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Toruń | Eternal Songs


Toruń Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jerzy Salwarowski will perform works of Zygmunt Noskowski and Mieczysław Karłowicz on April 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the CKK Jordanki Concert Hall in Toruń.

Zygmunt Noskowski, who belonged to the late Romantic period, was strongly inspired by nature and Polish landscapes, which is exemplified by the Eye of the Sea overture. Written in 1875, it is one of the early, youthful works of Noskowski. However, it already testifies to the artistic maturity of the composer and freedom from the influence of other artists, in particular Mendelssohn and Schumann.

The Eternal Songs symphonic poem by Mieczysław Karłowicz is a personal statement of the composer's individual style. This symphonic triptych is composed of Song of Everlasting Yearning, Song of Love and Death and Song of Eternal Being. Although the work does not have an exact literary program, one can hear the inspiration that Karłowicz derived from lonely treks in the Tatra Mountains.

The programme of the concert will also include the Leonore Ouverture No. 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven and the Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op. 33 by Camille Saint-Saëns. The solo part will be performed by the concertmaster of the cello group of the Toruń Symphony Orchestra, Karol Wroniszewski.

More information at: http://tos.art.pl/pl/wydarzenie_735_Odwieczne_piesni.html 

Lublin | Moniuszko and the Grand Romantic Opera

Fonie Lublina

The Lublin Branch of the Association of Polish Musicians invites you to the next event as part of the concert series "Fonie Lublina". The concert on April 14, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. will be held at the Crown Tribunal as part of the national celebration of the Year of Stanisław Moniuszko.

The programme will include fragments of Halka and Countess, presented in the context of the most renowned arias and duets from the operas of G. Verdi, G. Bizet, G. Puccini, P. Tchaikovsky and R. Wagner. It will be a chance to hear what distinguishes Moszniuszko from many composers of his time and check what their music have in common. The sources of inspiration for Moniuszko's stage works can also be traced in solo and chamber forms. Therefore, the concert repertoire will be complemented by piano miniatures by J. Brahms and F. Chopin. The performers will be soprano Anna Barska, tenor Robert Mojsa and pianist Marta Misztal. The introduction will be given by Ewa Starownik-Kuszewska.

The project is implemented thanks to the financial support of the City of Lublin. Admission to the event is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Electroacoustic Composers from Poznań in Kraków


The first concert of electroacoustic music organized by SMEAMuz Poznań, will take place on April 13, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the CCA Solvay in Krakow (62 Zakopiańska Street).

This event marks the beginning of academic cooperation initiated by prof. Lidia Zielińska from the I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań and prof. Marek Chołoniewski from the Academy of Music and Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków.

Electroacoustic Composition students and pedagogues from the Academy of Music in Poznań will present in Kraków their own electroacoustic ptojects. A joint improvisation of Poznań musicians and Kraków hosts with the participation of hurdy gurdy, singing, analogue tape recorders and various electronic media is also planned. On May 18 Kraków composers will perform in Poznań.

Three years ago Poznań Academy of Music introduced a new study programme with the innovative specialty "Electroacoustic Composition" – a project unique in the scale of Europe. Candidates without formal musical education are invited to apply every year, taking classes on sound computer technologies as well as classical and contemporary professional music. Since the studies last three years, in late spring the programme will have its first graduates.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed concert programme: https://www.facebook.com/events/537928763398878 

Information about the Electroacoustic Composition studies: https://amuz.edu.pl/dla-kandydata/ 

Szczecin | Songs by Karłowicz


Małgorzata Walewska, one of the most recognized Polish mezzo-sopranos performing in prestigious concert halls, will appear at the concert on April 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin.

Małgorzata Walewska, awarded the Gold Medal "Merited to Culture Gloria Artis", will perform songs of Mieczysław Karłowicz in a new version, orchestrated by Piotr Moss. The Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic Orchestra will be led by its artistic director, Rune Bergmann. The programme will also include Karłowicz's Symphony in E-minor, Op.7 'Rebirth'.

The concert is held under the patronage of the PWM Edition as part of the TUTTI.pl project promoting the performances of Polish music.

More information at: https://filharmonia.szczecin.pl 

Wrocław | Seven Songs of the Last Days


One of the oldest symphony orchestras in our country – the Lodz Philharmonic Orchestra – will be a guest of the National Forum of Music on April 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The orchestra will present o programme composed of Romantic pieces, including a symphonic poem Stanisław and Anna Oświecim by Mieczysław Karłowicz.

The title of the concert is a reference to Sieben Lieder aus letzter Zeit (Seven Songs of the Last Days) – a collection of compositions published after Gustav Mahler's death. Among them was the cycle Rückert-Lieder (Songs after Rückert), written to the delightful texts of the poet Friedrich Rückert, which will be included in the concert programme. We will also listen to the fragments of Richard Wagner's famous musical drama Tristan and IsoldePrelude and Isolde's aria Mild und leise (Liebestod). The second part of the evening will be filled with the symponic poem Stanislaw and Anna Oswiecim by Mieczysław Karłowicz, inspired by Stanisław Bergman’s painting Stanisław Oświęcim beside the Body of Anna Oświęcim.

