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Sanok | 1st Organ and Chamber Music Festival

Festiwal SanokThe Organ and Chamber Music Festival will be held on 16-18 October 2020 as part of the 1st Organ Music Days in Sanok, initiated by Łukasz Kot – chairman of the Pro Artis Association based in Sanok. The aim of the festival is to popularize organ and chamber music in the Podkarpackie Voivodeship and to present works of early and contemporary composers.

The event will feature famous artists from different parts of Poland: organists Piotr Rojek, artistic director of the Festival (Wrocław), Roman Perucki (Gdańsk), Henryk Jan Botor (Tychy – Kraków), flautists Łukasz Długosz and Agata Kielar-Długosz (Gdańsk). The programme will include works by Jakub Sowa, Feliks Nowowiejski, Henryk Jan Botor, as well as Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Georg Friedrich Handel, Henri Mull, Felix Mendelssohn, Gabriel Fauré, Louis Vierny. We will also hear organ improvisations on themes suggested by the audience.

Free concerts will take place in the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Sanok. In addition, Improvisation Master Course for students of secondary music schools will be held at the Wanda Kossakowa Primary and Secondary State Music School in Sanok.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

2nd Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music will take place in September 2021

MKMPThe second edition of the Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music will be held on 11-18 September 2021 at the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic in Rzeszów. Participants will compete for a prize pool of over EUR 80,000 in two categories: piano and chamber ensembles. The competition is organized by the Institute of Music and Dance, and the awards are sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport.

The primary objective of the Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in Rzeszów is to promote Polish music worldwide and disseminate the wonderful legacy of Stanisław Moniuszko and other excellent Polish composers amongst a wide spectrum of listeners. The Competition promotes Polish music written in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially those works which have been forgotten or have been less popular in concert practice.

The Competition accepts instrumental musicians applying as soloists or chamber ensembles (from two to twelve musicians). There are no age or citizenship restrictions for the participants. The application process will start within a few weeks and will end on 14 May 2021. The preliminary round for the candidates from Poland will be held in Warsaw; its exact dates, venues and rules will be announced separately. Jury for each category of the Competition will consist of distinguished Polish and foreign musical artists and musical personalities.

The participants will present works written by 56 Polish composers, who were mostly active in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The auditions for the Competition will take place at the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic Hall in Rzeszów between 11 and 18 September 2021. The Prize Winners Concert, along with the awards ceremony, will be held at the Podkarpacka Philharmonic Hall on 18 September 2021. The Concert will be repeated on 20 September 2021 at the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw.

More information is availble on the competition website: www.konkursmuzykipolskiej.pl 

We know the winners of the Warsaw Wind Ensemble Competition Contest 2020!

Warsaw WindOn 30 September, the call for applications for the International Composition Contest for Wind Orchestra Warsaw Wind Ensemble Composition Contest 2020 was closed. From almost 50 applications, the jury selected seven laureates and distinguished five compositions.

The subject of the first edition of the composition competition, organized by PWM Edition together with the Warsaw Wind Music Association, was to write a premiere composition for a concert wind orchestra. 31 works in the international category and 18 compositions sent by Polish composers qualified for the competition.

Cateogry I (International): Jared Destro Madonna of the Lilies (Great Britain) – I Place, Jiazi Shang Double Third Festival (China) – II Place, Joshua Reed Aurora (Great Britain) – III Place; Frank J. Cogollos Martínez Sea Winds (Spain) and Brian Field Ecce, reges deiectos! (USA) – distinctions.

Category II (Polish): Marcin Molski AA20 – I Place, Krzysztof Falkowski Warsaw Wind – II Place, Karol Pyka Zawrat and Wojciech Zwierniak Szumbrass – II Place (ex aequo); Tomasz Labuń Tchnienie wolności, Piotr Sarnecki Joke and Bartłomiej Szułakiewicz Weselisko – distinctions.

