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Tychy | Gośka Isphording feat. Cezary Duchnowski

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On March 10, 2018 at 7.00 p.m., the premiere of Sequenza 2 by Cezary Duchnowski will take place at the Mediateka hall (Tychy, 16 Piłsudskiego St.). Gośka Ipshording will perform along with the composer.

Harpsichordist Gośka Isphording graduated from the Krakow Music Academy and improved her skills in the Netherlands, Belgium and Israel. Today she lectures harpsichord techniques herself at the conservatory in Amsterdam. She is a laureate of the International Competition of Contemporary Chamber Music in Krakow. She plays in the band Roentgen Connection, of which she is co-founder, and as a solist. The album Per Clavicembalo Moderno is a record of her unique interpretations of contemporary music on historical instruments.

In Tychy, Gośka Isphording will present compositions for harpsichord, video and tape by Louis Andriessen and Marijke van Warmerdam, Pierre Jodlowski and Arnoud Noordegraaf. The highlight of the program will be the premiere of Sequenza 2 by Cezary Duchnowski, during which the composer will join the harpsichordist on stage to perform a live electronics part.

More information at: http://www.aukso.pl

Cracow | National Students' Scientific Conference "Elementi6 Performatics"

ElementiNational Students' Scientific Conference "Elementi6 Performatics" will be held between March 9-11, 2018 at the headquarters of the Academy of Music in Krakow (43 St. Tomasz street). The event, which will be accompanied by concerts of new music, is organized by the Students of Music Theory and Students of Composition Research Circles of the Music Academy in Kraków under the supervision of dr Ewa Wójtowicz and prof. Anna Zawadzka-Gołosz.

Permormance – this term is not very obvious and can be understood quite broadly. An example of this is new music, in which the elements of theatricality appear more and more often – even with the sounds itself or even above it there is a gesture, movement and focus on the body. In this context, "Elementi6" focuses on the role of the performer, who often is suddenly faced with tasks that are much more difficult than just performing or "playing" music. During the conference panels, papers on this subject will be given not only by theorists, but also by instrumentalists and composers, including Tadeusz Wielecki, Piotr Peszat, Marcin Strzelecki, Paweł Malinowski, Jakub Krzewiński, and Karolina Dąbek. However, we will be talking not only about issues related to the visual side – which is the main and probably the most important feature of performative works – but also about ways of notation, ideological themes, and finally about the impact of this type of media on the audiences.

"Elementi6" will be inaugurated on March 9 at 8.00 p.m. with the concert of Spółdzielnia Muzyczna band, who will perform, among, others, works of Piotr Peszat. The conference will be opened on March 10 and on this day the installation by Julian Gołosz, expression: non 2018, will be presented and three concerts will take place: recital of drummer Aleksander Wnuk (6.30 pm), electronic duet of Izabela Smelczyńska and Mateusz Śmigasiewicz (7.15 pm) and Elementi Orchestra conducted by Nadim Husni and Maciej Koczura (at 8.00 pm.), who will present compositions by Kamil Kruk, Monika Szpyrka and Tadeusz Wielecki. During the concert of students, PhD students and graduates of the Academy of Music in Krakow on March 11 at 4.00 pm pieces by recognized composers of new music, such as Tadeszu Wielecki, will be performed.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

DOWNLOAD: Conference Programme.

Bydgoszcz | Premiere of Jerzy Maksymiuk's „Fairy Dreams”

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The premiere of Jerzy Maksymiuk's Fairy Dreams, dedicated to the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz, will take place on March 9, 2018 at 7.00 p.m. at the Bydgoszcz Philharmonic.

Outstanding names and amazing program – these are unquestionable advantages of this symphonic evening. Maestro Jerzy Maksymiuk will be on the podium and he will perform for the first time his Fairy Dreams – the work dedicated to the Bydgoszcz Philharmonic. The solo parts will be performed by soloists from the Pomeranian Symphony Orchestra, with whom Maestro Maksymiuk has been cooperating for many years. For example, in 2015 he led the inauguration of the 53rd Bydgoszcz Music Festival with Paderewski's "Polonia" Symphony. The artist recorded this symphonic work together with the Bydgoszcz orchestra on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Pomeranian Philharmonic in 2013 (DUX).

