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Warsaw | 14th International Improvised Music Festival "Ad Libitum"

Ad Libitum

The theme of the 14th International Festival of Improvised Music "Ad Libitum", which will be held at the Center for Contemporary Art at Ujazdowski Castle on 10-12 October 2019, is improvisation in the dynamically expanding world of electronic media, such as sound synthesizers, processors, modulators, generators of electronic sounds and their interactions with acoustic instruments.

Elektro "Ad Libitum" will host pioneers – the legendary formation Musica Elettronica Viva and the famous Electro-Acoustic Ensemble, who will both perform in Poland for the first time. Polish live electronics scene will be represented by the duo of Krzysztof Knittel and Marek Chołoniewski together with Joanna Duda, who they invited to joint improvisation. As every year, young Polish improvisers will take part in the workshops led by festival resident Thomas Lehn – German virtuoso of analog synthesizer, to perform with him at one of the concerts.

The "Ad Libitum" festival is a presentation of the most interesting phenomena of the world and Polish improvised music scene. It creates a platform for concert and workshop cooperation between Polish musicians and the most outstanding artistic personalities in this field, leading to subsequent world premieres. "Ad Libitum" is more than just a festival, it is a living laboratory. In place of the 'finished products', concerts and performances already presented in the world, the festival creates new artistic situations, bringing together artists from around the world.

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

Toruń | Finalists of the 5th Karol Lipiński International Violin Competition

Konkurs Lipinskiego

On 9 October 2019 the jury of the 5th Karol Lipiński International Violin Competition – after listening to the participants' renditions of works for violin and piano in the second stage – qualified the following six participants to the final stage:

1. Eimi Wakui (Japan)
2. Yumiko Yumiba (Japan)
3. Mao Konishi (Japonia) 4. Maya Levy (Belgium)
5. Robert Łaguniak (Poland)
6. Elias Moncado (Germany)

The jury is composed of: prof. Ilya Kaler – Chairman, prof. Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, prof. Boris Kuschnir, prof. Itzhak Rashkovsky, dr Jakub Jakowicz and dr Mariusz Smolij.

In the third stage of the Competition, the finalists will play with the accompaniment of the Toruń Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mariusz Smolij. The programme will include, among others, Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 61 by Karol Szymanowski. The auditions will take place on 11 and 12 October at 7 p.m. in the CKK Jordanki Concert Hall.

The concert of laureates of the 5th Karol Lipiński International Violin Competition will take place on 13 October at 6 p.m. in the CKK Jordanki Concert Hall. The following prizes will be awarded during the concert: 1st prize worth 20,000 EUR, 2nd prize – 15,000 EUR, 3rd prize – 10,000 EUR, three awards of 2,000 EUR and extra-statutory prizes. The Grand Prix – Astrolabe of Nicolaus Copernicus statuette in silver – will be also handed to the first prize winner.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://lipinski-competition.com/ 

Elias David Moncado wins the 5th Karol Lipiński International Violin Competition Toruń 2019

Konkurs Lipinskiego

The final auditions of the 5th Karol Lipiński International Violin Competition took place on 12 October 2019 in the Concert Hall of the CKK Jordanki Cultural and Congress Center in Toruń.

Six violinists qualified to the third stage of the Competition were judged d by the international jury composed of: prof. Ilya Kaler – Chairman, prof. Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, prof. Boris Kuschnir, prof. Itzhak Rashkovsky, dr Jakub Jakowicz and dr Mariusz Smolij.

By the decision of the jury of the 5th Karol Lipiński International Violin Competition, the first prize of € 20,000 was awarded to Elias David Moncado (Germany), the second prize of € 15,000 was awarded to Robert Łaguniak (Poland), and the third prize of € 10,000 was awarded to Yumiko Yumiba (Japan). Honorable mentions of € 2,000 went to: Eimi Wakui (Japan), Mao Konishi (Japan) and Maya Levy (Belgium).

