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Warsaw | Warsaw Wind Ensemble Conducting Competition 2019

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The Warsaw Wind Ensemble Conducting Competition 2019 is the first edition of the international competition for wind orchestra conductors, which will be held in Warsaw on 23-27 October 2019.

The competition will consist of three stages and 20 conductors from 11 countries will compete. Participants will be judged by a jury chaired by Prof. Szymon Kawalla, PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Composition, Conducting and Music Theory at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

The first stage will take place from 23 to 24 October (8:00–10:00 p.m.) at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music (auditorium 338). The conductors will be accompanied by two pianists, and the performance will include Dance Sacrale from the ballet The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky and the Bajka Concert Overture by Stanisław Moniuszko. The next stages of the competition will take place in the District Cultural Centre Ursynów. The second stage will be held from 25 to 26 October (4:00–10:00 p.m.). Conductors will lead the Festival Orchestra consisting of musicians from Youth Warsaw Wind Orchestra. The repertoire will include two pieces: Serenade in D minor for wind instruments by Antoni Dvorzak and Film Variations on the theme of the aria “Szumią jodły na szczycie” by Stanisław Moniuszko by Tomasz Dudziński.

On 25 and 26 October, after the competition auditions (8:00 and 9:00 p.m.) there will also be lectures given by pedagogues, composers and musicians (the speakers will be pedagogue and composer Ignacy Zalewski, composer Paweł Pudło, trumpeter musician Bartłomiej Łubian and composer Artur Słotwiński).

The final of the competition will take place on Sunday, 27 October (4:00–7:30 p.m.), during which the 6 best conductors will lead a much larger Festival Orchestra consisting of musicians from the Warsaw University of Life Sciences Representative Orchestra and Youth Warsaw Wind Orchestra. In the repertoire of the finale, Second Suite in F major for military orchestra by Gustav Holst and Overture Year 1918 by Artur Słotwiński. The culmination will be the Gala Concert, which will take place at the end of the Competition, on 27 October at 8:00 p.m. in District Cultural Centre Ursynów. The winners of the Competition will be announced during the concert. The best conductors will receive prizes and conduct the Festival Orchestra, which will perform works from the competition repertoire.

All events are free and all auditions are open to the public.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.wwecc.warsawwindmusic.pl 

Kraków | 3rd Kraków Music Salon: Moniuszko – Żeleński

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The Association of Polish Chamber Musicians invites you to the 3rd Festival "Krakow Music Salon: Moniuszko – Żeleński", which will take place betwwen 24 October and 23 November 2019.

To this day the festival is the largest regular event promoting the work of Władysław Żeleński. This year's edition will be devoted not only to Żeleński, but also to Stanisław Moniuszko on the occasion of his 200th birth anniversary. Both composers highly contributed to the development of Polish songwriting, which is why the festival programme will include three vocal recitals, as well as an orchestra concert with arrangements of Moniuszko's songs, recitals of piano duo, reed trio and string quartet, lectures on the songs of Moniuszko and Żeleński, and Polish songwriting in the 20th century.

The list of performers includes the Messages Quartet, LLLeggiero Woodwind Trio, Ravel Piano Duo, Urszula Kryger, Krzysztof Urbaniak and many others. This year's festival will also promote two CDs: on 17 November Ravel Piano Duo will promote their Polish Kaleidoskope No. 4, while on 21 November soprano Magdalena Molendowska and pianist Julia Samojło will promote the first, complete recording of Zygmunt Stojowski's songs.

Admission to all events is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://www.spmk.com.pl/salon/ 

Radziejowice | Baroque and Contemporary Music

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A chamber concert performed by Agata Kielar-Długosz, Łukasz Długosz and Marek Toporowski will take place on Friday, 25 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the New House of Art in Radziejowice.

Outstanding musicians, who perform with the best artists around the world, have prepared works by baroque and contemporary composers. Gathered together, they form a peculiar bridge, leading us from the times of the distant past to the present. The concert will be an opportunity to meet the work of those who have gone down in the history of music, and those who create this history today.

The programme, next to works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann and Antonio Vivaldi, will include compositions written as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme run by the Institute of Music and Dance: Frisium for 2 flutes and harpsichord by Krzysztof Baculewski, Work for 2 flutes and harpsichord by Grażyna Pstrokońska and Cosmo-temporality for 2 flutes and harpsichord by Dai Bo.

The concert is organized in cooperation with the Polish Society of Contemporary Music and the Fifth Essence Foundation. Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Composing Commissions" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance. The organizers kindly ask you to confirm attendance at the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

More information at: http://palacradziejowice.pl/

Białystok | Postcard from Poland – three Polish composers from three periods

OiFPA concert entitled "Postcard from Poland – three Polish composers from three periods", presenting compositions by Karol Kurpiński, Stanisław Moniuszko and Karol Szymanowski, will take place on 25 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic.