More information at: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl

Gdańsk | The Papal Concert


The Papal Concert will take place on April 12, 2019 at 7:15 p.m. in the Archcathedral Basilica in Gdansk-Oliwa.

It is difficult to find a piece more appropriate to the idea of ​​"Papal Concerts" than Agnus Dei by Krzysztof Penderecki. This short composition written for an eight-voice choir was written upon the news of the death of the Primate of the Millennium, a great friend of Karol Wojtyla – Stefan Wyszyński. During the concert it will be performed in the orchestral version by the Gdańsk Baltic Philharmonic under the direction of its concertmaster, Robert Kwiatkowski. The programme of the concert will also include Langsamer Satz by Anton Webern,Symphony No. 5 by Franz Schubert, and Fratres by Arvo Pärt in the version for violin solo, strings and percussion.

Admission free!

Additional information at: https://filharmonia.gda.pl

Bydgoszcz | World premiere of Krzysztof Herdzin's "Requiem"


On April 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic will host a world premiere of Requiem for soprano, tenor, baritone, choir and symphony orchestra by Krzysztof Herdzin.

The premiere of Herdzin's work under the baton of the composer will be performed by outstanding vocalists (Olga Pasiecznik, Andrzej Lampert, Kamil Zdebel), the choirs of the Bydgoszcz Academy of Music and the Pomeranian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. Over 160 performers will appear on the stage. The work commissioned by the Pomeranian Philharmonic lasts over an hour and consists of nine original parts with Latin text, referring to the meditative and contemplative character of funeral masses by Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Duruflé.

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

Polish Composers' Union Awards 2019


The Presidium of the Main Board of the Polish Composers' Union awarded 2019 ZKP Honorary Award for contributions to the promotion of Polish music and the Award for merits in the field of music education.

The Honorary Award of the Polish Composers' Union for the contribiution to the promotion of Polish music was given to Joanna Bruzdowicz-Tittel for many years of promoting Polish music and musicians at the Festival International de Musique en Catalogne in the small town of Céret at the foot of the Pyrenees, organized for the inhabitants of the surrounding villages of the French Catalonia.

For the fifth time in history, the Polish Composer's Union awarded the award for achievements in the field of music education. It was given to the composer, president of the Warsaw Branch of the Polish Composers' Union, Sławomir Czarnecki for many years of unprecedented pedagogical work in composition at the secondary music schools, which led to the founding of the National Composers' Competition for high school students, organized as part of the Students Music Forum at the State Music School Complex No. 1 in Warsaw.

The award ceremony will take place during the 62nd International Festival of Contemporary Music "Warsaw Autumn" at the headquarters of the Polish Composers' Union at the 27 Old Town Market Square.

Koncert pasyjny z okazji rocznicy śmierci Papieża Jana Pawła II

Koncert pasyjny4 kwietnia 2019 roku, w Kościele Garnizonowym w Szczecinie, z inicjatywy Rektora Akademii Sztuki prof. Dariusza Dyczewskiego wystawione zostało najnowsze dzieło szczecińskiego kompozytora dra Piotra Gryski Stabat Mater.

Koncert dedykowano Papieżowi Janowi Pawłowi II z okazji przypadającej dwa dni wcześniej rocznicy jego śmierci. Samo dzieło, ukończone w lutym tego roku, składa się z dziesięciu części o różnym charakterze i przeznaczone jest na sopran i alt solo, dwugłosowy chór dziecięcy, organy oraz kwintet smyczkowy. Choć kompozytor w swojej twórczej materii z upodobaniem korzysta z dysonansów, dużych skoków interwałowych, pochodów kwartowo-kwintowych i chromatyki, co nie zawsze idzie w parze z komfortem wykonawczym, to całość jest spójna, przemyślana i niezwykle przyjemna w odbiorze, co potwierdzili licznie przybyli na koncert słuchacze. Stabat Mater Piotra Gryski posiada formę klasyczną i nie brak w nim interesujących, pięknych melodii, które z pewnością zadecydują o częstotliwości wystawiania tego dzieła w przyszłości.

Partię chóru w dniu światowej prapremiery 4 kwietnia wykonał Chór Dziecięcy Zachodniopomorskiego Uniwersytetu Technologicznego DON DIRI DON pod dyrekcją prof. Dariusza Dyczewskiego, którego publiczność mogła podziwiać za pulpitem dyrygenckim. Poza tym wśród wykonawców znaleźli się wykładowcy Akademii Sztuki w Szczecinie: prof. Sylwia Burnicka-Kalischewska (sopran), prof. Ewa Filipowicz-Kosińska (alt), Jakub Stefek (organy) oraz Zespół Instrumentalny Musica pod kierownictwem Anny Strycharczyk.

Słowo wiążące wraz z recytacją wygłosił Bartosz Rozdeba.

Wydarzenie dofinansowało Miasto Szczecin oraz Województwo Zachodniopomorskie, za co organizatorzy składają serdeczne podziękowania.

Sylwia Burnicka-Kalischewska