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Winners of the Composition Competition Opus 966

Laureaci konkursu Opus 966The results of the 3rd edition of the National Composition Competition Opus 966 have been announced:

Dominik Puk
Vidi áquam
1st prize

Mariusz Koliński
Corpus tuum, Domine
2nd prize
Special Award ”Composer-in-residence at the Poznań Chamber Choir”

Marcin Piotr Łopacki
Hoc est praeceptum meum
3rd prize (ex aequo)

Jakub Szafrański
Tu es filius meus
3rd prize (ex aequo)
Special Award ”German premiere 2016 - Kammerchor Hannover”

Aleksandra Chmielewska
Salutatio Angelica
distinction

Agnieszka Podsiadło
Lavabo
distinction

Premiere performance of the award-winning compositions:
Poznań Chamber Choir
Bartosz Michałowski – conductor

Jury: Paweł Łukaszewski (chairman), Mikołaj Górecki, Artur Kroschel
Organizer: Vis Artis Association, Bartosz Michałowski –artistic director
 Competition website: www.opus966.pl

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Audio Art Festival in Cracow

Audio Art 201523rd edition of Audio Art Festival will be held in Cracow between 10th and 22nd of November 2015 in the Academy of Music, Academy of Fine Arts, Crioteca, Bunkier Sztuki Art Gallery, Goethe Institute, and Żarówka Café. The programme, presented by artists from all over the world, includes over 40 events – concerts, installations, performances, lectures, and workshops.
 
Audio Art is an experimental and postmodern art of the turn of the 21st century. It integrates sound and visual art, presented in a form of concerts, performances, and installations. Audio Art creates a new concept of sound source: as an object and musical instrument put in a certain space and time. Audio Art forms an "one-person-art" - a composer, designer and performer unify the whole process of art creation. The Festival also presents other non-audio art events extending the whole image of sound-based art.

Audio Art is organized by the Muzyka Centrum Art Society in cooperation with the Academy of Music in Cracow and “Bunkier Sztuki” Contemporary Art Gallery. The artistic director is Prof. Marek Chołoniewski.

The Festival events are streamed live.

More information: www.audio.art.pl and Facebook profile

Kwartesencja – 11th edition of the Festival

11, KwartesencjaMuseum of Modern Art in Warsaw will host 11th edition of the Kwartesencja Festival (November 11-12, 2015) organized by Royal String Quartet. The programme includes works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Gregorio Allegri, Dmitri Shostakovich, Arvo Pärt, Alvin Lucier, and premiere performence of Marcin Stańczyk’s composition Powidoki

By organising their own festival the members of the ensemble want to share their passion for chamber music with the audience. The idea of the festival was born out of desire to create in Warsaw a unique artistic event that has never happened before. Its main goal is to bring chamber music closer to the audience and create an opportunity for people of different circles to exchange their impressions, to discuss, and to spend a nice evening with good music.

Admission free.

More information:
www.kwartesencja.com

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

Contemporary Music Festival “New Waves”

alt"Sinfonietta Pomerania" Foundation is the organizer of the 1st edition of the Contemporary Music Festival “New Waves” which will take place between 14th and 22nd of November 2015 in Gdańsk.

The name of the event corresponds to the marine character of the city, as well as the new trends in contemporary music which will be presented during the Festival.
The programme, including works by Polish and foreign composers (Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wojciech Kilar, Krzysztof Meyer, Hans Werner Henze, Wolfgang Rihm, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Krzysztof Olczak, Marek Czerniewicz, Zenon Kowalowski, Beniamin Baczewski, Tadeusz Dixa, Krzysztof Grzeszczak, Andrzej Dziadek, Piotr Moss, Grzegorz Jurczyk, Magdalena Cynk, and others), will be performed by Sinfonietta Pomerania Orchestra, Chamber Choir "441 Hz", NeoQuartet, Chamber Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Gdańsk, and soloists.

Venues: Nadbałtyckie Culture Centre, Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music, Fryderyk Chopin Polish Baltic Philharmonic, St. Nicholas Basilica in Gdańsk.

Admission free. 

Read more: Festival programme 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

New Compositions in Szczecin

Claudia MonteroBaltic Neopolis Orchestra, joined by the group of international artists and composers, will premiere Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra (Polish premiere) by Claudia Montero, winner of the Latin Grammy Best Classical Contemporary Composition in 2014, and Sinfonietta for String Orchestra “On a Split Time and Patient Love” by Piotr Klimek. The concert will take place on November 8, 2015 in the renovated Bogusław Hall in the Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle in Szczecin.

Performers:
Baltic Neopolis Orchestra
Emanuel Salvador - violin
Miguel Angel Navarro - conductor

Programme:
Piotr Klimek - Sinfonietta for String Orchestra "On a Split Time and Patient Love"
Claudia Montero - Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra
Mieczysław Karłowicz - Serenade for Strings
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Divertimento in F major

Admission by invitation

A Quartet of Quartets – Polish and Italian Contemporary Music

alt2 concerts of contemporary music entitled A Quartet of Quartets will take place on November 15 in the Fabryka Trzciny Art Center (14 Otwocka Street) and on December 2 in Mediateka Start-Meta in Warsaw (13A Szegedyńska Street). The works present various styles of musical compositions, ranging from sonorism to punctualism.

