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Kuyavia full of musical turmoil!

TOS13 events will take place between 31 May and 28 August 2021 as part of the Toruń Symphony Orchestra project "Kujawy pełne muzycznej wrzawy!" [Kuyavia full of musical turmoil!] : 12 chamber concerts carried out in 6 educational and care institutions and the final symphonic concert. The aim of the project is to popularize the cultural heritage of the region and strengthen durability of folk traditions among the local community with limited access to cultural events.

A mini-series of two concerts with Kuyavian music performed by a folk band and dancers, and with pieces by Polish composers referring to native folklore, will take place in Świecie, Steklinek, Kikół, Obrów, Wąbrzeźno and Kowalewo Pomorskie. The events will be hosted by experienced announcers.

Concerts "A dzień dobry Kujawy!" [Good Morning Kuyavia!] on 31 May – 15 June will be devoted to folk music from the Kuyavia region. The folk band Toruniacy and a dance couple will present songs from the Kuyavia region arranged by their own ensemble. The "Muzyka Polska" [Polish Music] concerts on 15-30 June will feature works by Polish composers interpreted by outstanding artists of the young generation. Piano trio composed of students of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz will perform pieces by Andrzej Panufnik, Henryk Wieniawski, Oskar Kolberg, Fryderyk Chopin, Feliks Rybicki, Kazimierz Wiłkomirski and Wojciech Kilar. The final concert "Kujawy symfonicznie" [Kuyavia Symphonically] on 28 August at the CKK Jordanki Concert Hall in Toruń will be hosted by musicologist Piotr Matwiejczuk. The works by Fryderyk Chopin, Michał Kleofas Ogiński, Władysław Żeleński, Magdalena Cynk, Wojciech Kilar and Romuald Twardowski will be performed by the Toruń Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the Lithuanian conductor Dainius Pavilionis.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://tos.art.pl 

Winners' Concert of the 2nd Antoni Cofalik National Violin and Viola Competition

Konkurs CofalikaThe Winners' Concert of the 2nd Antoni Cofalik National Violin and Viola Competition will be broadcast on 11 June 2021 at 5.00 p.m. on the YouTube channel of the Oskar Kolberg Primary Music School in Czasław.

The 2nd Antoni Cofalik National Violin and Viola Competition, organised by Oskar Kolberg Primary Music School in Czasław, was held on 4-6 June 2021 in Sułkowice. The auditions took place in the Concert Hall in Sułkowice, where a branch of the school is located. 108 participants from 59 music schools from all over Poland applied to participate in the competition.

The aim of ​​the Competition is to promote young talented students, popularize violin music and the work of Prof. Antoni Cofalik, a distinguished educator and author of numerous works for children and youth. The jury composed of: Prof. Antoni Cofalik – chairman, Prof. Małgorzata Skorupa and Małgorzata Giza-Piątek, awarded 69 prizes and honourable mentions. Thanks to the Sponsors and Partners, the total amount of prizes exceeded PLN 20,000. Each participant received a diploma and gifts.

iTV Myślenice – South Region recorded the Winners' Concert, featuring performances of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in individual categories and the Grand Prix winner. The winners were also granted the prize funded by PWM Edition in the form of a master class with Daniel Stabrawa as part of the 18th edition of Music Education Days organised by PWM (November 2021). The concert's special guest was an outstanding violinist Stanisław Słowiński, who improvised on the three pieces from Antoni Cofalik's Aviary series.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: http://www.smczaslaw.pl/ 

Warsaw | Premiere Concert of "Made in Poland" by Walicki-Popiołek Duo

Made in PolandThe premiere concert of the Walicki-Popiołek Duo's second album Made in Poland will take place at the Warsaw branch of PWM Edition on 11 June 2021 at 6.00 p.m. The programme includes works by Polish composers inspired by native folklore.

A special project fully devoted to Polish music. Walicki-Popiolek Duo encouraged greatest Polish composers to write pieces derived from Polish musical folklore. You’ll hear traditional dances: Mazur, Oberek, Kujawiak, see gorgeous landscapes enchanted in musical notes and hear echoes of Chopin, Szymanowski, Lutosławski, Górecki. Get carried away by contemporary works for guitar and piano by Chmielewska, Robak, Oleszkowicz, Fabiańska-Jelińska and many others played with exceptional virtuosity.

