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2nd International Competition of Polish Music: Premiere of Prize Winners' Concert on TVP Kultura

NIMiTThe Prize Winners' Concert of the 2nd International Competition of Polish Music, organised by the National Institute of Music and Dance, will premiere on TVP Kultura on 19 December 2021 at 3.50 p.m.

Masterpieces of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Grażyna Bacewicz, Ludomir Różycki, Wojciech Kilar, Witold Lutosławski, Roman Maciejewski and Miłosz Magin will be performed by excellent pianists and chamber ensembles: Carter Johnson, Ivan Shemchuk, Michał Szymanowski, Książek Piano Duo (Agnieszka Zahaczewska-Książek and Krzysztof Książek), Kwintofonia and Aleksandra Kuls and Marcin Koziak duo.

This year's edition of the Competition was attended by 86 musicians from three continents who competed for a total prize pool of 80,000 EUR in two categories: pianists and chamber ensembles. The participants competed in September on the stage of the Artur Malawski Subcarphatian Philharmonic in Rzeszów.

The competition is organised by the National Institute of Music and Dance in cooperation with the Artur Malawski Subcarphatian Philharmonic in Rzeszów and is funded by the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage. The event's partner is the Marshal of the Podkarpackie Voivodeship. The competition is held under the National Patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda. The Competition is a member of the Alink-Argerich Foundation’s piano competitions network.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Gorzów | "Silent Night" Oratorio Concert

NIMiTThe oratorio concert "Silent Night" will introduce us to the atmosphere of the upcoming Christmas. On 17 December 2021 at 7.00 p.m. Sabrina Stachel will conduct for the first time the Gorzów Philharmonic Orchestra and the Choir of the Maritime University in Szczecin in the frame of the "Conductor-in-residence" programme of the National Institute of Music and Dance.

The concert will begin with Camille Saint-Saëns' Christmas Oratorio, which will be perfectly complemented by Silent Night – a concert of Christmas carols for choir and string orchestra arranged by Maciej Małecki.

The magical story of Christmas Eve according to Saint-Saëns was premiered in 1858 at the St. Magdalene Church in Paris during the Midnight Mass. Christman Oratorio is a ten-part piece for five solo voices, choir, string quintet, organ and harp. Thanks to gentle and simple harmonies, the vocal and orchestral parts create an intimate atmosphere.

In 2006 Jan Łukaszewski, director of the Polish Chamber Choir, inspired Maciej Małecki to make his own arrangement of selected Christmas carols. This is how Silent Night was created – an original composition that preserves the spirit of tradition and beautiful Polish Christmas songs. Anna Fabrello, Małgorzata Pańko-Edery, Jadwiga Postrożna, Przemysław Borys and Jerzy Butryn will perform as soloists.

The concert is co-organised by the National Institute of Music and Dance as part of its own programme "Conductor-in-residence", financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport.

Ticket information: https://www.filharmoniagorzowska.pl/pl/calendar/event/1934/2021-12-17/19:00 

Warsaw | Online Christmas Concert

JaxAn online concert of the most beuatiful Christmas songs and carols, organised by the JAX Association and Bemowo District Office of the Capital City of Warsaw, will be held on 26 December 2021 at 5.00 p.m. on the JAX Association YouTube channel and on the website of the Bemowo District Office: https://bemowo.um.warszawa.pl/.

We will hear the most beautiful music related to Christmas: Adeste fideles, Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber, early Polish carols: Anioł pasterzom mówił, Gdy śliczna Panna, Przybieleli do Betlejem, Lulajże Jezuniu, Jezus malusieńki, Gdy się Chrystus rodzi, as well as Bóg się rodzi by Karol Kurpiński, Mizerna cicha by Jan Karol Gall, O gwiazdo betlejemska by Zygmunt Odelgiewicz and Północ już była by Feliks Nowowiejski.

