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Lech Dzierżanowski appointed Deputy Director of the National Institute of Music and Dance For Music

NIMiTA pianist and experienced manager will head the Music Department of the National Institute of Music and Dance from 1 October 2021. Lech Dzierżanowski will be one of the three people at the head of this institution. Katarzyna Meissner has been the director of the National Institute of Music and Dance since April 2020, and Aleksandra Dziurosz, PhD Habil., has been the deputy director heading the Department of Dance since 2018.

"On this special day, which is a celebration of music, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Lech Dzierżanowski to the position of deputy director of the National Institute of Music and Dance, who will head the Department of Music," says Katarzyna Meissner, director of the National Institute of Music and Dance. "From now on, under his supervision will develop such strategic musical activities of the Institute as the International Competition of Polish Music, the Oskar Kolberg Award 'For Merit to Folk Culture' or his own programmes, including Stage for Polish Music and Conductor-in-Residence."

The new director of the National Institute of Music and Dance has been trying to inspire a wide audience with his passion for music for many years. He is a pianist and manager. In 1984 he graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, where he studied the piano with Andrzej Stefański. He was a laureate of the Polish Piano Festival in Słupsk, he performed in philharmonics in Poznań, Gdańsk, Wrocław and Jelenia Góra. He recorded, among others, for Polish Radio, TVP and Polskie Nagrania. Since 2019, he has been cooperating with the Institute on the Polish Music Management project. Earlier, he collaborated with the Warsaw Philharmonic as the head of the Promotion Department and with the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Łódź in the role of promotion director, general and artistic director and deputy artistic director. He has created a number of activities and projects with many non-governmental organizations, including: Piąta Essencja Foundation, Concert Spirituels Foundation, Polish Culture Foundation, Polish Composers' Union, Foundation of the University of Warsaw. He is a co-author of traditional and multimedia publications devoted to Witold Lutosławski, Karol Szymanowski and Andrzej Panufnik. For many years he has been popularizing the oeuvre of Roman Palester – this year his monograph on this composer was published by PWM Edition. And it is precisely "for undertaking many publishing and concert initiatives that effectively bring Roman Palester's person and music back to musical life" that he received this year's Honorary Award of the Board of the Polish Composers' Union.

Kraków | World Premiere of Wojciech Widłak's Piece for International Music Day

FKThe world premiere of Wojciech Widłak's One Day Symphony. In memoriam K.K. Baczyński will take place on 1 October 2021 at 7.30 p.m. at the Krakow Philharmonic and will be repeated on 2 October at 6.00 p.m. The work was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance and will be performed for the first time on the International Music Day by the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Paweł Kotla.

Wojciech Widłak, rector of the Academy of Music in Krakow, received this commission from the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic in Kraków in the 2020/2021 season. As the composer himself states, "it is not a traditional symphony, but rather a symphonic fresco – a story about a young man in love who, despite the tragic circumstances, has kept his tiny world of private, intimate emotions, his micro-happiness. (...) The piece symbolically represents the eternal clash of brutality and dissonance with gentleness and harmony – not only in relation to the protagonist and his time, as – both earlier and today – the world is situated at the antipodes of drama and happiness." The composer dedicated his work to the memory of Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński, whose poetry affects the emotional overtone of the music, and is also recited directly by the musicians of the orchestra.

The concert programme will also include Darius Milhaud's ballet-pantomime Le Bœuf sur le toit and Maurice Ravel's Bolero.

More informationhttps://www.filharmonia.krakow.pl/ 

Call for Applications to the Programme ‘Blank Pages – Music And Dance’ 2021/2022

NIMiTThe National Institute of Music and Dance invites researchers to study neglected and obscure areas of Polish music and dance. A priority in the 2021/2022 edition of the ‘Blank Pages – Music And Dance’ programme has been given to research the works of the members of the Association of Young Polish Musicians in Paris active between 1926 and 1950. The final deadline for submitting applications is 22 October 2021.

The programme ‘Blank Pages – Music and Dance’ organised by the National Institute of Music and Dance is addressed to Polish and foreign researchers who plan to conduct research, in Poland and abroad, into neglected and obscure areas of Polish music and dance, without the restrictions of chronology and genre. The end result of the research will be submitted in the written form (e.g. a musicological paper, a science article, a catalogue of an artist’s complete works, a database, a reconstruction of a work, a critical edition of source materials etc.) including such areas of study as a compositional output, artistic achievements, musicological activities, reception of music and dance in Poland, as well as the history, theory and aesthetics of Polish dance.

The budget for the Programme’s 2021/2022 edition amounts to PLN 150 000. Twenty-five percent of the edition’s budget shall be earmarked for research into the works of the members of the Association of Young Polish Musicians in Paris active between 1926 and 1950. In the event that the budget of the Programme’s 2021/2022 edition be not used completely, the Director of the National Institute of Music and Dance may arrange a second call for applications at a later date.

The applications should be sent only in an electronic version.

