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Silesian Philharmonic: Sebastian Perłowski and Waldemar Matera

FSThe Silesian Philharmonic's concert on 12 February 2021 at 7.00 p.m. will be filled with music by Mozart, Dvořák and Żeleński. The Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sebastian Perłowski will perform together with Waldemar Matera, who will delight the audience with the beautiful sound of the French horn.

Władysław Żeleński's Gavotte, Op. 45 was composed as a piano piece in the composer's late period. However, during the upcoming concert, we will listen to an arrangement for orchestra, which will certainly allow the listeners to discover new colors and different shades of the work.

Waldemar Matera, French horn player of the Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's French horn Concerto No. 3 in E flat major. Mozart wrote a total of four concertos for this instrument and to this day they are the basis of the horn's repertoire. In the 18th century, the horn did not have a valve system yet, so all the possibilities of the player were limited to producing the sound only through the appropriate positioning of the lips against the mouthpiece.

The evening will be crowned by Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No. 7 in D minor, commissioned by the London Philharmonic Society in 1884. In his study of the composer’s work, Otakar Šourek wrote: "Dvořák worked at the D minor Symphony with passionate concentration and in the conscious endeavor to create a work of noble proportions and content, which should surpass not only what he had so far produced in the field of symphonic composition, but which was also designed to occupy an important place in world music". This piece combines lyrical and heroic motifs with a triumphant coda in a major key.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://filharmonia-slaska.eu/ 

Szczecin Philharmonic: Kisielewski & Strauss

KisielewskiThe first concert of the Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Rune Bergmann in 2021 will be held on 12 February at 7.00 p.m. on the streaming platform https://livefilharmonia.szczecin.pl/. The programme will include Richard Strauss's Metamorphosen and Stefan Kisielewski's Concerto for chamber orchestra.

Stefan Kisielewski was one of the most colourful figures on the Polish music scene. Composing was only one of several fields of his public activity. He was also known as a writer, journalist and commentator, social and political activist. Because of his uncompromising stand in all these areas, he became an object of communist repressions. He was dismissed from the faculty of Cracow's State Higher School of Music, where he had taught theory; the periodical "Ruch Muzyczny", of which he was the founder and editor-in-chief, was closed for some time. He was banned from the Parliament, where he represented the Catholic club "Znak"; he was forbidden to publish feuilletons in the Catholic weekly "Tygodnik Powszechny"; he had to publish his books under a pen name in the underground. Despite this persecution, he always remained a great authority.

Kisielewski's music was virtually absent from philharmonic halls, both for political reasons and owing to the conservative neo-Classical style to which the composer remained faithful throughout his artistic life. He viewed music as an autonomous art, and the creative process – as multi-level organisation of sounds. He rejected all extra-musical contents, as well as the Romantic aesthetic. He composed works which were clear in form and made frequent use of classical formal patterns. His musical language combined the traditional tonality with modern atonal music. The strong element of humour and self-irony, characteristic of his works, reflected very well the personality of that man, his brilliant wit and unmanageable humour. The Concerto for chamber orchestra (1949) is one of his most famous ochestral works.

More information athttps://filharmonia.szczecin.pl/pl 

Benedykt Konowalski has died...

KonowalskiBenedykt Konowalski, composer, conductor and pedagogue, died on 27 January 2021 in Warsaw. The Funeral Service will take place on 12 February at the Bródno Cemetery.

Benedykt Konowalski graduated from law at the University of Warsaw. Then he studied composition with Jan Maklakiewicz and Tadeusz Szeligowski (degree in 1960) as well as conducting under Stanisław Wisłocki (degree in 1964) at the State Higher School of Music in Warsaw. In the years 1956–72 he was the music director of the Central Artistic Ensemble of the Polish Army in Warsaw. From 1966 he lectured at the State Higher School of Music in Warsaw, from 1987 as a professor. In the years 1984-87 he was the Vice-Rector of this institution.

He was a composer of symphonies, concerts, oratorios, chamber and choral works. His work includes suites, vocal, vocal-instrumental and ballet music as well an opera and songs for children. As a conductor, he conducted symphonic concerts in the country and abroad. He recorded music programmes for Polish Radio and TV and recorded a dozen or so CDs for Polish Records and the Philips phonographic company in Paris. He conducted performances in music theaters and philharmonics. He made many world premieres of works by contemporary Polish composers. He was a co-founder and in 1972-92 he was the chairman of the editorial board of the Music Publishing House of the Authors’ Agency in Warsaw.

