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Toruń | St. Mary's Christmas Concert 2020

Koncert Mariacki

The annual Christmas Concert will take place at the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Toruń on 6 January 2020 at 5:00 p.m. The programme will include the most beautiful traditional Christmas carols.

The organizers' idea is that every year a new arrangement of Christmas carols has its grand premiere during the special concert. The new arrangement is to be only a humble but creative vision of composers with special respect for Polish tradition. This year Jędrzej Rochecki was invited to arrange the Christmas carols series.

The works will be performed by the Schola Cantorum Thorunensis, Saint Anthony Notes Children's Schola and the instrumental ensemble conducted by Paweł Głowiński. The organizers of the concert are the Musica Vera Association and the Parish of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Toruń.

During the concert the church will be heated. The admission is free!

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Szczecin | Silent Night

Opera na Zamku

The most beautiful Polish carols will be performed by the choir and chamber orchestra of the Opera at the Castle in Szczecin conducted by Małgorzata Bornowska on 4 January 2020 at 7:30 p.m. in the St. Nicholais Orthodox Church and on 5 January 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Adalbert Garrison Church in Szczecin.

Silent Night is a concert of Christmas carols for choir and chamber string orchestra written in 2006. It is a collection of a dozen or so traditional Polish Christmas carols, arranged by the Warsaw composer Maciej Małecki in an original, but classical way. The string orchestra accompanying the vocal ensemble gives a special atmosphere to the whole work, making each carol have its own unique character. The collection is also enriched by three pastoral pieces by Maciej Małecki, two of which are intended for the a cappella choir.

Information on tickets available at: http://www.opera.szczecin.pl/ 

Lublin | New Year's Eve Concert "Tango My Love"


On 31 December 2019 at 6:00 p.m. and on 1 January 2020 at 4.00 p.m. the Henryk Wieniawski Lublin Philharmonic will host New Year's Eve concerts entitled "Tango my love".

The world-famous violinist Krzysztof Jakowicz with the accompaniment of the "Tango Attack" (Grzegorz Bożewicz – bandoneon, Piotr Malicki – guitar, Hadrian Filip Tabęcki – piano, arrangements) and the Symphony Orchestra of the Lublin Philharmonic conducted by Jakub Chrenowicz will present to the audience a set of great old Polish tangos.

The programme will include, among others, Graj skrzypku graj! by Władysław Lidauer, Pamiętam twoje oczy and Serce Matki by Zygmunt Karasiński, Złociste chryzantemy by Zbigniew Maciejowski, Odrobina szczęścia by Jerzy Petersburgski and Zakochany by Feliks Frachowicz. Special guests of the concert will be Uruguayan singer Andres Martorell and dancers Urszula Wojtkowiak and Piotr Woźniak.

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

Toruń | New Years Eve Gala


The Toruń Symphony Orchestra has prepared a prestigious proposition for a magical New Year's night. On 31 December 2019 at 5.00 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. the soloists cooperating with the major opera centres of Poland and Europe will perform at the Jordanki Cultural and Congress Centre.

The artists will present a diverse repertoire composed of operetta, opera and musical fragments in surprising arrangements. The programme will include  arias and duets from My Fair Lady by Frederick Loew and The Csardas Princess  by Imre Kálmán, as well as Wojciech Kilar's Polonaise from the movie Pan Tadeusz.The concert will feature sopranos Natalia Rubiś-Krzeszowiak and Maria Rozynek-Banaszak as well as baritones Szymon Komasa and Szymon Mechliński. The orchestra will perform under the baton of Maciej Koczur. The evening will be hosted by Jerzy Snakowski.

Solo arias and duets will put guests in a dancing mood. There will be also musical fireworks-surprises. A symbolic glass of champagne will be toasted during the break. Formal attire required.

More information at: http://www.tos.art.pl/ 

Kraków | New Year's Eve Concert


On 31 December 2019 at 6:00 p.m. the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of maestro Antoni Wit will welcome the New Year with a special concert.

Various styles and colors will be revealed in the musical dance procession, which will be composed of works by Stanisław Moniuszko, Piotr Czajkowski, Aram Khachaturian, Leonard Bernstein, Jacques Offenbach, Camille Saint-Saëns, Josef Strauss and Johannes Strauss jr. 

Traditionally, a collection for the charges of the "I Have a Dream" foundation will be held during the concert.

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

Katowice | New Year's Eve in American style


The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra invites you on 31 December 2019 at 6:00 p.m. for the New Year's concert. On this special evening, the NOSPR will be conducted by Maestro Lawrence Foster!