This entirely Polish project was financed by the "Young Poland" prestigious scholarship of the National Centre for Culture. It reaches deep into the roots of Polish musical culture and reveals its new, fresh sound.

Admission to the concert is free, however, invitations are required. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information about the album: www.walickipopiolekduo.com 

Katowice | Camerata Silesia at NOSPR

NOSPRThe Camerata Silesia Katowice City Singers' Ensemble conducted by Anna Szostak will perform Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's cycles of folk songs on 11 June 2021 at 7.30 p.m. at the Chamber Hall of the National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Henryk Mikołaj Góecki's Wieczór ciemny się uniża [Dark Evening is Falling], Op. 45 for mixed choir a cappella, composed in 1981, is an arrangement of melodies from the Kurpie Region from the collection of Jadwiga Gorzechowska and Maria Kaczurbina. The other song cycles for mixed choir a cappella Ach, mój wianku lawendowy [O my little garland of lavender], Op. 50 and Idzie chmura, pada deszcz [Cloud comes, rain falls], Op. 51 (1984), are based on texts and melodies collected by Oskar Kolberg in Volume 39: Pomerania. The Complete Works.

The second part of the concert will be filled with negro spirituals, ecstatic religious songs of African Americans: Elijah Rock, Nobody Knows, Plenty Good Room, Hold On!, I Hear a Voice A-Prayin', Steal Away, Ezekiel Saw de Wheel.

The Camerata Silesia ensemble, formed in 1990 by the charismatic conductor Anna Szostak, is valued above all for the perfect performances of contemporary music. Since 2014, Camerata Silesia has been organizing an original series of concerts at the new seat of the NOSPR, presenting a diverse repertoire, including both classical music as well as jazz and popular music arrangements.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information about tickets: https://nospr.org.pl/pl 

Wrocław | Dance at NFM: "Manhattan"

NFMCan a human being refrain from using what they can produce? Manhattan, a dance performance with live music by Aleksander Wnuk and Michał Lazar, will try to answer this question. The performance, choreographed by Dominika Wiak and Daniela Komędera-Miśkiewicz, will take place as part of the Polish Dance Network, organised by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

The American "Manhattan Project" aimed to build the first nuclear weapon. It was a paradoxical bomb: it was supposed to bring great destruction and end the war at the same time. The dropping of the Little Boy on Hiroshima is a horrifying example of human activity to demonstrate that a way to seek reconciliation is to increase violence. Can a war end in any other way than by escalating aggression? Apocalyptic thinking ceases to be madness and becomes everyday reality. We can either destroy or love each other.

"Looking at the strong, precise movement of strong muscles gives some kind of satisfaction, but we do not always see the hidden desire to dominate and capture by attack. In some scenes of the performance, the authors even use elements of the grotesque, emphatically showing how far our tolerance for aggression reaches.” – wrote Maria Pastwa (taniecPOLSKA.pl)

NFM's media partner: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/en/component/nfmcalendar/event/8411

Lublin | "Conductor-in-residence" Igor Bojczuk

FLThe Lublin Philharmonic invites you on 11 June 2021 at 7.00 p.m. to a concert co-organised and co-financed as part of the "Conductor-in-residence" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance. The Lublin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Igor Bojczuk will perform Romuald Twardowski's Old Polish Concerto alongwside works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Vivaldi.

The outstanding composer Romuald Twardowski, a respected promoter of Polish culture, has never been a follower of the avant-garde. However, he used elements of new compositional techniques to create an individual style, in which references to old epochs play a significant role (in the case of the Old Polish Concerto, it is the early Baroque style). In one of the interviews, the artist spoke about his attitude to the past: “As opposed to the mad apologists who stand for all that is new at all costs, I did appreciate the role and significance of tradition, finding in it inspiration for my own music. Assuming that extremes do meet, I looked to the medieval times, to the Gregorian chant to find pieces that – when combined with the achievements of the 20th Century of composition technique (aleatorism, cluster) – would result in the desired synthesis of New and Old."

The Lublin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra will also present a masterpiece for string quartet and double bass – Mozart's Serenade in G major KV 525, better known as "Eine kleine Nachtmusik", and four concertos for violin and orchestra Le quattro stagioni, or Four Seasons, Op. 8 by Vivaldi. Sulamita Ślubowska will perform as the soloist.

