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130. lat Akademii Muzycznej w Krakowie
25 lutego 2018, Kraków
Muzyczne dedykacje – kiedy głos bywa inspiracją
28 lutego 2018, Warszawa
Ogólnopolski Konkurs Orkiestr Smyczkowych
27-28 marca 2018, Bydgoszcz


"The Baltic Legend" for Feliks Nowowiejski 140th Birthday Anniversary

lNearly a hundred years after its world premiere, Feliks Nowowiejski's The Baltic Legend returns to the stage of the Poznan Opera House. The performance will be held on December 8, 2017 and it will end the 140th anniversary of the composer's birth.

Two rivals. Doman the fisherman and Lubor the merchant, seek to marry Bogna. Her father, favouring the wealthy Lubor, sends Dorman off to find the crown of Jurate, the legendry ruler of a sunken city, hoping to never see him again... Will justice overcome the waves of intrigue?

Feliks Nowowiejski, the author of the music to Rota and the Quo vadis oratorio lived and worked in Poznan. His opera in three acts, inspired by the Slavic legend of the sunken city Vineta, abounds in folk motifs, a romantic plot filled with twists, and monumental choir parts. Doman's aria So you love me, was made famous by Jan Kiepura, who performed it worldwide. The fairy-tale world of water nymphs, demons, and marine dephts will be revived by reputed choreographer of the young generation, Robert Bondara. Maestro Tadeusz Kozłowski will be responsible for the accurate performance of Nowowiejski's score.

Solo parts will be performed by: Pavlo Tolstoy (Doman), Wioletta Chodowicz (Bogna), Aleksander Teliga (Mestwin), Szymon Komasa (Tomir), Magdalena Wilczyńska-Goś (Swatawa), Robert Gierlach (Lubor), Karol Bochański (Sambor) i Tomasz Mazur (voice of Perun). Poznan Opera House choir, ballet company and ochestra will be conducted by Tadeusz Kozłowski.

The Poznan Opera House will broadcast live the performance on December 10, 2017 at 6 p.m.

Additional information: https://opera.poznan.pl/en/premiera-2

27th Portraits of Composers

Polish Composers’ Union invites the listeners to attend the concert cycle entitled „Portraits of Composers” presented this year for the 27th time. The concerts will be held at "Łowicka" Center (Łowicka 21 street, Warsaw) on December 4 and 5, 2017 at 8 p.m. The main artists of this year's edition are Carlos Malcolm and Agnieszka Stulgińska.p

The concerts will feature two premieres commissioned by the Polish Composers' Union thanks to support of PZU Foundation. Momento musical for piano for four hands (2017) by Carlos E. Malcolm is the result of composer's experience gained during his stay in Poland. It will be perdormed by the composer and pianist Kyeong-Yeon Seo.

Three women for three women and 10 instruments (2017) by Agnieszka Stulgińska is a piece about feminity, motherhood, difficult life, travelling, space, longing, intimacy, power and generations – all the things that cannot be included in the limited space and notation... A starting point for searching for the timbre was the Polish-Belarusian boarderland where composer's father was born, and a voice of an old woman, the earth. The composition will be premiered by the well-known vocalists Maniucha Bikont and Marta Grzywacz, as well as Hashtag Ensemble.

Admission to all concerts is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Read more: 27th Portraits of Composers

Chamber Music Concert for the 110th Birth Anniversary of Roman Palester

pChamber Music Concert commemorating the 110th Anniversary of the birth of Roman Palester will be held on December 5, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Warsaw Philharmonic.

The concert will feature works written by Palester and other composers active in the same period: Bohuslav Martinů, Karol Szymanowski and Dmitri Shostakovich. Among the performers will be pianist Jakub Tchorzewski and Duo Viennese (violinists Paweł Zalejski and Monika Hager-Zalejski).

Bohuslav Martinů’s Sonata (1932), neoclassical in both content and form, employs a fairly typical contrast between lightness and a dense texture in the central movement. Roman Palester’s Sonata (1939), completed during the Occupation, only appears on the surface to have a neutral outlook. Palester did not manage to fully hide the overtones of calamitous fate. It was only while already in exile, 25 years later, that he could afford the luxury of composing works free of any extra‑musical connotations. His Duos  for two violins showcase the acoustic potential of these two instruments, which only appear to be treated in an identical manner.

Shostakovich’s 5 Pieces for Two Violins and Piano is not an original piece. It was written by the composer’s long‑time friend Lev Atovmyan, whom over the years Shostakovich assigned to come up with various arrangements of his music, including piano reductions of his monumental symphonies. Atovmyan compiled a very vivid suite from fragments of Shostakovich’s incidental music (The Human Comedy, 1934), a ballet (The Limpid Stream, 1934/35) and a film score (The Gadfly, 1955). A deep melancholy interweaves here with an almost purely carefree mood – after all, they were composed by an expert in character psychology, who on more than one occasion demonstrated his great sense of drama in theatre and film.

Detailed information: http://filharmonia.pl

Giacomo Puccini "La bohème"

siOn December 4, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Szyfman Polish Theatre in Warsaw Academic Choir of the Warsaw University of Technology, ARTOS Childrens’ Choir, and Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra under the baton of Tadeusz Kozłowski will present a stage version of Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème directed by Adam Zdunikowski.

The Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra, after the success of the concert presentation of Tosca as part of the “Great Music in a Small Hall” series, staged in one of the most architecturally and acoustically interesting interiors of the Warsaw University of Technology, is returning to the idea with another one of Puccini’s masterpieces. This time, the work will be performed in the hall of the Arnold Szyfman Polish Theatre, very adequate for the purpose – this will allow a partially-staged presentation, directed by Adam Zdunikowski. The performance will also feature excellent soloists – Mimì will be played by Russian soprano Irina Papenbrock, who has been developing her career on international stages, especially in Germany; her partner as Rodolpho will be Tomasz Kuk, a renowned soloist of the Krakow Opera, who has also performed with the National Opera and several important theatres in Poland and abroad. Also participating in the show will be the choir of the Warsaw University of Technology, and the spectacle will be conducted by one of the most experienced opera specialists, Tadeusz Kozłowski, who is celebrating forty-five years of artistic work this season. He has served, among others, as art director of the Musical Theatre and the Grand Theatre in Łódź (he prepared over fifty premieres for the latter). He was also art director of the Opera and Operetta in Krakow and music director of the National Opera in Warsaw. 

Tickets available at www.bilety24.pl, www.eBilet.pl and in the ticket office of the Polish Theatre in Warsaw. 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: http://sinfoniaiuventus.pl

XXVII International Festival of Young Laureats of Music Competitions “Interventions 2017”


The Institution of Music Promotion and Popularizarion "Silesia" invites for the second part of this year’s edition of the International Festival of Young Laureats of Music Competitions “Interventions 2017”, which will take place in Katowice between November 23 and December 15, 2017.

During the festival we will hear laureats of the 66th ARD International Music Competition in Munich, “Estrada Młodych” Music Competition, 51st Polish Piano Festival in Słupsk and other important Polish and international competitions for instrumentalists, cameralists and vocalists. It will also be an occasion to see on stage participants of the Opera Academy at the Teatr Wielki – National Opera in Warsaw. The programme will include works by Stanisław Moniuszko and Karol Szymanowski. Festival concerts will take place at the Concert Hall of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music, NOSPR Chamber Hall, Archidiocesean Museum and different community centers in Katowice.

The festival is co-financed by the Institute of Music and Dance as part of the programme „Music and Dance – Interventions 2017”.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed programme: http://www.silesia.art.pl

Krzysztof Penderecki's "Credo" at St. John's Archcathedral in Warsaw

okPolish Royal Opera invites the audience to attend a performance of Krzysztof Penderecki's Credo at St. John's Archcathedral in Warsaw on November 23, 2017 at 8 p.m.

The concert will be held on the day of the 84th anniversary of the birth of Maestro Krzysztof Penderecki. Credo will be performed by the Orchestra of the Polish Royal Opera, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Warsaw Boys Choir under the direction of Maestro Maximiano Valdés.

See: Facebook event.

3rd International Conference "Interpretations of Musical Works. Towards Semiotics"

k3nd International Conference "Interpretations of Musical Works. Towards Semiotics" will take place on November 21-22, 2017 at the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz (7 Słowacki Street).

The event is organised by the Faculty of Composition, Theory of Music and Sound Engineering as a part of the conference series „Interpretation Artis Musicae”. Among the participants there are music theorist and musicologists from different European academic centers: Paris, Leipzig, Graz, Kiev, Lviv, Odessa, Warsaw, Gdańsk and Bydgoszcz, who will present papers devoted to works of such Polish composers as Hanna Kulenty, Michał Kondracki, Henryk Czyż, Anna Małek, Andrzej Panufnik, Paweł Szymański, Zbigniew Bargielski, Zygmunt Mycielski, Feliks Nowowiejski and Karol Szymanowski. The inaugural talk on sign theory and narrative strategies will be given by Márta Grabócz.

An accompanying concert will be held on November 21 at 7 p.m. at the Concert Hall of the Bydgoszcz Academy of Music, with works written by composers associated with the Academy: Zbigniew BargielskiHanna Kulentyand Bettina Skrzypczak. Admission free.

Download: Conference Programme.

Open your ears. Here and now

ouOn November 17, 2017 Spółdzielnia Muzyczna Contemporary Ensemble from Krakow will begin a new project, which main goal is to present works written by the leading 20th century composers to people who are not involved in music.

The concerts will take place every month and we be performed by musicians who presented their skills at the biggest contemporary music festivals in Poland and abroad, such as „Warsaw Autumn”, Sacrum Profanum and Internationale Ferienkurse fur Neue Musik in Darmstadt.

Each meeting will take 60 minutes and will engage three to five performers who will present works or excerpts of pieces idiomatic for a given artist or style. Among the chosen 20th century composers are George Crumb, Luciano Berio, Helmut Lachenmann, Paweł Mykietyn and Kazimierz Serocki. Organizers will also invite audience to take part in discussions on the presented music.

The closest meeting will be held on November 17 and 21, and Decmber 14 and 15 at Dworek Białoprądnicki Cultural Center, The C. K. Norwid Culture Centre and Olsza Integrative Culture Club.

More information: https://www.spoldzielniamuzyczna.com

3rd "Polish Music Rediscovered" Festival

pmoThe 3rd edition of the "Polish Music Rediscovered" Festival will be held on November 19 and December 9, 2017. The programme will feature stylistically varied Polish compositions.

The festival is organized by the National Centre for Culture as a part of the "History of Polish Music" project. This year's edition is co-organized by Polish Radio. It will cover two concerts, both at The Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio, at 7 p.m. 

On November 17th Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Michał Klauza will perform works of four Polish composers from the turn of 18th and 19th century: Karol Kurpiński, Wojciech Dankowski, Maciej Radziwiłł and Jan Wański senior. The second concert, on December 9th, will be filled with works by Witold Maliszewski (1873-1939). Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Tomasz Bugaj will play along with pianist Piotr Sałajczyk.

More information: http://www.nck.pl