The second special guest of the concert is Adam Makowicz – an outstanding pianist, jazz legend, master of improvisation. In addition to typical jazz standards and works, the pianist's repertoire also includes classical music. In addition, he composed over 100 works for string quartet and jazz trio, many piano pieces, and he is the author of music for animated films and documentaries. In masterly interpretation of Makowicz, we will hear Gershwin's masterpiece Blue Rhapsody, commissioned in 1924 by the contemporary "king of jazz", Paul Whiteman. The evening will culminate with Stravinsky's masterpiece –  music for the famous fantasy ballet in one act, two scenes, entitled The Firebird. After the world premiere of the piece, critics wrote: "The Firebird is an intoxicating blend of oriental colors. It connects the brilliant orchestration of Rimsky-Korsakov with the dreamy melodies of Borodin, rising to the heights of expression."

Information about tickets at: www.filharmonia.bydgoszcz.pl

Opole | Forgotten Polish Music

foThe next symphony concert from the cycle "Forgotten Polish Music" will be held on March 9, 2018 at 7.00 p.m. at the Józef Elsner Philharmonic in Opole.

Forgotten Polish music is a deep treasury. Much of the music discovered after years of non-existence can still surprise us. During the March concert the Opole Philharmonics will perform along with the violinist Szymon Krzeszowiec under the direction of Monika Wolińska. The programme will include: "Don Quichotte" Symphonic Poem by Eugeniusz Morawski-Dąbrowa, Violin Concerto op. 70 by Ludomir Różycki, and Symphony No. 1 in A Major by Zygmunt Noskowski.

The concert will take place under the patronage of the Polish Music Publishing House as a part of the TUTTI.pl project, promoting performances of Polish music.

More information at: www.filharmonia.opole.pl 

Wrocław | Brno Philharmonic Orchestra and Milan Pal'a

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Musicians from the Czech Republic and Slovakia will perform during a concert on March 9, 2018 at 7.00 p.m. at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław.

From the beginning of its activity, the National Forum of Music is a place of meetings with world-famous artists. The building at Plac Wolności many times hosted great orchestras, such as Wiener Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra or Budapest Festival Orchestra. In the third season of the NFM, it is time for the next guests – Brno Philharmonic orchestra conducted by Case Scaglione.

In the 1870s, less than thirty-year-old Leoš Janáček decided to establish an orchestra in Brno. The composer then worked as a teacher and actively participated in the musical life of the city. Today's Brno Philharmonic, although it was officially founded in the 1950s, refers to traditions initiated by the Czech composer. Janáček's works occupy an important place in the orchestra's repertoire, hence the name of one of the most important Czech composers also appears in the concert program at NFM. The symphonic poem Šumařovo dítě is, unlike Sinfonietta and Taras Bulba, is one of the lesser known orchestral works of the composer. However, it shows the mature style of the artist. The story that inspired the composer to write Šumařovo dítě has its source in the Czech folk tale, more specifically in a poetic piece by Svatopluk Čech, the favorite writer of Janáček. The theme of this touching story is the difficult fate of the violinist and the child who travels with him through the villages. Therefore, in the concertmaster part we will find solo fragments that symbolize the main characters of the tale.

The Brno Philharmonic concert will also include Karol Szymanowski's Second Violin Concerto. The soloist part will be played by a violinist of Slovak origin, Milan Pala. The concert was made in just one month and was dedicated to the prominent violinist – Paweł Kochański. In 1932, the virtuoso himself turned to Szymanowski with a request for a new work for his repertoire. He performed the piece (the first and only time) a year later with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of the legendary Grzegorz Fitelberg. The programme of the concert will be completed with Robert Schumann's Symphony No. 2 – probably the most ambitious of all the composer's symphonies.

Tickets information at NFM.

Cracow | Julia Fischer and Yulianna Avdeeva

fkOn March 9, 2018 in Cracow Philharmonic there will be a concert of a female duo: German violinist Julia Fischer will play along with Russian pianist Yulianna Avdeeva, the laureate of the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in 2010.

The programme will include: Johannes Brahms – Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A major, Op. 100; Karol SzymanowskiMythes, Op. 30; Dmitri Schostakovich – Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 134.

More information about the performers at: www.filharmonia.krakow.pl

Katowice | NOSPR String Sextet

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On March 8, 2018 at 7.30 p.m. in the Katowice headquarters of the National Polish Radio Orchestra there will be a festive chamber music concert during which the musicians of the NOSPR will present string sextets of two great composers: Andrzej Panufnik and Johannes Brahms.

