at the Scena Bojków Hall (5 Parkowa St.) in Gliwice-Bojków.

The "Masterful Interpretations" series has been realized by the Gliwice Chamber Orchestra since 2005. Thanks to the collaboration with the Youth Cultural Centre in Gliwice, the ensemble will perform for the first time in a new hall of the Scena Bojków.

The programme of the concert will refer to the online concert recorded by the Gliwice Chamber Orchestra in the Jerzy Harald Studio of Polish Radio Katowice as part of the National Centre for Culture's programme "Culture on the Web". Thanks to the STOART's support, the concert was released on CD, which is now available on sale both online and in selected music stores. The online concert and the CD are also available at www.gliwickaorkiestra.pl.

The Gliwice Chamber Orchestra will perform under the baton of the outstanding Polish conductor of the young generation Maciej Tomasiewicz, assistant to Andrzej Boreyko at the Warsaw Philharmonic and artistic director of the Silesian Chamber Orchestra. This famous artist also led the orchestra during the recording of the anniversary CD. Piotr Sałajczyk – a renowned Polish pianist, chamber musician and teacher, winner of the "Fryderyk" and "Orpheus" awards – will perform as the soloist. The artists will present Mieczysław Karłowicz's Serenade, Op.2, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto in A major KV 414 and Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 45 'Farewell'.

The concert is financed from the budget of the city of Gliwice.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More informationhttp://www.gliwickaorkiestra.pl/ 

Rzeszów | 5th Rzeszów Musical Autumn

Rzeszowska JesieńThe 5th Rzeszów Musical Autumn, organised annually by the Polish Chamber Musicians' Association, will be held on 9–24 October 2021 at the Monastery of the Dominican Order and the Institute of Music of the University of Rzeszów.

The main idea is reflected in the subtitle of this year's festival: "Forgotten Music". The fifth edition aims at reminding Polish, rarely performed chamber music of different eras and to present it in the context of European aesthetic trends. The programme will include works by Juliusz Zarębski, Ignacy Friedman, Mieczysław Weinberg, Karol Szymanowski and Sebastian Perłowski.

Among the performers will be respected and versatile musicians: Jakub Jakowicz, Bartłomiej Wezner, Piotr Lato, Bartosz Koziak, Marta Gidaszewska, Robert Łaguniak, Artur Rozmysłowicz, Dominik Płociński, Celina Kotz, Magdalena Bojanowicz, Piotr Różański, Agnieszka Kozło, and Katarzyna Wasiak.

The festival will also be broadcast on the Association's YouTube channel. Admission to all events is free! Co-financed under the "Music" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance. Co-financed by the Subcarpathian Voivodeship.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Programme details: www.spmk.com.pl/projekt/jesien