Rulebook and Application Form: https://bit.ly/3uiXRDd 

Krakow | Art Forum Festival

Art ForumThe Art Forum Festival in Krakow – a new interdisciplinary project of the Art Forum Foundation, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year  – will run from 1 October to 20 November 2021. The Festival will feature concerts, performances, concert installations, an international scientific conference and the 8th Concert of Premieres of Accordion Works.

The concept of the festival is based on the social and sociological aspect of contemporary music in Poland. Contemporary classical music is commonly associated with elitism, inaccessibility and difficulty in perception. The festival aims to show its different face by entering into a dialogue with the listener, presenting the background of works by contemporary artists and performing their latest compositions.

The programme of this year's festival will include works by Benjamin Baczewski, Bożena Bob-Dyg, Maciej Zimka, Aleksander Brych (Poland), Peter Machajdík (Slovakia), Tyler Versulis (Canada), Viacheslav Kyrylov and Artur Kryvych (Ukraine). Among the performers will be Polish and foreign artists: the German Werkbühne Leipzig collective, Slovak organist Stanislav Šurin, Italian accordionist Claudio Jacomucci, Sirius Accordion Quintet, Alek Janicki, Maria Sławek and Marcin Zdunik.

The events will take place at the St. Martin's Church, the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music, Hevre, the St. Catherine of Alexandria Church and the Palace of Fine Arts in Krakow.

The project is co-financed by the City of Krakow.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: http://fundacjaartforum.pl 

Opole | Opening of the 70th season of the Opole Philharmonic

FO The opening of the 70th anniversary season of the Józef Elsner Opole Philharmonic will take place on 1 October 2021 at 7.00 p.m. The Opole Philharmonic Orchestra will perform under the baton of Przemysław Neumann alongside the winner of the Chopin Competition, Charles Richard-Hamelin.

When Mozart and Schikaneder enjoyed the success of the premiere of The Magic Flute in 1791, Józef Elsner, patron of the Opole Philharmonic, visited (and most likely applauded Mozart's triumph) in Vienna. Seventeen years later – perhaps inspired by the light form of singspiel – he composed a vaudeville entitled Echo in the Woods. The programme overture to this operatic comedy of errors was performed in 1952 during the concert inaugurating the activity of the Opole Symphony Orchestra. The opening of the 70th anniversary season of the Opole Philharmonic with the same sounds is a tribute to everyone to whom the Philhramonic owe the existence and rich history of this institution.

On the eve (literally!) of the 18th Chopin Competition, the music of the most famous Polish composer – Piano Concerto in F minor, classical in form and poetic in expression – will be performed by Charles Richard-Hamelin, 2nd prize winner of the previous edition of the Competition. The second part of the evening will be filled with Johannes Brahms’s Symphony No. 3 – a work famous for its lyrical, nostalgic third movement (Poco allegretto). The motif from this movement has been used many times in film and popular music, with Frank Sinatra’s song Take My Love (recorded in 1950) being the most popular example.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Ticket information: www.filharmonia.opole.pl  

Wrocław | 'O Magnum Misterium': Farewell Concert of Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny

FrankówThis special evening on 30 September 2021 at 7 p.m. will surely be particularly romantic, thanks to the farewell concert programme. The NFM Choir, well known to Wrocław audiences, led for the last time by Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny, will perform at the National Forum of Music.

The concert features works very close to Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny and performed many times by the NFM Choir during fifteen years of work under her direction. The programme includes pieces performed at the beginning of the choir's existence – such as Anton Bruckner's gradual Os justi meditabitur sapientiam – as well as those presented a little later, e.g. Stoi lód na Prośnie by Jacek Sykulski, a piece performed during the concert on the 10th anniversary of the choir's activity, and completely new ones, including Marek Raczyński's Chciałbym zaśpiewać Ci to text by Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska, which was premiered last year. The second criterion in the selection of pieces for this exceptional concert was the willingness to show the diversity of the choir's repertoire. Hence, the programme includes sacred compositions of three Christian churches: Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Evangelical. The second half of the concert will present the choir's secular repertoire. It will feature both French Impressionist and German Romantic compositions. The two contrasting parts of the concert will be linked by Jan Krotul's Vulnerasti cor meum to the text from the biblical Song of Songs, specially commissioned by the National Forum of Music.

The programme will aso feature religious compositions recorded on the last two albums of the NFM Choir: De profundis (2016) and Ubi caritas (2018), including contemporary Polish choral works to biblical psalms, such as Ubi Caritas by Paweł Łukaszewski, Chwali, dusze moja, Gospoda by Romuald Twardowski, Beatus vir by Miłosz Bembinow or De profundis by Marcin Łukaszewski. We will listen to three choral motets a cappella: Anton Bruckner's Os justi meditabitur sapientiam, Francis Poulenc's Magnum Mysterium and Felix Mendelssohn's Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen. Two pieces with piano accompaniment performed by Katarzyna Neugebauer-Jastrzębska will certainly stand out from the rest of the compositions: Vulnerasti cor meum and Madrigale, Op. 35 by Gabriel Fauré.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/en/component/nfmcalendar/event/8665

Jakubów | Mińsk County's Art Festival

Czas sztukiThe concert for seniors entitled "Nature painted with a bow" will take place as part of the Mińsk County's Art Festival in the conference room of the Commune Office in Jakubów on 30 September 2021 at 5.00 p.m.