This evening shall pass marked by three great Polish names and will take the audience to three musical periods: late classicizm, romanticism, and modernism, here called Young Poland. Karol Kurpiński’s opera The Castle of Czorsztyn contained many national hallmarks: polonaise, dumka, cavatina, or folk song. Haunted gothic castle at Lake Czorsztyn haunts the imagination. Romantic associations bring us to Adam Mickiewicz, but from Polish mountains we will travel to Crimea. To eight chosen poems of his Crimean Sonnets, a cantata was composed by Stanisław Moniuszko for solo voices, choir and orchestra. The atmosphere will be completed and divided by Karol Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto inserted between the latter two. This is the first modern violin concerto, which leaves 19th-century tradition for a new expression. It’s a one-part poem with a beautiful sound aura and fantastic and passionate character.

Piotr Wacławik will lead the Orchestra and Choir of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic as part of the "Conductor-In-Residence" programme. The solo parts will be performed by Krzysztof Jakowicz and Emil Ławecki. The choir is led by Violetta Bielecka.

The concert is co-organised and co-financed as part of the Institute of Music And Dance’s programme "Conductor-In-Residence".

More information athttps://www.oifp.eu/ and https://www.facebook.com/

Bydgoszcz | Captivated by the Tatras – Inauguration of the 2019/2020 season of the Pomeranian Philharmonic

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The inauguration of the 2019/2020 season of the Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz will take place on 25 October 2019 at 7 p.m.. The Pomeranian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kai Bumann and accompanied by the violinist Sławomira Wilga will perform works by Mendelssohn, Karłowicz and Kilar.

Karłowicz and Kilar undoubtedly had one thing in common – adoration for the Polish mountains. Karłowicz, one of the greatest Polish composers and the best climbers of his time, a wonderful photographer, was taken forever by the beloved Tatra Mountains ... He died while climbing Mały Kościelec on 8 February 1909. He wrote the orchestral triptych Eternal songs in 1907. The work is perceived as the "manifestation of the composer's pantheistic credo, musical expression of his philosophy, the apotheosis of Nature-Universe." Kilar also loved mountains in the whole sense of this word. He was fascinated with and inspired by their unique folklore and highland melodies. In 1976 – on the centenary of Karłowicz's birthday – he composed the poem Kościelec 1909, which is a kind of epitaph that captures the last moments of Karłowicz's life.

The evening will start with a great hit of concert halls – Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor, known for its beautiful melodies imbued with sweetness, "in which the violin sings about fulfillment of all longings and love." The soloist will be 25-year-old Sławomira Wilga – a graduate of the Academy of Music in Łódź in the class of Prof. Łukasz Błaszczyk, laureate of Polish and international violin and chamber competitions, cooperating with the International Lutosławski Youth Orchestra, the Primuz String Orchestra, the Baltic Neopolis Orchestra and Uncover Soloist.

The concert is held under the patronage of the PWM Edition as part of the TUTTI.pl project promoting the performances of Polish music.

More information athttp://www.filharmonia.bydgoszcz.pl/

Opole | Zone of Stars: Maestro Antoni Wit

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Maestro Antoni Wit returns to the Opole Philharmonic on 25 October 2019 at 7 p.m. with a programme composed of French orchestral music as part of the "Zone of Stars" series.

The works by French composers, arranged in chronological order, represent diverse styles. Camille Saint-Saëns' Danse Macabre is a short and spectacular symphonic poem. Gabriel Fauré's Pelléas et Mélisande suite, which consists of the incidental music for a play by Mauric Maeterlinck, has a completely different character. The work written by the Nobel Prize winner in literature of 1911 tells a story of a beautiful girl immersed in incurable melancholy. The Fauré score is also beautiful but at the same time sad and foggy. Albert Roussel's Bacchus et Ariane is ballet music based on a story rooted in mythology, which makes it somewhat crazy, and sometimes even ... noisy.

The concert is directed at several groups of listeners: frankophiles, who are truly fascinated by the land of wine and cheese and want to get to know French music better; music lovers – maestro Antoni Wit is a legend of the Polish music scene and his concert is a must see; and theater and literature lovers who will have the opportunity to listen to music composed for dramatic use.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Cemntre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia.opole.pl/wydarzenia/68-sezon-artystyczny-antoni-wit/ 

Wrocław | Bagatelles and Premieres

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The LutosAir Quintet, one of the most active wind ensembles performing contemporary music, will premiere three works by Polish composers at the chamber music concert on 24 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław.

