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Oratorio ”Peregrinus” in Lusławice

Oratorium PeregrinusOratorio Peregrinus written by Dariusz Swoszowski to the text by Ryszard Ostrowski will be performed on January 15, 2016 at 4.00 pm in the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławice.

The composition will be interpreted by over 200 musicians conducted by Waldemar Groń, including students and teachers of the Primary Music School in Domosławice, Jurkowski Chamber Choir (dir. by Aleksandra Bośković-Róża), solists Magda Niedbała, Ewelina Szybilska, and Anna Wilk, organist Iwona Karwacka, and narrator Jacek Wojnicki. The work was premiered in November 2015.

Organizers: Primary Music School in Domosławice, Czchów and Zakliczyn Commune.

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Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Composer and conductor Pierre Boulez dies at 90

Pierre BoulezRenowned French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez died at the age of 90 on January 5, 2016 at his home in Baden-Baden in Germany.

Boulez had been considered one of the most influential voices in the contemporary music since the 1950s. As a composer, Boulez's work was noted for its difficulty, with one of his most celebrated works, Le Marteau Sans Maitre, being inspired by the complexity and lack of formal artistic structure of surrealist poetry.
Born in the Loire region of France in 1925, Boulez began his musical career at the Conservatoire in Paris. He graduated in 1945 and became musical director of the theatre company of Jean-Louis Barrault and Madeleine Renaud. His career as a conductor took off in the 1950s, during which time he performed with the Sudwestfunk (South-West German Radio). He also began acting as guest conductor for some of Europe's leading orchestras and festivals. He led the BBC Symphony Orchestra from 1971-75 and from 1971-77 was also music director of the New York Philharmonic, where he championed contemporary works, including compositions by Stravinsky, Bartók, Berg, Messiaen (his tutor), Ligeti, Birtwistle and Stockhausen.
Alongside his composing and conducting, Boulez's creative output flourished as the director of the experimental music studio in Paris (1970-91), the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM), where he had access to the latest computer technology.
Overall the artist won 26 Grammys and multiple other honours, including Sweden's Polar Music Prize, Japan's Praemium Imperiale and France's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Voices at Dusk

Głosy z zmroku2nd edition of the festival "Voices at Dusk", organized by Verità Nostra Agency, will be held in January 2016 at 3 Mysia Street in Warsaw.

The programme features 9 concerts (5 subsequent Sundays until January 31) which offer various music genres – classical (performed by Maksym Rzemiński, Barbara Piotrowska), jazz (Bogdan Hołownia, Wojciech Pulcyn, Piotr Wrombel, Mariusz "Fazi" Mielczarek, Maciej "Kocin" Kociński) and pop (Jarek Wist, Kuba Molęda). The artists will introduce the listeners to new projects and original arrangements. The event presents atypical performances, integrates various art forms and reduces the distance between the artists and the audience.

More information: www.veritanostra.pl

Premiere of "Holzwege" play

HolzwegePremiere performance of the play Holzwege, directed by Katarzyna Kalwat, will be held on January 15, 2016 at 7.00 pm at the TR Warszawa theatre.

Holzwege (German for "getting lost") is the title of a work by Tomasz Sikorski, one of the most interesting composers of the second half of the 20th century. The production by the same name, based on Marta Sokołowska’s play, is an attempt to understand Sikorski’s work and life, which came to a premature end. Holzwege is a combination of a theatre play and a concert. Alongside the TR Warszawa actors Jan Dravnel, Sandra Korzeniak and Tomasz Tyndyk, the eminent composer Zygmunt Krauze, a friend of Sikorski’s, also participates. The actors and musicians call upon the works of the avant-garde composer, documentary materials and literary fiction to pay tribute to him. During the show, we will hear Tomasz Sikorski’s works Absent-minded Window Gazing,Sonant, Hymnos and Echoes II performed live.

Tomasz Sikorski (1939-1988) is seen as an exponent of sonorism and minimalism. The Warsaw-born, child prodigy, son of the composer Kazimierz Sikorski, and recipient of French- and US-government scholarships, died in 1988 in unexplained circumstances. His music, which defied genre classifications, was not appreciated in his lifetime. Only in recent years has its innovativeness, radicalism and pioneering power begun to be recognised.

Next performances will be held on January 16 and 17, 2016.


Krzysztof Książek’s recital at the Mazovia Cuture Insitute

Krzysztof KsiążekKrzysztof Książek, semi-finalist of the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, will open a new concert cycle by performing Fryderyk Chopin’s Sonata in B minor, Op. 58 on January 14, 2016 at 7.00 pm in the Mazovia Culture Institute in Warsaw (12 Elektoralna St.).