The concert will be performed by wonderful artists: singer Krzysztof Borysiewicz (bass), flautist Sylwia Lorenc and organist Wiktor Brzuchacz. The recording will be made at the Church of Our Lady Queen of Angels in Warsaw.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://bemowo.um.warszawa.pl/-/koncert-bozonarodzeniowy-%E2%80%9Enajpiekniejsze-koledy-i-pastoralki 

"Online Meetings at Composers' Union": Zygmunt Mycielski

MycielskiOn 16 December 2021 at 4 p.m the Polish Composers' Union will host an online meeting devoted to the life and work of Zygmunt Mycielski (1907–1987).

Zygmunt Mycielski – composer, writer and music activist – studied at the École Normale de Musique in Paris with Paul Dukas and Nadia Boulanger. He was active in the Association of Young Polish Musicians in Paris, of which he was the President. Then he returned to the country and took up composing, criticism and music journalism. He was the editor-in-chief of "Ruch Muzyczny", he co-edited "Res Facta", "Rocznik Chopinowski" and "Chopin Studies". He was the President of the Main Board of the Polish Composers' Union.

Mycielski, his compositional and literary output, as well as activities aimed at preserving and promoting his musical and literary works, will be the subject of a discussion between the invited guests: Prof. Grzegorz Oliwa, PhD, Barbara Mielcarek-Krzyżanowska, PhD, Michał Klubiński and Marek Zagańczyk, writer, essayist and publisher. The meeting will be chaired by the Chair of the Musicological Section of the Polish Composers' Union, Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska, PhD.

The meeting will be held on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/94423187541?pwd=NzRPVnFBNHdwc0FKNEprbGl0S01Fdz09 

Meeting ID: 944 2318 7541. Passcode: Pq7h4H

Warsaw | Concert to Celebrate 60th Anniversary of Zygmunt Krauze's Work

KrauzeOn 16 December 2021 at 7.30 p.m. the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio will host a concert to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Zygmunt Krauze's work. The event is organised by the Kwadrofonik Association.

Zygmunt Krauze's compositions will be performed by Lutosławski Piano Duo (Emilia Karolina Sitarz and Bartek Wąsik) and Silesian Quartet (Szymon Krzeszowiec, Arkadiusz Kubica, Łukasz Syrnicki, Piotr Janosik). We will also hear works by Tomasz Sikorski and Claude Debussy

The highlight of the programme will be the premiere of Zygmunt Krauze's new piece Threnody in memory of Krzysztof Penderecki, created especially for this event. As described by the composer: “The idea arose spontaneously right after the tragic news of the Master's death. The planned composition is to express the energy, strength and determination that formed the basis of Penderecki's work. At the same time, it expresses the pain after losing a great composer. It is a work consisting of five segments, referring to the ancient Greek literary form: exordium, laudatio, comploratio, consolatio and exhortatio.Threnody in memory of Krzysztof Penderecki will not contain any stylistic allusions to his work. It is conveyed in my personal musical language with a strong emotional character”.

The concert is co-organised by Polish Radio Channel 2, which will broadcast the event. The partner is PWM Edition.

Admission free! Co-financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Art Mintaka Christmas Festival – remote edition 2021

Art MintakaThe Art Mintaka Christmas Festival, organised by the Art Mintaka Polish Chamber Music Foundation in collaboration with the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, will be held remotely on 16-19 December 2021. The event will feature premieres of works by Polish composers as well as presentations of works by visual artists. All festival events will be available to watch for free on the YouYube channel of the Art Mintaka Foundation.

December is a special time of the year: a time of connecting, summing up and sharing; a time of community and a new beginning. These are the main ideas behind the Art Mintaka Christmas Festival: ideas of bringing together through art, ideas of finding new solutions and returning to old ones, ideas of beauty. At this time of the year, on the one hand, we are already thinking about Christmas and New Year, but on the other hand we are still active. In many cities there are no festival events for more than two months. This is going to change thanks to the Art Mintaka Christmas Festival.

This year's edition of the festival will present the latest compositions of classical music by the most important Polish composers, works of female and male artists from other fields of art, some commissioned especially for this occasion, others already produced and awarded, combining various fields of art. We will hear, among others, the premieres of the compositions SudavikSonata by Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil, Ludzie z Vełny by Rafał Gorczycki and 7 by Artur Zagajewski.