Benedykt Konowalski was a laureate of the Composers' Competition of the Warsaw Branch of the Polish Composers' Union, the Feliks Nowowiejski International Organ Competition and the Grażyna Bacewicz International Composers' Competition. He was awarded, among others, the Knight's Cross, the Officer's Cross, the Honorary Badge of the ZAiKS Association of Authors, the “Polonia Mater Nostra Est” Order of the Social Foundation of Polish Nation Remembrance for Special Merits for the Nation and Polish State, the Medal Commemorating 80 Years of Polish Independence, the Medal of Merit to Polish Culture and the ZAiKS Association of Authors, the Silver Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis, the Medal of Merit to the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and the “Milito Pro Christo” Medal.

World Kociewie Day: "Kociewie painted with music" online concert

ProgressThe World Kociewie Day is celebrated annually on 10 February. On this occasion, the online premiere of the concert entitled "Kociewie painted with music" will be held next Wednesday at 6.00 p.m. on the Progress Chamber Orchestra YouTube channel.

The World Kociewie Day was established in 2007 on the initiative of the Kociewie Local Tourist Organisation from Tczew and the Kociewie Culture Association from Starogard Gdański to commemorate the first written mention of the region. When talking about the cultural heritage of Kociewie, one cannot ignore the tradition and spiritual and material culture that are typical only for this region. To place the Kociewie folklore in the context of the music of other regions of Poland, the programme of the concert will include a series of Kociewie Songs for soprano, piano and orchestra by the Gdańsk composer Maciej Zakrzewski, 5 Folk Melodies by Witold Lutosławski and 4 Pieces in Polish Style for string orchestra by the outstanding contemporary composer and teacher Stanisław Moryto, who died in 2018.

The concert was performed by the Progress Chamber Orchestra conducted by Szymon Morus, soprano Magdalena Chmielecka and pianist Jakub Ostrowski. The event will be preceded by a short conversation with the performers, introducing the audience to the musical land of Polish folklore.

The project was co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the web" programme.

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Archiving of Bogusław Schaeffer's works under the "Digital Culture" Programme

Repozytorium SchaefferaThe Aurea Porta Foundation, which promotes Polish contemporary art, is expanding the Repository of Bogusław Schaeffer's Works. Thanks to the project, the rich artistic output of one of the most outstanding contemporary Polish artists, composer and playwright, will be preserved for posterity.

The expansion of the Repository of Bogusław Schaeffer's Works by the Aurea Porta Friends of Arts Foundation reintroduces the artist’s world-renowned yet often forgotten works to the culture world. The project covers conservation, resource listing and publishing digitized paper materials – scores, graphics and texts (manuscripts, facsimiles) – from the composer's private collections. The list of archived works makes it possible to reuse the digital resources (scores and recordings of Bogusław Schaeffer's compositions) for dissemination and educational purposes. It broadens the archiving work carried out for the last 11 years.

A crucial step in archiving is the production of separate digitization tracks that meet the applicable standards for individual resources of various types, preservation states and physical copy storage locations. The scores and music literature are presented as * jpg files. Most of the resources can be saved to a local drive and automatically converted to PDF files. Audio and audio-visual materials are available in mp4 and mp3 formats providing a high resolution of the presented materials while maintaining the website’s responsiveness on mobile devices.

The materials are available on www.aureaporta4schaeffer.pl. Most of them are free to use, without logging in, whereas in cases in which separate license agreements apply, they will be made available under fair use.

The project was co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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1st Polish National Composers' Competition for a School Miniature

Konkurs kompozytorskiThe Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz and the Fryderyk Chopin Music School Complex in Piła announce the 1st National Composers' Competition for a school miniature for students of secondary music schools. The deadline for submissions is 20 May 2021.

The competition is open to all students of secondary music schools in Poland. The subject of the competition is a piece composed for 2 to 4 instruments, selected from the following list: violin, viola, cello, clarinet or soprano / alto saxophone, piano. Estimated duration of the piece: 4-7 minutes. One participant may submit a maximum of two works to the competition.

The first, second and third prizes in the competition are:

  • premiere of the winning compositions during the concert of laureates performed by the instrumentalists of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz in the Fryderyk Chopin Music School Complex in Piła;
  • audio recording of award-winning works;
  • individual consultations with a composition teacher of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz chosen by the laureate.

Rules and regulations are available at: http://www.amuz.bydgoszcz.pl/konkurs/ 

Interactive 6.0: Six characters in search of an author

UMFCThe Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw invites you on 7 February 2021 at 5.00 p.m. to watch the online event "Interactive 6.0 or Six Characters in Search of the Author".