The recitals of the cycle, performed by young pianists and aimed at presenting selected masterpieces of the piano repertoire, will be held each month at Elektoralna Street. Each performance will be preceded by an introduction given by professionals who will discuss cultural background of the presented compositions.

More information: www.mik.waw.pl

Haydn Extreme

Haydn ExtremeCapella Cracoviensis will perform the first concert of a cycle CC EXTREME consisting of concerts-marathons. The orchestra will interpret a complete set of Joseph Haydn’s Paris Symphonies and other classical works on January 10, 2016 in Cricoteca (2-4 Nadwiślańska Str.) in Krakow.

The event will start at 3.00 pm and continue though 4 parts (1,5 hrs each). The programme includes compositions by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, as well as Franciszek Lessel’s Piano Concerto.
Capella Cracoviensis’ instrumentalists under the direction of Jan Tomasz Adamus will be joined by soprano Marzena Lubaszka, pianist Katarzyna Drogosz (historic piano), bassoonist Javier Zafra and trumpeter Marian Magiera who will perfrorm Haydn’s Concerto for Keyed Trumpet and Orchestra in E flat major.

More information: www.capellacracoviensis.pl

”Orphée” by Dariusz Przybylski in the Warsaw Chamber Opera

OrpheeOrphée by Dariusz Przybylski, one of the most significant premieres of 2015, will be presented again in the Warsaw Chamber Opera. The performances will be held on January 9 and 10, 2016.

This reimagined version of the story of poet Orpheus's descent into the underworld to retrieve his wife Eurydice was directed by Latvian artist Margo Zālīte and supervised by Maja Metelska (music director). Both the interpretation of the Greek myth and performance production are innovative. Orpheus’ internal conflict is symbolized by 3 soloists - Robert Gierlach (bass-baritone), Jan Jakub Monowid (countertenor) and Andrzej Klimczak (bass). The role of Eurydice is interpreted by Olga Pasiecznik and Barbara Zamek, and the part of main hero’s alter ego is performed by proMODERN – vocal ensemble specializing in performing contemporary music.

Orphée is the second project of Przybylski-Zālīte team. Previously the artists worked together on staging the opera Fall in Deutsche Oper Berlin, which won much critical acclaim.

Cycle of Chopin Concerts for 200 years of the University of Warsaw

Chopin był z UW - Eugen IndjicUniversity of Warsaw and Universitatis Varsoviensis Foundation invite the listeners to attend the concert on January 10, 2016 (Auditorium Maximum, 26/28 Krakowskie Przedmieście Str.) linked to the celebrations of 200 years of the University of Warsaw.

The concert will be performed by American pianist Eugen Indjic, prize-winner of international competitions - he received 4th prize in the 8th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition (1970) in Warsaw, 3rd prize in the Leeds International Piano Competition (1972) and 2nd prize in the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition (1974) in Tel Aviv.

Fryderyk Chopin - Mazurka in F minor, Op. 7 No. 3; Mazurka in D flat major, Op. 30 No. 3; Mazurka in C sharp minor, Op. 50 No.3
Robert Schumann - Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"

The main aim of the project is to make the audience aware of the fact that the University of Warsaw campus was a special place in Fryderyk Chopin’s life. The composer not only lived for ten years (1817–1827) on the University’s premises (in the so-called "rector house") with his parents and sisters but also graduated from the Music School which was a part of the University’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Sciences.

The next recitals of the cycle will be presented by Markus Groh (Germany) on February 14, 2016, Ingolf Wunder (Austria) on May 15, 2016, Daniil Trifonov (Russia) on September 18, 2016 and Benjamin Grosvenor (United Kingdom) on November 6, 2016.

More information: www.chopinbylzuw.com

New Year’s Gala at National Forum of Music in Wrocław

Bassem AikikiA special New Year’s Gala will be held in the National Forum of Music on January 3, 2016. The soloists and orchestra will be led by Lebanese conductor Bassem Akiki.

The concert, hosted by actor Jacek Poniedziałek and actress Katarzyna Herman, will feature famous works and movie themes written by such composers as Richard Strauss, Leonard Bernstein, Wojciech Kilar, Franz Lehár, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, George Gershwin, and others.

Ilse Eerens – soprano
Ed Lyon – tenor
Bassem Akiki – conductor
NFM Symphony Orchestra

More information: www.nfm.wroclaw.pl