The Concert of Laureates took place on 13 October at the CKK Jordanki Concert Hall. The Grand Prix, the Nicolaus Copernicus Astrolabe made of silver, was handed to the first prize winner. The concert also premiered Paweł Riess's composition Essay for solo violin and string orchestra, awarded in the composers' competition in 2016. The work was performed by the Toruń Symphony Orchestra and violinist Adam Siebers under the baton of Maestro Mariusz Smolij.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://lipinski-competition.com/ 

Kraków | Anniversary Concert "Hope Cannot Fail!"

UPJPII

Board and Council of the Saint Queen Jadwiga Foundation for the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow invite you to the anniversary concert "Hope cannot fail" on 16 October 2019 at 6.30 p.m. at the Wawel Cathedral.

On the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 19 June 2009, Pope Benedict XVI, wishing to honor the memory of Saint John Paul II, raised the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Krakow to the dignity of the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow. The academic community celebrates the 10th anniversary of UPJPII in 2019. On this occasion, the Saint Queen Jadwiga Foundation organizes a solemn concert.

The event will premiere works written especially for this occasion: Sebastian Szymański's Miss Spei and Dawid Kusz's Ecce Sacerdos Magnus. Missa Spei for mixed choir and symphony orchestra is a traditional five-part mass cycle enriched with two additional parts: Offertorium – Da mihi animas, with the bishop's calling chosen by Archbishop Antoni Baraniak, and the recessional hymn Mother of Mercy, based on a prayer to the Mother of God from the end of the encyclical Veritatis splendor by St. John Paul II.

The pieces will be presented by the Psalmodia Choir and Passionart Orchestra conducted by Dawid Kusz.

SEE: Facebook Event

More about Sebastian Szymański's work at: https://sebastianszymanski.wordpress.com/ 

Białystok | Brzechwa Musically

OiFP

A concert "Brzechwa musically" will take place on 11 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic – European Art Centre in Bialystok as part of the "Children's world in a song" series.

“This serene tone, that Jan Brzechwa was able to save through all of his working years, brings smile on the faces of youngsters and elders just at the sound of his name,” as “Życie Warszawy” (Life of Warsaw) wrote about him. Brzechwa, born Jan Wiktor Lesman, also known as Inspicjent Brzeszczot (Stagehand Ratchet) or Szer-Szeń (a play on the word ‘hornet’), is undeniably the king of children’s literature. Many of his poems are still unmatched examples and strict literary canon that every school kid knows by heart. And they call for musical arrangements. The Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Children’s Choir will perform chosen works to the music composed by Marcin Nagnajewicz.

Information on tickets at: https://www.oifp.eu/repertuar/dzieciecy-swiat-w-piosence/ 

Katowice | Young Philharmonic

FS

The upcoming concerts from the "Young Philharmonic" series will take place on 16 and 17 October 2019 at the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic The Philharmonic will welcome the youngest music lovers with a concert of works by Ludomir Różycki, Fryderyk Chopin and Karol Kurpiński.

The concert will open with a symphonic poem King Kofetua, Op. 24 by Ludomir Różycki, based on the poem by Czech symbolist Julius Zeyer. In 1912, the work was awarded a prestigious prize at the composer's competition organized on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Warsaw Philharmonic's foundation. The composition impresses with its melancholy to this day, being one of the composer's most interesting achievements in the field of symphonic music.

Together with the Silesian philharmonics, pianist Martyna Kubik will perform the expressive Grand Polonaise in E flat major, Op. 22 by Fryderyk Chopin. The work was written in 1836 in brilliant style and was dedicated to Baroness d’Este. The role of the orchestra is secondary to the vrtuoso figurations of the soloist, which abound in the composition.

The programme will also include two overtures: to the Polish opera The Castle of Czorsztyn by Karol Kurpiński, and to the opera Wilhelm Tell by Gioacchino Rossini. The concert will be supervised by Joanna Natalia Ślusarczyk, conductor in residence of the Silesian Philharmonic in the 2018/2019 season as part of the programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/production/mloda-filharmonia/ 

Katowice | Young Philharmonic

FS

The upcoming concerts from the "Young Philharmonic" series will take place on 16 and 17 October 2019 at the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic The Philharmonic will welcome the youngest music lovers with a concert of works by Ludomir Różycki, Fryderyk Chopin and Karol Kurpiński.