The Thursday concert will begin with the performance of Six Bagatelles for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn by the Hungarian composer György Ligeti, who went down in history as a great avant-garde artist. The Bagatelles are his early work, written in 1953, before leaving his homeland, and the musical language used in it is easier on the ear than his later compositions. They are arrangements of another of his compositions, the Musica ricercata for piano. The title of the fifth one, Béla Bartók in memoriam, points to an important source of inspiration for Ligeti during this period. Despite the fact that these miniatures are graceful and accessible, the Soviet censorship decided that the last Bagatelle was too radical and did not allow it to be performed during the premiere of the work in 1956.

Other works in the programme were written by contemporary Polish composers. The Wrocław audience will also have an opportunity to listen to the world premieres of the Brass Sextet by the Wrocław composer Ewa Podgórska, Dr JanKeys by the violist and composer Dawid Pajdzik and the Concert Suite for bass clarinet and wind quintet by Nikola Kołodziejczyk. The commission of the latter work was subsidised from the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage – Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme realised by the Institute of Music and Dance.

More information at: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/7269 

Warsaw | 11th "Schaeffer's Era" Festival

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The 11th "Schaeffer's Era" Festival will take place on 24 October 2019 at 8 p.m. in the Artistic Pool (Basen Artystyczny) in Warsaw (6 M. Konopnicka St.).

The "Schaeffer's Era" Festival is a cyclical event that combines music, theater and dance and promotes the rich creative output of the Polish contemporary composer, music theoretician, playwright, philosopher and graphic artist Bogusław Schaeffer. The Festival takes place in the autumn season in Warsaw, regularly since 2009. It is a multimedia and audiovisual event inspired by sound, word, movement, and image, which uses a collage technique.

11th "Schaeffer's Era" combines presentation of works by Bogusław Schaeffer with the celebration of his 90th birthday. The professor died less than a month after his 90th birthday, so this year's Festival will also be a symbolic farewell to the Master. A multimedia spectacle The Eternal Carousel directed by Maciej Sobociński combines performances by Polish and foreign stage artists with a display of Schaeffer's graphic works as well as fragments of his musical works in the interpretation and arrangement of young Polish musicians. Among hte performers there will be actors Lidia Bogaczówna, Izabela Warykiewicz, Sean Palmer, Marcel Wiercichowski, accordionist and composer Marcin Wyrostek with the band Corazone, singer Janusz Radek, rapper Andy Ninvalle, violinist and composer Patryk Zakrocki, pianist Maciej Piszek and composer and pianist Andrzej Karałow.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://aureaporta.eu 

Warsaw | SuperSam +1: Marta Zapparoli & Piotr Zabrodzki

SuperSamMarta Zapparoli and Piotr Zabrodzki will perform at the next concert of the cycle "SuperSam +1", which will take place on 24 October 2019 at 8 p.m. in the Warsaw club "DZIK" (44a Belwederska St.).

“Supersam + 1” is a series of master performances. The project focuses mainly on music, however, it also includes other forms of expression such as: performance, multimedia, monodrama. “SUPERSAM + 1” will present respected Polish and foreign artists whose work is original, experimental and innovative.

Marta Zapparoli is an experimental sound artist, radio artist, improviser, performer, and self-taught researcher. She has been working and living in Berlin since 2007. In the past fourteen years her sonic work has focused on recorded sound from the external world using a wide array of devices, microphones, sensors, ultrasonic, digital and analogue recorders. In the past four years she has also included antennas, radio receivers, and detectors. She works without boundaries and with many unconventional techniques. Her influences and interest is the sonic environment, acoustic ecology, cosmic energies, electro-smog (radio waves communication, EMF), Natural Radio VLF (electromagnetic signal emissions which originate from natural phenomena, weather, lighting, borealis aurora and more) and they relations and effects on human senses and body. With all the recordings she has captured around the world, she builds highly narrative and visionary soundscapes. Through live performances the sound material is transformed and placed into other contexts, consequently changing its original character by creating a distinct aurality into another universe of sound. She aims to stimulate critical thinking, awareness, memories and auditory imagination of the audience.

Piotr Zabrodzki is a pianists and a composer. He graduated from the Music Academy in Warsaw. His music combines jazz improvisation with sonorism, heavy metal and electronics and all of that is topped with a good sense of humour. As a musician he is very flexible and versatile, which is reflected in the number of bands he is a member of: LXMP, Efekt Moozgu, Trylobit, 60 Minut Projekt, The Kurws, Blast Muzungu, SEMAFOR COMBO. He worked with leading avant-garde musicians such as Yoshida Tatsuya, Zdzisław Piernik, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Ove Volquartz, Tabata Mitsuru.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttp://supersam.mozg.pl/