More information: https://filharmonialubelska.pl/produkt/koncert-symfoniczny-3/ 

Koszalin | Endless Ending

FK"Endless ending" is the title of the concert which will be held on 11 June 2021 at 6.30 p.m. at the Stanisław Moniuszko Koszalin Philharmonic. The trio of pianist Krzysztof Dys, double bassist Paweł Pańta and percussionist Krzysztof Szmańda will perform with the Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Jakub Chrenowicz.

The concert was to take place exactly a year earlier, at the end of the 2019/2020 artistic season. However, only in June this year all musicians will be able to perform together at the stage of the Koszalin Philharmonic.

The concert will begin with Antoni Szałowski's Overture. Then we will hear Maciej Małecki's Jazz Concerto, the premiere of which – by the same trio – took place in March 2016 in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio. Maciej Małecki dedicated the piece to his prematurely deceased son Marcin, also a jazzman and composer. The artist left some fragments of the Jazz Concerto to the creativity of the performers, who freely interpret and improvise their parts. The final piece of the concert will be George Gershwin's famous symphonic poem The American in Paris.

More information: https://filharmoniakoszalinska.pl/niekonczace-zakonczenie/ 

Krakow | 70th anniversary of Professor Małgorzata Woźna-Stankiewicz

UJCelebration of the 70th birthday of Professor Małgorzata Woźna-Stankiewicz will take place in the Chamber Hall of the Pusłowski Palace in Kraków on 10 June 2021. The online live broadcast will start at 3.00 p.m.

During the event, the Professor will receive a commemorative book Musicologist – humanist in the face of the experience of music in culture. The celebration will include a concert, the programme of which will feature works devoted to the Jubilarian: Eugeniusz Popławski's Con amore for flute, cello and piano (2010) and Jakub Polaczyk's Se précipiter plume for flute and cello (2021), which will be premiered during the event. The performers will be outstanding Krakow musicians: Natalia Jarząbek, the first flutist of the Kraków Philharmonic, and professors of the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music  cellist Jan Kalinowski and pianist Marek Szlezer.

Prof. dr hab. Małgorzata Woźna-Stankiewicz is a retired full professor at the Institute of Musicology of the Jagiellonian University. Her research interests are focused on Polish-French musical relations, thoughts on music in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, music reception and musical culture in historical Galicia, especially in Kraków. In the academic years 1973/74 – 2018/19 she worked at the Institute of Musicology of the Jagiellonian University, from 2005/06 she was the head of the Department of Aesthetics and Music Reception, then the Department of the History of Thoughts about Music and Music Reception, and from 2008/09 the chairman of the Institute's Council. In 2007-2011 she was a member of the Art Sciences Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences, then (2013-2020) – the Central Committee for Scientific Degrees and Titles. Since 1978, she has been a member of the Musicologists Section of the Polish Composers' Union: in the years 2007-2008 and 2015-2021 she participated in the works of the Qualification Committee, and in the years 2007-2010, 2015-2016, 2017-2021 – in the works of the jury of the Professor Hieronim Feicht Competition.

Link to the live broadcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5ypq8T1btE 

Szczecin | Paweł Pudło – "Elements"

ZywiolyOn 11 June 2021 at 7.00 p.m the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Adam Domurat will perform Paweł Pudło's Elements – Symphony for the Future. The event is part of the "I Hear Good Sounds" Festival.

The Elements is a project that combines music and ecology  it is a musical story about the forces of nature that create the world around us. We will hear a symphony in a style reminiscent of film music, with ethnic instruments and instruments made of rubbish  disposable plastic bottles and packaging or washing machine drums. The author takes the listeners into a modern musical story about humanity, starting from the beginnings of coexistence with nature, through technological inventions, to being lost in the digital world and threats resulting from the devastation of the natural environment.

The piece provokes discussions about the current problems of the world, concerning the issues of broadly understood ecology, recycling, management of natural resources  in short, conscious functioning of societies in the natural environment, today and in the future.

The event is part of the "I Hear Good Sounds" Festival organised by the Szczecin Philharmonic on 8-13 June 2021. The main theme of concerts, exhibitions and lectures is the problem of noise and taking care of our hearing. As early as fifty years ago, Witold Lutosławski foresaw the catastrophic consequences of littering our sound environment and warned: "It is not enough to plug your ears!"

More informationhttps://uslysz.filharmonia.szczecin.pl/pl/