The winning compositions will be published this year by PWM Edition in the Biblioteka Orkiestr Dętych (The Wind Orchestras Library) series. Their authors will also receive cash prizes. The winners of three places in both categories will also receive material prizes funded by PWM Edition, diplomas and statuettes. All compositions will be perform during the Final Gala. The event, previously planned for 28 November, has been postponed to next year. The awarded compositions will be performed in the Ursynów District Cultural Centre in Warsaw by the Warsaw University of Life Sciences Representative Orchestra under the baton of Chris David Westover and the Concert Orchestra of the Representative Artistic Ensemble of the Polish Army Forces, conducted by Marcin Ślązak.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information about the competition: http://www.warsawwinds.pl 

Bydgoszcz | Premiere of Krzysztof Herdzin's "Te Deum"

FPThe premiere of Krzysztof Herdzin's Te Deum in memory of St. John Paul II will take place on 16 October 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz. The concert will be broadcast on the Philharmonic's YouTube channel.

Te Deum by Krzysztof Herdzin was commissioned by the Marshal of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Paul II. As the composer points out: "In a world reigned by the lack of ideology, it is important for me to return to the Sacred, to the roots and traditions, absolute love for people and compassion. I divided the work into three parts and intended it for a large group of performers: two soloists, a choir and a symphony orchestra. The elevated and solemn fragments are interspersed with reflective and meditative ones. Please treat these sounds as my thanks for the presence of John Paul II in our lives”. The world premiere of the work will be performed by the Pomeranian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, soloists Iwona Hossa and Adam Zdunikowski, and the Polish Chamber Choir.

In addition, the concert will feature two more works by Krzysztof Herdzin. Hymn about St. Albert Chmielowski comes from the composer's ninth album Symphonicum (2010), which was nominated to the Fryderyk 2011 award in the Album of the Year – Contemporary Music category. Three Crowns were premiered by the legendary orchestra The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields at a concert conducted by the composer at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw (2015). The work was included in the album Suite on Polish Themes (2016).

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.bydgoszcz.pl/ 

Rzeszów | Symphonic concert as part of the "Conductor in residence" programme


Artur Malawski Philharmonic in Rzeszów invites you on 16 October 2020 at 7:00 p.m. for a concert co-organized and co-financed by the "Conductor in residence" programme carried out by the Institute of Music and Dance. The Philharmonic Orchestra will perform works by Polish composers under the baton of Bartosz Staniszewski.

Bartosz Staniszewski (b.1995) is a graduate of the Academy of Music in Krakow, where he studied with prof. Rafał Jacek Delekta. He has participated in numerous conducting courses led by eminent conductors, including Jacek Kaspszyk and Vladimir Kiradjiev as well as the Beethoven Academy Orchestra. In 2014, he conducted the premiere of his symphony at the Krakow Philharmonic. He is the co-founder and conductor of the Krakow Orchestra "Ardente", with which he performs in Poland and abroad. He has performed in the "Polish Music Still Alive" and "Wawel at Dusk" concert series.

The Symphony Orchestra of the Subcarpathian Philharmonic under Bartosz Staniszewski's direction will begin the concert with a magnificent Overture to Karol Kurpiński's lost opera Ruins of Babylon. It is one of Kurpiński's best orchestral works, inspired by the masterpieces of Viennese classics. Then, on the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, the orchestra will present his Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92. The evening will close with Chaconne – In memoriam Johannes Paul II from Krzysztof Penderecki's Polish Requiem.

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.rzeszow.pl/ 

Free Improvisation Workshops for Children "Tell me a story"

PTMWFree improvisation workshops for children "Tell me a story", organized by the Polish Society for Contemporary Music, will be held on 15-17 October 2020 in the Culture Centre in Krajenka, the  Eugeniusz Paukszta City and Commune Public Library in Skoki and the Culture Center in Środa Wielkopolska.

This time, the classes will be conducted by vocalist Iza Kowalewska, double bass player Małgorzata Kołcz and composer Jarosław Siwiński. The adventure with improvisation will be guided by actor and director of plays for children, Grzegorz Ociepka. During the classes, children aged 3-5 and 6-8 will learn, play and improvise in the company of their parents, great musicians and amazing books.