Programme:
Girolamo Deraco - Citta Fantastica
Claudio Jose Boncampagni – Cordes
Marcin Piotr Łopacki – String Quartet, Op. 45
Andrzej Karałow – String Quartet

Performers:
Two plus 2 Quartet

The events are organized by the Ensemblage Foundation and Italian association of composers “Cluster”, both of which focus on promoting contemporary music and talented artists specializing in performing contemporary music. The cooperation between Ensemblage and Cluster had already resulted in concerts of Polish music in Lucca and Genoa, performed by Italian chamber ensembles.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

First Album of Contemporary Music for Young Performers

altThe final concert of the “First Album of Contemporary Music for Young Performers” cycle will take place on November 7, 2015 at 5.00 pm in the Concert Hall of the Karol Szymanowski Music School in Wrocław (25 Piłsudskiego Street).

“First Album of Contemporary Music for Young Performers” is a cycle of compositions for young performers, meant to be presented during one concert. Composers of newly-written works include: Krzesimir Dębski, Jacek Grudzień, Krystian Kiełb, Jerzy Kornowicz, Sławomir Kupczak, Dariusz Przybylski, Agata Pyzel-Tondera, Adam Porębski, Jacek Rogala, Jarosław Siwiński, Maciej Staszewski, Tadeusz Wielecki, Lidia Zielińska, Maciej Żółtowski.

The concert's live broadcast will be available at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P2GTsBcvUw or www.youtu.be/-P2GTsBcvUw

The project is organized by the Karol Szymanowski Music School in Wrocław and Polish Society for Contemporary Music, and co-funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as a part of the "Collections" programme (Composition Commissions), operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Music and Metaphysics

The Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra will perform at the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio in Warsaw Muzyka i metafizykaon November 28 at 7:00 pm, led by Michał Maciaszczyk - a conductor and violinist who resides in Vienna. The concert will feature Anton Webern’s Passacaglia, Op. 1 and Richard Strauss’s A Hero’s Life, Op. 40.

Anton Webern’s orchestral Passacaglia comes from the first opus of Austrian composer. Though composed in 1908, the work still adheres to tonal system. The influence of Arnold Schönberg (Webern’s teacher) can be heard, nevertheless, it contains many original stylistic characteristics.

Richard Strauss achieved fame as a brilliant composer, particularly of tone poems, a genre he brought to perfection. Such works as Death and Transfiguration, Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Thus Spoke Zarathustra and Don Quixote are masterpieces of orchestral music. One of his great tone poems, though performed somewhat less often than those above, is A Hero’s Life, Op. 40, composed in 1898. The work metaphorically recounts the key moments in the life of the titular hero. The orchestral poem portrays the hero, his adversaries, his companions, the battle and, at the end, the hero’s parting with the world.

Tickets available at: www.eBilet.pl, sklep.polskieradio.pl, and an hour prior to the concert.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Iubilaei Cantus w Nowym Sączu

Iubilei Cantus 2015XXI Sądecki Festiwal Muzyczny „Iubilaei Cantus” odbędzie się w dniach 8-14 listopada 2015 roku w Nowym Sączu.

Większość wydarzeń będzie miała miejsce w Małopolskim Centrum Kultury „Sokół” (ul. Długosza 3). W programie tegorocznej edycji znajdują się liczne koncerty i spektakle, wieczór poetycki oraz zaduszki kabaretowe.

Wydarzenie zainauguruje spotkanie z Joanną Babiarz, połączone z promocją tomiku poezji Być obok, a jednocześnie wpisujące się w jubileusz 30-lecia pracy twórczej autorki. 9 listopada 2015 roku publiczność będzie miała okazję zobaczyć spektakl taneczny Superbohaterów 10/9 w wykonaniu studentów Państwowej Wyższej Szkoły Teatralnej im. Ludwika Solskiego w Krakowie, Wydziału Teatru Tańca w Bytomiu. Następnego dnia Teatr im. Ludwika Solskiego w Tarnowie zaprezentuje spektakl Brat naszego Boga na podstawie książki Karola Wojtyły.

Podczas Narodowego Święta Niepodległości, 11 listopada 2015 roku, odbędzie się koncert symfoniczny w ramach cyklu „Jeszcze Polska Muzyka”. Wystąpi Orkiestra Akademii Beethovenowskiej pod batutą Christiana Schumanna wraz z pianistką Beatą Bilińską. W programie: Koncert na orkiestrę Grażyny Bacewicz, Koncert fortepianowy C-dur Franciszka Lessla oraz Symfonia C-dur op. 61 nr 2 Roberta Schumanna.

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