This Interdepartmental Concert will be performed by students and teachers of the Department of Dance (Choreography and Dance Theory and Contemporary Dance specialties), the Department of Choir Conducting and Singing, Music Education and Rhythmics (Chair of Music Education, Chair of Rhythmics and Piano Improvisation), as well as invited guests.

In their performance, we will watch and listen to Aldona Nawrocka's inifinity with choreography by Aleksandra Dziurosz, Bartosz Kowalski's Multi-concert, Edward Sielicki's Willows and Jarek Kordaczuk's EKPHRASIS choreographed by Paulina Wycichowska. The event is under the artistic supervision of prof. Ewa Wycichowska.

Information on live streaming at: https://chopin.edu.pl/szczegoly-wydarzenia/58_interaktywnie-60-szesc-postaci-w-poszukiwaniu-autora 

Aeschylus' Trilogy in Agata Zubel's Sound Theatre

Chor Polskiego RadiaThe dramopera Oresteia by Agata Zubel, one of the most recognized and respected Polish composers, will be available online on 6 February 2021 at 7.30 p.m. in the concert version performed by the Polish Radio Choir featuring, among others, Danuta Stenka, Anna Zawisza, Michał Sławecki and Tomasz Piluchowski. The concert will be broadcast on the YouTube channel and on the Facebook page of the Polish Radio Choir.

Oresteia is a combination of two genres – drama and opera. The libretto by Maja Kleczewska is based on Maciej Słomczyński's translation of the Aeschylus' trilogy. The work was commissioned by the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera in Warsaw in 2011. The Oresteian Trylogy is the only surviving example of a complete ancient trilogy. For centuries, people have drawn upon the myth of Orestes, son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, who killed his mother and her lover to avenge his murdered father. It is a raw and shocking tale about the tragic curse that afflicts the Pelopides, in which murder after murder befalls consecutive generations and there is no end to the settling of accounts: “Death here – death there, he who killed must pay with blood.” The final part of the trilogy shows the madness of Orestes as he is pursued by the Furies and finally a court in which gods also take part and break the cycle of revenge and bloodshed.

Agata Zubel poses fundamental questions about moral laws, punishment, justice, and the chain of evil. However, these questions remain unanswered. The dramatic choices of Clytemnestra (act I) and Orestes (act II) are timeless. They are embedded in ancient history, and at the same time extremely contemporary, commented on by other characters and a choir in various roles: an ancient commentator, mourning victims, raging Furies, noisy crowd and a medium creating "information overload". Apart from the choir, percussion instruments and electronics play a leading role in the score. Both acting parts – of Queen Clytemnestra and her son Orestes – are performed by the actress of the National Theater Danuta Stenka. Anna Zawisza (soprano) plays the part of Kassandra, Michał Sławecki (countertenor) the part of Apollo, and Tomasz Piluchowski (tenor) the part of Athena. Arkadiusz Kątny performs the electronics. The artists are led by Szymon Bywalec. Maria Piotrowska-Bogalecka is responsible for preparing the choir.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Music" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.

"Conductor-in-residence": Anna Sułkowska-Migoń

FDThe Lower Silesian Philharmonic in Jelenia Góra invites you on 5 February 2021 at 7:00 p.m. to a concert of Anna Sułkowska-Migoń and Małgorzata Wasiucionek as part of the "Conductor-in-residence" programme of the Institute of Music and Dance.

Anna Sułkowska-Migoń is the conductor-in-residence at the Lower Silesian Philharmonic in the 2020/2021 artistic season. She graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, where she studied viola with Piotr Reichert and Katarzyna Budnik. In 2019 she completed her BA studies in symphony and opera conducting in the class of Piotr Sułkowski at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. Currently, she is a graduate student of the Academy of Music in Krakow. She made her debut on the stage of the Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic conducting the diploma concert (2019). A year later, she conducted the orchestra during the 7th Krakow Cello Spring at the Academy of Music in Krakow. She is conductor of the Ars Cameralis choir in Krakow and the female choir of the Ignatianum Academy in Krakow as well as choir teacher at the W. Kilar Primary Music School in Olkusz.

During the upcoming concert, the Lower Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Anna Sułkowska-Migoń will perform Mieczysław Karłowicz's Serenade for string orchestra, Bedřich Smetana's Vltava from My Homeland and Mieczysław Karłowicz's Violin Concerto in A major. The soloist of the concert will be Małgorzata Wasiucionek – doctor of musical arts, assistant professor at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, member of the Messages Quartet.

More information at: https://filharmonia.jgora.pl/