The concert will open with a symphonic poem King Kofetua, Op. 24 by Ludomir Różycki, based on the poem by Czech symbolist Julius Zeyer. In 1912, the work was awarded a prestigious prize at the composer's competition organized on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Warsaw Philharmonic's foundation. The composition impresses with its melancholy to this day, being one of the composer's most interesting achievements in the field of symphonic music.

Together with the Silesian philharmonics, pianist Martyna Kubik will perform the expressive Grand Polonaise in E flat major, Op. 22 by Fryderyk Chopin. The work was written in 1836 in brilliant style and was dedicated to Baroness d’Este. The role of the orchestra is secondary to the vrtuoso figurations of the soloist, which abound in the composition.

The programme will also include two overtures: to the Polish opera The Castle of Czorsztyn by Karol Kurpiński, and to the opera Wilhelm Tell by Gioacchino Rossini. The concert will be supervised by Joanna Natalia Ślusarczyk, conductor in residence of the Silesian Philharmonic in the 2018/2019 season as part of the programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/production/mloda-filharmonia/ 

Warsaw | Saved from Oblivion

Wajnberg

A chamber concert to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mieczysław Weinberg will take place on 15 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the National Philharmonic.

While Mieczysław Weinberg’s symphonic music has become a regular feature of concert programmes, music lovers have only recently become aware of his chamber works, which are starting to find converts among new performers.

Besides his cycle of seventeen string quartets, Weinberg’s most interesting contribution to the chamber genre are his works for violin and piano. He wrote the latter over a period of almost fifty years – beginning with his first attempts composed while still a student in Warsaw – Three Pieces for Violin and Piano (1934) – and ending with his last Sonata No. 6, completed in 1982.

We begin to realise just how rapid and intense the creative process was for Weinberg when we listen, for example, to his Sonatas No. 1 and No. 4 for violin and piano, which will be performed in the first part of the concert. These two works were written only four years apart, and between them the artist also managed to churn out two similar sonatas, four string quartets, six song cycles, an excellent piano quintet and a plethora of other pieces! Weinberg’s expansive oeuvre also includes sonatas for solo instruments: piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, and even bassoon. The first of his three sonatas for violin solo, a five-movement piece, was written in 1968 and thus almost concurrently with his Symphony No. 8 “Polish Flowers”.

Dmitri Shostakovich’s unfinished Sonata for violin and piano from 1945 constitutes an interesting complement to the concert programme and a real treat for admirers of his music. After listening to this intriguing five-minute-long fragment, it is hard not to feel a tinge of regret that the author of the Leningrad Symphony abandoned this project.

Piotr Maculewicz

Information on tickets at: http://www.filharmonia.pl/ 

Toruń | Results of the 1st stage of the 5th Karol Lipiński International Violin Competition

Lipinski Competition

On 7 October 2019, twelve participants of the 5th Karol Lipiński International Violin Competition were selected for the second stage.

After three days of competition auditions (works for solo violin) of the first stage of the 5th Karol Lipiński International Violin Competition, a jury composed of: prof. Ilya Kaler – Chairman, prof. Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, prof. Boris Kuschnir, prof. Itzhak Rashkovsky, dr Jakub Jakowicz and dr Mariusz Smolij qualified 12 participants for the second stage, including one Pole:

1. Eimi Wakui (Japan)
2. Yumiko Yumiba (Japan)
3. Olga Artyugina (Russia)
4. Feliks Harutyunyan (Armenia)
5. Lorenz Karls (Sweden)
6. Mao Konishi (Japan)
7. Maya Levy (Belgium)
8. Robert Łaguniak (Poland)
9. Elias Moncado (Germany)
10. Noori Nah (South Korea)
11. Mio Sasaki (Japan)
12. Reika Sato (Japan)

The second stage of the competition (works for violin and piano) will take place on 8–9 October in the CKK Jordanki concert hall, while the third stage (works for violin and orchestra) will take place on 11-12 October. The second stage auditions will be broadcast online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1s3CCCKAv0Q 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://lipinski-competition.com/