The concert programme will consist primarily of well-known works by outstanding American composers: Agnegram by Michael Tilson Thomas, Knoxville: Summer of 1915 for soprano and orchestra by Samuel Barber, Episodes from the ballet Rodeo by Aaron Copland, Three dance episodes from the musical On the Town by Leonard Bernstein, An American in Paris by George Gershwin. There will be also a Polish accent – Oscar-awarded music from the film Lili by Bronisław Kaper, Polish composer of film and theater music, who made a career In Hollywood.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://nospr.org.pl 

Wrocław | The Most Beautiful Christmas Carols


Polish Christmas carols will be performed on 27 December 2019 at 7 p.m. at the National Forum of Music by the artists of the NFM Choir and West Side Sinfonietta conducted by Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny, Marcin Danilewski and Paweł Maślanka.

The Christmas period is primarily a time when carols are sung. Cicha noc, Gdy śliczna Panna, Z narodzenia Pana, Lulajże, Jezuniu, Mizerna, cicha and Oj maluśki, maluśki are carols that will be heard this evening at the NFM. Some songs, although belonging to classical music, are so popular and recognizable that they are also well known to people who are not connected with the world of music. Antonio Vivaldi's violin concertos are a case in point, brought together under the joint title Four Seasons. A few years ago, they received an extremely interesting arrangement.

The author of Four Seasons Recomposed is Max Richter, a British composer of German origin. The first performance of the work took place in 2012 in London. The work immediately gained enormous popularity, and its recording hit the top of the charts in the United States, Germany and England. Richter elaborated Vivaldi's composition in an ingenious way, boldly and inventively playing with the expectations of the listeners. In perfectly recognizable places, he subtly changed the rhythm, dynamics and line-up and introduced an element of surprise to music. We hear something that we assume we know perfectly well, but actually it is something completely new. Richter often refers to the aesthetics of minimalism, repeating short motifs or creating static, motionless sounds. The whole is intriguing, and thanks to its being easy on the ears is an excellent proposition for both connoisseurs of the classics and people listening to such music occasionally.

More information at: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/7291 

Białystok | Ena Maria Aldecoa „When Music Speaks"


Ena Maria Aldecoa wrote history by being the first Filipino soprano featured in an art song recital during the Bayreuther Richard-Wagner-Festival in 2018. On 21 December 2019 at 7 p.m. she will perform at the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic – European Art Center in Bialystok.

Ena Maria Aldecoa studied under Prof. Mitsuko Shirai and Prof. Hartmut Höll, two of the most outstanding Lied-Duos and pedagogues in the history of Art Song in the second half of the twentieth century. Enthralled by her range of voice, phenomenal breath control, precision of pitch, depth of interpretation and tremendous charisma on stage, living composer icons Wolfgang Rihm and Heinz Holliger embraced her singing on several occasions. But the artist also can fascinate with classics as in Bellini’s Ah, non credea mirarti (Amina in La Sonnambula) that left many in the audience in tears at the venerable Teatro Verdi in Florence. Between 2008–2018 she gave countless art song recitals in Germany, France, Italy, and the Philippines. She is the Chair of the Keyboard Department at the University of the Philippines College of Music since August 2015 and Artistic Director of the Art Song Academy Manila since November 2015.

For the audience in Białystok she has prepared a special programme including the works of Polish, Hungarian, Czech composers close to our hearts, as well as a revue of the most renowned Philippino composers, such as Nicanor Abelardo, Felipe Padilla De León, Manuel Velez, John August Pamintuan, or Ryan Cayabyab.

More information athttps://www.oifp.eu/repertuar/gdy-mowi-muzyka/ 

The Winners of the “12 Minutes for Moniuszko” – International Composers’ Competition for micro-opera

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The winners of the International Stanisław Moniuszko Composers’ Competition for a micro-opera entitled “12 Minutes for Moniuszko”, organized by the Polish Composers' Union and Grand Theatre – Polish National Opera, were announced during the Evening of Premieres, which was held on 18 December 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Emil Młynarski Chamber Hall of the Grand Theater – Polish National Opera.

The competition aimed to revive, in present-day conditions, the specific idea of Moniuszko’s operas as musical dramas based on social topics. After the auditions of the 2nd stage of the Competition, the Jury composed of: Zygmunt Krauze – composer, chairman of the Jury, Waldemar Dąbrowski – director of the Grand Theater – National Opera, Ryszard Daniel Golianek – musicologist, Jerzy Kornowicz – composer, Hanna Kulenty – composer, Janusz Wiśniewski – opera director, Jerzy Wołosiuk – conductor, awarded the main prize of PLN 40,000 to Tomasz Szczepanik, PhD, for the work The Immigrant. The winner of the Competition is a lecturer at the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź.

Other finalists – Ignacy Zalewski, Patricia Elizabeth Martínez, Otto Wanke, Paweł Siek and Estera Wityńska – received prizes in the amount of PLN 20,000 and titles of the laureates of the Competition. The Audience Award in the amount of PLN 10,000 was awarded to Ignacy Zalewski, PhD, assistant professor at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.

We warmly congratulate all the winners!