Follow the festival events on the ART MINTAKA Foundation YouTube Channel. Find out more at: www.facebook.com/FundacjaArtMintaka 

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Katowice | Concert in Memory of 'Wujek Nine' on 40th Anniversary of Pacification of 'Wujek' Coal Mine

NOSPROn 15 December 2021 at 7.30 p.m. – on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the tragedy at the 'Wujek' mine – the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra will host a special concert in memory of the 'Wujek Nine'.

The protest in the 'Wujek' mine began after the introduction of martial law, following the news of the arrest of the head of the "Solidarity" factory, Jan Ludwiczak. As a result of the pacification of the mine by the militia, which was supposed to intimidate the public, on 16 December 1981 nine miners were shot by ZOMO soldiers. Their death was the greatest tragedy of martial law. This mining protest was a fight for human dignity, in defense of values ​​such as freedom and solidarity.

A gala concert to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the pacification of the mine will feature the premiere of Piotr Moss' Threnody to the Memory of the Dead Miners of the Wujek coal mine for 9 cellos, symphony orchestra and brass bands. This composition, commissioned by the Silesian Freedom and Solidarity Centre, was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance. The programme will also include Karol Szymanowski's Stabat Mater and the revised version of Eugeniusz Knapik's When...

The concert will be performed by the Polish Radio Choir, Camerata Silesia – the Katowice City Singers' Ensemble, and the Orchestra of the Polish Mining Group KWK 'Wujek' conducted by Łukasz Borowicz. Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk (soprano), Jan Jakub Monowid (alto) and Sebastian Szumski (baritone) will perform as soloists.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://nospr.org.pl/en/kalendarz/koncert-pamieci-dziewieciu-z-wujka-w-40-rocznice-pacyfikacji

Zielona Góra | "Voice – Strike – Time": Concert on the Occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the University of Zielona Góra

UZThe Institute of Music of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Zielona Góra is organising the third concert devoted to the work of contemporary composers who represent Zielona Góra, Poznań, and Szczecin. This year's Chamber Music Concert "Voice – Strike – Time" will take place on 14 December 2021 at 6 p.m. at the MCM hall of Tadeusz Baird Zielona Góra Philharmonic within the framework of the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the University of Zielona Góra.

The concert programme is unique for two reasons: it only encompasses premieres of works written specifically for this occasion, and all compositions are for solo voices and percussion instruments. The composers are lecturers of the University of Zielona Góra, Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań, and Art Academy of Szczecin: Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz, Alina Kubik, Artur Cieślak, Katarzyna Taborowska-Kaszuba, Agnieszka Zdrojek-Suchodolska, Zbigniew Kozub, Stanisław Leśniewski and Juliusz Karcz.

The concert has been organized by the Institute of Music of the University of Zielona Góra in cooperation with the Department of Composition of Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań. The programme will be presented twice: in Zielona Góra (14 December 2021) and in Poznań (18 December 2021). The performers will also be the lecturers of those universities. The patron of the event is the Polish Composers’ Union.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Kielce | "Polish Music Scene": Jacek Kortus

KortusOn 13 December 2021 at 6.30 p.m. the Oskar Kolberg Świętokrzyska Philharmonic in Kielce will host another concert of the "Polish Music Scene" programme: pianist Jacek Kortus will perform works by Franciszek Lessel, Antoni Stolpe and Józef Wieniawski.

The "Polish Music Scene" is a project aimed at Polish music performers, organised in collaboration with the Warsaw Philharmonic and art institutions in Poland. The main goal of the next concert is to popularize Polish piano literature, which is not often performed in concert halls. The programme will include piano sonatas by three composers from the same region (Puławy, Lublin), each of whom contributed to the development of Polish piano music.

Jacek Kortus graduated with honours from the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań, where he studied with Prof. Waldemar Andrzejewski. Currently, he works as an assistant at the Academy's Piano Department. He has received many awards at international and national piano competitions, including the 1st prize and "Grand Prix" at the 9th International Chopin Competition in Antonin (2005) and an honourable mention at the 15th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (2005). He has performed at leading philharmonics in Poland and abroad. In 2017 he was awarded the Decoration of Honour "Meritorious for Polish Culture" by the Minister of Culture.

Detailed programme: http://filharmonia.kielce.pl/