The Time Quartet will present classical music with references to the surrounding nature. The programme will include compositions by such composers as Fryderyk Chopin, Antonio Vivaldi, Claude Debussy and Edvard Grieg.

The Mińsk County's Art Festival features 13 artistic events in each of the thirteen municipalities of the Mińsk County. The festival combines many fields of art: classical music concerts, educational music workshops for seniors and children, as well as music and poetry meetings commemorating outstanding Polish poets and their work. The concerts will feature excellent artists: Mateusz Szemraj, Adeb Chamoun, Olga Bończyk, Mischa Kozłowski, Agata Barwinek-Bembinow, Tango Fuerte, Reed Connection, Maciej Bator, Katarzyna Wiwer, Maksymilian Grzesiak, Katarzyna Boniecka, Rafał Łuc, The Time Quartet.

Admission to all festival events is free!

Co-financed from the budget of the Mińsk Poviat and the Mazowieckie Voivodeship. Financed by the PZU Foundation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Poznań | Händel Festival 2021

HaendelThe Händel Festival will run from 30 September to 3 October 2021 in Poznań, presenting and illuminating the work of this great composer. We will hear both orchestral fragments of his vocal and instrumental works, chamber pieces, and cantatas, as well as works by contemporary Polish composers – Maciej Prochaska and Andrzej Henryk Bączyk – inspired by Baroque harpsichord pieces.

The Händel Festival has been held in Poznań since 2009. This year's edition will feature Poznań baroque ensembles Accademia dell'Arcadia and ContrO, soloists: trumpeter Paweł Hulisz, vocalist Anna Werecka-Gryć, and young musicians associated with Poznań: organist Kamil Lis and harpsichordist Monika Woźniak. They will present works by Georg Friedrich Händel in such manner as they were performed in the 18th century. The concerts will be accompanied by a discussion panel devoted to the work and the figure of the Festival Patron.

We will also hear pieces by contemporary composers associated with Poznań: Maciej Prochaski's Tombeau de Mr L. Couperin and Andrzej Henryk Bączyk's Cyrckulacje and Fugorytmia.

The festival is financed by the City of Poznań and the Marshal of the Greater Poland Province.

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Krakow | 19th "Sacrum Profanum" Festival of Contemporary Music: "Maturity"

Sacrum Profanum"Maturity" – this simple term contains a multitude of senses. This year’s Sacrum Profanum Festival will refer to many of them, e.g., by juxtaposing the works of alternative-avant-garde guitarist and composer Jim O’Rourke with Igor Stravinsky or by presenting the latest work by one of the most important living Polish composers Paweł Mykietyn. The 19th Sacrum Profanum Festival will last from 29 September till 3 October 2021.

The Festival will be inaugurated with the premiere of Purification – a performance by Katarzyna Kalwat with music by Agata Zubel. The solo concert by Martyna Zakrzewska entitled Esoteric Chords will focus on piano works of Barbara Buczek – a famous Polish composer whose output has become legendary over time. For many years, her works were considered impossible to perform due to the enormous amounts of difficult passages, as well as extreme rhythmic and textural variety. At the ~maturity concert, we will trace together with Ensemble Kompopolex how performance and conceptualism have changed over the years to showcase other sources of today's post-internet turn and a new discipline (we will hear piece by Marta Śniady and Marek Chołoniewski).

The Sacrum Profanum Festival joins also the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Lem. Prepared specially for Sacrum Profanum, two programmes with premiere compositions by Andrzej Karałow, Zofia Dowgiałło, Cezary Duchnowski i Piotr Peszat will be performed live by proMODERN and the Spółdzielnia Muzyczna contemporary ensemble with soprano Joanna Freszel. The programme of another concert The Three Colours is a conscious and direct reference to the work and symbolism of Krzysztof Kieślowski. A Long Time Ago is a concert of three unusual artists: Paweł Mykietyn, Agata Zubel and Paweł Szymański. They do not follow the beaten path of the popular trends – instead, they keep working on their own styles, often creating songs that reverberate in the music communities. They do not even belong to the same generation, yet they have a lot in common – rebelliousness, courage and the eponymous lightness and ease of creating, surprising, joking and gaining recognition.

The finale of the festival will belong to the Adritti Quartet, which will play a special Arditti Quartet 47 ½ Anniversary concert. On that occasion, we will hear only compositions written for the Adritti that they consider to be the most important in their repertoire or the closest to their hearts.

Co-financed under the "Music" programme implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Programme details: http://sacrumprofanum.com/program