The main idea of ​​the project is to trigger graphic-inspired improvisations. Children will create their own stories based on picture books. The improvised fairy tales will be then "translated" into musical language under the guidance of class teachers. Improvisation is the most basic, primary and joyful form of music performance, which is why the workshops combine children's creativity and imagination with books and contemporary music. In addition to improvising and playing with books, children will learn various techniques of producing sound, which expose its color and dynamic values, and will also have a chance to play percussion instruments on their own.

Classes last about 90 minutes with a short break. Participation in the workshops is free – due to the limited number of places prior registration is required.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/ptmw1923 

15th "Ad libitum" Festival ONLINE

Ad libitum 2020

The Polish Music Council Foundation invites you to the 15th anniversary edition of the "Ad libitum" Festival on 15-17 October 2020 ONLINE.

This year's programme was prepared with the pandemic situation in mind, with its limitations, but also new opportunities for artists, improvisers and composers to cooperate. The festival supports Polish artists no matter where they find themselves during the pandemic, as well as artists from other countries who live and work in Poland. The event brings them together thanks to new technologies and the use of tools that have been proven to function so well recently.

The Festival will feature Polish musicians specializing in improvisation (Maciej Garbowski, Krzysztof Gradziuk, Łukasz Ojdana, Hashtag Ensemble, Spontaneous Chamber Music), Polish composers of various generations (Sławomir Kupczak, Anna Sowa, Andrzej Kwieciński), who will write pieces with improvised parts for the Hashtag Ensemble's musicians, as well as French double bass player Sébastien Beliah, who lives and works in Poland, and Argentine improviser and composer Max Bober. Moreover, Polish improvisers and composers, who have been abroad since the announcement of the pandemic, staying in New York (Nina Fukuoka), Berlin (Martyna Poznańska) and Aarhus (Olga Szymula), will combine their artistic activities in a joint concert / performance online.

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

Full programme is available at: https://www.ad-libitum.pl/ 

Łomża | Klaudiusz Baran will premiere Paweł Łukaszewski's "Concerto for accordion and string orchestra"


Paweł Łukaszewski's Concerto for accordion and string orchestra will be premiered on 15 October 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in the Regional Culture Centre in Łomża by outstanding accordionist Klaudiusz Baran.

Concerto for accordion and string orchestra is a version of Łukaszewski's Concerto for organ and string orchestra from 1996. The piece consists of three contrasting movements, of which – as the composer himself notes – the extreme ones aim at showing the virtuosity of the soloist, while the middle one is based on the cantilena melody Exsultet, which Łukaszewski heard during the Easter Triduum liturgy in the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Rouen performed by Archbishop Joseph Duval.

Musicians of the Witold Lutosławski Chamber Philharmonic in Łomża will be conducted by Huba Hollókői, winner of the 1st Prize in the 2nd Giancarlo Facchinetti International Conducting Competition in Brescia. The solo part will be performed by Klaudiusz Baran – an accordionist who performs diverse repertoire, but is especially appreciated for interpretations of new music. The artist has premiered over 50 solo, chamber and orchestral works, most of which were dedicated to him or inspired by him.

Paweł Łukaszewski is one of the most awarded Polish composers, a ten-time winner of the "Fryderyk" music award. His work has gained a significant position in Europe, the USA and Canada. Łukaszewski's works are performed and premiered by renowned choirs, including from London and Cambridge.

Information on tickets at: www.filharmonia.lomza.pl 

Webinar "LinkedIn for people working in culture"

LIThe Institute of Music and Dance in cooperation with LinkedIn invites you on 14 October 2020 at 4.00 p.m. for a webinar aimed at people working in culture interested in consciously building a personal and professional brand.

LinkedIn is a social networking site that is still gaining importance in terms of acquiring contacts, presenting your achievements and learning about business. During the webinar you will learn about:

• the LinkedIn community, 
• principles of building your personal profile, 
• building a personal brand on LinkedIn,
• finding contacts and opportunities to pursue your plans and professional goals.

The webinar will be held on the Zoom platform and will be followed by a Q&A session.

Link to the webinar: https://cutt.ly/WgpyF9n