The idea of string sextet "Trains of Thought" (1987) by Andrzej Panufnik refers to the impression of traveling by train. The pulsating rhythm and staccato articulation in a constant tempo mimic the monotonous clatter of wagons in this piece. However, this is only one layer of composition, the monotony of which is compensated by the composer with the diversity of expressive shades of this ostinato. Dry and rough sounds (molto secco, sul ponticello), after a while become milder, playful (scherzando), then again intrusive and even aggressive (energico, intenso), depending on what is happening in the second layer of the song, more human, which expresses a string of thoughts saturated with emotions – from calm and unhurried to more lively and even violent. In the finale of the composition, the sounds are slowly disappearing, falling away in the distance like a receding train. Onomatopoeic ostinato uses in its structure the sound cell E-F-H in various rotations, transpositions and reflections, both in the harmonic and melodic layer of the work.

Sextetext 2 "Song to the Virgin Mary" is Andrzej Panufnik's first piece composed after marrying Camilla Jessel and settling in Twickenham near London. Since their future home was not yet habitable, the composer worked in a nearby Church Of the Virgin Mary. There he wrote his piece – a simple choral song of prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary, a work inspired by the composer's memories of "Polish villagers praying fervently in a village church." The melodic line refers here both to Gregorian chant and to Polish folk music, mainly through the use of a pentatonic scale, combined with chords with a double, major-minor backround – with a major and a minor third at the same time. In 1969 Panufnik reviewed the work – he introduced a division into 6 voices, and in 1987 he developed it into a song for a string sextet.

String Sextet in B flat major op. 18 No. 1 by Johannes Brahms will be the last piece to complete the programme of the concert.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Additional information at: www.nospr.org.pl

Warsaw | Pre-premiere meeting with authors of the album "Pergolesi: Stabat Mater / Łukaszewski: Luctus Mariae"

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The Chopin University Press publishing house invites you to a meeting devoted to the unique album: "Pergolesi: Stabat Mater / Łukaszewski: Luctus Mariae", which will take place on March 7, 2018 at 5.30 p.m. at the headquarters of the e-Fryderyk Bookshop at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music (2 Okólnik St.).

The 13th-century sequence Stabat Mater, portraying the suffering of Jesus Christ's mother during his crucifixion, has for centuries been an unflagging inspiration for poets, painters and composers. One of them was Giovanni Battista Pergolesi. His work, written for the local community, quickly became the most-published piece in the 18th century and the most popular Stabat Mater of the last three centuries.

In 2010, to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Pergolesi's birth, Paweł Łukaszewski composed Luctus Mariae (The Sorrow of Mary) – a work directly referring to the famous cantata of the Baroque master. The piece is based on a contemporary Latin poem with a similar structure and a similar message, written by prof. Jerzy Wojtczak-Szyszkowski. Łukaszewski, while maintaining similarities in terms of construction (13 parts, division into arias and duets), cast and affective side, uses the contemporary style of expression, wider tonality and demanding vocal textures appropriate to his style. Presented recording is the phonographic premiere of the work.

The album was released in a hardback edition, with a large, nearly 60-page booklet, which contains a description of the programme, biographies of performers and texts in Latin, Polish (translation of Stabat Mater by Seweryna Duchińska) and English. The recording was made in the Great Refectory of the castle of Warmian bishops in Lidzbark Warmiński and was co-financed from the grant of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

 

Katowice | Concert of the Institution for the Promotion and Dissemination of Music "Silesia"

nosprA concert from the series "The Youth's Wednesday" will take place on March 7, 2018 at 7.30 p.m. at the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice (1 Wojciech Kilar Square). PolMonDuo will perform works by Karol Szymanowski and Witold Lutosławski.

PolMon Duo was founded in 2015 in Katowice by Polish violinist Alicja Miruk-Mirska and Mongolian pianist Ichin Nyamaa . The duo is a leading expert in the interpretation of works by such composers as Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Szymanowski, Lutosławski and Messiaen.

The programme of the concert will include: Béla Bartók – Rhapsody No. 1 for violin and piano Sz. 87, Karol Szymanowski – Myths op. 30: No. 1 Fountain of Arethusa, Lullaby op. 52, Olivier Messiaen – Theme and variations for violin and piano; Witold Lutosławski – Recitativo e AriosoSubito.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.nospr.org.pl